Page one of a two-page spread. The back and front are complete; the middle is on the next page and I haven’t started on that yet. As with previous two-page spreads I’ll show off the whole uncropped thing when the second page goes live, which should be next weekend. It’s really something – I haven’t done a spread like this or a sequence like this ever, and the fact that the framing turned out nicely ups the pressure on doing a good job on the rest of it.
I retconned the new Rhodhe font into the previous page, so it technically debuted there though this is the page I was facing when I realized it was going to be less effort to create a font for the scene than it would be to rely on hand lettering. I used the previous page as a baseline and generated the character set from scratch on the night of July 3rd, and turned it into a useable-for-this-scene-anyway font with a few hours of effort. I swear the damned thing just appeared – I haven’t been In The Zone like that in quite awhile!
The effort has already paid off, too – I can’t imagine how long it would have taken to create the rising tide of Rhodhe in the background by hand. I can’t imagine it actually saying anything of value, either – while the bits in the foreground are actually relevant and are words relevant to the scene, the background text is a whole lot of lipsum. It wasn’t in the original script – the effect was unthinkable when all Rhodhe was envisioned to be hand lettering. Now it’s not only thinkable, I’m thinking of expanding on it and turning it into a thing. Which kinda defeats the purpose of carefully writing around language in the story but hey it MIGHT BE COOL DAMMIT.
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Next week: the right half of the spread! The actual inside of Thad’s head! More squiggly writing, the full full-bleed spread, and hopefully some idea as to whether or not I’ll be eating this month! Stay tuned!