This is page 3 of the walking tour of “Little Lutzany” sequence.
One of my challenges was to motivate the plot development of Janos Brovnik’s contingent encountering Special Agent Pierce, which (on page 10, page 4 of the sequence), which escalates first into an altercation with on elderly Archon supporter and finally a rallying cry to disrupt the Archon’s scheduled appearance at Stephangart Hall. How could I justify this chain of events? The script gave no clues. Why would New Yorkers, rushing about their morning business, pay any heed to a middle aged man holding up a drawing in the middle of the street, even if he was an important local personality?
This is an instance of how my then recent R&R trip to Manhattan paid off. I was impressed by the sidewalk vegetable stand, not a feature of my hometown of Los Angeles or Anchorage Alaska, where I was raised. It occurred to me that this would be a perfect assembly point for random Neo-Lutzans. I’m really proud of how the sequence is paced, how it unfolds. I especially like panels 3 & 4, where Isaac stops abruptly causing Burovnik’s close-following goons to collide unnoticed against his back.
I also really like the inking on panel 6, the way the foreground characters are shaded (especially Burovnik, a silhouette high lit with white paint) which spotlights the artist rendering of the Mark in the lower center of the panel.
This is page 9 for "The Mark" issue 2, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in January 1994. Written by Mike Barr, drawn by Brad Rader.
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