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INTERLUDE

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INTERLUDE.  As promised, gremmies, Nic and I wanted an “intermission” piece while we’re working on Track 2.  Nic titled this illustration ‘Interlude.’  I call it, ‘Vikki in Repose.’  In either case, you get a very cool and somewhat personal view of our heroine.  Is there downtime on Mars?  Hope you dig it. The song is […]

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PAGE FOURTEEN

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PAGE FOURTEEN.  And, fade to black.  I wanted to say “star wipe”, but I think “fade to black” works better here.  In any case, that’s the end of Track 1. I think, looking back through these 14 pages, I’m pretty happy with the pacing.  It’s tough to do all this set-up and character introduction and […]

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PAGE THIRTEEN

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PAGE THIRTEEN.  Interior Studio SD4.  Busted.  Maybe not what you were expecting?  Certainly not what the band thinks is happening.  Dub clearly has a lot going on…. There was a lot of discussion about the SexBot design.  We wanted her to be an obvious android; a lower-end model.  But still sultry enough that some lonely […]

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PAGE SEVEN

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PAGE SEVEN.  A couple more interesting characters added this week.  I see this as sort of a Guy Ritchie moment.  The frame freezes (easy enough to do in a webcomic) and you get the little bio on each character, possibly to the accompaniment of gunshots. So you have a rebel leader, a smuggler/music producer, and […]

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PAGE TEN

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Beside defying media too fast Instead of pushing palaces to fall Put that, put that, put that before all That this isn’t fortune at all Radio Free Europe- R.E.M. PAGE TEN.  Again, some characterful facial expressions by Nic.  The girls seem to be getting more familiar.  And a nice page full of dialogue.  I’m happy […]

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PAGE NINE

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Number 9…number 9…number 9.  If Vikki G looked annoyed or pissed last week, she’s positively livid this week.  I love what Nic did with the practice space.  Again, it’s the little details, like the lipstick stain on the glass.  And the ashtrays. Someone asked me if the MARSnet material was directly connected to the main […]

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PAGE EIGHT

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PAGE EIGHT.  Nic’s character designs never cease to amaze me.  Beyond the excellent “costumes”, he nails their personalities through expressions and posing.  Kessler and Dub are great, but I love the annoyed/pissed off Vikki Grimm in panel Four. Ever since I started writing comics (about six months ago now), I’ve wanted to include the caption, “Two […]

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PAGE SIX

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PAGE SIX.  This page really demonstrates Nic’s attention to detail.  The wine glasses, carafe, and smouldering ash tray on the upper level gives the studio a real personality.  I love all of Nic’s “set designs”, but this one is particularly cool.  It’s a nice combination of traditional recording studio and futuristic bachelor pad. We also […]

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PAGE FOUR

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PAGE FOUR. The title page for Track 1, ‘Radio Free Mars.’ Each Track (chapter) will probably be roughly 10 weeks…roughly. Trying to suggest a music pairing with this page would mean that I’d be telling you what I think the band sounds like, which I don’t think is 100% appropriate. You should sort of fill […]

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PAGE THREE

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Page Three.  You finally get some dialogue!  Don’t worry, there are whole pages of yammering coming up.  We’re just taking some time setting the stage, literally. Nic really gets sci-fi noir.  In fact, I would say this week’s music pairing would have to be some moody Vangelis.  You can almost hear the flickering buzz of […]

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