And thus we leave the lighthouse behind… I think I got my money’s worth out of this set, especially since I purchased it on clearance!
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I’m sure my recent viewings of “Waco” and “Wild, Wild Country” had NOTHING to do at all with this storyline….
“Waco” was an engaging miniseries, although I recommend reading some of the history as you go along. The facts of the incident, especially the final hours, can be murky and contradicting at best. The show tried to play it down the middle and at least hint at some of the different ideas, but I felt it certainly sympathized with the Branch Davidians. This isn’t a bad thing, to humanize the people who died in this tragedy, but at the same time the series perhaps softened David Koresh a little too much. Also, the more I’ve read, it sounds like the Branch Davidians may have started the fire – accidentally or purposefully – and the series didn’t give this idea any more than brief lip service. Once again, it’s hard to say since the accounts of the standoff vary wildly. But it’s an excellent show.
And “Wild, Wild Country” – Wow. I can’t believe I had never heard of this fascinating piece of American history, and this Netflix series documents it in captivating fashion, thanks in large part to the extensive archive footage available. Highly recommend this show for your next binge!
It’s okay. We’re all swimming in fish pee when we go to the beach.
And child pee when we go to the public pool.
I never know how much of a gap there is between how I feel about a scene in the comic and how it’s perceived by readers. But I’m just pleased as punch at the way the (not featured in a long time) character bursts onto the scene at the end of this page.
Skip back if you missed yesterday’s bonus comic!
I wanted to offer a vague background for the Thunderbird, at least as the cultists see it. The Superstition Mountains seem an appropriate point of origin for the Thunderbird because of the modern legend’s Arizona roots and… have you ever seen the Superstition Mountains? That area has earned its name; it’s creepy and wonderful. As for the Thunderbird, it’s possible that its presence played a larger role in the comic’s overall story than “random monster for the hero to fight.” We’ll see.
I scripted this scene, shot it and then completely forgot about it when I was assembling recent comics. It was supposed to be a part of the last page. I’m not sure how that even happened (probably lack of sleep), but I completed the next few comics and realized I had left poor Scouse hanging! So I threw this one together, and added a reference to who might have rescued Scouse, since a reader, Ninja_Bait, had asked. I’m not saying Scouse is correct in his fanciful conclusion…
The legendary Manuel Rotondo De Beauvais finally makes a reappearance, although his striking countenance remains hidden underneath his Mothra costume!
Also, bonus comic in two days!
I am really, TRULY lazy when it comes to digital effects. Yes, most comic artists today would take a picture of Ms. Galanos diving against a blank background and Photoshop it into an image of the “water.” But I struggle with blending images seamlessly, and it can be so painstaking, that I use practical methods while shooting whenever possible. In today’s example, that involved the use of Fun-Tak, and several attempts at me dropping the figure until I got a motion shot that was useable. When I get really stuck, I turn to my wife, a graphic artist, for quick Photoshop fixes. She’s a silent co-creator on some of these pages.
If it’s not clear, Ronald and Scouse share a pretty DEEP connection.
I’m glad I made the decision to post two comics a week instead of one for the rest of this storyline. I had way too much planned for each page, and this gives me a chance to showcase the specific action shots. I really like the way these ocean shots turned out.