Open Studio 7/22/2013

What is The Open StudioShawn has been working on some initial character designs for Rapid City: Below Zero.

Claw Hammer

Shawn, I just love this vision of Claw Hammer. I never really pictured him to clearly as I was writing it, but this just nails the character. I can't wait to see what you do with those claws we talked about. -Josh

[I just pictured a man that loves his job. :) The "basher" types always seem to enjoy cutting loose, and I just picture this dude wearing armor/padding so he can move, and looking like he's having fun destroying people/things.]

Funny. That is almost the opposite of who Claw Hammer is in this story. Of all of the villains, he is the one who can see that what they are doing is wrong. He is the only one who feels some remorse over what they are doing, but he feels trapped in the life he has made. What you have drawn here is YOUNG Claw Hammer. Back when he did enjoy it. -Josh

Coil

Coil is looking great. Maybe thicken up his neck pieces a bit. Also, lots of thin wires squirming around might look good. But, also, be hard to draw. -Josh

[He might be the most fun character to draw in this. The wires are gonna suck. :D ]

Icicle

And Icicle! She is looking great. Her face is looking too cute. She should be pretty, but not cute. Not to be too cliche, but she should be thin-lipped and icy. She should look like a girl who would have been quite pretty, but has spent just a few too many hard years. Not haggard and rough... but certainly with a hard edge. -Josh

[Yeah, just ignore the face. I didn't like how that was turning out, so I'm just gonna flesh out the rest and skip the face on this particular pic. ]

Issue 35

The script for issue #35 of my super-villain revenge epic, Rapid City, has just been posted. Read it here.

Panel 4. Shannon walking out into her hall, holding the bat out in front of her. There is light coming from a door that is open a crack.

SHANNON

Hey! There someone in here?

Panel 5. Largest panel on the page. Shanon has opened the bathroom door and discovered Coil in there. He has no shirt, just some sparse wires wrapped here and there. He is bruised and bloody.. but not badly injured. He is hunched over and vomiting in the toilet.

SHANNON

Coil! What are you doing here?

Panel 6. Small shot of Coil's face. He is looking back at Shannon. His humanity is gone. There is vomit on his lips and bloody scrapes on his face. His expression is that of a sick, injured, dog.

Read and discuss all of the Rapid City scripts here.

Issue #31

The script for the 31st issue of Rapid City has just been posted. In this issue, the heroes and villains of Rapid City are searching for Templar, the recently returned superhero. Icicle finds him and learns about her own quest for revenge.

Panel 1. Coil and Hector sitting around in Coil's "office". They are both relaxed.

HECTOR

Coil, you've seen The Wild Bunch?

COIL

Of course.

HECTOR

The scene with the ants and the scorpion is real. I've seen it happen, and the ants always win.

COIL

They've got numbers.

Panel 2. Hector leaning forward to speak more seriously.

HECTOR

Numbers and organization. They have a unified strategy that uses their smaller size to an advantage. They win.

Panel 3. Closer on Hector and more serious.

HECTOR

But you switch that scorpion for a boot heel, and that advantage disappears.

Panel 4. The two of them talking. Coil leaning forward now, curious about Hector's serious posture.

COIL

What are we talking about here, Hector?

HECTOR

The Syndicate in Rapid City. Our advantage until now has been our organization and our strategy.

HECTOR

But this guy we fought today, he seemed like he could be a boot heel.

Read issue #31 and all of the previous Rapid City issues here.

Issue #28

The script for the 28th issue of my supervillain drama Rapid City has just been posted. Read the full script here.

Panel 1. Later that night, Icicle walks along the side of concrete bridge where a main road is crossing a set of railroad tracks. She is carrying the gym bag. Her clothes are in rough shape after running through the brush.

Caption: The cold never bothers me. But hunger does. Exhaustion does.

Caption: Cars just pass me by.

Panel 2. We can see a hint of the bridge she was crossing in the background. In the foreground, she is hunkered down behind a long-unused set of newspaper boxes. She is sliding a few bills out of the cop's wallet that she took. The way it is flopped open, we can see the cop's badge.

Caption: Twenty six bucks. That's it.

Panel 3. Icicle is caught in the lights of a passing car, she raises her arm to shield her face. We can see rips and smears of dirt on her sleeve.

Read all of my previous Rapid City scripts right here.