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Doctor Who: Fade Away pg 1

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Okay, so... I'm not normally one to do "fan comics". Nothing against them, but they're hard to justify when I've got so many original projects languishing. However, a few weeks after the sad death of the great Nicholas Courtney, this story got stuck in my head and DEMANDED it see the light of day. Fortunately my talented bud and collaborator Shawn Van Briesen :iconvanbriesen: was down with bringing the story to life.

For those who obsess over such things, this story takes place between "The Pandorica Opens" and "A Christmas Carol", with the Doctor traveling alone while Amy and Rory attempt to enjoy their honeymoon.

This is the first of nine pages that we'll be loading over the weeks/ months to come. We're not gonna rush this- partially b/c I'll be out of the country for two weeks this month, but also b/c it's just not the kind of story ya do a substandard job on. Enjoy, folks. :)
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Ceronomus's avatar
Did I see somewhere that this was eventually published somewhere?
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Doctorwholovesthe80sHobbyist Writer
I LOVE THIS! To me it makes a ton of sense that after a point, The Brigadier would be able to recognize the Doctor no matter which incarnation shows up. Even if it was one of the more normally dressed ones.
Amai-Rose's avatar
The man in the hat has a point. :)
Revriley's avatar
This. This whole thing. I've seen some of the old second and thrid doctor episodes, and I remember liking the Brigadier very much when I saw him on screen. And the eleventh doctor getting the call was...just sad, for me. I know it was honoring NIcholas Courtney's death, but you know? Dang if that wasn't disappointing. So this comic cheered me up immensely, dontcha know!
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thelolidaggerHobbyist General Artist
the hoodie comment made me think of skinny jeans. at one point in the eleventh hour with matt smith when the monster thing copies him, it looked like he was wearing skinny jeans *-*
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rababcoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I'm not sure it's a such a good idea to leave Amy and Rory by themselves. Bad things have a habit of happening to those two, particularly Rory. "Romantic getaways" usually result in running from space aliens or being killed by reptilian creatures.
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PaulHanleyProfessional
Well this presumably happens right before CHRISTMAS CAROL, so given how that turned out- you'd be right. ;)
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gazzatrekHobbyist General Artist
hey Paul,'Fade Away' was mentioned at the end of the DWO Whocast #226 [link]


'just re-read..still brilliant.
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PaulHanleyProfessional
Oh wow- just had a listen- what a nice compliment! Thanks for the link, Gary. :)
studioyokai's avatar
Fantastic <3 Well-written, in-character, funny, and the art is good! That's frankly more than some of the officially-sanctioned comics on the BBC website have managed (well, at least as far as the writers' comics on the "Comic Maker" section go. I've read normal Doctor Who comics on occasion, and they're generally pretty good, but the Comic Maker library is terrible, even the ones written by actual writers from the show. The art is I guess cut and paste from the Maker, so it's very generic and MS-painty, and but the writing was the worst disappointment - I tried three separate comics, deliberately picking ones that sounded promising and appeared to have one of my favorite Doctors and two of my favorite companions; 2 of the 3 were disjointed, largely nonsensical, with poor, rushed, contrived resolutions. The other was a mild diversion at best. This made me kinda sad...).

Anyway though, your stuff looks great. :) And best of all, the characters actually look like the actors! From what I hear from other comic artists, that's always the most difficult thing to get right, trying to make a character not just look good and be expressive in the art, but also look like a real-world person. Given the Buffy comics that I read - where often the characters who were from the TV series look a lot less natural than the ones who are comic-only. Buffy looks like she's a bitch to draw, whereas the regular artist on Season Eight manages to make Satsu, a character introduced in those comics, look almost effortlessly good, pretty much because she actually looks like a comic character - more about the suggestion of features than the details of them - rather than a rendering of an actress. (My favorite artist to work on Buffy, Karl Moline, whom I've had the pleasure of chatting with about it, said the most difficult page to work on for him was the one where the only two characters were Tara and Willow, both of them transplants from the TV series played by distinctive actresses.) Since Matt Smith has a very distinctive and expressive face, I imagine it's terribly hard to render well. That just makes me respect this page all the more.
studioyokai's avatar
Fabulous <3 Both funny and well-illustrated.
DevintheCool's avatar
DevintheCool Digital Artist
great work
meowbooks's avatar
This is gorgeous and professional comic book worthy. :D
Kefan's avatar
Wow. Just ... wow.
wiccagirl24's avatar
I'm going to cry already, and nothing's happened. You have the Brig down perfectly, both in looks and voice.
Princess-Kay's avatar
And I don't generally do fanfics - but sometimes a story demands to be told. (And when that happens, it never seems to matter whether it's an original bit or a piece of fandom. :D )
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ShawnVanBriesenProfessional Traditional Artist
Paul and I don't usually do fanfics either but we just felt compelled to do this one.
Princess-Kay's avatar
*knows the feeling* ^^ (Fanfics can be good, regardless - they just require a lot more work, because you have to get everyone's personality right. >,> )
ShawnVanBriesen's avatar
ShawnVanBriesenProfessional Traditional Artist
Well, I think Paul nailed it.
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jaime9526Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would seriously hope DWM or more appropriately the Radio Times would consider printing this...Much as Lis Sladens passing was extremely sad, the level of attention versus the death of Nick has been very....odd. Not to sound heartless of course.
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ShawnVanBriesenProfessional Traditional Artist
We'd certainly be pleased if someone printed it. I don't know what to say about Nick's passing and subsequent lack of acknowledgement(?). On top of that they left Nick out of the BAFTA memorials.
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jaime9526Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats just bloody rude. Hope someone at DW production office does something to remedy that...if it wasn't for the new series reboot being done by baker era fans, we would never have heard of sarah-jane again...with all due respect to the character and indeed to lis sladen, the brigadier and nick are a more integral part of the overall Who mythos than Sarah.
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ShawnVanBriesenProfessional Traditional Artist
Agreed.
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