As of now with this page I’ll be making updates on Mondays or not at all. Ideally that will mean weekly updates though the main reason is to lock down a consistent release day which people can check in on – if I don’t have a page ready at the start of the week I’ll at least upload concept work to keep things rolling.
On the page itself; I’ve been straining the tension for a while here since – as I explained last time – the dramatic pause seemed right. Things get quite kinetic a few scenes on and the pace picks up considerably, so with that in mind a slightly slower (albeit tense) moment struck me as a suitable cushion to stop the follow-up feeling rushed. Quite obviously the next page is the “it’s behind you!” moment to break the aforementioned tension, something I considered having in the last panel of this one but seemed cramped and ineffective. Moving it a page ahead of the vocal shock may test reader patience a bit (sorry!) but it also makes the most of the intense atmosphere and should provide a stronger payoff.
Additionally, our mysterious stalker here is really the central protagonist. Curt serves as something of a sub-protagonist with his own important role in the plot but the real heart of the story lies with Scratch. Excluding the opening page this is her introduction not to mention the first meeting between these two characters. I won’t be making a habit of stretching thirty seconds over four pages – or I’ll be grey before I’m done – but with the rest of the graphic being fixed upon these two a little indulgence may be for the better.
Art wise I’ve tried to support the atmosphere with more close-ups than usual, plus the requisite noir shadowing. I did do more with colours here as the overpowering greens were in danger of becoming monotonous; note the slightly blue hue on Scratch’s prosthetics and the cyan highlights from the light source. Essentially, I’m still experimenting a bit to find a mix I’m happy with, but hopefully it’s going in the right direction.
You may also have noted that I’ve used the new font here which appears to be a considerably improvement over the old one, it may be a little understated but I’ll take that over the EVERYONE’S SHOUTING look I had before. What I’ll be doing now is going back over the earlier pages and replacing the lettering accordingly, once that’s done I can reupload and should be set to startup a new archive on ComicPress!
It may take a couple of days but with that sorted out I should be all systems go again, stay tuned…