THE LONG HOT FRENCH KISS PP16 & 17

WELL HERE WE GO, I’VE BEEN OUT OF THE SADDLE FOR A BIT AND TWO PAGES ARE ALL I HAVE TO SHOW OF IT. WHAT WITH WEDDINGS AND SHIT GETTING IN THE WAY…ANYWAY, WE’VE COME BACK FROM THE INTERLUDE AND FRANK HAS BEEN BUSHWHACKED BY SOME HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS…

 

THE LONG HOT FRENCH KISS PAGES 16 & 17

 

 

PAGE 16

9 PANEL PAGE the whole of this page are black panels, but from panel 3 onwards there is a thin ragged line of light at the bottom of each panel with a shadow that changes position for each panel to show that someone is walking back and forth. The dialogue is in white with white balloons, only the position of the balloons and the font used shows the difference between the “Interrogator” and FRANK.What might be an idea is that PANEL 1 and the last panel on PAGE 17 will have regular sharply defined panel borders, whilst the others have ill defines or ragged panel borders, still keeping the gutters white and sharp but giving a more organic sense to the others, the sense of a blindfold. Could that be done?

P1:all black

INTERROGATOR:(ARE YOU AWAKE MR. HOWARD? )

 

INTERROGATOR:(I TOLD YOU NOT TO HIT HIM SO HARD.)

 

2ND VOICE:(SORRY BOSS.)

 

P2: BLACK WITH WHITE STRIP ON THE BOTTOM.

FRANK:(YEAH YEAH. I’M AWAKE YOU BASTARD. YOU SUCKER PUNCHED ME!)

 

INT:(WELL THAT WAS REALLY UNAVOIDABLE MR. HOWARD. YOU LEFT US…ME VERY LITTLE CHOICE–THE IDENTITY OF MY EMPLOYER MUST BE OF THE UTMOST SECRECY AND WERE YOU TO IDENTIFY ME OR ANY OF MY ASSOCIATES…WELL LET’S JUST SAY THAT IT WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE.)

 

P3:THE SAME

INT:(NOW…I’M GOING TO ASK YOU A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS MR. HOWARD. IF YOU DON’T ANSWER THEM TO MY SATISFACTION IT WON’T…WELL…IT WILL GO HARD FOR YOU.)

P4: DITTO

CAP. I HAD TO BUY MYSELF A LITTLE TIME.

FRANK: (CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A CIGARETTE BEFORE WE START? I TALK BETTER AFTER A SMOKE.)

 

INT: (OF COURSE MR. HOWARD. WE ARE NOT UNREASONABLE NOR UNCIVILIZED HERE–GIVE HIM A CIGARETTE.)

 

P5: AGAIN THE SAME

SFX: SKRITTCHH

SFX: PFFFTTTT

 

P6: AGAIN.

FRANK: (THANKS–NOW WADDAYA WANT TO KNOW?)

 

INT:(I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT YOU KNOW MR. HOWARD.)

 

FRANK: (WELL I KNOW THAT THE EARTH REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN.)

 

P7: ALL WHITE WITH STARS AND SHIT…HE’S JUST BEEN SLAPPED…HARD!

SFX: SMACK!!

P8:ALL BLACK WITH A THIN LINE OF LIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE PANEL AND AT THE BOTTOM AS WELL.

CAP: ME AND MY SMART MOUTH

INT: (WE DON’T TAKE KINDLY TO COMEDIANS HERE MR. HOWARD.)

P9: ALL BLACK WITH THE THIN LINES OF LIGHT AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE PANEL SHOWING THAT THE BLINDFOLD HAS SLIPPED.

INT:(NOW–SHALL WE START AGAIN? WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF MR. LONG’S INVOLVEMENT WITH MR. COSTANZA?)

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PAGE 17

Once again this is a 9 PANEL page, starting black with the white strip beneath that denotes that the blindfold has slipped. Then PANEL 5 in the middle of the page will be all red. But I’ll explain why when I get there.

P1: SAME AS PAGE 16 P9.

FRANK: (WELL I HAD HEARD THAT COSTANZA WAS A DAISY AND BOBBIE WAS A BIT OF A LOOKER…Y’KNOW.)

 

INT:(TUT TUT TUT MR. HOWARD. YOU WILL REALLY NEVER LEARN.)

 

INT: (MR. SMITH WOULD YOU DO THE HONORS?)

 

SFX: SMACK!!!

 

FRANK: (OOOFFF!)

 

P2: THE SAME.

INT: (HOWEVER, I AM A REASONABLE MAN AND I DO KNOW A LITTLE OF THE PSYCHE OF PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELF.)

 

FRANK:(THOSE 5-DOLLAR WORDS AIN’T GONNA CUT NO ICE WITH ME MISTER.)

 

P3: THE SAME

INT:(HMMM. NOW WHERE WERE WE? AH YES- WHAT HAS THIS TO DO WITH MR. COSTANZA’S “BUSINESS”?)

 

FRANK: (I’D RUN OUT OF OLIVES TO GO WITH MY POOLSIDE MARTINI SO I WANTED HIM TO SELL ME SOME)

 

P4: THE SAME

INT:(SIGH-MR. SMITH?)

 

MR. SMITH:(YEAH.)

 

INT:(BREAK HIS PINKIE.)

 

P5: THIS IS AN ALL RED PANEL, THE ONLY COLOR IN THE WHOLE BOOK I SHOULD IMAGINE.THOUGH IT WOULD BE NICE TO DO IT IN THE GREY AND BLUE WASHES THAT DARWYNE COOK IS USING IN HIS PARKER BOOKS.

SFX: CRACK!

 

SFX: GRUNT!

 

P6: BACK TO BLACK WITH THE WHITE STRIPE ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE PANEL.

INT: (NOW–MR. SMITH–IF HE MAKES ANY “WITTY” REMARKS, BREAK HIS RING FINGER, SO ON AND SO FORTH.)

 

MR. SMITH: (OK BOSS.)

 

FRANK:(NUTHIN’! I DON’T KNOW NUTHIN’ I WAS PLAYING A HUNCH. JEEZ! I’M A GUMSHOE FER CHRISSAKES! WHADDA’M I SUPPOSED TO DO?)

 

 

 

P7: THE SAME

INT: (DO YOU KNOW–I’M INCLINED TO BELIEVE YOU. YOU’RE PAST CERTAINLY DOESN’T POINT TO ANY INTELLIGENCE ABOVE THAT OF ANIMAL CUNNING.)

 

FRANK: (LOOK, TELL CONSTANZA I WON’T BE BOTHERING HIM ANY MORE. JUST LAY OFF.)

 

P8: THE SAME.

INT: (WHY—MR. HOWARD–WHATEVER MADE YOU THINK I WAS WORKING FOR COSTANZA? MR. SMITH)

 

SFX: SMACK!!

 

P9: COMPLETELY BLACK–FRANK HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT.

 

 

 

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