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  • Writer Notes The Stone King Part 4

    Page 77 – 82

    Big fight scene. I always have trouble writing these. I tried to use the surroundings a lot so it wasn’t a fight that could be randomly placed anyway. One idea that Tyler and I had for Phul is that while he is a new recruit, one thing he does that gives him an advantage is he can take a hit really well. So while Ave is jumping around and mostly dodging folks he is taking people more head on.

    Page 83 – 85

    I really like Scritch’s beat up face.

    I wanted to have Ave start to leave and then come back for Phul as a reverse of her delaying saving Rheebee. This time she starts by being selfish but then listens to her own moral instincts. Then as they leave she changes Rheebee’s moto.

    Page 86 – 87

    I really like the faces gave Phul when he realizes how much blood there is.

    Much like Ave is starting to leave her upbringing behind, Phul is learning too. So he needed to be the one to suggest they lie to his superior officer.

    page 88 – 89

    In case anyone was wondering where the Stone King has been all through the last half of the story, he’s literally getting pulled away. I like the groove Tyler put in the landscape to show that. They have a general plan for something like this, but this hasn’t happened in recent memory and the plan isn’t quite working. That give Ave and Phul their opening.

    Page 90 – 95

    These pages are important because they have to establish what the solution is. Basically Stone King “blood” and human blood mixing make the gems. So the Stone King doesn’t want the gem back. This is more a throne in the lion’s paw situation.  Their prayer/warning about blood is a warning about this. But this hasn’t happened in so long that the warning has evolved into a blood taboo over time. So bringing up at the beginning was kinda to put the idea of blood on stone being bad in people’s minds. Then this solution isn’t coming out of no where.

    Page 96 – 99

    The gems have been growing all night so they are in pretty deep and there are a lot of them.

    page 100 – 104

    I like quite moments in comics. Ave and Phul appreciating the view would be something neither of them have had time to do during the rest of the story. It all takes place in roughly a day.

    It also gives Ave a moment to let it sink in that she saved the city but can’t return to it. As they say good bye to each other I wanted them to bring up things they said to each other through out the day. Showing that they understood each other. When Ave tells Phul he can do a better job saving everyone, I asked for a sad smile. That’s an expression which is hard to nail. Tyler knocked it out of the park.

    I really wanted to end on that last view of Ave riding Hey You away from the city, having sorta got what she wanted.



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  • I’ll be at SDCC! Come say hi!

    I’m going to be at SDCC this week! I’ll be at table M13 with Jen Vaungh. That’s in the back near row 1600. You can get there easily from the B1 or B2 entrance.

    Thursday, July 18—Hours 9:30am-7pm 

    • 11:00am-11:30pm— The Stone King signing—Kel McDonald
    • 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. ComiXology Originals: Creator-Owned Comics and Beyond The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive digital content program – comiXology Originals. Now you can join comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher and a surprise cast of beloved comic creators and rising-star talent to get the scoop on an all-new, yet-to-be-announced, comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making it! They’ll wow the crowd with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond. Room: 28DE
    • 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. Comics PR and Marketing 101 Need tips on how to market your content, your comics – and yourselves? This is the panel for you! Join comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher as he hosts an exciting panel of comics superstars from all corners of the industry, including Alex Segura (Archie), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Kel McDonald (The Stone King) and Ivan Salazar (comiXology)! Don’t miss this panel as these self-motivated comic pros share their hard-earned knowledge on how to make big splash in comics through marketing and PR. Room: 8

    Friday, July 19–Hours 9:30am-7pm

    • 10:00am-10:30am—The Stone King signing—Kel McDonald

    Saturday, July 20–Hours 9:30am-7pm

    • 2:00pm-3:00pm— The Stone King signing—Kel McDonald

    Sunday, July 21– Hours 9:30am-5pm

    • 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Manga: An Intro for Comics Fans Are you a comic fan, but are also interested in anime and manga, but don’t really know how to dive in? WE’RE HERE TO HELP! Join comiXologist Taylor Morgan as he asks an amazing panel of comics luminaries and tastemakers to recommend the best of manga past and present. Our panelists include Deb Aoki (Anime News Network), Kel McDonald (The Stone King), Gabriela Downie (Looney Tunes Comics), and Ivan Salazar (comiXology). Tell us your favorite comic, movie or TV show and we’ll give you a manga to match. Whether you’re a long-time or budding manga fan, this is a panel you won’t want to miss! Room: 24ABC
    • 1:00pm-1:30pm— Stone King signing—Kel McDonald


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