Comic 58 - The Second Domino

27th Nov 2016, 10:17 PM in Chapter 2: Mind Shock
The Second Domino
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JWCraig 27th Nov 2016, 10:59 PM edit delete
And now back to NOVA and Felix Grey’s interests. He and Dr. Smith, director of NOVA Labs genetics department, and lead scientist on the Spider Monkey Project, rejoin the story from page 51.
We are also introduced to two new characters. Director of Environmetrics, Mrs. Kaija Alhaq and Lead Security Analysts, Carl Moore. We’ll learn more about them soon. On a side note, I’d like to point out that the black dialog balloons are Felix’s. He communicates via telepathy and I’m still trying to find a way to express this with his balloons.

I hope you enjoy the page with all of it’s little details and clues meant to introduce readers to more of the SDMW world, characters, and story. Speaking of characters, if you’re wondering when Ego will make his appearance, stay tuned. And in case you don’t know, a short story featuring Ego is taking place in the CKS Chronicles webcomic at (The html isn't working, so just copy and paste into your search bar). Thanks for reading. As always your comments and questions are welcome!

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NeilKapit 27th Nov 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Superb work. Love how you integrated all that data about Cerebus, looking completely official and authentic, into the overall page layout. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you...
JWCraig 28th Nov 2016, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Thanks! This was a very complicated page. I wanted the monitor to deliver the bulk of the narrative. At one point, I think I was working with just over 40 layers. I did end up having to leave some of it out. But, that's ok. I got what I needed.
melaredblu 28th Nov 2016, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
That's some darn fine work on this page. You always deliver quality stuff, man. For some reason, I especially like how the first panel turned out, with the slight eagle-eye perspective.

I got the gist of the word balloon, though I think if telepathy is involved, maybe making the borders amorphous and wobbly would be a cool addition? Or having it be slightly see-through. But the important thing is the idea comes across, and it does. He may not have a mouth, but he can scream.
JWCraig 28th Nov 2016, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
The first panel went through so many revisions. I try to make these new pages print ready to save time when/if it comes time to print. I'm using the webcomic to test what works, in both the art and story, and change what doesn't. Thanks for your feedback. It really helps. I'll use your suggestion for Felix's balloons on the next page.
Hjels 1st Dec 2016, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Grey... I geddit. Why do I get the feeling that the events going on have alot more far reaching implications than it somehow seemed earlier.

Gorgeous page, by the way, but that is more or less just standard procedure with you.

Kind of curious what exactly Fire Tower does.
"Orbital Communications Hub"... Get the feeling there's more to it.
JWCraig 2nd Dec 2016, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
I need to finish the cast page so readers can get a better understanding of Felix Grey. The short version: he's and alien that came to Earth in the 1960's. He landed in the US because it just happened to be the most convenient place to crash his ship at the time. After months of negotiating, he was granted US citizenship and "incentives" to stay in America. The INS needed a name for his citizenship papers and social security. He chose Felix and his last name was selected as a joke by the agent because he resembled the typical Grey alien. His role is indeed a major part of the SDMW story, especially when we get closer to the end game. As for Fire Tower, it's true nature will be revealed in the pages to follow.
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