Page for December 17, 2003:
Commentary for September 16, 2018:
Literally the only thing retained for this page in the remaster is Dino Rex showing up to attack at the end. The original version of this page opened with Eon having a dream where he was Gandalf facing the Balrog on the Bridge pf Khazad-dûm, only the Balrog was Dino Rex and Aragorn and Boromir were CJ and Takinshoto. Like with the Zero Wing homage on page #080, I decided to nix that for the remaster. Besides, the original was an example of going really OTT with the Photoshop effects. It then went on to [not Sally] delivering a speech at a rally, followed up by Dino Rex attacking her and her friends.
It wasn't very good, and I wanted to make the election campaign better, to really make it believable that someone like Haig could lead in the polls like this. Originally, [not Haig] had pretty much nothing to say but "terror, terror, terror, be afraid and vote for me!" Sure, I'll accept that conservative election tactics are largely rooted in exploiting and exacerbating people's fears -- fear of minorities, fear of their taxes going to unworthy people, fear of attack by scary foreigners, etc. -- but they tend to be more subtle about it. Usually. At least, when they want to get nationwide appeal. So, I gave Haig some more believable rhetoric for this debate -- your usual conservative attack on liberals for being "soft" on crime and terrorism, as well as the kind of "man of the people" appeal to blue collar workers that never actually translates into beneficial policies (usually quite the contrary), with a good dose of anti-intellectualism ("I like science, but...") thrown into the mix. To be honest with you, by making Haig more real for the remaster, I really feel as if I've made him a much more unpleasant and dangerous character than [not Haig] was in the original.
It's funny, that. Fifteen years has taught me how to more realistically portray conservatives, but it hasn't made them look like better people. Very much the contrary, in fact.
Anyways, some technical commentary now. I am really chuffed with the last two panels, where Dino Rex burns through the screen. It's a very simple effect (seriously, I just drew an orange vectored line around the edges of some holes I made in the screen layer with the eraser tool), but the result is great! I think it was inspired, actually, by the red curtains in Supreme Leader Snoke's throne room disintegrating when one of his guards' weapons hit it during the big light-sabre fight scene in The Last Jedi. An excellent film, by the way.
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Ballista - character by Tricia Bayfield, sprites by Bethany Turner
Eon Squirrel - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Silky Fox - character by Vay Yates, sprites by Bethany Turner
Charlene McFaire - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
Governor Walter Haig - character & sprites by Bethany Turner
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Sally Acorn - sprites by Bethany Turner
Scarlet Garcia - sprites by Bethany Turner
SSPD police captain - sprites by Bethany Turner
SSPD armed police - sprites by Bethany Turner
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