Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
1 - Ken Masters meditates in a traditional Japanese garden, his eyes closed. No one else seems to be around. It is winter, with a fresh snowfall blanketing the world around him. Ken sits beneath a majestic tree (also snow covered), with various aspects of Japanes gardens visible throughout the panel (perhaps part of a pond in the foreground and sideground, a bridge crossing the pond, a stone lantern or two, a little building in the background, etc).
KEN: You know, Ryu...
2 - Repeat panel.
KEN: I think I'm finally starting to understand where you're coming from.
3 - Ken (eyes still closed) looks over his shoulder, presumably to where he believes Ryu is. Unfortunately for Ken, Ryu (who has been and remains off-panel) has thrown a snowball at Ken from the direction he is looking towards, which hits him straight on in the face.
KEN: When I'm not acting out and causing distractions, this is actually really relax--
SFX (snowball): paff!
4 - Ken sits in the same position, but his face is covered in snow, which drips off comically. Perhaps have his angry open eyes visible through the mask of snow.
RYU (off-panel): You know, Ken...
Sunday, August 24, 2014
1. The final tournament in Street Fighter 1. A shot of Ryu's head snapping towards the reader as Sagat lands a blow with his knee to Ryu's cheek.
CAPTION: Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
Uh, because he is all kinds of awesome.
Ryu, easily the main and most recognisable character from the Street Fighter video game series has been around for over 25 years. From his first appearance in the original Street Fighter video game, Ryu has undergone many changes in these years - mostly built on in the comic series by Udon Entertainment.
Originally the victor of the first Street Fighter tournament (according to the video game) Ryu not only took the title but left a scar on rival Sagat's chest. His only desire was to seek out stronger opponents and support his training partner and best friend Ken Maters.
However as the series grew in popularity Ryu's motivation and history has been expanded. Through the prequels Street Fighter Zero series it is revealed that his Sensei Gouken, whom we originally were told was killed by Street Fighter II boss M Bison, was in actuality killed by his brother Akuma - a man who had been seduced by the darker aspects of the hadou (the mystical force that allows Ryu and Ken to throw fireballs and such).
Ryu's mission was to find Akuma and avenge his Sensei's death. Later, this mythology was further expanded upon with Ryu at constant battle with the dark hadou. He was constantly at war with it, fighting within himself as well as physical opponents. It was explained that Ryu scarring Sagat in their bout for the Street Fighter final was a result of him giving in to this dark hadou. Somehting he vowed never to give in to. Akuma however has other plans. Akuma wants to see Ryu succumb to this evil power so that they may battle to realise who is the true master of their craft.
Recently (as in Street Fighter IV) players have the option of playing two Ryu characters - normal Ryu and an Evil Ryu. This incarnation has Ryu consumed by the dark hadou, a hole in his chest and a thirst for blood and murder that cannot be fulfilled.
With a character who is constantly being fleshed out, the tenured writer's of Thought Balloons have a lot of wriggle room this week. And don't forget - if you have a one page comic script about Ryu please feel free to post it below. We even will provide feedback, cos we're nice like that,
Friday, August 22, 2014
Previously, reporter JACK RYDER was given a lead on a conspiracy surrounding a new pharmaceutical company, chaired by two doctors who had hands in creating the CREEPER, and thought to be dead until now. RYDER's research is cut short when a deranged SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN, possibly sensing the reporter's own split sanity, separates the CREEPER from JACK, with the wrong mind in the wrong body.
Set-up: JACK, with the CREEPER's mind inside, chases SHADE up a fire escape and over Gotham's rooftops. The CREEPER, however, now inhabited by JACK's sane mind, balks at the first tenement ledge. He's considering going back down when a voice behind him tells him to stop, and that he is needed...
Panel 1- We are looking over the CREEPER's shoulder at ANDREW BENNETT, who is standing on a rooftop steam pipe, the steam billowing about his feet. He is dressed in a duster coat, t-shirt, and jeans, hands in his jeans pockets and barefoot. He has a pair of military grade night-vision binoculars slung around his neck. Gotham's skyline is in view, the crescent moon has risen on a starless night and frames BENNETT's head like a broken halo.
BENNETT: My name is Andrew. I've been following the Changing Man, for far too long.
CREEPER: You mean the wacko in the technicolor dreamcoat? What's his story? Who's Kathy?
Panel 2- Profile, BENNETT looks through the binoculars into the distance, considering his quarry.
BENNETT: His "story" is that Shade is an interdimensional poet who can physically manifest madness through a vest he stole from another world.
BENNETT: Kathy is the woman he loves.
Panel 3- BENNETT steps down from the steam pipe to the roof, reaching into an inside pocket of his coat. The CREEPER stands arms folded as his skeptic-journalist self would, listening.
BENNETT: He believes that certain parties can help him access certain energies in the M-Zone to bring her back.
CREEPER: From where? Jersey?
BENNETT: The dead.
Panel 4- BENNETT holds the photos of Dr. Yatz and Dr. Skolos in front of his face. They are recognizable, bit the bits about the eyes and mouths are warped.
BENNETT: I'm not sure what these two are, really. But I've heard them called "necrologists". Supposedly they have mastered the clockwork of death and rebirth.
CREEPER (off-panel): And you know this how?
Panel 5- BENNETT smiles wide, his fangs bared, his eyes open, blank, and glassy. We see the nervous face of the CREEPER reflected in his eyes, as JACK realizes he's over his head...
BENNETT: Because I've been dead. And reborn.
BENNETT: And I myself have been torn in two directions too often to count.
...to be continued...
Panel 1: A forest in winter. Andrew Bennett surveys a scene of carnage. A body lies before him, twisted and broken, discarded carelessly. There is blood, bright against the snow. Bennett is wearing an overcoat, the collar turned up.
Panel 2: Bennett's POV. Two sets of human (vampire, anyway) footprints lead away from the body, into the darkness of the forest, and the swirling snow.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): Two of them. The snow is starting to fill in their tracks. That means a good head start.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): I'll never catch them on foot.
Panel 3: Bennett shrugs his overcoat off. He is bare-chested underneath. (For the ladies. And some of the fellas.)
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): Not on two feet, anyway.
Panel 4: Bennett crouches down on all fours, his form beginning to blur and shift.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): Changing shape is painless. There's no rending or twisting. No tortured gnashing of bones reknitting.
Panel 5: The blurring form resolves itself as a huge wolf. The markings on the wolf's fur match the colors of Bennett's hair.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): It's like having a word on the tip of your tongue and the sweet relief of recalling it.
Panel 6: Wolf-Bennett runs off into the forest, pursuing his prey.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): You aren't a man becoming a wolf.
ANDREW BENNETT (Caption): You're a wolf remembering that it isn't a man.
END OF PAGE
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Panel 1: A dark bedroom. It is night outside the open window, with the curtains flowing in the breeze. There is a body in the bed, under the sheets. In the dark corner, a face is half-illuminated. It is Skinner Sweet (from American Vampire). His eyes are cruel and he bares his fangs in a grin.
SWEET: (small) Never smile at a crocodile...
Panel 2: Skinner walks out of the dark corner, towards the bed, still grinning wickedly.
SWEET: (small) Don't be taken in by his welcome grin...
Panel 3: Over Skinner's shoulder as he looms over the bed, reaching out a hand to the sheet. We cannot see who is in the bed in the darkness.
SWEET: (small) He's imagining you inside his skin...
SWEET: (small) No, you nev...er...
Panel 4: The sheet thrown back to reveal Andrew Bennett. He grins and points a revolver (loaded with gold bullets, of course) at Skinner.
END OF PAGE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
1. A vast ocean. There is no land in sight. in the middle of it is a small raft. It has been pieced together by wreckage. It has a sail erected, but it is joined to the main raft area - it is acting as shade, not as a sail.
This is why we don't travel.
2. A reveal of the person on the raft - it is Andrew Bennett looking gaunt. Scorch marks can be seen on his face and naked torso from where the sun has pierced through the sail during the heat of the day.
When I was young, I remember playing a game of 'Would you ever' with classmates.
"Would you ever kiss a teacher? Would you ever drink your own pee?" Stuff like that.
3. Andrew is looking at his hand. He is weakened.
4. Andrew is biting his ring finger off.
5. A wide panel, with Andrew drinking his own blood from his severed finger.
...I'd kiss Mrs 'Moleface' Maquire.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Day. We are in a forest. While the trees and grass are still green, there are now signs of rot in some places. We look over the entrance of a big cave, dark on the inside. Andrew Bennett is walking towards the cave with a dead rat in his hands. No other animal should be seen anywhere else.
CAPTION: Before all this...
Inside the cave, Andrew Bennett drops the rat and sits down, half of his body consumed in the shadow of the cave. He looks solemn, and a little gaunt.
CAPTION: The world's most heinous criminals, outside of Gotham and Metropolis, sentenced with the capital punishment often get to request what their last meal is.
Andrew Bennett picks up the dead rat and dangles it in front of himself. He shows his fangs, ready to eat.
CAPTION: I murdered the entire planet, including the masks and aliens that run and fly around it.
Close tight on Andrew Bennett's mouth as he bites the rat's head of.
CAPTION: And this is all I get before I starve to death...