Here is another batch of writer notes on Sorcery 101. If you want to read ahead on these got ahead on these head over to my patreon.
These are the same colors for When I Fall part 1. Or close to it. I basically sent that to Andrew and told him those were the shades I wanted. I wanted this cover to call back to that one, since Pat references kinda falls back into hopelessness during part of this chapter.
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So this is called a 3 beat. You do something/mention something twice to get it in the reader’s head, before you bring it up a 3rd for the most impact. Will really should put up a barrier gets mentioned when Pat first goes into the magic shop, again last chapter, and now for the 3rd and last time it gets brought up. Unfortunately for Will, he didn’t look into his future far enough to see this coming until it was too late. I always try to make little gestures threatening with vampires. So even Suryu just playing with Will’s hair is bad news.
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Setting up a happy mood before I ruin everything. I like Kayles face when she talks about Pat’s blood. Also, tiny detail, since touching the knife Danny hasn’t been sleeping well. So I started to put little lines under his eyes. They are more obvious next chapter.
I wanted to do a slow build up at Pat finds the open door and then opens it the rest of the way. Also how Pat’s demearor immedately changes when he sees it’s Suryu.
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A lot of the shots here are down shots to make Pat seems small under all this. All this is as he sinks down to the floor. Also Danny’s projecting on to Pat makes him more proactive. He is still depressed during last chapter but Pat right now is helping him move past that.
I like the bit where Danny whacks Pat in the head.
Also Kayla’s shock at what’s going on is something I wanted clear. The main older cast all have experience with this type of stuff. Jeff and Connor both got a small taste of it. But Kayla’s intro to the supernatural is Brad and she has mostly not had to deal with anything really bad directly. It has all been close calls or something after the fact.
I like every panel that is pulled out and them both silently looking at Will’s body.
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Ally and Danny are trying to problem solve. Like I said Danny’s in proactive mode more than usual. If he solved this problem, maybe he can solve his own?
I think this whole exchange between Seth and Danny came out well. Danny instinctively takes a step back from Seth when Seth invades his personal space now. Seth trips Danny’s cane out from under him. I had to draw it like 5 times to get right. And since Seth isn’t hiding that he is manipulating Danny anymore he shows off his power just to encourage Danny’s fear.
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While, Danny is pushed to the ground and bossed around by an old powerful vampire, so is Pat.
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It’s not 100% clear what is going on at the end of this scene. But Seth is making Danny drop the subject/forget. I should have done a small panel of Danny looking dazed before that last one.
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Even though Suryu is on top of Pat while he is naked and she is in her underwear, I made sure this wasn’t sexy torture. There are a lot of bad comics where the torture scene looks more like the artist referenced porn or something.
When Suryu goes to talk to Asagi and he is all smiles and politeness, her reaction is the clue of how much they hate each other. He 100% brought Kira mostly so that Suryu would believe what happened during the meeting she missed. If you go back to Suryu’s first appearance, she was having a more or less friendly chat with Kira at her own party.
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Asagi saves Pat. And now Danny will have to come to Asagi’s house to check on him. He corrects Danny on how to say his name mostly because I did have a few people mispronounce it or ask how to say it. Also that last bit about Seth driving is was kinda a reminder to people that they haven’t scene Seth drive before I get to the big ending.