Maelstrom 1 p7 – Behind the Scene

This is the page where the Raven, being our narrator, propels us into the story. In a way, Maelstrom is nothing but a campfire story. Only here, it’s a raven that has a flashlight under its beak. Ha!

Here is the thumbnail sketch used for the final page. Note that I decided to drop the top layout later on, it was redundant.

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Maelstrom 1 p6

Here’s the second half of the “big” layout. I waited until now to show you the thumbnail sketch. Trying to avoiding a spoiler, here.

To me, it still works as two single page as both halves show the character answering each other. It’s as if the first half is one character speaking and the second one is the other’s answer.

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Maelstrom 1 p5 – Behind the Scene

For this one, I hesitated. I didn’t know if this page (and the next) was just redundant and made the action slow down. I still don’t know. You tell me.

What made me keep it is the design, although I wanted to get the story moving progressively faster with more panels per page, the idea was too cool to throw in the dustbin.

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Maelstrom 1 p4

As I said before about the previous page, I was thinking of a larger layout that could combine page 3 and 4 into a vertical format. Here’s the bottom part of the design; we’re inside the house with the tree growing in the middle.

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Maelstrom Page3

Page 3 is based on a layout in two parts. Hopefully, it will read well as separate pages. Here’s the sketch which is about letter size. You’ll note that I changed my mind about the raven landing on the first (big) panel instead of the second one.

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