Sometimes, we come up with stuff for this comic and we don’t know if any of it will ever reveal itself in the comic. When we came up with the Al’Dahan, this image was nowhere near the front of our minds. At that point, we hadn’t even conceived of Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze. But we build each block one on top of the other…and it was a LONG while ago that we decided that the Al’Dahan were sort of human after all. This all started because Will and I had decided that there were no demi-humans in our setting, and I needed to explain the dudes with the pointy ears.
I finally started catching up with the DC shows. I watched all of Arrow, and man…that show has gotten surprisingly good. They took a swing at gun control in one of the recent episodes and the writing was so nuanced. They managed to attack the issue from all sides without really taking one, but they didn’t pull any punches, either. And this on a show where a lot of characters regularly use guns. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth taking the time to check it out.
So, #Buddy (Will’s significant other) recently noticed how big Hunter’s schnozz has gotten. (Neither #Buddy nor #Squirrel are regular readers of the comic.) She thinks it’s INSANE. Now, the difference between Hunter’s nose here and his nose on Page Two is…vast, I agree. But characters evolve over time, that’s just how it is. Superman’s chest insignia started off in an inverted triangle, after all, and there was no big announcement when that changed first to a badge shape and then to the stylized pentagon we all know and love.
Man, I love the trend toward diversity in media these days. I know that it causes all sorts of drama in comics (“WHAT DO YOU MEAN THOR’S A WOMAN???”), but it just feels like a better world when I’m watching TV. #Squirrel and I watched the season premiere of The Expanse tonight (yes, I’m behind) followed by the latest episode of This Is Us. I just feel better knowing that worthy stories can star all kinds of people these days.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let Black Lightning be good. I once tried pitching a Black Lightning comic to DC; the ideas that I came up with for that morphed into The Family Secret. I’m rambling now. (Today was the second day of my vacation, and the second day that I ended up attending to work stuff from my day job. I think I’m a little delirious. Tomorrow will be Hard Rock Cafe free!)
Well, that building is NOTHING like the one I described in my script. (Not that it matters. Will knows when something matters.) Honestly, it fits the aesthetic of the city far more than my description did. For whatever reason, I imagined a low building that was a long as this one is tall. Not only does this fit the city better, it fits the PAGE better. I only tell you all of this so that you know that, when it comes to stuff like this, Will is smarter than I am, and I KNOW IT. We don’t often question each other in our specific areas of responsibility.
My vacation is ALMOST officially on…or should I say, my writing sabbatical. I don’t have any work shifts to do, but I am going in to do inventory in the morning. That’s an onerous chore to ask of someone else, and I’m held responsible for the results, regardless of who actually counts the liquor. So I’m not letting anyone else [REDACTED] that up for me.
But I’m planning to get A LOT of writing done this week. Once inventory is done, I’m hoping to rediscover a writing attitude tomorrow, maybe by doing some writing for “fun.” Then I’ll dig into taking care of my responsibilities. I CANNOT WAIT.
Once again, I’m thrilled by the fact that we don’t put our characters in the same outfits all day, every day.
My writing vacation is right around the corner…I CANNOT WAIT. (Remind me to bitch later about the day-job work stuff I have to do ON MY VACATION.)
In the interest of full disclosure: this page was written to appear on a FRIDAY, not a WEDNESDAY. It’s not working out that way because someone likes to screw up their page numbers when they’re writing scripts. These sorts of scene-ending beats, which I try to pace out onto Fridays, will be landing on Wednesdays for the next little while, which represents the amount of time it took for me to crowbar my head from my ass.
In the interest of giving you all a very little bit of insight into my writing process, I’m linking you guys to a Spotify playlist that you’ll notice growing from time to time, should you decide to check it out. It’s a place for me to collect the songs that catch my ear while I’m writing, so I can follow up on the artists later. Hopefully this works.
We hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day…whatever that means!