by Brian Fies An Eisner Award-nominated work in progress. Updated Tuesday and Friday. Starts HERE.
Argh! This is driving me crazy! Has Sparky really changed? Is the robot actually going on a rampage? How is this going to play out?The suspense is killing me - now I understand how newspaper comics worked back in the old days - waiting impatiently for the next Dick Tracy or Terry & The Pirates.
"Has Sparky really changed?"Even if he hasn't, having one of his robots simply up and 'kill' a library when there's a perfectly good bank right nearby... well, that would just ruin his 'villain cred' :)
Right! It's a matter of professional pride.
I guarantee you that something is going to happen. Won't say what!Thanks for enduring through the suspense, I appreciate it.
Surely someone on that bus has a cellphone. The bus probably has short-wave radio or some other way to contact Central in case of emergency. *on edge of seat!*
Anon, you'll see on Tuesday.Interestingly, I've heard writers complain that cell phones have made their storytelling much more difficult because there's just no good way to ISOLATE anybody or keep news from them anymore. It used to be that if you weren't near a phone you'd miss a vital warning or clue, but today there's no excuse. Reminds me a little of the trouble "Star Trek" writers had with the Transporter, which was devised as a quick and easy way to get characters into a story (much cheaper, for example, than landing a spaceship on a planet every episode). But they found it was also a quick and easy way to get characters OUT of a story ("Scotty, beam my butt out of here!"), so a lot of the episodes had to explain why the transporter was disabled. Likewise, modern writers sometimes need to invent reasons why cell phones won't work because, if they did, the characters' problems would be instantly solved.I think this is an interesting dramatic challenge in the 21st Century.
(Same Anonymous as above) : Brian, I totally agree. My husband I were re-watching some of the early "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" episodes and there were so many places where it would have been over in five minutes if they'd just had a cell phone.
You could always make the character a Luddite and have them refuse to have a phone. But yeah I agree. a cell phone would have rendered the plot of every 80s horror movie pointless lol
"I've heard writers complain that cell phones have made their storytelling much more difficult because there's just no good way to ISOLATE anybody or keep news from them anymore."Wendy loves movies - especially thrillers that involve phone calls - from the 1940s and 1950s, and often comments that there's no way those plots could hold any tension today. More's the pity.