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A darker and faster paced story this month, with very little humour. (I suppressed my urge to incorporate humour into the story). It was also a chance to tell a story at a faster pace. I think in some of the other stories Iíve done, Iím probably guilty of using too many panels to progress a story. In that I have tried to explain everything or show every aspect of a situation or type of action. Iím still not certain about whether I need to explain everything that happens in a story or whether some things can be left out and the reader fills in the gaps themselves. (Time to have a read of some of the books I have on script writing, to see what they have to say on the subject).
This story provides background information into how McGill and Mary meet and the tragic circumstances regarding her fatherís death. The story ends with McGill revealing he has a hidden, big chip on his shoulder regarding the villain of this story, Duval. This sets up a nice little sub-plot, which no doubt will be made use of at some point in the future.
I had a go at trying to create the Province of Ontario in Lego micro-scale for one panel. But Iím not really happy with the result. I may have a go at recreating and improving this scene. One of the good things about publishing a comic on the web, is that unlike a printed version, it is possible to amend panels if so required.
The Canadian boxing venues mentioned on the advertising flyers actually do exist and did / still do host boxing fights. And the flyers whilst not an accurate representation of the leaflets used in the 1930ís and 1950ís, are based on flyer layouts I found on the www.
Overall, quite happy with this issue and I think the story works at this pace.