SBL 10/7/12

It looks like it’s made of wood!

Welcome back to the Lunch, foo.

Whoa!  Bear!  Right?  What a cool page.  In my opinion chapter 4 has the best art in Secret of the Beaufort Sea, and this page is just the tip of the ice-burg.  (get it?  They’re in the arctic)  The look on Joe’s face is great here, you can really see his love of adventure as his sled races away from certain doom.  Even Cup looks like he’s diggin’ all the pulling he’s doing.  Sadly they do not understand the gravity of their situation, the Shaman’s test is not a game.

As the next few pages come out, the Shaman’s test will make itself clear.  The story will change tone, and the real exposition of the tale will unfurl.  This serious turn will take the story to another level, so hold on to your potatoes DAREDEVILERS, things are going to get heavy.

This page, like a lot of pages from chapter 4, went through a lot of changes during it’s creation.  During the first draft, the Joe captions were instead snippets of a letter that Joe had written during his time with the Inuits.  Earlier in the chapter, the Captain is giving a similar style Captain’s Log, so the switch from standard captioning to letter was already established, but the page was set up like this to explain the switch in narrative styles from obvious and clear writing to the written words of a boy without what we would consider a normal education:

And it continued,

Our camp was divided about this version.  While the written words added some flavor to the page, they were hard to read in spots and the misspellings were inconsistent - having some words misspelled and others not and making it look natural is a difficult task.  Also, earlier in the book McGinty and Deveraux shared a moment that involved some intentionally misspelled words (for implied accent) and the page was met with various amounts of confusion.  Having so many misspelled words all at once and forcing the reader to “translate” the page was something we had to be mindful of.

On an artistic level, the written words would have to be lettered in a font that was extremely childish as well.  After browsing through dozens and dozens of fonts that we thought would portray this, we decided that having the reader faced with a crazy semi-legible font and also having that font misspelling words like crazy seemed like too much.   Ultimately the decision was made to switch the captioning style to standard captions.

The narrative style we ended up using in the captions maintained the flavor of the original letter version without the confusion of the misspellings.  Double awesome.

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And that’s the Lunch for 10/7

To the Future,






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