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Comic 574 - The DeKalb County Public Access Halloween Special, Page 31

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Author Notes:

23rd Feb 2017, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Heheh... Yeah, Martin's script for this one was giving me free reign. He just said this page was going to be a montage of Laura trying out various different possible superpowers and I could just do whatever. ^^ Times like these are why I love working with the guy.

Ropun's one of my favorite characters in the comic and coupled with the idea, it was one of those set-ups where I just instantly had like five ideas, so wrote up a full script and sent it off to Martin. You can kinda tell Laura and Alex are my favorite characters and that I wanna do more with Jack, since they're easily the most prominent characters after Ropun herself. Conversely, my first draft didn't have Sareena present at all; Martin asked me to include her.

Originally the second panel would've had the Robinson twins holding Ropun's arms and legs and trying to pull her apart to see if she stretched. Idea was too goofy so went with this instead. Heh... Funnily enough I wrote that panel with the Robinson twins in mind so I could include a lot of different people, then cut them to include Sareena instead.

A lot of what's going on in this page is just stuff I wanted to draw. Ellen was supposed to be in an earlier page, but a fuckup on my part meant she got cut so wanted to see her. Last time we saw Jack shirtless I didn't know how to draw super-muscley men yet, so I wanted to show off how far we'd come. I really wanted to see Laura's room again, ect.

I did like doing the various tests... especially the gill-test in the Apple-bob and the real-life Psychic test. Of course I friggin' had to work in a Blues nod... That said, now wondering how Grant discovered his powers.


Yeah, other than the coloring and a bit of kicking in ideas along the way this was basically pure Adam. I do that sometimes when a page is needed for pacing reasons but doesn't actually need to have anything in particular happen within it, like the Ivy beatdown montage a couple chapters ago, if it's going to be mostly there for visual spectacle, figure might as well let Adam run wild and do whatever with it. Results always tend to come out fun.

Is a pretty goofy page by WaR standards but hey, it's supposed to be a largely fun chapter anyway, even if had some drama along the way and a good bit more is going to come up later. Speaking of for those keeping track, yeah, still quiiite a ways to go in this chapter. Kind of always knew it'd be probably the longest WaR chapter and yeah, still on track for that. I'm hoping everyone's going to enjoy what's coming up later on in it though, got a lot of stuff I think is pretty cool planned and probably some twists and turns readers might not expect.

Do find it kind of funny how despite being the instigating party in this whole Laura having powers leg of the plot, Paxton didn't appear in the last page and is only in one panel of this one. Also kind of funny Jack went from a quick pop-in because I wanted him there but didn't really have anything for him to do to getting a bunch of spotlight all in one page here. Do realy wish the Robinsons had gotten to stay in this one but yeah, the one panel probably was a little too cartoony, though here's the script for that panel if anyone's wondering exactly what it was going to be -

[2. Laura is now being held between the Robinsons, sort of sagging in the middle like they're about to throw her overboard, if you get my meaning. They're pulling her between them, her grunting.]
Dorothy: Okay; ain't stretching either.
Eric: Nng.. Are we sure THIS is the best way to test that?
Jake: The first suggestion was to put her in a car-crusher!
Jack: In what way would that be even remotely practical?

Incidentally for those wondering the page Ellen was supposed to be seen in was the one with Laura discovering she had powers. Planned for her and John to be in that but they got left out. She popped up here at least, might stick John in in a future crowd shot. I know what I want his costume to be so want to get it in there somewhere.

Related note it's still funny to me that Jake's getting way more screentime post-comic merger than she was when BP was running on its own.


23rd Feb 2017, 11:14 PM
This is a fun silly page, wonder what's going to happen next.
24th Dec 2019, 6:48 AM
does MM count in the list of people who can fly without tech, given he basically stol Grant's power?
24th Dec 2019, 7:31 AM
Martin F.
Yeah, he's the one they're both counting, while Grant's the one only Alex is since he hasn't gone public yet at this point. Neither of them knows the circumstances of his powers and all.