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Guard Story No.7 - - Click, Whirrrll. In which The Guard comes face to face with a Tallystick. But can the Guard defeat it?
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Story number seven - Click, Whirrrll.
I never thought I was going to finish the above story! Which weighs in at sixteen pages. My longest story so far. I did have my doubts about how a couple of parts of the story were going as they didn't look right. And because it was a long story, I did get bogged down. It didn't help that it was difficult to keep the momentum going due to having a week's holiday and because of the short days, the photography had to be done at the weekends, if the light was good enough.
Sadly, I don't have a state of the art photographic studio available. Green Lion Comics operates on a shoestring budget and photography takes place in those rooms in the house which has the best lighting conditions.
There is a lot of movement of characters and objects in this story and this allowed me to practice this side of the 'artwork'. That is, the movement lines, which shows a character or object moving. This is actually quite difficult to get right and achieve. The professionals all use a variety of means to achieve this. Something else for me to study a little bit more closely.
Quite pleased with the 'Kung Fu' fight between Lam and the Yorkton Railway Police. I kept the tussle short, as I didn't want things getting out of hand 'art wise'.
True facts incorporated into this story
I've based Cheung on a Hong Kong seaman Cheung Fu, (number 202), who was a crewman for the Police No.1 launch, who was bribed by communist guerillas to obtain guns and ammunition. With the help of another seaman who he bribed (no. 195 Wong Heung) they killed two British Police Officers and a Hong Kong seaman, in May 1949 and fled into China. The Hong Kong Police were able to retrieve some of the guns from when they launched a 'joint' raid on a village in mainland China. It was a 'joint' raid only because the British paid for local troops to be present.
Unfortunately, neither Cheung nor Wong were brought to justice. Later they held responsible positions in the Chinese Communist Public Security Forces. (From Ward, Iain The Hong Kong Marine Police 1841 - 1950.- Hong Kong University Press, 1991.-)
My characters Cheung (and maybe Wong) are based on these two seamen, but in name only.
More thoughts on this story as they occur to me.