Archive for November 30th, 2007

Death Defying No Longer – Evel Knievel

November 30, 2007

eksicover.jpgPerhaps my very first true-to-life hero as a kid was the iconic Evel Knievel. I was maybe four years old when I first learned of the death defying daredevil. I remember watching his televised stunts on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I had all of the Ideal bendable Evel Knievel action figures and wide-up cycles, vehicles, and accessories. My little brother and I were both Evel Knievel one year for Halloween. I made my parents (actually I think it may have been my dad losing to a match of Roshambo with my mom) to take me to see the movie Viva Knievel.

I just found out about a half an hour ago that Evel Knievel — born Robert Craig Knievel — died Friday. He was 69. While it was well known that his health was deteriorating over the last years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, I still find it hard to believe that he was finally unable to defy that in which he defied for so long — death.

Just yesterday, I was reading his latest, and hypothesized as his last, interview in the December issue of Maxim — ironically entitled “Evel Never Dies.” Well, as it turns out… It does. He does.

“They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives,” Knievel said. “People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner.”

Knievel led a colorful life, to say the least. Though the colors may have mostly been black and blue. Thanks, Evel.

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Chase: Found And Lost — Part 6

November 30, 2007

My pulp fantasy-noir continues with Part 6 of the first issue of Chase: Found and Lost. I’m throwing in an extra page this round as well since the script runs a couple of pages longer than the standard 22. If you need to catch up links to the previous parts are below.

PAGE 16 (Four Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN AND CHASE
as Gutman surveys the office. Chase attempts to straighten up the desk a bit.

GUTMAN:
If I’ve come at an inappropriate time…

CHASE:
No… Sorry about the condition of the place. I recently had to let the help go.

2 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN AND CHASE
as Chase almost chuckles at Gutman’s reply.

GUTMAN:
I understand.

CHASE:
If only.

3 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN AND CHASE
as Gutman looks a bit confused. Chase motions toward the empty chair in front of the desk.

GUTMAN:
Excuse me?

CHASE:
No, please excuse me. I’m sorry, you are again?

4 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN
as he settles into the chair in front of Chase’s desk.

GUTMAN:
Victor Gutman.

PAGE 17 (Five Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he settles into the chair behind his desk.

CHASE:
What can I do for Mr. Gutman?

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN
as they look at each other from across the desk.

GUTMAN:
I’m looking for my daughter.

CHASE:
Alright… And, how old is she?

3 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN
who’s nervousness is beginning to wade and is being replaced with a look of concern.

GUTMAN:
She is old enough to know better, yet young enough for me to be concerned about her.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he becomes more business-like.

CAPTION:
I hated cases like these. They usually turned out to be stickier than honey straight from the hive.

CHASE:
My rate is two hundred fifty up front, plus two hundred fifty upon completion.

5 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN
as he response immediately.

GUTMAN:
That sounds very reasonable.

PAGE 18 (Four Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he leans forward in his chair.

CAPTION:
He didn’t even blink at that amount. I figured I would press it.

CHASE:
Plus…Twenty a day to cover expenses.

2 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN
as Gutman displays a questioning look. Chase, on the other hand, grows a bit more serious.

GUTMAN:
Twenty a day? How long does an investigation like this usually take?

CHASE:
Are you concerned about your daughter, Mr. Gutman?

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE AND GUTMAN

as Chase tries to read Gutman from across the desk.

GUTMAN:
Of course I am.

CHASE:
More concerned than you are for a mere twenty coins a day?

4 – ANGLE ON GUTMAN
as he straightens up and sits upright in his chair.

GUTMAN:
I see your point Mr. Chase.

PAGE 19 (Four Panels)

1 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he works at his desk. There is a candle that is burning very low. He is scribbling notes on parchment.

CAPTION:
I burnt a fresh candle to the nub getting all of Gutman’s details regarding his daughter.

2 – TIGHT ANGLE ON CHASE
as he contemplates his new case.

CAPTION:
Her name was Rose.

3 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he gazes out of the window.

CAPTION:
I had a case. Whether or not I’d be able to solve it wasn’t a concern. Regardless of if I could find this Rose or not, five days of investigation would get me out of hawk with Weathers. Another four days and I’d be square with the Burnt Cork.

4 – ANGLE ON CHASE
as he turns his attention away from the window and toward the knocking at the door.

SFX:
Knock. Knock.

CAPTION:
Now what?

Chase: Found and Lost © 2007 Dan Taylor