We’re only a few days from the end of the Footprints: Bad Luck Charm Kickstarter, so I’ll be posting the remainder of these behind-the-scenes pieces this week! We’ve looked at Page 1, 2, and 3, so onto Page 4!
Jonathan more or less rendered this page as I wrote it aside from two notable changes: he added a panel that helps build the suspense of the gambling and he chose a different angle for that last panel, which definitely works better (and is less complicated) than what I wrote. But the thing I love about this page is something that you can’t see from comparing the script to the final art — you’d have to be privy to our emails back and forth to have any idea about it.
‘Resa’s line in the last panel, “Cash in your winnings and never come back” is a nod to one of the greatest movies of all-time, Casablanca. But it wasn ‘t written in the original script that way; it was originally just “Oh, Devil…” as she tried to grab his attention. Jonathan emailed me with the suggestion of referencing Casablanca (because one should always reference Casablanca) and given their situation, it just worked really well and added some spice to the scene while still achieving the same effect. We know that she sees the security guard coming, but the extra line gives it more personality.
It’s a small change, but I think it really does add a lot to the story and more importantly, shows what a good collaborator brings with him. Someone that was just interested in rendering what I wrote exactly instead of bringing their own storytelling flair and ideas to it would’ve resulted in a lesser product. I’m a lucky man.
If you haven’t yet, check out Footprints: Bad Luck Charm on Kickstarter! Only a few days left!