|Alexis_Royce, September 24th, 2019, 9:54 am|
Currently figuring out what our update schedule will be in the future, but for now, let's at least get this page's grayscale version up.
I try to let my comics stand on their own, because I put a lot of thought into them, and I'm worried that I'll look like some kind of David Cage or Peter Molyneux, when you look at the gap between my ambition and my capabilities. It's usually better to stay quiet and let something be what it's gonna be. But I've got something here about my side of working on this thing that might be worth saying. Y'know, as a writer.
The whole idea behind Evil Plan, back in 2006, was that one moment in superhero stories. Where the villain's plan is crumbling around them, and they start to yell out, "Noooo, how could this possibly be?! How could I possibly FAIL!"
And it's such a cliche, you know? Those lines just pass in one ear and out the other. It might as well be a sound effect. But that kinda stuck in my head. How does a lone crackpot get so convinced that they can use violence and technology to take over the world? It would have to be an emotional thing, right? Arrogance, and getting locked into this future you see for yourself. That you've worked so hard on something, that you need to win. You deserve to win. That was the, I guess you'd call it "ethos" behind writing Evil Plan? To make people really think that the bad guy was going to win this time. That Kinesis could do it. That that moment would actually sting. That when he asked "how could I possibly lose," his crushed hopes would hold some weight with the readers.
And then a decade later, I, uh, cut that line. Aheheheh.
For dumb little Stanley Alfred Hurst, taking over the world was always a way to recapture a relationship. A time when he was happy. A time when, unbeknownst to him, he was taking advantage of Will. Someone too emotionally weak to stand up for himself. That relationship was unhealthy, and it colored his expectations of what a healthy society would be like. Will was focused on him. Took care of him. To the exclusion of anyone else. The world, too, should do all those things for him. Kinesis was in too deep, so that even when that person did finally stand up to him, Kinesis rejected and murdered Computer too. Kinesis doesn't want real human connection. He wants to be coddled. He doesn't recognize Alice as an equal until he thinks she's murdered someone for him. I think he knows, deep down, that what he did to Will is messed up. That's why he lashes out over and over at Lime.
The first drafts of the end of Evil Plan had Kinesis slowly bleeding out from battle damage, trying and failing to make that connection with Computer. I, obviously, like this better. He should have appreciated the diversity of the people in the world around him, instead of hating on them. If he hadn't supplanted them all with Will's mind and weaknesses, maybe enough of the people on this page would have been clear-headed not to push in. Someone out there would still be driving an ambulance. These injuries really don't have to be fatal. It's not his fight with Kevin that kills Kinesis. It's the sea of wailing, frightened Williams, deprived of any Computer memories, any ability to understand what's going on or act accordingly. It's just ONE person, en masse, freezing up and making the wrong call.
So in the end, I never even wrote that line. The one that the whole comic was written for. But it's good to be flexible, and to see where things take you. And I hope that that feeling is still there. Evil Plan's always been about wanting to see the Bad Guy Win.
And what it feels like when he doesn't.