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A Bunyip's Tale

14-01-02

HEYA.  THIS IS A THREE-PAGER.  THE LAYOUT IS ON A NINE-PANEL GRID, I'LL QUOTE BY PANEL ROW AND PANEL WIDTH IN COMPARISON TO PAGE WIDTH.

WITH REGARDS COLOURING, THE LANDSCAPE SHOULD HAVE A WASHED-OUT QUALITY, APART FROM PAGE 1 ROW 1 PANEL 2, WHICH SHOULD BE MORE VIBRANT, MORE "REAL" THAN THE REST OF THE STORY.  THE FLAMES, LATER, CAN BE VIVID. THE EYE CAN ALSO BE MORE INTENSE. BUT MOST OF THE STORY SHOULD HAVE A DUSTY, WASHED OUT QUALITY.

PAGE 1

ROW 1, PANEL 1 

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL.  TITLE & CREDITS: "A BUNYIP'S TALE". 

ROW 1, PANEL 2 

( THIS PANEL AND THE TWO UNDER IT VERTICALLY ARE A LITTLE JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, IN CASE YOU'RE A BIT CONFUSED.  THIS PANEL IS BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF MAN, ABOUT 150, 000 YEARS AGO. WE'RE NOT GOING TO POINT THIS OUT. LET THOSE WITH EYES, ETC. ) 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  WE'RE LOOKING AT THE ELBOW OF A BEND IN A CREEK, FROM THE OPPOSITE BANK.  DIRECTLY OPPOSITE US THERE'S A SANDY BEACH, NOT TOO WIDE.  TO THE RIGHT OF FRAME THE BANK RISES UP SLIGHTLY TO FORM A BIT OF A ROCKY CLIFF THAT GOES OFF-FRAME TO THE RIGHT.  THERE'S A LOW DARK CAVE IN THE BANK.  IT SITS HALF IN THE WATER.  THERE'S A FEW REED CLUMPS SCATTERED ALONG THE WATER'S EDGE. 

THE LANDSCAPE BEYOND THIS LOVELY SCENE IS MOSTLY GRASSLANDS.  WE NEED A COUPLE OF TREES TO THE RIGHT, I THINK.  JUST ONE OR TWO.  HAVE SOME VAGUE KANGAROO-EE SHAPES OFF NEAR THE HORIZON. 

STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE BANK, TO THE LEFT, THERE'S A DIPROTODON, DRINKING ( MAKE HIM ABOUT TWO METERS TALL AT THE SHOULDER ).   FOR SCALE, HAVE A KANGAROO TO THE RIGHT OF THE PICTURE ( SOMEWHERE ABOVE THE CAVE ) EYEING HIM UP ANXIOUSLY.

IF YOU NEED AN ART REFERENCE FOR THE DIPROTODON, TRY http://www.lostkingdoms.com/facts/factsheet48.htm  

TITLE: ONCE UPON A DREAMTIME... 

CAPTION: I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE. 

ROW 2, PANEL 1 

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  IN THE CENTRE IS A HALF-CLOSED EYE, LOOKING LEFT.  HALF-ASLEEP.  THE IRIS IS AMBER-GREEN,  CAT-SLITTED.  DON'T MAKE THE EYE TOO BIG IN COMPARISON TO THE PANEL. THIS IS NOT A CLOSE-UP, WE'RE JUST CLOSE ENOUGH TO MAKE OUT DETAILS. 

NO CAPTION 

ROW 2, PANEL 2 

( THIS PANEL IS ABOUT 40, 000 YEARS AGO. ) 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  THE RIVER IS AS PER ROW 1 PANEL 2, BUT MOVE THE REEDS AROUND SOMEWHAT. 

THE LANDSCAPE IS SPARSELY FORESTED.   SCRUB-LIKE.  TWO MALE TRIBAL ABORIGINAL FIGURES ARE STANDING, CLOSE TO THE RIVER, HOLDING FIRESTICKS, LOOKING TO THE LEFT OF PANEL.  THE GRASS IS ON FIRE, BUT IT'S LOW TO THE GROUND.

CAPTION: A PART OF THIS CHAIN... 

ROW 3, PANEL 1

ONE-THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  IN THE CENTRE IS A HALF-CLOSED EYE, PER ROW 2 PANEL 1.

NO CAPTION

ROW 3, PANEL 2 

( THIS PANEL IS IN THE PRESENT DAY. )

TWO-THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  THE RIVER IS MUCH AS ABOVE, BUT MOVE THE REEDS AROUND SOMEWHAT ( AGAIN ). 

TO THE LEFT OF PANEL, THERE IS A HOUSE, SET BACK FROM THE RIVER.  TO THE RIGHT, THERE IS HEAVY FORESTATION.  THE TREES COME VERY CLOSE TO THE RIVER ON THE RIGHT OF PANEL.  THERE ARE A FEW METRES DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TREES AND THE HOUSE.

CAPTION: ...EVEN NOW... 

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ROW 1, PANEL 1 

ONE-THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  IN THE CENTRE, THE EYE IS NOW OPEN.

THE REEDS ON FIRE ON THE RIVER ( BELOW ) ARE CASTING LIGHT INTO THE CAVE, ALTHOUGH WE'RE NOT GOING TO SPELL THIS OUT.  YOU MIGHT LIKE TO USE THIS FLICKER EFFECT TO HINT AT ( FOR THIS IS HE ) THE BUNYIP'S FEATURES.   I'M ENVISIONING A DOG-LIKE/SEAL-LIKE CREATURE.  DON'T BE TOO OVERT. 

NO CAPTION 

ROW 1, PANEL 2 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL. THE QUIET SCENE ABOVE ( PAGE 1 ROW 3 PANEL 2 ) IS TRANSFORMED.  THE TREES TO RIGHT OF PANEL ARE NOW ABLAZE, THREATENING THE HOUSE.  STANDING IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE IS A CAUCASIAN WOMAN HOLDING A CHILD IN HER ARMS.  SHE IS LOOKING AT THE SCENE.  ON THE SMALL BEACH, THERE IS A DIESEL WATER PUMP WITH A FAT HOSE RUNNING INTO THE WATER.  THE PUMP IS SUPPLYING TWO FIREMEN, WHO STAND ROUGHLY CENTRE PANEL, HOSING UP INTO THE BLAZE. THEY ARE TURNED THREE-QUARTERS AWAY FROM US. 

SOME OF THE REED CLUMPS ARE ALSO ALIGHT, INCLUDING ONE NEAR THE CAVE.  

CAPTION: ...EVEN NOW. 

ROW 2, PANEL 1 

HALF-PAGE PANEL, HEAD AND SHOULDERS SHOT OF THE TWO FIREMEN.  THE FARTHER ONE'S HEAD IS TURNED TOWARDS THE NEARER, WE CAN SEE THE SWEAT DRENCHING HER FACE AS SHE SHOUTS SOMETHING AT THE OTHER GUY CLOSER TO US. 

CAPTION: ONCE I WOULD HAVE EATEN SUCH AS THESE... 

ROW 2, PANEL 2 

HALF-PAGE PANEL.  FOCUS IN ON THE WOMAN'S FACE.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXPRESSION ( SHE'S SHELLSHOCKED ).  WE CAN SEE THE BABY'S FACE.   IT'S CRYING. 

CAPTION: ...BUT NOW? 

ROW 3, PANEL 1 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  AS PAGE 2 ROW 1, PANEL 2, BUT THE FLAMES ARE EVEN HIGHER, FIERCER, AND ARE LEANING TOWARDS THE HOUSE.  THEY'RE IN TROUBLE.   THE WIND HAS PICKED UP, BLOWING TOWARDS THE HOUSE.  THE FIREMEN HAVE MOVED BACK, PULLED BACK. 

CAPTION: THE WIND... THE WIND WILL DO FOR THEM, SOON. 

ROW 3, PANEL 2 

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  THE EYE IS NOW CONCENTRATING ( WELL DONE, THAT ARTIST !  PERHAPS THE MILD FLICKERING MAY HELP HERE ). 

NO CAPTION 

PAGE THREE

ROW 1, PANEL 1 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  AS PER PAGE 2 ROW 3 PANEL 1, BUT THE FLAMES ARE NOW LEANING AWAY FROM THE HOUSE.  THE WIND HAS CHANGED.  THE FIREMEN HAVE CLOSED IN ON IT WITH THEIR HOSES.  LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IS SAVED.   AND THE HOUSE.

CAPTION: I SING THEM RESPITE. THE REST IS UP TO THEM. 

ROW 1, PANEL 2 

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  CAN YOU, MY WONDERFUL ARTIST, GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THE OWNER OF THE EYE IS SMILING?   TRY NOT TO SHOW TEETH. 

NO CAPTION 

ROW 2, PANEL 1 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  AS PER PAGE 3 ROW 1 PANEL 1, BUT THE FLAMES HAVE MOVED BACK.  SOME MORE PEOPLE HAVE FINALLY TURNED UP, IN THOSE ORANGE SUIT THINGS THEY WEAR.  MAKE SURE WE CAN SEE "SES" EMBLAZONED ON THE BACK OF ONE.  THEY'VE GOT BEATERS AND ARE WORKING ON THE GROUNDFIRES CLOSE TO THE HOUSE.  THE FIREMEN ARE DOING A GREAT JOB.  THE TREES CLOSE TO THE HOUSE ARE NO LONGER A THREAT. 

CAPTION: ONCE I WOULD HAVE EATEN SUCH AS THESE... 

ROW 2, PANEL 2 

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  OUR FRIEND THE EYE IS NOW STARTING TO CLOSE .  THE FLICKER IS DYING DOWN. 

NO CAPTION 

ROW 3, PANEL 1 

TWO THIRDS WIDTH PANEL.  SOME HOURS AFTER THE EVENTS OF PAGE 3 ROW 2 PANEL 1.  EVERYONE'S GONE HOME.  THERE'S A DEPRESSION IN THE SAND WHERE THE WATER PUMP WAS, AND THE SAND'S DISTURBED.  THE TREES ARE BLACKENED AND BURNED.  SMOKE DRIFTS UP FROM THE SCENE, THE REED CLUMPS WHICH WERE BURNT ARE ALSO SMOLDERING,  BUT THE RIVER IS MUCH THE SAME AS IT WAS. 

CAPTION: I THINK I SHALL GO HOME SOON.

ROW 3, PANEL 2

ONE THIRD WIDTH PANEL, BLACK.  IN THE CENTRE, THE EYE IS HALF-ASLEEP AGAIN.  NO FLICKER IN THIS PANEL.

FOOTER: FIN

ADDENDUM:  THIS IS ACTUALLY A PART OF A BIGGER WORK, ENTITLED "ZEBRA", A FACT WHICH ONLY OCCURED TO ME TODAY ( 16/01/02 ) AS I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE PLOT OF ANOTHER STORY, PART OF "ZEBRA", WHICH HAS BEEN BOUNDING AROUND MY SKULL FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS.  THE BUNYIP'S EVENTUAL DEPARTURE 'HOME' CROSSES A NUMBER OF PATHS, INCLUDING ANGEL'S ( FROM A WORK I'M CURRENTLY CALLING "FOR THE LOVE OF ANGELS" ) , BINYARRA'S ( FROM "FORTRESS AUSTRALIS" ) AND POSSIBLY ANOTHER PIECE, AS YET UNNAMED.  JUST SO'S YOU KNOW. 


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