Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Umbrella Academy – The Day the Earth Stopped Yawning – Brian Manton

Ideally a two page splash to follow U.A. title page conventions, but one page so that I'm sticking to the TB rules :)

Panel 1 is full page bleed.
All other panels are of equal size and inset at bottom of the page.
This is set when the children are around 14.

Soundtrack: J.S. Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582



The Umbrella Academy, featuring a very loud rumbling noise, in:


Being part one of six in the story: Passacaglia in Pubescence

TEXT:  The Grand Canyon, Arizona.

CAP:  95,040 feet across at its widest point.

CAP:  95,039

CAP:  95,038

CAP:  95,037

CAP:  Oh crap!

Wide aerial view of the Grand Canyon.  What would otherwise be a placid vista is now a tumultuous (un?)natural disaster.  The canyon is closing in.  Rockslides violently cascade downward. Cliff faces crack under godlike pressure. Dust plumes reach into the endless sky.

Note: The following inset panels are set miles apart across the canyon floor.

Spaceboy strains against the canyon wall as it advances towards him. Rubble falls around him.
(Canyon wall panel left)

The Séance dances a Native American rain dance.
The Kraken blasts some falling debris with a shotgun, preventing The Séance from being crushed.

Sir Reginald Hargreeves (a.k.a. The Monocle) stands relaxed in the middle of the canyon. Vanya stands to the right, slightly behind him, staring at her feet.  Dust clouds waft past in the BKG and lower FG.

The Rumour holds her hands around her mouth, screaming at the top of her lungs, trying to be heard over the calamity.  Boulders pound onto the ground around her.

The Horror braces the canyon wall with massive tentacles.  It cracks and crumbles.
(Canyon wall panel right)


  1. And then, several hours after first seeing it and a second look, I finally got how the title relates to the script and understood what you were going for.


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