Saturday, April 19, 2014

Headspace - The Recess - R.A. Wonsowski

Layout: 2x3

Panel 1 - Through the mouth of the crevasse, we see the Cove across the lake at a very dim twilight.

CAPTION:  I take one last look back before I go into the recess. Night falls like a kiss from a creepy uncle.

Panel 2 - Dark gray rock walls, going up and on into the dark forever, no end to the depth.

CAPTION:  Last time with the flashlight was disorienting. Spots danced and played hell on my eyes whenever I swung it around.

Panel 3 - Black.

CAPTION:  This time I'll let my night eyes adjust. Go in blind. In my head, I sing like Mama used to when the power'd go out.

Panel 4 - Black.

CAPTION:  Amazing grace, how sweet the sound...that saved a wretch like me...

Panel 5 - Black.

CAPTION:  I once was lost...

CAPTION: ...god...

CAPTION:  ...but now....

Panel 6:  Black, except for the impossible gleam of a knife edge.

CAPTION (someone else):  ...i see...

Congratulations RKL and Mr Hill on your success!  And thanks again for letting me play in your sandboxes...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Headspace - The Whole World - Niel Jacoby

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Panel 1: GAVIN, the deputy from Issue 1, is walking through a woods on the outskirts of Carpenter Cove. It is broad daylight.

CAPTION(GAVIN): I DON'T KNOW WHAT I EXPECTED. I GUESS I JUST WANTED TO GET SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Panel 2: Gavin is still walking through the woods, but it's much closer to dusk, and he's looking haggard.

CAPTION(GAVIN): SHANE WENT TOO FAR. I JUST COULDN'T STAY.

Panel 3: Night has fallen. Gavin is bleary, and the woods have clearly become more of a bayou.

CAP(GAVIN): I GUESS I JUST ASSUMED THERE WAS NO PLACE WORSE THAN CARPENTER COVE.

Panel 4: Gavin is struggling to pull one of his shoes out of the mud of the bayou, and we can see firelight in the distance.

NO COPY

Panel 5: We see Gavin's reaction to what he sees in Panel 6. We see his face in a look of confusion as it is illuminated by the firelight.

CAP(GAVIN); I WAS WRONG.

Panel 6: Gavin stands at the edge of the bayou, looking on at a gathering around a dilapidated shack. about 15 men and women in sheep masks are gathered around a stump. Bray Wyatt
is standing on the stump, leading his congregation in a song, as Luke Harper and Erick Rowan stand at either side of the stump.

WYATT AND FOLLOWERS IN UNISON(SINGING):
HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HEAD,
HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HEAD,
HE'S GOT THE WHOOOOOOLE WORLD IN HIS HEAD,
HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HEAD.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Headspace – Thinking Outside the Box – MK Stangeland Jr.


(I can only make out the basics about what is supposed to be going on with HEADSPACE, so my apologies if this in no way lines up with what is actually going on.)

(6 Panels)

Panel 1: Still inside the mental image of MAX’s head, in the padded room where MAX sits on the floor in a straight jacket. MAX’s father  - rather, a mental image of his father - falls down face forwards, dead from the hole in his chest. Behind him stands GEORGE WASHINGTON, dressed up like a modern-day RAMBO.

WASHINGTON: It’s time to go, son.

Panel 2: MAX, still looks in shock at where his dad lies dead on the ground.

MAX: You just killed my father!

Panel 3: WASHINGTON steps forwards over the body of MAX’s father. He grabs for a combat knife at his side.

WASHINGTON (1): No, that would require he were real.

WASHINGTON (2): But none of this is. If it were, I would not be here, for I have been dead for over 200 years.

Panel 4: WASHINGTON stands over MAX, who looks up at him. He holds a combat knife by the blade, pointing the handle at MAX as if to offer it to him.

Ideally, the panel would be looking up at WASHINGTON alongside MAX to give WASHINGTON a greater presence.

WASHINGTON (1): Your so-called father was their latest attempt to control you.

WASHINGTON (2): I have come to help set you free.

WASHINGTON (3): You could stay here and let them win.

WASHINGTON (4): Or you can come with me, and maybe I can help you beat them back.

Panel 5: MAX, on the floor, looks at the knife that WASHINGTON is offering him.

Panel 6: MAX looks back up at WASHINGTON.

MAX: Cut me free.

(END PAGE)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Headspace - Adrift - Grant McLaughlin

Okay, let's see if this will make any sense.  We'll roll with three rows of panels.  Top row is panels 1 through 3, all equal width.  Second row is panels 4 and 5, the latter slightly larger than the former.  The final row is a single panel, panel 6.  The important thing to note is that the gutter between the first and second row is actually a jagged lightning bolt that flies across the page, diagonally descending from right to left.  There could even be a big "CRAAACK" along the way.  This means that the top row gets shorter going from left to right, while the second row gets taller.  The third row is unaffected by this.

One more thing, the first three panels would be in Eric Zawadzki's inimitable style, while the remainder of the page would be Riley Rossmo's.  The reason, if not already, will become evident as you read through.

1 - We open on Linda, the character from the first three pages of the first issue, in the boat Shane sent her off into the ocean in, sitting in the same position - arms handcuffed behind her back and looking down into the rowboat's bottom.  She is afloat in the middle of the water - pretty similar to that third page.  It is just starting to rain, with a few scant raindrops harmlessly falling from the heavens.

CAPTION (LINDA): Carpenter Cove was always quiet.

2 -  The camera can start to move closer to Linda and her boat, although it's still pretty far off.  The rain increases in intensity - it's becoming a regular shower.

CAPTION (LINDA): But nothing lasts forever.

3 - We're closer in yet again.  The rain has developed into a true downpour, slapping against Linda, her boat, and the water.  The ocean starts to become wild and choppy.

CAPTION (LINDA): I know it was only the calm before the storm.

This would be where the lightning gutter comes into play - perhaps a red lightning bolt - taking us across the page and into the art change.

4 - Closer still, water is coming over the side of the boat.  Linda pays it no mind.

CAPTION (LINDA): So I got out.

5 - The rain continues, but Linda's boat, while filling with water, has landed on a beach.

CAPTION (LINDA): It wasn't pretty, but it worked.

6 - Pull out, Linda continues to ignore the world around her in the background, but our focus is on Morley Mack (of Green Wake fame, natch) who is standing on the beach and smoking a cigarette.

CAPTION (LINDA): Unfortunately, I have a feeling I only traded one storm for another.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Headspace - Spinoff! - Ben Rosenthal


NOTE:  This will only make 'sense' if you have read HEADSPACE #2.  I use the term 'sense' very loosely.  Apologies to Ryan, Dan and the rest of the HEADSPCE crew.


1.  A text panel running across the top of the page.  The title is a graphic resembling the Indiana Jones logo.

TEXT: From the mind of Ryan Lindsay comes the next break out character from the hit comic HEADSPACE - THE ADVENTURES OF SURPRISE ALLIGATOR!


2.  Max is inside his house, answering the front door.  His hand is on the doorknob as he is about to open it.

SFX: Ding dong.

MAX: Ah, that must be my copy of "Murderer's Illustrated"

3.  The door is open.  Surprise Alligator Has leapt on top of Max, jaws singing in to his midsection.  Max has lost a hand.


4.  Max is in bed, on his side getting ready to kiss his wife. She is next to him in bed, covered up by the quilt.  It appears she is already asleep.  Max is puckering up to kiss her goodnight.

MAX: What a day!  Goodnight honey.

5.  Surprise Alligator is in Max's bed, not his wife.  He is eating Max's face.  Surprise Alligator is wearing sexy lingerie.


6.  Max is answering the door again, similar to Panel 2 however it is a new day and he is dressed differently.  He is being cautious about opening the door - there is fear in his eyes.

SFX: Ding dong.

MAX: Uh...


7.  The door is open with Max putting his hands up as he believes he is about to be attacked by Surprise Alligator.  However a postman is in the doorway holding out a box.

POSTMAN: Delivery for you, sir.


8.  Max is taking the box from the man, looking at it in disbelief.

MAX: Uh, thanks.


9.  Surprise Alligator is springing out of the small box, defying the laws of physics and eating Max's head.


Why Headspace?

Almost 4 years a go a group of aspiring comic writers were called to arms by one man.  That man was Ryan K. Lindsay.  Just over a year and a half ago Ryan left the site to focus on his comic writing career.  Since then he has released a whole heap of shorts, edited and wrote in a book of essays on Daredevil and even been hired to write a My Little Pony book on Rainbow Dash (amongst many other things).



Then last year a pitch of his was picked up by Monkey Brain comics.  That pitch was HEADSPACE.  The basic outline of this is:

The inhabitants of Carpenter Cove discover their strange town is actually a construct in the mind of a killer. Shane, the sheriff, wants to get back to his real life but one dark connection between him and the killer is going to make him rethink everything. 
For a series that has the ability to mess with reality (and does so) it remains firmly grounded.  It messes with your mind as well as following its own linear path of storytelling.  And it is captivating stuff.



Oh - and I did forget to mention that another former Thought Balloon writer, Dan Hill is the editor of HEADSPACE AND writes the back up matter each issue.



For that reason we are celebrating HEADSPACE this week at Thought Balloons.   Not only is it an excellent book, but it shows that if you work hard enough, and want it enough your dreams are attainable.

Go pick up HEADSPACE here - only 99 cents.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Rat Queens - All-New Rat Queens #1 - Niel Jacoby

Full Splash: The Rat Queens(HANNAH, BETTY, DEE, and VIOLET), as humans, are sitting around a large table, with character sheets before them, sullenly rolling dice. The GM, KURTIS, is waiting behind his GM screen for them to finish.

HANNAH: THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT. WE HAVE TO ROLL NEW CHARACTERS, JUST BECAUSE DEE COULDN'T KEEP FROM PULLING A DUMB LEVER?

KURTIS: HEY, SHE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT THROUGH. NOT LIKE THE DUNGEON WOULDN'T HAVE BOOBY TRAPS.

CAPTION: A SUDDEN TUMBLE--AND FRIENDSHIPS MAY BE DASHED AT THE BOTTOM! WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR THE ALL-NEW RAT QUEENS WHEN ROCKS FALL, AND EVERYONE DIES?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rat Queens – The Maze – MK Stangeland Jr.


(1 Panel)

Panel 1: Splash page, designed in the style of a classic intro page showing the predicament the heroes have gotten themselves into.

In the center of the panel are BETTY, HANNAH, DEE, and VIOLET, but look like rat versions of themselves. Around them are walls that reach up high and should suggest they’ve gotten themselves trapped inside a maze.

Above them, the ‘ghostly’ image of a the WIZARD MOGGIS (no reference) hangs over them, arms stretched out like he’s doing impressive-looking magic stuff.

SFX: (Background noise, should give an idea that it’s laughter coming from MOGGIS.) MUAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

MOGGIS (1): You RAT QUEENS dare to try stealing from the mighty MOGGIS?

MOGGIS (2): Let’s see how you fare when forced to live up to your name!

VIOLET: I swear, I’m going to chew his ******* eyes out and burrow all the way through his ******* brain…

(END PAGE)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rat Queens - Ugh - Grant McLaughlin

1 - The Rat Queens are in a dark, dank underground cavern.  They've just come out from being submerged in some dark and totally gross near-liquid and are all covered in its dark gooeyness.  Hannah tries to get it out of her hair, annoyed; Betty wrings out her ponytail, grossed out; and Dee stands drenched, unsure of even where to begin in cleaning herself.  The only one who looks like they're still focused on the task at hand is Violet.

HANNAH: Ugh, dungeon crawling is the worst.

BETTY: I didn't think anything would be less fun than that one we went through last week, but here we are.

2 - Focus on Violet as she tries to knock some of the dark water out of her ears.

VIOLET: How can you guys be down on this?  We made out with a fuckton of swag from that dungeon, and I hear this one has even sweeter loot.

3 - The Queens' attempt to clean up are interrupted by a group of animated skeletons who have shown up and are now surrounding them.  The skeletons have various weapons, armour, and beat up equipment that they wield threateningly.  Violet has her weapons at ready, while the rest of the Queens mostly still look annoyed, still not taking this super seriously.

DEE: Animated skeletons?

HANNAH: So lame.

VIOLET: Don't worry...

4 - Cut to a shop back in Palisade.  The Queens are rather worse for wear, with some rips to their armour, cuts and bruises to their person, and the like.  It also appears they haven't quite figured out how to get out the stain that dark, gross substance.  That being said, they also have a wheelbarrow full of loot (statues, gems, jewlery, relics, and so forth) that looks pretty substantial.  Unfortunately, they stand, dumbfounded and shocked, before a shopkeep who is telling them something they aren't overly keen on hearing.

CAPTION (VIOLET): It'll all be worth it.

VIOLET: What do mean you don't want any of this?!

SHOPKEEP (1): It's not that I don't want it, but I'm not made of gold pieces.  I can't keep paying you for every single ancient artifact you happen to stumble upon!

SHOPKEEP (2): Especially considering all that junk you brought in last week!

5 - Final panel.  Can be relatively small.  We're outside the shop, pulled back a good distance.  The Rat Queens have graffitied and scuffed it up in anger.  They have turned over the wheelbarrow and used some of their loot to damage the building.  Their counterblow struck, they trudge away bitterly.

HANNAH (small text to impress our distance from the characters): Well that totally sucked.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rat Queens – Pirate Booty – Shaun Richens.

PAGE ONE – 5 PANELS.

1.1
A beautiful, blue, clear day out at sea. A vessel similar to a viking longship sails across the calm seas. The vast sail of the ship bares the Rat Queens logo.

HANNAH (from on-board the ship):
Ugghh

1.2
Cut to aboard the ship. Hannah's arms and head hang over the side of the deck, she looks very pale. She wipes vomit from the the side of her mouth with the back of her hand. Betty sits crossed legged a top a cask in the background. Violet is using a sharpening stone to hone the edge of her longsword. Dee stands beside Hannah, her arms folded across her chest.

HANNAH:
I'm seasick.

DEE:
Of course you are, nothing at all to do with the keg of Orcish mead you got through last night.

HANNAH:
...I'm seasick.

1.3
Cut to the Captain at the helm of the vessel. He is a short human fellow, round of belly and long of beard. He grins revealing a mouth with a single tooth. For such an unsightly man he has an air of joy and charm about him. He rests one hand on the decking in front of him whilst his other arm is out stretched, pointing towards the horizon.

CAPTAIN:
If you can hold you guts for a wee moment lassy you should take a look at that.

1.4
Looking out from the front of the ship, the tip of the ship points towards the horizon and towards an island in the distance. A vast beach, gives way to dense and dark looking jungle and at the very centre of the island is a thin and tall mountain that reaches straight up from the heart of the island towards the sky. It reaches so high as to almost touch the clouds. Massive monstrous black birds can be seen circling the top of the mountain, also dark rain clouds seem to be drawn to the same point despite the clear skies all around.

CAPTAIN (O.P)
Daggerpoint island ladies. The last stop for the good ship Salty Rat.

1.5
Cut to a close up on Hannah, still looking rather delicate shall we say.

HANNAH 1:
Bloody hell...

HANNAH 2:
Bring me more mead.