Night at the Western: March 2010 Winner at Zuda Comics!

Welcome from the NIGHT AT THE WESTERN team. We are honored to be the winners of the March 2010 competition at Zuda Comics, and look forward to bringing you a year of comic noir at Zuda. On this page you'll find lots of extras and behind-the-scenes looks at Night at the Western. Enjoy, and check back often for updates!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Screen 3: From Script to Screen

This screen contains what is probably my favorite panel of these eight screens (although what I'm really looking forward to is beyond screen 8) -- the introductory close-up of Nick, framed against a starry country sky. Even the pencils are evocative, but I feel like the inks are perfect, and the use of color in the final panel is amazing.

First, the script.

Screen 3: Divided down the center, horizontally, into two panels. The first shows a high-angle shot of two men getting out of the car, both of them wearing tan barn coats and jeans. There is a real similarity to them, accentuated by this angle. The man on the driver’s side has slightly lighter hair.
Narrator (figure on driver’s side): I suppose we could just stay the night here.
Panel 2: Close-up of Nick’s face. It is a handsome, chiseled face, with an ugly expression on it of anger.
Nick: Since we’re lost and won’t make LA inside of five hours, why not?
Caption: I would just as soon have driven all night. The place was a dump, and I fully expected to see a cockroach making lazy circles in the sink in the room. But it was almost 1 in the morning, and I was practically falling asleep at the wheel.
Cesar roughs the panel out in this thumbnail:

The care that Cesar takes with the characters is amazing, especially in the panel 2 close-up:

But the inks are, on this panel, transformative:

At this point, we turned the screen over to Steven for lettering. here's the result, after the jump:

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