I love one page stories. They hold a special place in my heart. You can draw an entire story in one day and within that story is an entire universe, you can go as crazy as you like, experiment how you fancy. It’s 2000AD’s future shock format compressed into an even smaller place.
Here’s the one pager I did, written by Corey Fryia and lettered by Micah Myer.
Hope you liked it, now the background!
On twitter, someone I didn’t know – Corey Fryia, was RTd looking for an artist for a single pager. I had an itch, and there was the scratch. I’m sure I was as unfamiliar to Corey as he was to me.
Anyway, I volunteered, Corey sent me a script, and, in the worst way imaginable I drew what I wanted, script be damned! (hey it was one page! and he said it was ok!). The original script was didn’t specify that the firing squad where basically various pixar characters (that was me) and wasn’t even about a Clone. That was me too (though I may have brow beat Corey with that one).
Unheard of, for me, I even dropped a panel in the script – largely because I wanted to draw less panels and it felt superfluous (panel 3 here was originally two panels, one with the commander saying fire and the next with people firing).
I’m pretty happy with my story telling in the strip – I think it’s pretty readable sans dialogue (a good measure!) happy with some of the faces and some of the colouring. It still feels too laboured on the colouring front – too heavy in some way. No idea why or how to fix it (maybe I need to not colour so much – maybe make the texture more subtle?). The final panel doesn’t work as well as it could – to be honest, it’s not well enough drawn which is a shame as the twist turns on it a little. I think I could draw it as well as it needs but it’d take probably as long as the entire page – maintaining a likeness at those angles is tough and would require lots of planning
Still those caveats aside, fun to do, and on to the next thing!