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Chapter 2: Dog Wood
Guest Art: RaspberrySam
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(Interlude) Shaggy Dog Stories
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22nd May 2020, 5:00 PM
I probably should've talked about this in the previous author's note, but there's an obscure reference going on with Adrienne's pyjamas. At the very least, it'll be obscure to readers outside the U.K. who aren't aficionados of the British comics publishing industry. There's a long-running strip called
The Bash Street Kids
, which follows the misadventures of a class of primary school tearaways, and at one point, they started putting out a companion strip called
, featuring the kids' dogs, who all closely resemble their owners in appearance and behaviour. The character displayed on Adrienne's shirt is Peeps from the latter.
In regards to
page, I think the close-ups in the second and third panels are the best part. There's a moodiness to them that reminds me of the works of Sergio Leone, and the staples of what we now call
, where the tone of the scene was conveyed through the way light fell across the faces of the actors. Think of any scene in detective fiction where the private dick glowers through the gaps in the window blinds as the artificial shine of a streetlamp illuminates the grim intensity of his features, also amplifying the mystery of the dangerous, smoky-eyed dame who just walked into his office. The 1995 film
, 1998 point-and-click adventure
, the 1999 animated series
The Big O
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
, and 2013's
The Wolf Among Us
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea
are all examples of modern media using these same stylistic hallmarks most effectively. Do you have a favourite noir or neo-noir piece, and if so, what is it?
I'm also taking the chance to give out very special thanks this week to crapshoot for her reading of chapter one, which you can view on
her YouTube channel
, and to Espeon Person of
of one of my favourite panels from that same chapter! Keep up the good work, you guys!
25th May 2020, 7:56 PM
Aww, Sheriff is helping her on his break. I ship it!
A favorite noir or neo-noir piece? Well, I really enjoyed the
25th May 2020, 8:53 PM
All excellent choices!
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