This is something that hit me last night so I decided to give it a go. I thought I’d try and do it in a 3 pager, since it was more an idea floating around, rather than a concrete character etc.
enjoy! (also posted on PJ).
TITLE- When you lose sight of what’s right.
Panel 1– Night in a city. Dimly lit by streetlights, quite a rundown urban area. Graffitti on walls. Two scruffy guys are on the corner, below one of the lights, near them a phone booth, broken glass in one of the panels. The two guys are close together and it looks like a parcel (small) is changing hands. Has to look clandestine.
CAPTION- WHEN YOU START WONDERING WHY YOU DO THIS EVERY DAY..
Panel 2– Closer look at the two guys. One is dark, disheveled, unshaven, eyes nervously darting here and there. Lean and fit but his arms have needle marks peppered on them, longish hair flopping about his face. The other guy is an obvious dealer, diamond earrings, tattoo, handing over the package to the junkie.
DEALER- YA KNOW DA DEAL…
JUNKIE- YEAH.. YEAH…
Panel 3– The Junkie is now holding the package, the dealer is talking as if issuing instructions, hands gesticulating, heavily ringed fingers. You can now see a gun at the dealer’s waist.
DEALER- NEXT DELIVERY SHOULD BE 54TH STREET HIGH SCHOOL..
JUNKER- YEAH.. YEAH.. 54TH STREET..
Panel 4– Dealer is just taking a phonecall, Junkie is glancing up at him (you should see some subtle changes in his appearance, less the nervous junkie, more authoritative), dealer hasn’t noticed, he’s turned slightly away.
DEALER- YEAH.. YEAH.. I HEAR YA.. JUST GONNA DEAL DIS SKANK FIRST…
JUNKIE (WHISPER)- WE ARE GOOD TO GO…
Panel 5– The dealer has turned around to face a gun barrel in his direction. The junkie is now calm, cool and steady as a rock..
JUNKIE- DEAL THIS…..
Panel 1– All hell has broken loose. Cops everywhere, the dealer on the ground, handcuffed, sirens blaring, lights flashing. We see the junkie talking to a large set detective, the package in his hand, now in a plastic evidence bag.
DET #1- HE ALMOST CAUGHT YA OUT THIS TIME…
JUNKIE- ALMOST… BUT NOT QUITE..
Panel 2– the Junkie is in a gym locker/shower thing, around him are cops in various clothes, some changing into uniforms, some into street clothes. The Junkie is wiping the needle marks off with a wipe (think baby wipes kinda thing). He looks disillusioned, tired.
CAPTION- WHEN YOU START TO WONDER ‘IS IT WORTH IT?’
Panel 3 (large)- Split into three smaller panels. Same scene to Panel 1 but different dealers each time.
CAPTION- WHEN THEY ALL START TO LOOK THE SAME….
Panel 1– the Junkie/cop is now writing report on a computer, his desk has got files piled up on one side, around him other cops at similar work.
CAPTION- AND YOU WONDER WHETHER YOU ARE REALLY DOING ANYTHING TO STOP THIS CRAP…
Panel 2– The junkie/cop interrogating dealer (from Page 1) in an interrogation room, plain table/chairs, glass on one side. Dealer looks unrepentant, uncaring. Junkie/cop looks angry and waving hands about. Next to the dealer is a lawyer, skanky type.
CAPTION- JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT’S A LOSING BATTLE…
Panel 3 (small)– The junkie/cop is opening a front door with his key, he looks really wound up, tired, stressed.
CAPTION- YOU COME HOME…
Panel 4 (large)– The junkie/cop is now wreathed in smiles, arms open, although his eyes look tired/stressed. He’s been enthusiastically greeted by wife (plump, short hair, brunette, asian) holding a young baby (6mths old, boy, chubby) and two kids (boys, around 3-4 year old and 8 year old), the joy on their faces to see him (kids should resemble junkie/cop in some ways). Nice living room/dining room (food on the dining table).
CAPTION- THEN YOU REMEMBER WHO THE BATTLE IS FOR…