Here is a rough draft of a comic book I wrote for #30DaysofSummerStories. Since this is the official part 20 of the 30/day 20 of 30, I’m obliged by rules (entirely imposed by myself) to share it. So please enjoy.
Boodlepax vs the Robot Conveniences
Panel 1 (full page): Boodlepax (a tiny, monstrous creature who looks like a horned barn own with big, wide, sympathetic, frightened, monstrously scaled eyes; no mouth; arms that seemed made a dozen connected squeaky balls with tiny, barely functional claws at the tip of each) stands at the bottom center as if posing for a school photo. To his left/our right is a full body picture of a disinterested, handsome dude present only to demonstrate that Boodlepax is only shin high.
Caption 1: Boodlepax was born a Living Nightmare. His favorite dreaming boy abandoned him long ago which made him very sad. He has worked most of his adult life as a Hell Torturer. Hell liked to employ needy monsters of any type. Stereotyping didn’t bother Hell. But Boodlepax loved humanity and never wished any harm on anyone. He was mostly very kind and wanted to uplift humanity. He decided to be a super hero. He was very tiny compared to humans and had no powers. The right mix of guilt and good intentions can turn anyone into a super hero.
Caption 2 (with an arrow): Actual size of Boodlepax compared to normals.
Panel 1: Boodlepax in his school picture pose but now with a cape.
Caption 1: Boodlepax started with a cape. He presented himself to the world as if the cape’s presence alone would draw superhoic necessities to him. Nobody noticed. Nothing much happened. He needed a villain.
Panel 2: Boodlepax surrounded by the Robots Conveniences (standard robots of any type).
Caption 2: He noticed a lot of humanity purchasing Robot Conveniences at the Robot Store which seemed to be enslaving their will and attention. He decided to destroy the Robot Conveniences.
Panel 3: Boodlepax holding a giant wrench and facing a single robot.
Panel 4: Boodlepax in the aftermath of having hit a Robot Convenience to no effect except the vibrating wrench causing Boodlepax to vibrate comically.
Panel 1: Boodlepax staring at the robot with a sword lodged in it (implying Boodlepax was responsible for the stabbing).
Panel 2: The same set up except the robot now has a second sword lodged in it.
Panel 3: Boodlepax holds a .45.
Panel 4: We see the aftermath of Boodlepax having fired the .45 to no effect except the trails of Boodlepax comically flying backwards from the gun’s force.
Panel 1: Boodlepax in his school picture pose next to a giant blue rabbit. Proportions indicate that the rabbit is much, much bigger than a human being.
Caption 1: Boodlepax decided to employ a junior sidekick, a giant nautical rabbit called Ingypoo. His history as Living Nightmare and Hell Torturer meant he knew a lot of interesting monsters.
Ingypoo: I am a super hero! You shall call me Tuba Toothpaste! Tremble before me! O ye lowly masses!
Boodlepax: Please stop. Just follow my lead.
Caption 2: Ingypoo struggled to understand humanity and human languages. Boodlepax wanted to tell him that Tuba Toothpaste was a terrible super hero name. Just call yourself Ingypoo. Be yourself and the world would love you. These are lessons he would one day teach everyone.
Panel 1 (full page): Boodlepax and Ingypoo standing before a street full of humans with their Robot Conveniences.
Boodlepax: Just beat up all these robots for me.
Ingypoo: Will do, boss.
Panel 1: (full page): Boodlepax and Ingypoo in the same positions, but now the whole page is red, implying Ingypoo has painted the world red in obliterating the bodies of all the present humans.
Caption 1: Ingypoo had a bit too much enthusiasm for super hero work and no compunction against blowing human bodies to bits and pieces.
Ingypoo: Everybody’s dead, boss. What next?
Boodlepax: Oh. Well. That’s not good. How bout we stop being superheroes now.
Panel 1: Boodlepax sitting on his bed staring into the distance.
Caption 1: A few days later.
Panel 2: The same shot of Boodlepax. Ingypoo now appears to his left/our right.
Ingypoo: Hey there, guy.
Panel 3: The same shot.
Ingypoo: So guess what I found out. Remember how I killed a ton of people the other day? Turns out those robots they bought were suicide robots. It’s this scam so they can kill themselves and still get insurance money. So I did all kindsa good for the world. Like a super hero. Right?
Panel 1: Same shot.
Ingypoo: Okay. Bye. Buddy. Partner. Boss. Call me? Yes? No? Okay, seriously, bye now.
Panel 2: Boodlepax, alone again.
Panel 3: Same shot as Panel 1, Ingypoo present again.
Ingypoo: Did I forget to mention I can bring people back to life? I’m, like, very magical. I’m talking insanely magical. All those people I killed, I can totally bring them back to life if you’d like. Just let me know. Yes? No? I’ll take your silence as a yes. Boom. Done.
Panel 1-9: Various slaughtered and rabbit-exploded humans pulling together, waking, coming back to life, etc.
Panel 1: A crate labeled “Robot Conveniences: Suicide Model. Return. Damaged.”
Panel 2: A wider shot of a human standing next to this crate.
Panel 3: The same human, head bowed, hands in pockets, walking along past disinterested crowds.
Panel 1 (full page): The same human staring at a sunset.
Panel 1: The same as panel 3 from page TEN, anonymous human walking alone in a crowd, head bowed.
Panel 2: The same human stands before Boodlepax on the crowded street. They stare at each other a moment.
Panel 3: Boodlepax walking in the crowd the opposite direction, mirroring the anonymous human but traveling to the left of the panel. He is now alone.
Panel 4: The same crowd, no Boodlepax
Panel 5: Ingypoo bounces in as if following Boodlepax. He is chained to something off panel to the right.
Panel 6: Ingypoo bounces to the left again, revealing that he is hauling a tank even bigger than he is.
Panel 7: The bouncing progresses, now with only the tank visible.
Panel 8: Now only the crowd.