Issue 4 - Page 11

17th Mar 2017, 6:00 PM in The Collector's Impulse
Issue 4 - Page 11
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Steven-Vincent 17th Mar 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
Another page I was reasonably happy with... The hardest thing about this scene continued to be the blasted rocket pack.
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Gilrandir 17th Mar 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
It may be hard work, but I like the effect. I am also amused that it (effectively) gives him a "cape made of flame". ^_^

As for Libby, he may be saying she has no sense of history, but what she actually appears to be lacking is a clue! He has self-identified as a villain, and she is asking him where he got those capes. This is going to be one of those "learning experiences", isn't it? ^_^
Steven-Vincent 17th Mar 2017, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well Abby is still pretty new to all this. And to be fair he hasn't really done anything to her yet.
Gilrandir 17th Mar 2017, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Indeed. I have no problem with it, but it's a classic case of obfuscation: he's saying so many things that are so bizarre and out of her normal experience that I expect she's just begun to 'tune him out'. Once she gets burned once or twice, she'll realize the value of sifting for the important stuff even when it's buried in a verbal smokescreen.
Comic Fan 18th Mar 2017, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
"tune him out"

What you're referring to is a phenomenon called "normalcy bias". This is both good and bad. It's good when it keeps us on track even in the face of challenges. It's bad when we let it prevent urgent action even in the face of a life-threatening event that may be happening in front of our eyes.
Haegan2005 17th Mar 2017, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Haegan2005
This can go so many ways. A little smarts and she could get a favor from him in exchange for her cape.
Steven-Vincent 17th Mar 2017, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Heh, I'm not exactly picturing Abby willingly giving him her cape...
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2017, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
I'm not sure where you are getting that Abby is tuning him out. She's asking where he got the capes from. Couldn't there be a lot of answers? After all 'directly from the backs of their owners' seems an unlikely scenario unless he's quite powerful, given how most heroes would probably react to having their capes stolen.
Haegan2005 18th Mar 2017, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Haegan2005
I looked at what i wrote and do not see where I said that she as tuning him out, but evidently I did so? I don't exactly think the way others do and often what I say is taken differently then what I meant.

What I was saying was that she might give him the cape in exchange for information or other form of help. she needs information to help battle the councilman after all. Unless she has not thought that far ahead?
Gilrandir 18th Mar 2017, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
I'm the one that wrote 'tuning out' because she seems so bemused by him that she apparently missed the following nuggets (which I consider relevant) mixed in with his dialogue:

* - He self-identifies as a villain.
* - He has a lair.
* - His collection includes villain capes
* - He got all the capes from their owners. This is significant because capes taken unwillingly from villains legitimately should be coming from a government agency as seized property, while capes taken willingly implies he's willing to do things like ... hold a bunch of school-age kids hostage in order to make a deal with said villain.

And, because of glossing over all this, she let him get right up close to her and hand her an electronic device, apparently without any "Danger! Alarm!" bells ringing. I think she is finding him more amusing and engaging than she finds him threatening -- which suggests to me that she is hearing him, but not really listening to him anymore. (Not that a teen-age girl would ever do that in real life. ^_^)
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2017, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
She's definitely not afraid of him, that's true. After all, she's been able to take a hit from an artificial neutronium wrecking ball, so she wouldn't be afraid of a cell phone.

Of course, whether it's really 'just a cell phone' we will have to see.
Centcomm 18th Mar 2017, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm
I could forsee her finally realizing hes a idiot and shooting him in the-- .. wait thats Teedee STOP THAT!

Punch him in the face. repeatedly.
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Yeah you won't see LL shoot people. Ever. ;)

Punching she does do. It all depends on what happens.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 18th Mar 2017, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Okay, I definitely wish I'd written this. This is such a great character concept.

Also: the rocket pack is looking great.

...I'm a little disappointed that he doesn't have an iCarly universe Pearphone.
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Cape Hoarder was fun to write. He cracks me up. I just hope he does the same for others. I never really write comedy at all so it's very hard for me to do.

Also... Not sure what a Pearphone is.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Mar 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
You may be working hard, but you're making it look easy. Kudos.

As for Pearphones: I'm a BIG fan of iCarly, a teen sitcom a cut above most teen sitcoms. They don't have Apple phones -- iPhones -- in their "universe", but, rather, Pearphones. That's right: iPhones in all but name and shape, since they are shaped like pears.
Steven-Vincent 21st Mar 2017, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Ah, pear instead of apple. Got it.

It's 'Daphony' here in Colonial City. ;)
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Mar 2017, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Is that supposed to sound like "Daphne"? Like the Scooby Doo character? Or am I overthinking things?
Fafhred 19th Mar 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete reply
Fafhred
Still cannot figure who had a red cape with a yellow symbol...
Steven-Vincent 19th Mar 2017, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Heheh... No comment.
Gilrandir 19th Mar 2017, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Detective Comics (National Allied Publications) had an Action Hero that wore a red cape with a yellow logo on it. Maybe it is a reference to that?
Steven-Vincent 19th Mar 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Unfortunately she only saw it after scrolling, so the exact cape she is talking about is not in the shot. I guess we'll, uh... never know. ;)
syddent 19th Mar 2017, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
I would have thought someone with such perfect hair would have taken better care of his clothes.

Enjoying the sequence
Fafhred 20th Mar 2017, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
Fafhred
Well, it seems I just got myself a nice basket of pulled legs xD
Gilrandir 20th Mar 2017, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
It's all right ... mine would grow back ... IF I WAS A LIZARD!!! ^_^
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Mar 2017, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Looking at this again, I'm fascinated by the amount of money he must have spent on a jetpack, all just to steal capes. It gets funnier the more you think about it.
Steven-Vincent 21st Mar 2017, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well remember he is a collector. Collectors don't actually use the things they collect. They seal them up in bags and boards and lock them away in an air-tight case. He wouldn't actually wear these capes. Then they would lose their value.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Mar 2017, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Imagine when he dies and his kids find the capes and they're like "eBay, ho!"
Steven-Vincent 21st Mar 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well given the opening scene I think he probably doesn't have any kids. ;)
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