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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:04 pm    Post subject: Front Notes Reply with quote

As I promised in the MLAT Blog, I'm going to be posting some extra behind-the-scenes stuff conerning The Front as the story wraps up.

Here's the first entry--a page from my notebook. We mentioned in The MLAT Podcast #2 that I did detailed character breakdowns before I wrote the series.

Here's the one I did for Thirsty.

I'll post others, as well as other pages from my Front notebooks, in the weeks to come.

Hope you at least get a kick out of them!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another installment of the series of pages from my sketchbook/notebook.

Here's Knox's profile.

And here's an early concept design of the alien ship.


More coming week by week as we close out the series!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is fascinating work, man, absolutely intriguing. things hinted on in the series now make sense, or take on different meanings.

I had no idea Knox was a coward- I mean, he hasn't had to initiate any violence, or had any in which he had a choice to remoev himself from, but it makes sense.

It's interesting as well, because these aren't flattering to these guys, much. It's like you are the school psychologist, and instead of being wrong like most of them... you are right on the nose with them.

Thanks for sharing these, Jerzy.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems like the notes on how they react to Opal differ from the views articulated in Thirsty's Notebook. Am I right?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blob wrote:
It seems like the notes on how they react to Opal differ from the views articulated in Thirsty's Notebook. Am I right?


Hmm! Looks like they do.

Thirsty likes to contradict me sometimes, to remind me who's story this is. Arrow

As for Knox's cowardice and how it's expressed in the story, all I can say is where I intended it to show (it's up to you whether or not I succeded):

First off, Torpedo Black and the County Fair. If you can't be harmed by kinetic energy, why just passively take that beating? Why not try to fight back?

Secondly, Knox's reaction to Thirsty's plan to save Rex. For the first time in the story Thirsty's thinking of someone besides himself, but Knox hasn't made that leap. He's afraid of what might happen if they activate the collars.

So is it loudly expressed? No. But it's there as a character element. That's why writing all this stuff out and getting to know the characters is a huge help in the writing aspect of comics. When you get to scenes like the ones described above, you know exactly how that character will react to the situation.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bingo, makes perfect sense. You can break an egg with a finger as much as a 2 x 4, no need to be that blunt though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Foolery wrote:
It's interesting as well, because these aren't flattering to these guys, much.


Well, as the old saying goes, what's loveable about a person is his/her faults. It's not that I'm coming down on them, I'm just naming all their foibles, pointing out why they're likable (at least to me).
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jerzy wrote:
Well, as the old saying goes, what's loveable about a person is his/her faults.


Aha! This explains why Jerzy tolerates me. There's a lot to love with me.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dangit, HooveR, that was one of the best straight lines, and ya triggered it yourself.

Well, at least we don't have to do physical comedy on these here forums.

Dragging this back on topic:

It's easier to write around the negatives of a person, because even the positives are situated based on negatives.

Hmm, that seems simplistic, but honestly, it could be argued that every single thing a person does has a negative genesis.

However, in the way of fiction writing, just doing a barometer like this is brilliant. I heartily suggest any budding writer, either in comics or other to do this. It keeps your crew of characters as real as possible.

Plus, if you happen to sell an old story, you may need your crib notes to get back into the swing of characters. Look at Robert Aspirin, he wrote the MYTH books, then took a long time off. When he returned, he was so out of practice with his characters, he had to write a fluff piece to get back into the swing of things!

I digress from bringing this back on topic, but once again, Jerzy shows what preperation can do for your characters... I mean, how many of us realize the amount of work it takes to have the creators notebook, and then write up a character notebook- one that is different than the creators book? It's not like they were created too far apart from each other, right?

Think about it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, with only five pages left of The Front, I'm updating this thread with two more character bios from my notebook.

Here is Gibson's Bio

And here is Opal's.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heehee Opal's bio made me giggle. I can't wait to see more! Arrow
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for some more pages from The Front notebook!


Here's Max's profile

Here's Gaelin's (NOTE: I had to black out some info that might spoil future stories--sorry!)

And here's The Brigadier General!

I did all of these sketches back in 2001, hence the crude art and the differences in the designs. Not only did the Brigadier General's helmet start out with a pointy sort of "beak" design, but Gaelin apparently was going to wear work boots and a turtleneck! Weird!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least you blocked out the text on Gaelin's entry a lot better than Marvel did in their CIVIL WAR #1 DIRECTORS CUT. Razz They had some important spoilers in there, did a horrible job of blacking them out, then had to enact a big internet cover up to try to swerve people off of the answers.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Dual wielding party members is highly frowned upon. Reply with quote

Gaelin sounds like my type of character. This gives me an idea......
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love how you refererence LotR, Transformers, and F4 in a single profile! I love a good geek-out.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one of my early tries at the ferris wheel, before I broke down and made the 3-D model as described in The Front, Part One Audio Commentary.

Click the image to see a larger version:

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