Harold and I are currently working on our first Fun Size Justice story. It's called Priorities and stars Captain Might.
Priorities will actually see the light of day in a published anthology book first, before it comes over here to the web comic, but it's what got us motivated to stop talking about this whole idea and start doing it.
Though we are hard at work getting the story finished up, we wanted to post a page for you all to see. But not just a page. A page in stages.
First, we start with my script for the page:
I’m seeing this page as three rows of panels.
Rows one and two take up the top half of the page. Row three takes up the bottom half of the page.
ROW 1 – PANELS 1 AND 2
Wide panel split into two parts. There is a crowd or reporters that take up the background, like a row of them that stretches across both panels.
Captain Might is in the foreground, his back is to the reader so he is facing the reporters.
NARRATION BOX: Speaking of priorities …
REPORTER 1: WILL MUDFISH BE BACK?
NARRATION BOX: This doesn’t even make the list.
Captain Might is flying away.
NARRATION BOX: Besides …
REPORTER 2: ARE THE RUMORS OF YOU AND LADY V TRUE?
NARRATION BOX: I only have three minutes left on my break.
Also, among both of these panels, since there is a crowd of reporters, maybe a few random “CAP!” and “CAP, ONE QUESTION!” thrown in here and there.
Other questions to use if room:
WILL SHADOW FOX RETIRE?
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM?
IS CONTINUALLY THROWING MUDFISH INTO THE OCEAN CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?
ROW 2 – PANELS 3 AND 4
Outside some type of building in the background. In the foreground is a sign, something you’d see outside of a big call center (I have a reference picture). The sign says: SOLUTIONS INC.
Same as Panel 2, but Cap is streaking by, maybe he’s all blurry like he’s moving too fast.
ROW 3 – PANEL 5
Ollie is sitting at his cubicle. He has a headset on. Maybe there is a name plate up that says OLIVER JORDAN and the word SUPERVISOR under the name. Ollie looks bored.
NARRATION BOX: Here I’m not Captain Might.
NARRATION BOX: Here, I’m Oliver Jordan.
OLLIE: No sir, it’s a foot powder. If you’ve ingested it, I recommend that you hang up and call 911 with all due haste.
NARRATION BOX: I know it doesn't seem like it, but this is very high on my priority list.
NARRATION BOX: After all, saving the world doesn't put food on the table like it should.
Once you start looking through the page down below, you'll find that Harold didn't layout the page as the script described, but that's the way we do things around here.
And now we see how the page itself came about.
Click each image to see them full size.
First we start with Harold's rough layout.
Next, Harold starts adding details.
Then he brings it all together and finalizes the line work.
Then the page comes to me and I flat the thing, which just means I fill in all the line work with solid color.
After that, I send it back to Harold who puts in all the words and colors the whole thing to make it look even more amazing than before. Which gives us the final plage.
And that's it. That's pagee number three to a story that you will be seeing in print by the end of the year.