Issue #14

The script for the fourteenth issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City, has now been posted.

Panel 3 Sidekick is suddenly aware of this actual moment, no longer looking down the street. He is looking powerless and sad. Maybe trying to force a smile.

SIDEKICK

Then they just beat me up, man. I didn't do anything to stop them. I didn't know what to do.

KINETIC

But, that's not possible. You can't be hurt.

Panel 4 Tight shot of Sidekick wiping his hand across his bloody mouth.

Panel 5 Similar shot, but showing more of Sidekick. This one is from Kinetic's POV as Sidekick extends his, now bloody, hand to show off the blood. Behind the hand, he stares as icily as he can muster. Which, in his shaken state, looks more wounded than icy.

Panel 6 Another similar shot of Sidekick.

SIDEKICK

I have to go Flamethrower. She's out there, and they could hurt her.

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meta/physical

One of the challenges of writing a superhero comic book which reflects and is inspired my own life is that the genre demands lots of high-energy conflict, while the source material is mercifully thin in that regard. The way I usually address this is to write the inner and interpersonal conflicts realistically, and then let the super-battles grow out of them. And then sometimes the plot and the genre just demand some fights. So, sometimes I just do some fights.

For example, at the end of issue 13 I needed to show that the bad guy plan was bearing fruit. I needed to show that they were starting to beat heroes. So, what better way to show this than to have them take down the until-now invulnerable Sidekick? The scene work pretty well, as he is in one move, not only defeated physically, but also emotionally. He has never been hurt before. Relatively minor injuries open him up to the terror of vulnerability that everyone else deals with every day. For a scene which is essentially a plot point, it packs some punch.

Plus, it promises a heart-wrenching scene between Sidekick and Flamethrower. She has never seen him hurt before, and this new potential fear is something that they will have to work through together. Not really allegorical, but a nice scene.

And then the other day I was talking with my boss about the dangerous environment in which we work. After being punched by a student, I had to deal with the fact that I could actually get hurt here. That is scary for me, but it is far scarier for the people who love me. For example, my girlfriend.

What I thought I was writing as side-plot to advance the main story.... turns out was a pretty straight-up allegory for a very challenging dilemma I am currently facing.

Issue #13

The script for the thirteenth issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City, has now been posted.

Page 12 Playing the hand

Panel 1 Full shot of Switchboard, still bound in the same position, but now smiling smugly.

SWITCHBOARD

Bluffing. Of course I am....

SWITCHBOARD

Crux.

Panel 2 Shot of Crux turning toward her with surprise and anger on his face.

CRUX

How did you know my name?

Panel 3 Shot from behind Crux and Coil as they look over at Switchboard.

SWITCHBOARD

Come on, dummy, that's what I do. Isn't that why you're here? Because of how I handle information? I know you're thorough and you pick your targets well. You did a good job, so you shouldn't be surprised that I know stuff about you....

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