dcr3_script_page_29A slog of a page – renders were done earlier this week, and I ground out the next page and most of the one after that over the past few days while juggling work, commissions, and other activities typical of the freelance contractor/artist lifestyle.

The Make Art process was typical of comic production – what made it a slog was the constant, incessant niggling of the Ghost Of Vice and the lemming-like urge to pause production and blow the rest of the night on video games. Usually that sort of twitch crops up when I’m gaming and know I should be getting shit done – feeling it in reverse has been unexpected and somewhat unpleasant. It’s an itch I’ll scratch as soon as the page is posted, of course. I’ve gotten a good amount of work done this week – I’ve earned a little breather.

The Ghost Of Vice thing? I’m getting used to it. The occasional I WANT A DRINK flare-up is something I’ve realized I’m going to just have to live with, unpleasant as it is. Right now I can’t afford it, which is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, prudence keeps me from giving in. On the other, the fiscal stress takes the usual “Man, I just wanna go out and talk to somebody” drink-urge and cranks it up to epic levels of near-anxiety. I used to deal with anxiety by drinking until it shut the fuck up for a minute. These days I just kind of fidget until work takes root. Sometimes that takes awhile – but overall, I’m in much better creative shape than I was when I was perpetually hung over.

As usual, a few minor deviations from the workbook script. Nothing big. The next page should be easier on me – I should be getting an earlier start on it (yay weekend!) and it’s a challenge I’ve been looking forward to for quite awhile.

Shang Tsung is definitely the sort of character Whitehouse would gravitate towards after the events of the past couple of chapters. I have no idea which character he’d select prior to the events of Dead City Radio. If the Slice Of College Life aspect was something I wanted to spend more time on, the mental effects the flashbacks are having on Jason could easily be depicted in a variety of ways – a shift in video game character preference, a shift in art focus or style, taste in music, books, etceteras. When Jason’s altered perception finally kicks in in a meaningful way, it’ll be tectonic, as opposed to aesthetic. While the details certainly matter, DCR is less about the little clues on screen and ultimately more about what isn’t shown.

Cast

  • The older and more experienced of the two agents assigned observational duties in Pittsburgh, Jesse has specialized in Remote Viewing and intuitive information gathering – skills that are particularly useful in the target-rich swamp...

  • Ryan is Punk Steve‘s roommate. Handy with a blowtorch, he enjoys setting things on fire and playing fighting games with Jason and Steve.

  • Punk Steve is an art student and a friend of Jason Whitehouse. Hobbies include video games and general mischief-making with Jason and his roommate Ryan. Punk Steve enjoys punk music.

  • 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...

4 thoughts on “Leitmotif -29-

  1. xenothaulus, :

    That one, right up there–^

  2. dmhdmh, :

    Actually when you mentioned it I immediately thought about doing a CSS rollover with the “TOASTY!” guy. Would be a heck of an easter egg. Also, work.

  3. xenothaulus, :

    Work sucks.

  4. dmhdmh, :

    It sure does. Upside, the comment handling is getting a nice little debug…

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