Issue 3 - Page 12

2nd Sep 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 3
Issue 3 - Page 12
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Steven-Vincent 2nd Sep 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
We finally get a look at Abby's part-time waitressing job. Moonshine's is a 50s-themed diner. The hardest part about this scene was getting a TV that looked like it was from the right era to show the kids watching it.

This was a fun scene to do. I like writing Deena and Jackson. Wish I could squeeze them in a little more than I've been able to.
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syddent 2nd Sep 2016, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Boy Super Heroes really never get the breaks. Late for work and then have to serve friends while they fawn over super hero alter ego. Maybe she should just go wash the dishes until sports comes on.
HiFranc 2nd Sep 2016, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
HiFranc
How does one not tip your hand that you're the alter ego - play it cool, be as enthusiastic as everyone else, work out in advance how non-powerful would act or something else?
Steven-Vincent 2nd Sep 2016, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well, Abby doesn't have to work out how non-powered people would act... she was one until a few days ago.
HiFranc 3rd Sep 2016, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
HiFranc
However, she's been one long enough for her perspective to change.
Steven-Vincent 3rd Sep 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
That's true, and you will see some of that coming out in the upcoming pages as well as especially in issue 4 and even the next story arc.
Comic Fan 3rd Sep 2016, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
We had a 50's themed diner until the economic downturn in 2000. It went from a 24/7 place to being open only until 10 pm, then one day I was driving by it, I noticed that it had burned down. A sad day, indeed. Now for over 10 years, the only thing left is the concrete pad where the building once stood, overgrown weeds around it, and a fence that could only have been erected with the express purpose being to prevent anybody from mowing down the weeds.

The place was fun. The building was rectangular in shape, with metal cladding around the front entryway in a "very fifties" sort of way. The waitress outfits were just like Abbey's; only a different color (I think they were lemon-yellow or red and white. The ceiling had red recessed lighting around the perimeter of the outer walls, and the seats had been done with a shiny red, glittery upholstery. The floor was not a high-contrast checkerboard pattern, but it was very 50s.

The walls displayed photos of people, cars, and drive-in restaurants and movies. There where photos of James Dean, Elvis, and others. The booths each had a small jukebox, and there was a bigger one by the front door.

The only giveaways that this was a 1990s place was that the jukebox played CDs, the soda machine offered Diet Coke, the cash register had a credit card swiper, and the restroom plumbing had motion sensors.

You could get breakfast, burgers, grilled-cheese sandwiches, fries, onion rings, and jalapeno poppers. You could order a real milkshake, a cup of coffee, or a big Coke in the curvy Coke glass. There was a bar up front with red-upholstered chrome stools and a pie-case (just like in Men in Black III), and oh the pies were homemade. A slice of their cherry pie with vanilla ice cream was the best; I swear that one would be my super-power. Or my kryptonite, I'm still not sure which...

Being a one-off family run place, the food and ambiance was more authentic than your average chain places such as Denny's or Steak & Shake. They of course also have their roots in the 50s and 60s, but this place did it better.

In fact, it was a handy place to have after working late nights in the IT center at work, because it was always open and it wasn't Denny's or Steak & Shake. It was a fun place to go to day or night, but was never quite the center of social activity like such places were during the 50s and 60s.

I miss all the neat places that are now gone. It's sad, lonely, and a little bit soulless when someplace like that gets closed and the next thing you know, they're building a self-storage facility, bank branch, or Wawa gas station on the site.

Thank you for this page.
Steven-Vincent 3rd Sep 2016, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks.

This is a nostalgia-themed book, so I figured that the 50s diner made sense. Of course, I had to convert the whole thing to iRay which was not trivial, and literally a few weeks after I finished this issue, another, much better, 50s themed diner model came out with iRay included by default.

So... we may see some renos in Moonshine's in upcoming issues. We'll have to see.
NeilKapit 3rd Sep 2016, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
Good dad, if only more rich people were the same
demcleod 3rd Sep 2016, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
demcleod
I am totally in love with this comic, Steven! It's fantastic. I love the family-friendly environment to it and superheroes that kick butt! I'll be subscribing now! :D
Steven-Vincent 3rd Sep 2016, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks so much.

Don't expect all of Abby's battles to be as easy as the Homewrecker one. Homie is a lower-tier villain, just as the Rapscallions were. LL doesn't face a top-tier one until the next story arc, issues 5-7.

But I'm glad you are liking it so much. I am definitely trying to capture that 1970s/early 80s comic feel. Seems like I've it it about right.
demcleod 3rd Sep 2016, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
demcleod
Indeed. I can't wait for tougher villains. Homewrecker was fun, though and I liked her armor. You've definitely hit the 70's-80's comic feel. I haven't read superhero comics in a long time but your story is really good. I like the patriotism and Abby's do-good attitude. It's refreshing to read stuff like this! :-)
Steven-Vincent 4th Sep 2016, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks. Glad you are enjoying it.
HiFranc 9th Sep 2016, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
HiFranc
One thing that I didn't notice the first time through is that she changed her hairstyle. How did she manage that so fast?
Steven-Vincent 9th Sep 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
She changed her hair when she changed clothes. It's not all that time-consuming to do.
Speedy Marsh 11th Apr 2017, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... Diner, or cleverly camouflaged UFO?... We need to see her boss.
Steven-Vincent 11th Apr 2017, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Diner.

Boss will appear in issue 5.
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