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Comic 1177 - Two Kings and a Jester, Page 5

20th Jan 2023, 6:00 AM in 31. Two Kings and a Jester
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20th Jan 2023, 6:00 AM
Adam C.
Heh. This is another little writing bit I'm sorta jealous of; I just really dig how mundane that reveal is. There's just a really anticlimactic feeling of "Oh, yeah. He COULD just do that, couldn't he?"

The layout of the page slowly displaying the entire thing in the most intense-yet-boring way possible just enhances how dangerous Xmarlek is despite getting taken out like a bitch back in Claim My Kingdom. Without this he might've felt like it was no big deal that he came back, but he's really coming off as a genuine threat. In particular love that shot in the last panel with the tire iron.

Martin gave Xmarlek's face and cornrows a lot of little tweaks between the last page and this one, to just make the character pop more. Had a bit impact when I was doing the shading. Yeah, just really happy with this page. ^^
20th Jan 2023, 6:20 AM
Martin F.
The script for this page got some relatively late reworking; I had it about halfway written with it being much more quickly summarized how exactly Xmarlek got back and moving right into the content of the next page. Ultimately I decided that didn't really work and I wanted to put a greater emphasis on it, and I think that works much better.

I do think it works pretty well to establish that yeah, Xmarlek is a definite threat that needs to be watched out for. A lot of his screentime to this point has really just been barking orders and acting smug, but that he was pretty much immediately able to land on his feet and get things done on his own when necessary I think does go to show that he really is someone to keep an eye out for and not just a lazy has-been leeching off of others like Hazel has largely seen him as.

I've brought up before that this chapter had several names kicked around before we settled on this one, and does bare noting one I very nearly went with was Reclaim My Kingdom. Despite showing up early in I didn't want to tip the hand right away on Xmarlek being back, and while it probably quickly became obvious anyway I do think this moment works better for that purpose.


20th Jan 2023, 10:27 PM
Oh boy, what in the world is going to happen now.
21st Jan 2023, 4:24 AM
Adam C.
Really hope you like what's coming. ^^