Big Nemo

Alan Moore was not familiar with digital comics until embarking on this project. He sat and listened intently to the crash course delivered by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, in the library of Delapre Abbey almost two years ago, and then he went away and wrote the script. He has experimented with many techniques and methods all in just eight pages of comic.

The resulting story is hypnotic and compelling, leaving the reader wanting more.

Colleen Doran read the script for Big Nemo and then actually cried. I suspect that is not uncommon among Moore’s collaborators, but  Nemo represented a huge challenge.

Every page was described in minute detail, and not just the art, but the directions for sound, animation and interaction. After the initial shock and horror, she got on with it like a champ, and produced something incredible, inking the lines with a crow quill nib for added authenticity, she made the story her own and it shows. She also created our wonderful Electricomics Muse, providing an inspiration to all who see her.

Not sure what the snake is about, but I am running with it.

Process nerds assemble!

I assembled this progression for the Final Report, but I think it should go up here too, because everybody enjoys process, right?

PANEL 1.
In the blackness, we have SOUND F.X. of gentle snoring and whistling, bedroom ambience.
After a second or two, the first caption appears up towards the top left corner of the top quarter-page space on the screen. The caption is reversed-out white on black, and is in a suitably fancy 1920s font.
CAPTION : NEW YORK, 1929.

PANEL 2.
After a moment, the caption fades from sight. On the SOUND F.X. we have the snoring and whistling suddenly cease in the sound of a child falling out of bed and clattering to the floor.
Then, in the lower left quarter of the bottom panel-space, we have a standard small black and white line image of McKay’s Little Nemo having just fallen out of his bed, which we see the top part of directly behind him. He sits on the floor beside the bed, rubbing his tousled head and looking surprised. After a second, his word balloon appears.
NEMO : OH, MAMA, HELP! THAT WAS A BAD DREAM FOR SURE