Mirror, Mirror, Mirror is a one off short added to the story archive. It has no real arc, just a simple friendly one strip wonder to abate that occasionally annoying vibe that comes with episodic stuff!
So a little fun really before another episodic story which will most likely be a lot longer because strips per episode will be shorter. Might break it into acts for that reason. Either way got some fun ideas, hope you stay with it!
And so this is the end of “Wine and Die!”
So what’s next? Well I have a one off story I’ll put up on Monday called “Mirror, Mirror and Mirror”. After that there will be a wee break and I’ll move onto the next story which will probably be in 3 panel strips – so its easier for me to regulate. That will probably run 5 episodes a week. We’ll see. Any feedback is appreciated, but for now, hope you enjoyed this little narrative outing!
Part 18 is here. The penultimate strip of this story.
So what’s next?
A couple of “one offs” are the plan. I have several long stories scripted, one I began pencilling, but I feel the need for a couple of simple strips just to colour the world and get away from too much serialisation. Maybe a couple of behind the scenes blogs – showing the roots of this tale.
If you’ve stuck with this daily so far, thank you – I hope there has been a reward for your diligence!
Splash page for today – the first. Now much more to say than that.. other than 2 episodes left! Finishes Saturday!
Not much to say today, not been too good, so I’m just glad I got this up before the day ended. All I can say is I like this episode. Simple art sequence, non-intrusive background exposition and a little character data. Around this point I think the strip starts to find its footing. 16 episodes in!
A small comment on this strip and the previous. In the original script, they were the other way round. Initially this played better dramatically. So episode 15 was episode 14 and episode 14 was episode 15 – we saw the building explode, then Fox find herself in the “blur” state. Which seemed more unusual and perhaps slightly curious as to the direction the strip was going.
However the reason it was swapped was all due to episode 16 – tomorrow’s episode. I personally felt the story flowed better if this episode and episode 16 flowed into each other and wasn’t split apart by the episode you saw yesterday.
See what you think tomorrow. It was an instance where I felt flow was better than narrative mysteries. This strip has already been jam packed with exposition, narrative twists and flashbacks. I felt that moving this episode around helped give the final episodes a little more simplicity to their flow!
Hope that made sense!
Only a few more left to go, then a break.
This tale has brought up some personal questions about character sympathy – what intentions I had and whether those intentions were wrong. Not just wrong, but fallen for a trap I oh so loathe in pilots – the Forced Introduction, where you take your protagonist and insert them firmly in the audiences face after the story has began moving.
The Forced Introduction has pros and cons. To some extent it does help give the reader a small sea of uncertainty as to where this story is going; rather than just plonking the queen chess piece right in front of them and saying “here be the queen”, you force the reader to examine some of the less vital story pieces and perhaps consider their roles before bringing in the big guns. It also allows for perhaps some surprise and a way to up-a-gear in the story telling.
It is however, commonly used when dealing with “larger than life” characters, which retrospectively, I wonder whether it would have been more fun to introduce Fox in a more downbeat subtle fashion before really drawing the reader to the fact she is indeed, currently, the “queen” of the piece.
I say “currently” quite particularly. I wanted to create a city that had potential for all sorts of characters – while the colloquial name of the city is named after this character, there is no need for this character to be the be all and end all of the project. And like a TV show, if I feel she’s done all she can do, or it becomes clear that other’s feel she’s not something they enjoy, she can be retired as quickly as Commander Sinclair in Babylon 5.
Fiction, above all, has to be fluid, does it not?