Bubble placement is something I have to go out of my way to include in these sketches because if it gets forgotten in the early stages, the panels get drawn with a disregard for them which can lead to trouble areas down the road.
JON is tall and skinny. Brunette. He has about a foot on Weston. He has spiky hair and a Hawaiian shirt. Each time we see him, he can have a different Hawaiian shirt to mark the passage of time.
WESTON is short and fit. His style of dress can vary more, but he bounces between sporty and preppy. He’s blonde, wears pooka shells, and has big, entrancing blue eyes. And he’s wicked good-looking.
1- Jon and Weston
Jon and Weston ride their bikes out of Jon’s garage and down a driveway. They are 16 and best friends. Inseparable. They are ecstatic. Not to be riding bikes, but to be sharing epic stories of friendship. Whenever they’re telling stories, they’re wired and over-the-top happy. On this particular day Weston is wearing shorts and a white tank top or wife-beater (though I’m not sure what the politically correct terminology for that is).
Remember that time I tried to-
-jump that ditch and missed? I was thinking the same thing!
2- The boys ride around a street corner. They’re on the wrong side of the road, but on the sidewalk, bikes alongside one another. Jon on Weston’s left, in front by half a foot.
Your foot got stuck in the mud.
I was like, “Ahhhh!”
3- The road dips down steeply. This is a big hill they’re going down.
If you hadn’t twisted, you wouldn’t have sprained your ankle-
4- They’re still on the hill, but it’s less steep. The open mouth of a street has appeared on Jon’s left. They’re coming to an intersection.
This is where I live.
5- Jon on left with invisible arrows pointing his intention: forward. Weston on right with invisible arrows pointing his intention: left. These are conflicting intentions, that will end in a horrible wreck.
6- Close-up of their wheels connecting. Uh-oh.
Shanae LaVelle spent most of her young life wanting to make comics and cartoons, fascinated by its imitation of people and society. She rediscovered hope for this dream with Mystery House Comics. Shanae is the artist and co-creator of Shivertown, and serves as the Art Director for MHC. Her art is featured in Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho and , an anthology of which she is also an editor. Always looking at opportunities as adventure to improve her skills while reaching out to those who hope to do the same.