This is page 36 of my ongoing graphic novel project. Of note, pages 37-40 or so are the second section, out of three, that I will not be publishing online for OPSEC reasons, prior to DoD clearance of the book as a whole. The self-censored panels deal with the mission brief (which is being set up in panel 36), and do a lot to explain what is happening to those who might not be familiar with military operations. Of course, they also, necessarily, describe U.S. Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, albeit vaguely. I will not be publishing the pages until I’ve been assured that I’ve been vague enough.
I’ve also tried to use slightly darker colors as this goes on, although I may have to adjust some pages in the final edit to ensure uniformity. The remainder of the comic takes place in darkness (this is supposed to be about 7 pm), which means drawing it in a “day for night” style that I’m still trying to perfect. It might be more realistic to draw an impenetrable fog of darkness and moon dust, but that’s artistic license for you.
Regular readers: do not despair. I will be posting a variety of thumbnail drawings, sketches for the next book, and so forth on roughly a weekly basis in an effort to provide regular updates during the month or so while I draw the unpublished pages.
Page 35 means that the comic is 1/3 of the way to being complete. Not much to add on this one if you’ve read the rest of the scene.
Page 34 of my ongoing graphic novel project.
In this panel, you can tell that it’s an officer talking to an NCO by the way he shows up carrying a cup of coffee and sharpshoots the guy who did most of the actual work on the one thing that got overlooked.
This is page 33 of my ongoing graphic novel project.
This panel continues the ongoing scene in which they are checking equipment and preparing for the mission. The NCO, pictured, has just set his men to correcting all of the deficiencies in the equipment that wouldn’t be there if they’d been careful in the first place, and is now contentedly smoking a cigar. He has done the job he was put on Earth to do and all is right with the world. This sets up the next panel.
At one point in the deployment that this is based on, the company XO, whose family had heard that he liked cigars, received a well-intentioned shipment of about 500 grape Swisher Sweets in the mail. I immediately stole them, correctly reasoning that he would not miss them, and handed them out to any of the Soldiers who wanted one, as seen here.
Regular readers: my goal remains two panels a week, but realistically I may only get one a week done for the next couple months due to various other commitments. I am still on track to get the book done by mid-2013, however. Thanks for your attention and support!