Issue 2 - Page 17

15th Apr 2016, 5:14 PM in Birthright - Part 2
Issue 2 - Page 17
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Steven-Vincent 15th Apr 2016, 5:14 PM edit delete
At last we meet a key character who will be seen a lot in upcoming issues.... Councilman Kludge. This was a fun scene to do... and once I got the lighting right in the office, I was able to rattle off the renders one after another without changing much but the pose, expression, and camera angle.
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Centcomm 16th Apr 2016, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm lemme see. This guy screams .. D**Khead! !
Another good page!
Steven-Vincent 16th Apr 2016, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Yeah he's not a nice guy.

He'd probably get along well with a certain psycho emperor in Data Chasers, though. ;)
Centcomm 16th Apr 2016, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Oh dear I hope hes not THAT bad!
Steven-Vincent 17th Apr 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Well he is more sane, I think... that might make him worse.
Ed8 16th Apr 2016, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Ms. Braxton: (hangs up phone) "Ugh, why can't that idiot Kludge just use eminent domain to 'legally' steal the property like every other normal crooked politician? Just because he has a supervillian on call he's always got to be a show-off. What a loser."

Steven-Vincent 16th Apr 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Funny you should mention Eminent Domain. That's gonna come up in a future issue.... won't say anymore.
Ed8 19th Apr 2016, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
It's the rare webcomic that has Eminent Domain as a plot point. I like it already! :D
Ed8 19th Apr 2016, 3:06 AM edit delete reply
It's the rare webcomic that uses Eminent Domain as a plot point. I like it already! :D
Steven-Vincent 19th Apr 2016, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
It's not necessarily going to be a major plot point... but it will be mentioned.
Comic Fan 17th Apr 2016, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
It would be very difficult to be either a criminal or a super hero in these days of nearly infinite and infinitesimal cameras, tracking devices, and audio recording apps. How could Batman operate anywhere and then get back to the cave without being seen or tracked? Could Clark Kent ever really make his change without some nosy neighbor's camera picking up Clark walking into the alley and then nobody coming out, but suddenly some guy in a cape is spotted 20 stories up?

People really only get away with things now not because nobody sees them, but because people ignore what they see.

Ms. Braxton should have just dropped a hint that one or both of them may be under investigation, and then he'd be looking twice at every dark sedan or exterminator's truck parked on every street corner.
Steven-Vincent 17th Apr 2016, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
Arguably heroes have always gotten away with secret IDs because people ignore what they see... or are so self-absorbed that they don't pay attention.

However, what Miss Braxton is up to and why she is working with Kludge will have to wait for a later scene. ;)
Ed8 19th Apr 2016, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
If Clark can work for years with one of the world's greatest investigative reporters and still manage to hide from her the fact that he's also the superhero *who looks exactly like him without glasses*, who he's never seen with, who she's in love with, and if Bruce can hide the fact that the guy who hangs around Gotham trashing a $50mil Batmobile or Batjet every couple weeks is not even suspected of being the local, very athletic, Billionaire with the same height/weight/build, who is also never around when Batman appears, then a few extra cameras isn't going to get them down either. :)
The point being that even without modern ubiquitous tech & monitoring, none of these secret IDs would really have lasted 5 minutes.
That's why, if I'm going to be a super, I'm going to insist on the Martian Manhunter suite of powers (DCAU version). Shapeshifting/Telepathy/Intangibility/Invisibility combo is really the bare minimum you would need to really have any chance to keep a secret ID secret. That plus your secret ID needs to NOT be a high-profile public figure. I've already got that part covered.
Steven-Vincent 19th Apr 2016, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
You're right, of course. The secret ID is not there for realism, any more than super-powers are. It's a genre convention. Just like how one gets the powers in the first place, not a single one of which could actually happen in the real world (if the origins were possible by now we'd have real world superheroes), it's just how the genre works. For example, we know that even if you had a perfect disguise your voice would give you away -- otherwise no one could ever say "it's me" successfully on a phone call. But other than the croaky-voice silliness of Bale's Batman, heroes usually don't change their voices either, and nobody notices. Should they? In the real world, yes. In superhero-world? No.

One of the main goals of this whole venture with the LL comic is to bring back the old traditional genre conventions of the superhero, and not deconstruct them or change them or over-analyze them, but to just revel in them and enjoy them, like we used to back in the Bronze Age of comics.
Dlw6 19th Apr 2016, 8:51 AM edit delete reply explained in this example:

Shoveler: "Don't start that again. Lance Hunt wears glasses, Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses."
Mr. Furious: "He takes them off when he transforms."
Shoveler: "That doesn't make any sense. He wouldn't be able to see!"

Cool comic you have here! It is very engaging, and the origin story is better designed (and told) than most.
Steven-Vincent 19th Apr 2016, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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