The Top of the World Highway is a 127 km-long highway, beginning at a junction with the Taylor Highway near Jack Wade, Alaska traveling east to its terminus at the ferry terminal in West Dawson, Yukon, on the western banks of the Yukon River. (Featured Photo taken by Tony DePaul.) [“Time to start wandering home.” Posted on July 10, 2019.]
In this story, as described by Tony, “[T]he Phantom’s son, Kit Walker, is off to a secondary school in the Himalayas, where he’ll attempt to pass himself off as a student who spent two other lives at the school, in the 19th and 18th centuries.”
“McBride’s a nice town. I camped down there some years ago on a ride through this part of Canada.” [“Headed north in the morning.” Posted on June 10, 2019.]
After Deadhorse, Tony wrote, “I rode 1,100 miles south to Homer, Alaska, an attractive little town on Kachemak Bay at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula [“So that was the Dalton Highway,” July 6th].
Below are pictured four pages of the script Tony was kind enough to send me:
For comparison between the excerpted script and illustration of it, I have listed six panels of art by Mike Manley below:
“The newspaper strip and comic book have become arguably the largest and most influential iconographic field in history, with literally millions, perhaps billions, of discrete pictures produced since 1900. They certainly represent the dominant graphic mythology of the 20th century. Not even film or television can boast of reaching a third of humanity, as can the comic strip. By mid-century, more than 100 million Americans, young and old, educated and not, read one or more comic strips in their Sunday and daily newspapers.”
“All I need is a coffee pot and FinalDraft, the screenwriting software. I use it because I’m fast with it. And, as I said earlier, writing for comics is hard to distinguish from screenwriting. So many movies are basically comic books in how they see the world, how they define the characters, frame the action, the point of the action, how they answer all the who-wants-what questions, and why. These are movies not remotely associated with comics culture, but their narratives would be right at home in a comic. As for movies based on comics characters, those are generally beyond awful, in my opinion. You can’t tell them from video games anymore. I’ve stopped trying to watch them.”
“Nada. I’m sure it’s been said somewhere but I’ve never heard it. I’ve never had a dime’s worth of good advice from anybody. Never any mentoring or anything like that. Consequently, the only advice I have to give is what I found out on my own: carry a notebook at all times. Use it.”
I hope you enjoy looking at these two creative works of literary and visual art. I believe they provide a rare glimpse into the process of storytelling at this level of achievement in comics.
The photos taken by Tony reflect the phenomenal inner and outer journeying he is on…
1 Michael Manley is the editor of Draw. Four more links are listed below about him:
2 Kunzle, David M. “Comic strip.” Encyclopædia Britannica, 2017, www.britannica.com/art/comic-strip. Accessed 26 July 2019.
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