Dialogue/Voice Example- Excerpt 5: Shati consults with the Elder upon learning of the Pyre
Shati (Anger): Why?
Elder: Sacrifice keeps our culture and past alive.
shati (mocking italicized text): in what way does a woman dying keep your culture alive?
Elder: Sacrifice, not dying. Of all rituals this is the most important.
Shati (Anger): It's making your People suffer.
Elder: Yes Shati. But, Once you suffer for a story it becomes real. When you inflict suffering on yourself, you are given a choice, either the story is real, or you are a fool.
Shati: But you aren't infliciting it on yourself, you are inflicting it on me.
Elder: And when you inflict suffering on another, you are also given a choice. Either the story is true, or you are the villain.
Shati: Then you are the villain.
Elder: Maybe. But try speaking your truth to this village. Try convincing them they are fools and villains. The only change this will bring is the manner by which you die and the relationship the Above has with our people.
Shati: They will change their minds, they will see.
Elder: The only thing that will change is how they see you. You will force them to further entrench themselves in their beliefs. Shati, you must burn.
Style Guide: Flow
Style Guide: Duotone
As alluded to in the characters, the comics will be primarily duo-tone. Duotone is an inexpensive way to add color and emotion to images through using the superimposition of one contrasting color against another. The duotone style that I wish to employ differs slightly by allowing for shades of colors, but still just one color, in addition to black or white contrast. The effect of duotone is quite dramatic and can allow for focus on important emotions as well as clarity in who is speaking.
Traditional duotone uses dramatic contrasts between black/white and one other color. An example of traditional duotone is found in the modified image of the Login screen. I see traditional duotone being most useful to punctuate chapters via intense Issue Covers. Tones and colors are often utilized to express depth, but when duotone is used, the contrast creates focus and intensity. Less dramatic duotone use will be throughout the rest of the comic sequence.
A consistent, but more readable version of duotone allows for a broader range of emotions and storytelling. Aligning characters with colors and familiarizing readers with duotone themes allows for some creative emotional tinkering. With readers acclimated to the style, artists can they change the rules for dramatic impact. Gwell and Shati can occupy their characters colors, purple and yellow, but then share a scene of intimacy the has their own colors dominating panels with individuals in it, but pinks appearing in panels that are shared by the two characters.