dcr3_script_page_23Finally, the first major connection to The Dualist!

This isn’t a glancing blow single panel one conversation major plot thing mentioned exactly once in a four point font somewhere in the background by an extra kind of run-on sentence plot thing, either. The chapter just stepped on a friggin’ land mine – one that’ll spend the rest of the story exploding.

Literally, and possibly not quite in the way that you think.

I tossed the original script layout – while it kinda works, the final page is a huge improvement. This “reads” clearly, fits with certain thematic elements in a way the draft layout didn’t, and enabled me to make use of a spiffy panorama comp in the first panel. It also puts the “line of action” in a strict left to right, whereas the workbook draft was a muddled mix of right to left and left to right, and used camera angles that pages 22 and 24 hinge on.

I’ll be making a few adjustments to the layout for the next page as well – though that layout is more of a scribble than a sketch. Should have it up this weekend.

If you think the long hair is a bit screwball, you’re not the only one – that’s a decision I made a very long time ago. It’s turned out to be one of those little Learn From Experience lessons that factors into my current approach to character design.* It fits ATC’s internal Qabalah and works well as a story element in The Dualist, but damn is it ever a timesink when it comes to cleanup and shading.

* Very few characters went through anything resembling a traditional design process. Most sprung into existence fully formed, and made it to the page with minor adjustments. Whitehouse got a haircut, Emily got a skirt, James pulled his hair back and Yang's mane got a bit straighter. My major lesson from The Dualist was burned in with Val's boots and Dyluck's hair, and that lesson is this: Go into character wardrobe with a good idea of how much screen time that character has and simplify the heck out of their outfit accordingly.

Cast

  • Emily Ashton

    The youngest Templar in the Terran ranks, Emily’s first “real” assignment is a doozy – as a “deep cover” observer tasked to fulfill the Waking God Protocols, Emily finds herself living the complicated double...

  • Dyluck

    A being with a talent for astral projection, possessing some form of teleportation ability. Dyluck incarnated as Thaddeus Gallahad and remained in a dormant state until Awoken in 1997. Thad’s cognitive dissonance forced her...

  • Thaddeus Gallahad

    A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he...

  • The River Guardian

    An astral entity, abilities and disposition unknown. Emily Ashton refers to it as a “dragon,” and describes it as “- the focal point of the city’s geological energy!,” apparently distressed by the fact that...

  • Jason Whitehouse

    The king of social engineering, the crown prince of noise, and a self-described “Post-American Electro-Snob.” Jason has a deep interest in industrial, electronic, ambient, metal and gothic music, and a well-researched interest in radio...

Glossary Articles

  • Astral Space

    A cognitively-informed plane of perception, Astral Space is a blanket term applied to Astral Projection, Remote Viewing, and other forms of cognitive or psychic non-corporeal translocation in which the physical location of the characters...

  • Pittsburgh

    Most of Dead City Radio takes place in and around Pittsburgh, the so-called “Paris of Appalachia.” Thad is still living there at the beginning of The Dualist, though most of his friends from art...