Layout: best way to think about this is as a page out of one of those newspaper comics anthologies, three 4-panel strips one on top of the other, like so:
Panel 1- Night. Foreground, the CREEPER (with Jack Ryder's mind still inside) is on a rooftop, elbows rested on the ledge, and peering through binoculars in our direction. Background, a frog-like shape bounds from one building back toward the building the CREEPER's on.
Panel 2- Same as Panel 1, but FROG-MAN has landed on our building.
Panel 3- FROG-MAN has walked up and is standing next to CREEPER, who is still staring intently through his binocs. They're both looking towards us.
Panel 4- Same as Panel 3, except CREEPER has lowered his binocs and turned to address FROG-MAN.
FROG-MAN: Whatcha doing?
CREEPER: Well, I...
Panel 5- same as Panel 4.
Panel 6- same as above, but CREEPER looks at us in a very Ferris Bueller-like deadpan fashion.
Panel 7- Same as panel 4.
CREEPER: I'm trying to find a way into those labs.
FROG-MAN: What's in there?
Panel 8- CREEPER has put the binoculars back up and is looking back in our direction. FROG-MAN has crossed his arms.
CREEPER: My other half. The crazy half.
FROG-MAN: You mean you with the candy-apple red back hair is normal?
CREEPER: Says the GEICO gecko's thyroidally challenged cousin.
Panel 9- FROG-MAN gestures nonchalantly as if he was going to make a casual point. CREEPER yells at him, a little scared but more insulted, as he points towards us.
FROG-MAN: Y'know, fifteen minutes could save you--
CREEPER: And second of all, shush! There's people in there looking for me.
Panel 10- FROG-MAN cups his chin thoughtfully as he cogitates. CREEPER continues to yell at him angrily.
FROG-MAN: And you're trying to find a way in?
FROG-MAN: Besides, say, their front door?
Panel 11- FROG-MAN crosses his arms again, regarding CREEPER thoughtfully. CREEPER is caught short mid-rant, a look of "waitaminnit" on his face as he is confused by his own comic book logic.
Panel 12- CREEPER walks away off-panel, fuming, tossing his binoculars over the side of the building. FROG-MAN gestures apologetically with open arms, shoulders shrugged.
FROG-MAN: Just saying...
CREEPER: Isn't there a Cajun chef with a deep fryer looking for you?
...to be continued...(promise, fight scenes coming soon)
You've done it once again, Mr. Wonsowski. Melding the week's pick into your storyline (along with some of the pick's regular tone) without missing a beat on what you were already doing. Particularly impressed how you telegraphed part of this page with your reference last week, but I also just enjoy the genuine fun and humour you have going here. A-plus!ReplyDelete