Original story concept was that Cardinal found the box and called Bluejay, Leopard and Slade for backup. Bluejay felt it was a waste of time and a overreaction on Cardinal's part. All Bluejay really wants to do is go out patrolling the city. Leopard was playing the part of the curious cat, could not wait to see what was in "The Box". Finally, Slade was looking for a fight and brought in backup, The Flight Team, group of younger RUSH members who all can fly.
Slade and Flight Team ready for action.
This was a pretty basic story, but it seemed to be a bit bizarre for Leopard to be celebrating an update and Bluejay to seem so down because of this. So I decide to change the story up and make Bluejay the one who called everyone together in a bid to impress Leopard.
Leopard celebrating and Bluejay sulking.
Recycle and Reuse
One of the goals of this strip was create base drawings of the characters and to reuse them when and where ever possible. Follow the link to see the posted black and white character sheets of the images that were used in the strip.
In the gallery above an image of Bluejay with his hands on his hips is used on the first and second images in two ways. One uses the upper body as seen in Pg2 and on the other of the lower portion of Bluejay's body shown in Pg3. The full image is on the following few pages. Pg8 is the reference image. Finally the image is used 3 more times in the last few panels in Pg16, Pg17 and Pg18 at the end of the strip. This is something that I feel works well for a strip but wouldn't be used when drawing a comic book, due to more dynamic scenes and pacing. Other examples of character reuse can be found in the strip. The word bubbles were created by using iOS version of Comic Life. The desktop version of the application is also available for Windows and OSX and is much more powerful. Guidelines on placing word bubbles can be found here at Jim Shooter's blog, it's a very short read but is quite insightful.
So that's pretty much it. This is a very general overview of the process I used for creating the story and some of the thought behind the decisions I made. Please leave any question or comments below or at our contact page.