The next page in the story I’m drawing for Fulcrum Press‘ Colonial Comics anthology.
My “script” for the page:
The Mohawk children have an easy life. Running around and playing. Eunice watches shyly as they play. They call her over. Then she is playing with them.
As you can see I added in the element of Eunice’s Indian mother intervening on her behalf with the other kids.
I also realized that the transition from the narrated/dialogue pages (John’s story) to the wordless pages (Eunice’s story), needed to be smoothed out with a line of narration. Otherwise it seemed too abrupt. The rough pencils:
The square format lets you do some fun things that wouldn’t be possible in a conventional rectangular page. Here I tried to play with the two diagonal axes of a page divided into four equal quarters. So there’s the parallel/contrast between the lonely girl in the first panel and the playing children in the last, in the axis running top left-bottom right between two square panels. And then the opposite, axis – top right to bottom left – in which we “ride” a rough diagonal through the series looks from one character to the others:
- The line of narration, by the way, is invented, not from John’s book. I don’t want to take cheap shots to exaggerate John’s anti-Indian attitude. But he was quoted (I didn’t make a note of where, but probably in John Demos’ The Unredeemed Captive), referring to the Indians as “wretched.” So I thought it fair enough to use the word here.Thanks!