This is the first four pages for the seven page short story I did for Cloudscape’s Exploded View anthology. Although I did all the pages in colour and to regular American comic size, Exploded View was printed in black and white at Manga size. Unfortunately, I screwed up the black and white conversion and it printed way too dark for the book.
The story is kind of dumb and it all hinges on a cliched twist. Basically, I wanted to draw a silent story with a ruined city setting and just make it up as I go along. After I’d completed the short, I attempted to underscore the stupidity of the story by adding the subtitle “Round 238” to the title. My idea was that if I presented it that way, it would almost set the story up as “yet another story about a robot fighting a machine, please lower your expections.” I’m not quite sure if that worked, though, because everyone I’ve told this to didn’t get that when first reading it. Oh well. I’m hoping it’s at least nice to look at.