Jan 25, 2011

HK '97

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Art & story: J. Piira

Imagine a situation like this; you are eleven panels short from finishing a big graphic novel project which has been in the making since the last August, but then you run out of art paper and pens you use for it and the payday is too far away to replenish the supplies in the short term. Still you want to do something instead of twiddling your thumbs. What to do? Why not resurrect a 14-year old idea for a short graphic novel, inspired by segments of Wong Kar-Wai's movie 'Fallen Angels' you had just seen back then (big surprise here, "inspired by Wong Kar-Wai", eh?), revise the script and draw it on other papers which had been lying dormant for 2,5 years. You also want to save your suitably worn-out brush pencil you draw the big project delicately with, so you adopt a different drawing style with other pen and use bold lines, and assail with colors you rarely use. And there you have it. A fill-in job to satisfy your creative needs, a bit like how Robert Zemeckis directed 'What Lies Beneath' while waiting for Tom Hanks to lose weight in order to continue filming 'Castaway'. Er, yeah... With this I don't mean this little story of a hitgirl is any less of importance than other stories herein.

A bonus for those interested in comic scripts/layouts. Here's how the script for HK '97 looks like. Yes, really, that's all there's to it. I couldn't find the original layouts from 1997, it would have been interesting to see them now, so I adapted the scenes from the memory.

Jan 16, 2011


Art and story: J. Piira, screenplay: J. & P. Piira

Glad we cut it here! Does WenWen cheat on Ron? Does the new neighbour take the rest of his clothes off? And if they... make it out, how does it count in WenWen's strong belief of 2,5 loves in her life (see episode 4)? To be continued...