So doing this strip made me come up with a stupid little system for staging Pokemon fights in a story based comic. I don’t know how well it will work, but It’s there in my noggin now. Suffice it to say, for it being their first fight in who know how long, both of them have been hurt pretty bad. Part of that is their inexperience. As they get stronger, they’ll be able to take more hits, and do more damage.
Will Bulbasuar and Squirtle ever fight again? I have no idea. That is far future stuff. Hopefully Rachael will have more options at such a fight, but that’s another thing I’m not sure of. I barely have chapter 1 stuff written! The next rival battle isn’t until Mount Moon, which would probably be Chapters 3 or 4!
But there will be combats, yes. Combats with actual winners. And fights that matter.
Where has Professor Oak been all this time??
One of the minor incongruities of the video games is that you can battle with pokemon everywhere and it (almost) never effects anything outside of the battle space. In a real world situation, Oak should get pissed every time Gary and whoever have a battle in his lab.
There was one game that did that. Then your mom came upstatirs to your trashed room, said something like “boys will be boys. Go ahead and leave on your adventure, I’ll clean up this mess.”
Said no mom in RL, ever.
I hope this action comes across they way it does in my head. That’s always a cartoonist’s problem, that we have to take action and cut it down into still life to convey our thoughts. And I’m not sure if what I drew really gives the scene justice.
But- Go, Squirtle! Kick that plant’s root!
Bulbasaur looks pretty boss in Panel 1.
I know this may seem like a pointless strip, but pages like these ar my favorite part of cartooning. I find my best writing comes out when I stop trying to get the story to move and instead, try stalling. It gives me moments like this, with a silly joke in a dramatic page.
I REALLY love that effect in the third panel. Like, really really. You’ll be seeing it a lot more often, although it is more work for me. I normally do the lineart first, but I can’t on those. They break my work flow. But with practice, it should get better.