Issue 3 - Page 10

19th Aug 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 3
Issue 3 - Page 10
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Steven-Vincent 19th Aug 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
This page and the next one were added after all the layouts were done, and I realized that something coming up in a later scene required this conversation. LL referred to it but it hadn't actually happened. That's what I get for writing the scenes out of order. So... this was the last scene written for this issue, and this scene is why it is longer than the standard 26 pages total (including covers).
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Marketing Department 19th Aug 2016, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
SPECIAL EXTRA-LONG ISSUE OF LIBERTY LASS! NOW WITH ADDED BONUS PAGES AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!!
;)
Steven-Vincent 19th Aug 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
That's right! Both pages are free!
NeilKapit 20th Aug 2016, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
Since comics back in the 70's tended to have around 18 pages of story out of 32, with a lot of ads and bullpen self-aggrandization, this "non-standard" format for the Bronze Age homage is certainly preferable.
Steven-Vincent 20th Aug 2016, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well by 1980 they were doing 20-21 at DC, and some Marvel. What sometimes happened with the really popular titles at Marvel, like Star Wars, which sold 2-3x as much as their next biggest title, was they put more ads in those. I even remember a letter complaining about the lower page count and the editor explaining why -- the extra couple of pages were ads for Marvel comics, since they were reaching people who only read Star Wars and were trying to get them to try other stuff. Answering letters a few issues later from the readers indicated most readers were OK with that, since letter-writers tended to be hardcore fans and wanted Marvel to do the recruiting.

No need for any of that here. Although... I could make some ad pages if you guys really WANT them... :)
NeilKapit 21st Aug 2016, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
I could definitely go for some X-Ray Specs of tricks to become a Real Man.
Comic Fan 21st Aug 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
I actually bought the hovercar and the vampire 'with 7" fangs'.

The hovercar was tethered to the battery pack/controller, and the vampire was barely recognizable as a bat, and the "fangs" were not even 1/8" in length. I was a devastated 11 year old!

The "stopwatch" I bought wasn't even graded in seconds; it was divided into 1/100ths of a minute. I could have invented the phrase "WTF!", but alas, it was the Silver age and my mom didn't even like it when I said "hell". ;)
Ed8 26th Aug 2016, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
That would actually be pretty cool - ads cross promoting Cosmic Comics other (imaginary) properties. Of course I realize that would be a huge amount of work for one shot ads creating entire characters and sets etc that would only get used once, I suppose it would be a lot easier if all those other comics actually existed :)
Speedy Marsh 11th Apr 2017, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
I'd love to see ads! You could use models of really cool but fictional gadgets, and make them look like black & white drawings. Then, write really cool but misleading ad copy, so it would sound like we would be getting awesome things, for ridiculously low prices.

"Have you ever wanted to glide around on your very own hoverboard? Be the envy of your neighborhood, when they see this board gliding down the sidewalk on a cushion of air! Only $3.95"

You could even have an order form, at the bottom of the page, but make it look like the corner of the page is torn, and the mailing address is missing. (or have the whole order form torn off, showing part of the dashed "Tear here" line left behind) You could show the page after next, behind the tear, and do the opposite, for the other side of the torn page. That way, it would look like part of the page was really missing.

Then, have a letter to the editors page, with letters from disappointed kids. "My child paid four bucks for the hoverboard, but it's a piece of junk! It's just a piece of cardboard with a hole in it, and a tiny electric motor with a propeller! Sure, it floated down the sidewalk, but as soon as my kid stepped on it, it crumpled, and the propeller broke! Why would you print ads that intentionally target kids who want to believe that the advertised junk is real? Your comics make kids dream, and when kids dream, they sometimes grow up and make those dreams real. Do you really think that a kid that gets scammed like this will one day grow up and build real hoverboards? Maybe... but maybe their dreams will be crushed, and they'll lose their drive to create the future. My child wanted to cancel their subscription to Liberty Lass, but I convinced them that she's not the one selling that junk." xD
Steven-Vincent 11th Apr 2017, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
I wouldn't mind making up some fun bronze-age style ads, but the problem is, a page of ads will take as much time to do as a page of story. I'd rather devote my time to the story.

It'd be fun to do, and though. Maybe some day if I get ahead enough on my buffer, I can do it.
Comic Fan 21st Aug 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Well done on the different body styles for the various characters in the city, as well as the characterizations of how they wear and live in their own skin, plus their body language.
Steven-Vincent 21st Aug 2016, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks.

For NPCs who don't say anything they are pretty generic but for NPCs who have lines, I try to make them unique characters and not just 'extras.' Mrs. Kelly's speech pattern is modeled after my grandmother's, for example. I dunno why, that's just how it worked out.
Speedy Marsh 11th Apr 2017, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Liberty Lass was suddenly struck by a crisis of conscience. Had she done the right thing? Which Rights should she be fighting for? The Rights of the small business owners, to keep their properties and use them as they see fit, or the Rights of teenage girls, to have a mall to shop in?

This internal conflict would lead to many nights of self-doubt... ;)
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