Note: Unless directly mentioned, each page has a different cast of characters. The majority of background info given can be inferred by either the body motion of the characters, the facial expressions of the characters, and/or the clothes of the characters.
Page 1: In the foreground, we see a man falling off of a building in a city. He was not pushed, he did not trip: he jumped. The man is about 40 years old. Slightly bellow the man is his phone. It is an IPhone 4S. We see the back of it. The man has his eyes closed with tears pouring out of them. And yet, he is content. In the background, in the building nearby, we see many stories. We see a boy looking out a window to see the man fall. The boy is thinking that the man is trying to fly and wants to see him soar. We see, in the room to the right of the boy, his parents having sex. It is not all that great of sex, and the wife is considering a divorce. In the room beneath the family, there is a party going on. However one of the guests is puking and the designated driver is calling 911. In the room next to them, four teens in a circle are smoking pot. In the penthouse, a man is threatening to throw someone out of the building via the express elevator outside (push off the building). There are many other things going on around the falling man, but I think you can make them up. It’s late at night. The moon is not in sight, but the stars are. Bordering the page, there is a series of panels exploring the falling man’s life. They are, in no particular order and all from the POV of the man, as follows:
• The man is born
• At a ledge of a building, the man holds his IPhone with a message to a woman named Susan saying “Goodbye”. It has just been received.
• The man, age 5, watches The Phantom Menace in theaters.
• Some bullies are scared off of beating up the man, age 8, by Susan, age 9.
• Two hands, one belonging to the man, age 27, the other to Susan, age 28, hold each other. They have wedding rings on them.
• The man stands in front of a grave, holding flowers, which obstruct the name on the grave.
• The man, age 13, has his first sexual experience via masturbating to Playboy.
• The man, age 23, sees Susan, age 23, for the first time in years, having not seen her since they were kids, and waves to her.
• The man, age 18, graduates from High School.
• The man, age 14, overhears some terrible news from the other room between his father and their neighbor.
• The man, age 19, plays chess against a fellow student.
• The man, age 12, goes fishing with his dad.
• The man, age 15, has a birthday. His is not all that happy.
• The man confirms that the body is his wife’s.
• The man, age 6, watches his dad put down the family dog who has rabies.
• The man, age 30, stargazes with his wife, age 31.
• On their honeymoon, the man and Susan go to the Eifel tower.
Page 2: In a college dorm, a woman is writing on her computer. From our perspective, we cannot see what she is typing, for we see her from the side. The walls on her left side of the room are filled with posters from Doctor Who, Farscape, Star Trek, and Star Wars. Some of them are official posters and some are made by fans of the works. On her roommate’s side of the room, the walls have feminist and Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) related posters. To the left of the woman, is her bed. The sheets are red. Her roommates’ bed sheets are eggplant purple. To the right of the woman is a window. It is an altogether nice day for November, but the woman has decided today she will write. We see what she writes, not from the computer she types on, but rather from the thought balloon coming from her. In it, we see a fantasy story in which the female hero is fighting a horde of undead wolves with a sword. The imagined vision we see is slightly crude, hinting at the quality of the story she is writing.
Page 3 Panel 1: A man is lying in bed, beginning to wake up. The man is still under the covers and has been sleeping on his side facing away from the wall. There is an alarm blaring above him on a wooden stand. The time is 8:45 AM. The sheets on his bed are blood red and his pillowcases are as black as night. His walls are bare. His bed is 5X12 feet long, although we do not see the full bed, just the part where the man’s upper torso is.
Panel 2: The man looks to his alarm clock and realizes he’s late. As he checks, we see that the man was not sleeping with a shirt on. We do not see anything below the man’s belly button.
Panel 3: The man rushes to get dressed. Fortunately, he notices that it is raining outside (the window on the side of the room where the feet area of his bed would be) while getting dressed.
Panel 4: The man grabs his umbrella as he leaves the room. The umbrella is located next to the door, which is on the side of the room where the bed isn’t. The walls on this side are also bare.
Panel 5: The man, with umbrella (which is one of those crappy umbrellas that breaks within a week of owning it (which is about seven times as long as the man has owned it) and is sea blue) open, rushes to the bus stop. He has a look of desperation on his face.
Panel 6: Just as the man is about to reach the stop, the city bus leaves.
Panel 7: The man, disgruntled at the knowledge that he’s going to be late, waits at the stop for the next bus. It begins to rain harder than before.
Panel 8: The wind picks up and whisks the man’s umbrella away. The man is shocked by this development.
Panel 9: The man chases after his umbrella with a look on his face, which reads of someone who, if this were a comic with dialogue, would be saying “Crap! Crap! Crap! CRAP!”
Panel 10: The umbrella gets to far away from the man, and he drops to his knees.
Panel 11: The man looks as if he is about to shout the word “Fuck!” to the heavens.
Page 4: In black and white, we see two parents having an argument. We do not know what the argument is over, but from their body language, we can deduce that it is not over anything good. In the background, we see their kids trying to distract themselves from the argument by playing a cooperative video game. By the look on their faces, this doesn’t seem to be working. Reflected upon all of this, we see the family dog, sitting tall on all fours, waiting to be let back inside. He, like us, does not understand why this is happening, but thinks that if he were let inside, he could help in some way.
Page 5: An old man is surrounded by his family while lying in his bed. The old man is hooked up to a machine that gives the heartbeat of the old man. The old man looks happy to see his family. Bordering the top and sides of the page, we see the faces of the old man’s grandkids, children, daughters and sons in laws, and the old man’s wife as they stand around the old man. Some are giving tearful smiles, the wife is just bawling, and at least one of the grandkids is confused as to why he’s in a room with his grandfather. He loves him and all, but he thinks he could see the old man anytime, and doesn’t understand why they’re here now. Bordering the bottom, we see the heart beat of the old man slow down to a flat line.
Page 6 page layout: the page is formatted in a 9-panel structure of 3X3.
Panel 1: We see a part of a guitar in the horizontal direction. There are six stings on the red electric guitar, a big white line going vertically at the left most part, and two silver lines going vertically. The lines are equidistant from each other. The top string is vibrating.
Panel 2: We move to a different part of the guitar, but the format of the panels implies we are just going down the guitar. There are two sections of the guitar that are separated by a silver line. On the most left one, there is a white dot in between the 3rd and 4th strings. A man’s finger is over the top string of the most left section, which is the only string vibrating.
Panel 3: The same as the previous panel, except the man’s finger is on the top string of the right section.
Panel 4: See Panel 1.
Panel 5: See Panel 2, but replace the word “Man’s” with “Child’s”
Panel 6: The same as Panel 3 except the child’s finger is on the left one again instead of the right one.
Panel 7: We see the man, age 30 something, pat his son, age 8, on the back. They are in a living room, on a couch. The TV is to the left of them, and there are a series of rectangular windows on the walls. The couch is tan and the TV is a HD one. The son is holding the guitar and looks dejected, like he’s never going to learn how to play it, but the man gives him a look as if to say that he did a good job, nobody’s perfect on their first try, and he’s actually doing pretty well for his first time.
Page 7 Panel 1: Two women look fondly at a photograph. They both have wedding rings on their fingers. One of them is looking a bit teary eyed at the photograph while the other is just giving a Mona Lisa like smile to the picture.
Panel 2: We see the two women kiss each other to commemorate their marriage. It is a happy affair. The bride on the left (the one who was teary eyed) has her pews packed with relatives and friends, whereas the bride on the right (who was not teary eyed) has only friends come to the wedding. In between the happy couple, there is a catholic priest. He appears to be in his early 20’s. He has the kind of hairstyle only a person crazy enough to dress up as a Green Goblin and try to kill Spider-Man would have. They have a total of five bridesmaids and three groomsmen. To the left of them, is a man playing a violin. Presumably he is playing the Wedding March, but it could be that he is playing something else. Only the memory of those who heard it knows.
Page 8: In a lecture hall, the teacher is giving a lecture on the nature of reality via the multiverse theory (at least, that’s what the chalkboard behind the teacher says). However the teacher has stopped because on of the students (who is in the foreground) is sleeping in class. The teacher knows this because the student is snoring so loud that everybody is looking at him. The teacher is looking rather cross.
Page 9: We see a crowd of people, High School students and faculty alike, watching as two bullies are beating up a student. The two bullies look to be sports players, most likely football. They are tall, muscular (though not to the point of steroid use), and angry with the student. One of the bullies has some food on his clothing, hinting that the reason why the student is being beaten up is because he walked into the bully and got food all over him. The student’s face looks as if a meat hammer had just hit it, his legs look to be broken, and he might be bleeding internally. The student is in the fetal position while the bullies kick him. Meanwhile the crowd looks on. Some look away, some look to be enjoying it, some just look on with minimal interest, and none do anything to stop it.
Page 10 Panel 1: A man and woman, in their late teens, early 20s, are walking to an abortion clinic. The sun is in the sky and the woman is three months pregnant. They are surrounded by people protesting the clinic and look upon the man and woman with scorn for being baby killers. The man and woman feel uncomfortable around the protestors as they enter the clinic.
Panel 2: The couple meets with a doctor to talk about their situation. They are in the doctor’s office, which has bookcases filled with medical journals on two sides of the room, and a window, which is covered on the outside with egg yolks and graffiti. The doctor gives them a comforting smile, as if to say that everything is going to be all right.
Panel 3: The doctor walks them into a room. On the right, there is a poster of a cat hanging on a tree branch with words above it being “Hang in there”. Whatever is on the left of the door is covered by the open door.
Panel 4: The doctor begins to preform an ultrasound upon the couple, and they see that the baby is healthy. It’s in a clean room, although not 100% sterile. There are no windows in this room, although there is a poster, which shows the cycles of a baby being born from the sperm entering the egg to the newborn baby.
Page 11: Inside the passenger seat of a car, a teenager is looking passively out a window. The teen face is reflected upon the window as the night sky is lit ablaze by the nearby car crash. The crash has a total of two injured people, one death, and three people in shock. The teen is half asleep listening to music. It has been a long ride and the crash doesn’t even register upon the consciousness of the teen.
Page 12 Panel 1: We see the whole interior of a confessional. On the left, is a man. The man is talking, but his word balloon has images in it instead of words. The images involve the man recounting his numerous murders and how he hid them in his basement. The man perceives them as pleasurable and is only going to confessional because he knows murder is a sin. On the right part of the confessional, we have the priest. The priest is saying nothing, but is rather thinking about his experiences and friendship with the man who is confessing to being a serial killer.
Panel 2: The man exits the confessional and heads for the exit on the left. The man feels as if he has lifted a great burden from his shoulders and goes out with a spring in his step.
Panel 3: The priest exits the confessional and heads for his office on the right. The priest is feeling conflicted yet knows what he must do. He is not happy for what he is about to do.
Panel 4: The priest glumly sits at his desk, pulls out his cell phone, and dials 911. The room is what one tends to expect of a priest’s office (crucifix on one wall, bookshelf with bibles and other religious texts). On the priest’s desk, there is a coffee mug that says “I Hate My Boss” on the left, and three DVDs on the right. The DVDs are Jesus Camp, The Last Temptation of Christ, and a third one we cannot see the spine of. Behind the priest, is an old square TV. Behind that, is a stain glass window that doesn’t make any particular shape, although if you look closely at it, you can see a boat.
Page 13 Panel 1: A woman is getting dressed for work in her bathroom. Outside, we see that it is raining. Her bathroom has a sink littered with cups, toothbrushes, and other things one tends to expect on the sink of a bathroom on the left, a toilet slightly behind the sink, and a shower on the right.
Panel 2: The woman with her umbrella (which is one of those umbrellas that does not break within a few days and is yellow) is walking down the street towards the bus stop when a man (the one from page 3) barely passes her by.
Panel 3: She turns to see the man distraught at the loss of his umbrella, about to shout to the heavens.
Panel 4: The man looks as if he is about to shout the word “Fuck!” to the heavens.
Panel 5: The hand of the woman holds out her umbrella over the man, which he notices.
Panel 6: The man stands up and looks at the woman with a smile of gratitude over being helpful after a long and terrible morning. The woman smiles back, always willing to help.
Panel 7: The two walk to the bus stop talking about things. Perhaps this is the start of a beautiful friendship. Perhaps this is the start of a long relationship. Perhaps this is just a moment in each other’s lives and the other is nothing more or less than a trustworthy stranger. Who knows.
Page 14 Panel 1: A man in a black suit and red tie slips on a banana peel (specifically from a Big Mike) and falls onto a cherry pie (similar to this sequence: olsenbloom.files.wordpress.com…
). The background simplistic and just one color: orange.
Panel 2: The actor seen slipping on the peel is yelling on his phone after the scene is shot and the crew prepares to film the next one. Presumably he is yelling at his agent for getting him such a crap minor role.
Page 15 Panel 1: A woman is lying on the sand of a populated beach. The woman is listening to music on her iPod. On the iPod, if we look closely at the iPod screen, we can see the song she is listening to is “Sinister Ducks” and the artist is credited as “Alan Moore”. The iPod is set for shuffle. Nearby, there is a lifeguard tower with one of the guards looking at something happening nearby.
Panel 2: The lifeguard gets off of her tower, the woman keeps sun tanning, and some kids run out of the ocean terrified.
Panel 3: The woman keeps sun tanning as the lifeguard rushes to the emergency area with a young girl who just had her left leg bitten off by a shark. The girl and lifeguard are covered in blood. The song on her iPod is now “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.
Page 16 Panel 1: A college boy is wandering the halls of his dorm holding a nerf gun. He is all alone and thinks that the others are going to gang up on him.
Panel 2: The college boy sees one of his friends. The friend doesn’t notice him.
Panel 3: As the college boy prepares to fire, another student’s hand comes out of the room, holding a nerf gun.
Panel 4: As the other student shoots his unsuspecting prey, the college boy jumps into the nearest open room, his by chance.
Panel 5: The other student thinks he saw the college boy and heads for his direction. The friend plays dead on the nearby wall.
Panel 6: The college boy sees the other student through the peephole of his door. He also sees another nerf gun aimed at the other student’s head.
Panel 7: The other nerf gun fires. The other student notices the shot fired.
Panel 8: The nerf bullet hits the other student. The other student falls to his knees, and then lies down on the floor, playing dead.
Panel 9: The student who caught off the other student points to the other student, as if to see how many players are left.
Panel 10: The counting student points to the friend. He holds out two fingers, meaning two are slain.
Panel 11: The college boy opens his door and opens fire as the counting student realizes that there is one more player left in the game. We do not see if the nerf bullets hit.
Page 17: A silhouetted man stands out side. He sees others flying kites (with one available), people reading books, an open rowboat near the edge of the lake, and people just talking. He is unsure as to what to do for the day. Perhaps he’ll do one of these things. Perhaps he’ll do his own thing. He’s still deciding. The sun is at the noon position in the sky.
Page 18: Outside of an office someone patiently, yet nervously, waits to get an important job interview. In the office the person is waiting in front of, the interviewer is interviewing someone else. They seem to be hitting it off quite well. While waiting, the person imagines two possible ways in which this will turn out. The first being that this will be the start of a long line of rejections, which will end with the person being destitute. The second is the person getting the job with a succession of promotions leading to the person being the boss of the company. The person knows that both of these are unrealistic and is hoping just to get the job.
Page 19 Panel 1: Bambi’s mom is running from some hunters. The hunters are silhouetted by the moonlight, whereas Bambi’s mother has a glow upon her only seen in the beauty of nature.
Panel 2: Bambi’s mom is nearly shot by one of the hunters. The bullet grazed her cheek and took part of her left ear off. And yet, she still has her natural glow upon her.
Panel 3: Bambi’s mom is able to get away from the hunters and onto a road. The hunters, still covered in shadow, notice something and decide that Bambi’s mom isn’t worth it. The glow upon Bambi’s mom contrasts with the greyness of the road and the blurred colors (other cars) on the other side.
Panel 4: Bambi’s mom is run over by a truck. There are no hunters in this panel. There is no glow on the bloodied remains of Bambi’s mom. It’s just blood.
Page 20 Panel 1: Darkness
Panel 2: A silhouetted man holding a body dumps it down the stairs.
Panel 3: The body rolls down the stairs. The body looks as if it was recently killed, via a knock on the back of the head, and is only wearing a pair of boxers.
Panel 4: The body lands next to another body, more decayed than the initial one (in fact, the old corpse is starting to show bone on the forehead). The light of the outside only hits the corpse that was tossed down the stairs.
Panel 5: The silhouetted man closes the door.
Panel 6: The man, whose face we never see, washes his hands.
Panel 7: The man goes and grabs a white strip and puts the strip on his collar, revealing himself to be a priest.
Panel 8: The man walks out of the room to begin his preaching to his choir, who we see through the door the priest is leaving through, waiting eagerly for their sermon.
Page 21: Family of two parents and their child watch television. One of the parents looks to have just finished a long day at work (given that the parent has barely gotten out of the clothes they wore to work), and is beginning to fall asleep on the couch. The other parent appears to have had a less stressful day, and is able to enjoy the show with their child. As for the child, the child is enthralled in the show that is currently on the TV. As for what the show is, we cannot tell due to the view being from slightly above the TV.
Page 22: At night a boy is stargazing outside, lying on the trunk of a cut down tree. He is looking particularly at the moon, with fascination and imagination. In his thought balloon, he imagines himself in a sci-fi garb fighting off Moon Bears with a space gun on the moon. The moon bears are purple bears wearing astronaut helmets.
Page 23: From a first person perspective, we see a man write on a piece of paper. The paper is above a black spiral notebook and the man is right handed. The paper is lined paper with blue horizontal lines, one red vertical line about an inch from the left end of the piece of paper, and three holes punched on the left side of the paper. Beneath the paper is another sheet, although we cannot see what that sheet says. The man is wearing glasses as he writes on the paper with an orange number 2 pencil, which is on the last letter of what the man is writing. The pencil is being held by a hand, the back of which has a little round mark near the wrist. The arms are somewhat hairy. The room in which the man is writing is quite spacious. There are people in the room reading books, looking at their phones, and talking to each other. There is a walkway above the man who is sitting, though we can’t see if anyone is on it. The visible paper reads as follows (with the last word of each line (save the last word listed) being the end of the line on the paper and the numbers to the left of the red line):
14) For a movie, an actor slips on
a banana peel and lands head
first into a pie
15) A woman is suntaning on a beach as
people run out of the water
16) 4 college students have a nerf
gun fight in the hallway
17) a guy is trying to figure out
what to do on a sunny day
18) a person waiting for an interview
ponders whether or not they will get
19) a deer is hit by a truck
20) A priest dumps another body
into the basement
21) Parents watch tv with their
22) a boy dreams of fighting moon
bears when he grows up
23) a first person perspective of me
Page 24 Page layout: 3X3 layout.
Panel 1: Darkness
Panel 2: We see a blurry image of a person reaching into the darkness. A blinding white light silhouettes the figure.
Panel 3: Suddenly, we are hit with a sensory overload, as the area around us is blindingly bright.
Panel 4: The light becomes less blinding as we become more accustomed to it. We begin to see a collection of people covered in blues and greens. One of those people is carrying us.
Panel 5: We see someone in our slightly blurred vision: a woman no older than 20. She is on a bed in white garbs.
Panel 6: We are given to the woman, whom we can see clearly now. She is smiling. There are tears coming down her cheeks. She’s so happy to see us that she’s crying. She looks haggard, as if she just gave birth.
Panel 7: Which she has, as we see that the POV the previous 6 panels were from the perspective of her new born baby daughter. This panel is from the mother’s perspective. The baby is smiling.
Panel 8: From a third person perspective, we see the mother hold the baby in her arms. The mother feels as though she has something to say. Which she does.
Panel 9: On a black background, we see white text, which reads: