My rendition of Act 2; Scene 2; from William Shakespeare's Henry IV: Part 1.
About this creation
This comic was originally made for yet another school project, in which us (the students) had to pick a project type from a list of projects on Shakespeare's play, Henry IV: Part 1. After deciding that I would do the comic-of-one-scene option, I prompty forgot about the entire project for 2 weeks until the weekend before it was due at a friend's house. Since I did not have my copy of Henry IV nor the project sheet with me, I was forced to await until after that Memorial Day to retrieve the goods from school so that I could start the darn thing at home before it was due two days later.
The first day, I managed to get a rough outline of what the scenes were going to be like, what I was going to need to build, and what lines they were going to said from the scene. That took a total of about 30 minutes of my time before I started my other homework assignments.
The second day, the day before it was due, I pulled off an all-nighter working on nothing but that project from the time I got back home from school to the time right before I had to go to school. In that period, I managed to construct the sets required, shoot the scenes with the characters, and upload the pictures onto my computer for resizing and cropping. That was the extent I could do before I realized I could not do a full editing job with backgrounds and speech bubbles in the remaining hour I had left before school.
In desperation and regret over my chronic procrastination and sleeplessness, I chose to print out the individual cropped photos as they were, resulting in some 44 or so pages, each with a gigantic photo on it. With the last 30 mintues before school, I took my rough outline and wrote the dialogue needed into the pictures using a black sharpie and arrows indicating who spoke what. After that, I had time for a nice 15-minute shower.
Two weeks later, when I got the thing back, it was a perfect 100%.
The moral of this story, making a LEGO version of Shakespeare's plays is a complete pain in the @$$.
But wait, I'm not even done rambling yet! In the aftermath of this occurence, I realized that I had a few dozen perfectly good story pictures sitting around in my hard drive just begging to be either incinirated in the Recycle Bin, or be actually properly edited and displayed to the public, like they were meant to be. I choose the 2nd option.
This is my ... 4th? attempt at making a comic, and while I've picked up some new tips from past editing experiance, there is still a lot of potholes in the road that is this story's aesthetics. The editing for this thing was done, very scattering-ly, over 2 weeks, and somehow I managed to get the text types mixed up in the middle, resulting a completely different dialogue text popping up in the middle of the comic. I didn't realize this until I started uploading them onto Brickshelf. Plus, I kinda went overboard with darkening and lighting effects, so inconsistency prevails awesomely.
And no, I'm not done spewing out my testimonial just yet, I just have to give a friggin' plot summary of this scene for all your people who hate reading Shakespeare just so that you can understand it (even though it's surprisingly easy to understand)! That's right! Ain't I a philanthropist?
In the beginning of this scene, Ned Poins, a tavern urchin, has stolen and hidden the horse of the fat and usually drunk "Sir" John Falstaff (his primary means of door-to-door transport), prompting much of the "Tavern Crew" to hide, except Prince Hal, the fun-loving and irresponsible son and heir-apparent of the King of England, Henry IV. Hal covers for his escaping mates while Falstaff searches for his horse and complains about a multitude of things in the process. However, this dilemma is off-set by the group's planned robbery of a caravan transporting money to the King's Treasury, which has been found to be traveling through the area that same time. Thus, the Tavern Crew reveal to Falstaff where his horse is before they all depart to conduct the robbery at nearby Gad's Hill.
On the upper part of the road, Falstaff and his detachment of the Tavern Crew successfully raid the defenseless travelers of their cargo before making off with it, fully intent on keeping the treasure to themselves instead of sharing it with Prince Hal and Poins, who are hiding somewhere else along the hill as backups. However, Hal and Poins had instead resolved to rob Falstaff all along and they successfully do so, dispersing his cowardly band of thieves while being in the ultimate possession of the gold.
But they're still friends. Of course.
Okay, now without further ado, enjoy the totally wasted labors of a me, the overly-obsessed LEGO geek! (If you actually read through all of this up until now, you must be just as geeky as me. Congragulations, we are now comrades.)