Issue #8

The script for the eighth issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City, has now been posted. Read and discuss it here.

Panel 5 Hourglass is now close to Kinetic and Max. Kinetic is, once again, making it to his feet by stepping away from Max who had been looming over him. Kinetic's gut is bleeding all over.

HOURGLASS

Can't hold on.

KINETIC

Don't. I can do this. Just hold on.

Panel 6 Tight shot of Hourglass and Max face to face. They are both in profile. He is enraged, and still frozen in place. She is looking bad. Blood and tears on her face. But, also, clarity.

Panel 7 Similar to panel six, but turned so that we can see it more from Max's POV. She is looking clear and focused, but she is also tense with effort. Emphasis on open bullet hole.

HOURGLASS

Who are you? Why did you kill me?

.... Vs The Clock

My deadline for issue #8 is today. I am going to miss it, but not by much. This is bad, but not terrible. I started this project as a learning experience, and I am learning a hell of a lot.

The story that I am writing is a about a man trying to be a superhero. The idea is that his progress at being a superhero will mirror my progress at writing a superhero. So far it has been working out pretty well.

The intentional parallels are very nice, and work well whether or not any reader ever notices them. The real fun for me, though, is when things pop out at me that I did not initially intend to include.

For example, the reason that I am late with this issue is because it is moving toward a definite ending. Two characters and a story arc WILL END within these next few pages. I know how it is going to happen, but I am afraid of doing it. I am afraid that I will bungle the execution, and I am afraid of what will happen after.

Each page brings me closer to that uncertainty, so the longer I can stall it, the longer I can exist in a state of pre-determined purpose.

And guess what the characters are going through in the scenes that I am writing. Exactly that. They are comfortable with DOING when it means going after a bad guy or racing to a new fight... but the lingering dread that every step brings them closer to a conclusion eventually becomes paralyzing.

So take a guess what has been happening to me as I wrote those scenes.

Same thing! The allegory holds!

So last night I was at the scene where the final decision is being made. To be or not to be. And I was afraid to start it. Starting is the first step toward finishing. And finishing one thing leads to the uncertainty of the next thing.

The thing that made my characters move is the same thing that made me move. A ticking clock. For them it is a countdown. For me it is Celtx's session timer. When I see that number going up, adding seconds... and I am not adding words.... I just start typing. If it sucks, I can come back and change it. I just need to fight that clock..... and so do my characters.

Issue #7

The script for the seventh issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City has now been posted. Read and discuss it here.

Panel 4 Shot from approximately the passenger side door, looking past Hourglass back at Kinetic. He is still looking serious and concerned. Hourglass is so far in the foreground, that we can't actually see her. She is part of the frame. We should see either her shoulders, her hands, or some of her face. If her face, it is in shadow and she is looking down. Whatever we can see of her, she is shaking.

KINETIC

Are you ok?

HOURGLASS

Y-yes.

Panel 5 Now we see what Kinetic has been looking at. We see Hourglass from Kinetic's POV. She is looking back at him and there are tears rolling out of her eyes and down over her mask. She is reaching up to wipe them away.

HOURGLASS

I'm ok. I'll be fine.

HOURGLASS

Don't look.

Panel 6 Shot from outside Kinetic's window. He is looking away from Hourglass and up at the house. Behind him, we can see her lifting her mask just enough to wipe her eyes on the back of her glove.

Panel 7 Shot from a similar angle, but closing in on Hourglass. She is straightening her mask.

HOURGLASS

Ok, I'm ready.

In this issue, Kinetic and Hourglass's pursuit of a killer leads them to the doorstep of Red Lion, the living embodiment of destruction. Tensions mount, loyalties are tested, and the real identity of the victim is revealed.

Issue #6

The script for the sixth issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City has now been posted. Read and discuss it here.

Panel 1 Hourglass is still talking, but now we see Kinetic and Justin's reactions to her story. They are both concerned.

HOURGLASS The man was gone and so was the girl. I could have stopped the whole thing, but I screwed up. Her death is on my head.

KINETIC Hey, you did the best you could at that moment. It's ok to be scared.

Panel 2 Kinetic keeps talking. He is gesturing to his own head.

KINETIC No one can be expected to know how to deal with....with death like that. I can't imagine how that must mess with you up here.

Panel 3 Hourglass looks back at him with a look resembling pity.

This issue is the second part of the Hourglass story arc. Kinetic and Hourglass are getting closer to finding a killer, who is getting closer to finding them.