Hey, faithful readers… You can stop holding your breath — here is part two of my Raymond Chandler meets J.R.R. Tolkien, “pulp fantasy noir” comic book script, Chase: Found and Lost. You can find part one here. Um… If you’re an artist that digs this kind of thing…
PAGE 4 (Four Panels)
1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he tries to manage a weak smile.
Look… I, uh, can’t actually cover my tab since he didn’t show. I can, uh…
2 – ANGLE ON AHLMIER
as he holds up a hand motioning Chase to stop talking.
I understand Mr. Chase. I of course must ask you to leave and not to return until you can pay for your current tab.
3 – ANGLE ON CHASE WITH BOUNCER #1 AND BOUNCER #2
standing directly behind the seated Chase. The two bouncers are brutes. One is a big human – the size of those competitors in those “strong man” competitions – with various tribal-like tattoos and a bald head. The other bouncer isn’t quite human. He might be a human/ogre – a real brutish looking guy – perhaps with large incisors sticking up out from between his lips.
Yeah. I figured. Are they both standing behind me right now?
4 – ANGLE ON AHLMIER
who can’t help but display a sly smirk as he stares directly at Chase while he reaches for the last empty mug on the bar in front of Chase.
Yes, Mr. Chase.
Good evening, Mr. Chase.
PAGE 5 (Four Panels)
1 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND BOUNCER #1 AND BOUNCER #2
as the two bouncers roughly lift Chase off of his stool and away from the bar. There is a bouncer on either side of him and they’ve got shoulders and elbows and lift him up with ease.
Now, take it easy fellas.
2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND BOUNCER #1 AND BOUNCER #2
as they carry Chase away from the bar and toward the exit. Ahlmier can be seen in the background behind the bar as he turns his attention to a paying customer. The bouncers are easily hauling him toward the front of the establishment like a piece of unwanted trash.
It wasn’t the first time that I’d been thrown out of a tavern.
3 – TIGHT ON ANGLE ON CHASE
as the bouncers “accidentally” smash his jaw into a large and heavy wooden chair – knocking it over. Chase is wincing in pain.
But, it was one of the rougher times.
4 – EXT. BURNT CORK TAVERN – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he crashes through one of the sets of windows in front of the tavern – having been thrown out by the two bouncers. A couple of innocent passersby – maybe a few merchants or local farmers – react to Chase crashing out through the broken windowpanes.
Still, I had seen the help at the Burnt Cork do much worse while escorting nonpaying customers out of the tavern.
PAGE 6 – (Five Panels)
1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he sits amid a large puddle on the edge of the cobblestone street in front of the Burnt Cork tavern. He is wet, dirty, and a bit tattered. He is rubbing his jaw.
Besides not being allowed to return until I had settled up, I knew Ahlmier would hire collectors to see that I paid my tab one way or the other.
2 – EXT. ANOTHER STONEPORT STREET – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he is walking along a line of two and three story buildings deep within the city near the less desirable neighborhoods. It is near dusk and there are fewer pedestrians about than before – maybe only one or two poorer citizens looking for a place to spend the night out of the elements. Chase does not appear to be in the best of spirits. His head is hung low as he is nearing a corner.
I hadn’t had a paying case for nearly two-dozen days. The coffers of Chase Investigations were getting low. Very low.
3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he rounds the corner and comes to an abrupt stop as he spies something off panel.
4 – ANGLE ON GOON ONE AND GOON TWO – CHASE’S P.O.V.
as they hurry out of Chase’s office building – a modest three story structure of wood and stone. If there were an equivalent of a mid-evil office building, this would be it. Not much detail can be seen of the two goons with their hooded cloaks hiding much. But, one appears short and thin. The other is of medium height and a bit stockier than the other.
What’s this? A couple of goons hurrying out of my building.
5 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he suddenly comes to the realization of something – or someone very important.
Goons like that usually showed up at my office for only one reason.
Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor