minicomics live: giant space worm

Minicomics Live continues.  This is the page with the giant space worm on it.  I really, really like the giant space worm.

Also, we need a page number and an engine nacelle on the falling Shoebox Spacecraft.

Also, also, so much lettering in this comic.

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minicomics live: about a bleach bottle spaceship

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minicomics live: box lunch

The Admiral eats her box lunch, and Mr. Rock is nosy about it.  Hope that private log really is private, or else that the Admiral is tolerant of scientific curiosity.  And yes, a dinosaur’s box lunch has “dinosaur food” written on the box. How else would she get the right one? That’s how we roll on our Shoebox Spacecraft.

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minicomics live- two more pages of pencils

Work on Mission: Equinox continues.  Here are two more pages of finished pencils.  Most of what’s going on here artistically is developing the the character of Rear Admiral Grace.  She is amazingly hard to draw, as I try to balance “real stegosaurus”, “plastic toy stegsaurus” and “admiral in a space opera navy” in her character design.  Why I chose a challenge like this to introduce a complicated person like Grace, I have no idea.  It just sorta happened.

The Time Cook is a tribute to my new favorite kitchen timer, the Extra Big and Loud  Timer (yes, that is its real name) from ThermoWorks.  It is truly a mighty beast.

This comic has a ridiculous amount of lettering in it.  Onward!

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minicomics live: finished script

If any minicomics script is ever finished.  This is as finished as it is probably going to get before it makes contact with the page.  There is definitely one place I will have to make a major decision on the fly.

Mr. Rock: Mission: Equinox v2

a Minicomics Live Minicomic by Pam Bliss ©2020

Random word list:  Equinox, Refuse, Clock or Cloakroom, Grace, Wild Rice, Rear Admiral, Spindle, The Iliad (changed it to the Odyssey just because), Diorama or Dinosaur, Review.

Cast: Mr. Rock, Rear Admiral Grace, a centipede, various objects and toys

p1 (right): cover: Space Opera style movie poster featuring Mr. Rock’s Shoebox Spacecraft,  the Pluto Star.

page turn

p2 (left) : (splash: Mr. Rock is in the Shoebox with a large book, a digital kitchen timer, and a plastic Stegosaurus wearing a cardboard Star Navy insignia on a ribbon around her neck.)

Mr. Rock (narrating): Tonight’s mission is simple: to confirm the Autumnal Equinox using the Celestial Chronometer provided.  However, it is complicated somewhat by the presence on board of Rear Admiral Grace, who is conducting my annual performance review.

p3

two panels. each the same size

panel 1: Mr. Rock is seated on a large paperback book, looking at his bicorder.

Mr. Rock (narrating):I have been provided with a copy of Homer’s Odyssey for entertainment.  It seems somewhat bulky, so I turn to a download on my bicorder.

panel 2: He looks up and the Admiral is eating out of a box.  She chomps loudly.

Mr. Rock (narrating): The Admiral eats her box lunch.    The bicorder indicates her meal consists primarily of wild rice.

page turn

p.4

two panels, one large, one small

large panel:  The shoebox sized Pluto Star and a much larger ship made out of several bleach bottles taped together are silhouetted against the moon in front of a bedroom window

Mr. Rock (narrating): A moment of excitement when the sensors detect the presence of another ship on a parallel course, much larger than the Pluto Star and moving fast.  The bicorder confirms she is a Jovian Bleach Bottle bulk freighter.  She passes safely and is lost in the void.

small panel: Mr. Rock is reading on his bicorder again.

Mr. Rock (narrating):The hero of the Odyssey, whose name I cannot spell the same way twice, has encountered several seductive sorceresses, and also a Cyclops. Rather entertaining.

page 5

two small panels and a big one?

panel1

a giant space worm!

Mr. Rock (narrating): Mighty beasts in our world are a more serious matter. This was the largest Space Worm I have ever seen.

panel 2

it’s squirming around!

Mr.Rock (narrating): In spite of its formidable appearance, it is a harmless creature and I shifted the Pluto Star to avoid injuring it.

panel 3

the ship falls off the dresser.  in the background, a centipede or millipede is clinging to the screen covering the window.

Mr. Rock (narrating): Unfortunately, this disturbed our point of stability and, with only the local effect engines active, sent us plunging into the rift below.

page turn

p6 (left)

two panels- big one over a small one

panel 1 space opera hero panel. the ship tumbles, then jets up past itself with its main engine (in the center of the rear framework) activated.

Mr. Rock (narrating): I had less than a second to ignite the main drive.  It was a tense moment.

panel 2

montage with relieved admiral, clock, view of the moon.

Mr. Rock (narrating): We returned to the point of stability just as the celestial chronometer clicked down to zero.  The nearby planetoid was in perfect position: the Equinox was proved.

(caption or even montage could move to page 7??)

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p7  return to the peaceful scene inside the shoebox.  callback to p2?

Mr. Rock (narrating): The rest of the mission was uneventful.  I learned to spell Odysseus. Unfortunately, I remain unsure of the outcome of my review.

page turn

p8 (left): back cover: two shot of Mr. Rock and Rear Admiral Grace

Mr. Rock (narrating): The Admiral, as always, is enigmatic.

 

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minicomics live: front cover pencils

The front cover of Mission: Equinox, so far.  I did say there might be Giant Alien Worms.  You think I could ignore a challenge like that?

This is the best thing about Minicomics Live: watching the pages start to come off the board and knowing that this particular comic would never have happened if you hadn’t opened that dictionary to those exact ten words.

And yes, the worm is not attacking.  That’s on purpose.

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minicomics live: the script, sort of

The first draft, such as it is, of the script.  I used 8 of the 10 random words in the seed, or 8 of 12 if you count all the possiblities.  Either way, that’s pretty good.  I think I am going to pencil the cover now before I finish the script– let’s let it stew a little bit.

(Lots of colons in a title is a good thing.  Thrilling adventures always have lots of colons.)

Mr. Rock: Mission: Equinox

a Minicomics Live Minicomic by Pam Bliss ©2020

Random word list:  Equinox, Refuse, Clock or Cloakroom, Grace, Wild Rice, Rear Admiral, Spindle, The Iliad (changed to the Odyssey just because), Diorama or Dinosaur, Review.

Cast: Mr. Rock, Rear Admiral Grace, a centipede, various objects and toys

p1 (right): cover: Space Opera style movie poster featuring Mr. Rock’s Shoebox Spacecraft,  the Pluto Star.

page turn

p2 (left) : (splash: Mr. Rock is in the Shoebox with a large book, a digital kitchen timer, and a plastic Stegosaurus wearing a cardboard Star Navy insignia on a ribbon around her neck.)

Mr. Rock (narrating): Tonight’s mission is simple: to confirm the Autumnal Equinox using the Celestial Chronometer provided.  However, it is complicated somewhat by the presence on board of Rear Admiral Grace, who is conducting my annual performance review.

p3 (right)

page turn

p.4, top of p.5

Various mission events:  Reading the Odyssey, the Admiral eats her dinner, the sighting of a Jovian Bleach Bottle,  a visit from a giant alien worm.

bottom of p5- crisis begins.

page turn

p6 (left) resolution of crisis, the Equinox is proven.

p7 (right)  return to the peaceful scene inside the shoebox.  (callback to p2?)

Mr. Rock (narrating): The rest of the mission was uneventful.  I learned to spell Odysseus. Unfortunately, I remain unsure of the outcome of my review.

page turn

p8 (left): back cover: two shot of Mr. Rock and Rear Admiral Grace

Mr. Rock (narrating): The Admiral, as always, is enigmatic.

 

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minicomics live: the random words seed

As mentioned before, I am going to base my script for this minicomic on a list of words chosen at random from an actual paper dictionary in book form.  (I thought I was going to use my own late 70’s Webster’s, but it turned out to be shelved in,  so  I used  my husband’s  Random House College Dictionary of the same era.  The ten picks:

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minicomics live! preliminary hint

Minicomics live is a go!  Since this has been a busy morning domestically, there’s been a lot more work than posting done.  So while I do some scanning and photographing, here’s a hint to get you started.  This is the only reference image I am going to be using to make this comic.  (From last year’s Inktober series)

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minicomics live at space online! this weekend!

It’s been a long time since the last Minicomics Live, but I’ve been inspired to try it again as part of SPACE On-Line this weekend.  Yes, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, one of our very favorite cons, has moved online in these difficult times.  There’s a market, a full slate of programming, and lots of fun side activities.  Click on the link above to find the whole shebang.

Among those fun activities will be me, making an 8 page minicomic live on the internet.  Updates will be posted here, of course, as well is on the official Pam Bliss Facebook page and the SPACE Facebook group.

For the uninitiated, Minicomics Live is a chance for you to watch me make minicomic from scratch, from script to finished pages, over a limited time.  Since this is a two day show, I am limiting myself to an eight page, single sheet mini.  And since this is SPACE, I am giving myself a space theme.  I will be choosing the seed of my script by the “pointing at random words in a late 70’s era Webster’s New World Dictionary I won as a prize in high school” method, sometime on Saturday morning.  And then the fun will begin.

I am not promising any Giant Alien Worms, but at this point anything is possible.

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