In yesterday’s post I kvetched about the artistic shortcomings I saw in pages 41 through 45. While I stand by my misgivings, I also want to cut myself some slack; I boarded everything I’ve been posting in the last 19 days, i.e., my chunk of “Off Balance”, in three weeks. That was our schedule on Batman: The Animated TV series: 3 weeks per episode.
Basically, that meant I had to rough 15 to 20 pages a day to make the halfway deadline and clean 15 to 20 pages a day to meet the final deadline. That part I DO remember.
The good news is, it wasn’t that difficult I barely put in a 40 hour week, sometimes not even that, AND I had time to help other people meet THEIR deadlines. Part of it was that I was hot, I was on fire at the top of my game, but part of it was that my producer, Bruce Timm, and directer, Kevin Altieri, let me do pretty much what I wanted with only minimal changes. Also, characters were easy and fun to draw— the style fit me like a comfortable glove, no unnecessary added detail, no character turns that didn’t hook up. It was a golden time.
I am doing a serialized post of my storyboard for the Batman: The Animated Series, episode 406 550, entitled “Off Balance”. I did this storyboard, I believe, in 1992, and it was aired on November 23, 1992 as the 44th episode. I boarded much of Act 1, part of Act 2 and most of Act 3.