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Issue 5, Page 7 - Gentleman Villain.

Issue 5, Page 7 - Gentleman Villain.

April 7, 2014 in Issue 5
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th Apr 2014, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
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Every time I research Medieval times, my soul dies a little. Kathryn's had a tough life, and is broadly tougher for it. Which is why MacKnight isn't scaring her that much at the moment. Sometimes I wish I could coddle my characters a bit, but you can't half-ass this stuff; there's a reason they were called the Dark Ages.

This page kicked my ass hard, for no special reason other than a few days off is always bad for my art. I regress like 7 years in 3 days. It's bad. You should see the original, it's a blue-pencil soup. The last two panels are on patch paper after I royally blew MacKnight.

I blew him. I said what I meant.

Also slowing things down, this page was pretty heavily rewritten at both the art and the lettering stages. I had this little back and forth between MacKnight and Kathryn which survived all 13 major edit passes, I thought I loved it, and then I realized it was cheap and on the nose. Generic, even.

It got replaced by MacKnight adjusting the table angle with his hand between Kathryn's thighs, which spoke volumes better than the actual volumes, and gave Kathryn a chance to drop a little non-generic history into the mix: she's survived medieval torture. Her line sets up a later arc's main villain which is not but could be titled "The Dungeon Master's Nefarious Return".

Spoilers? Feh. You don't know who's in that arc; maybe everyone dies in this arc except for Linwood. You don't know who lives!

...well, Arayna, because she gets the starring role in the upcoming-ish spinoff.

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jamie59 8th Apr 2014, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
So she has to give them the ring. They can't take it. What happens if they cut her hand off?
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th Apr 2014, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
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Spoilers: this is not a spoiler, as Karma already gave Richard the flash forward to the next step, swordy-choppy fun time. MacKnight can and will take the ring then.

I staged it this way to really hit the point home that maiming Kathryn is his last resort; he doesn't actually want to harm her unless it's necessary.

That's important to the character. He believes in himself and his mission, and sees himself as the hero of the piece. He thinks he's only playing the villain; he doesn't know how the method acting is eating his conscience -- it all just seems very necessary to him, and from his terrible murderous father, it's the only way he knows how to do things.