Now that the Pineapple Primary is back from the dead, we’re working on figuring out the proper art style to go with.

Initial discussions have lead us to a potential mix of clean, linear figures (borrowing heavily from Charles Gibson) on top of photo-sourced, then graphically rendered (think big, black lines) backgrounds.

We’re even planning on a trip to Chicago to grab source images at some point in the future.

But, before we do any of that, we’ve got to do a few test pages to see if this’ll be worthwhile or a complete disaster. I wrote two single page panel breakdowns to use as tests.

And here they are. ONE and TWO. Single acts of crime, completely devoid of context.

ONE

1-2
Man runs toward the camera down a darkened street. His trench coat flows out from him like a cape. He is clutching a duffle bag in his hand. Cash flies out of the bag, but he doesn’t notice – or care.

3
He rounds a corner into an alleyway, checking over his shoulder to see if he’s been followed. His eyes are narrowed, and suspicious, the rest of his face hidden by the up-turned collar of his coat.

4
Waiting in the alley for him is a beautiful woman, wearing an expensive dress, a fur coat and impractically high heels.

5
Close in on them as they embrace in a kiss.

6
Move in tighter as his eyes open wide in pain. She doesn’t react.

7
He falls backwards as we see the small pistol in her hand. Her rigidness in star contrast to his crumpling body.

8
His dead eyes stare up at us from the ground as she bends down to pick up the bag of money. Try to work her high heels into this shot.

9
Shot from behind as she hoists the bag over her shoulder and walks away. His extended hand can still be seen at the bottom of the frame.

TWO

1-2
Establishing shot of a town square. There are two groups of people. The one into foreground, hiding behind a car, is a group of three criminals. One of them is badly hurt. Hiding behind the elements in the background are the other group – the police.

3
Tighten in on the criminals behind the car. The one left is peering over the hood of the car, trying to get an idea of what they are up against. The one in the middle is splayed out, arms and legs limp, head hanging loosely to one side. There is a massive, wet stain of blood on his chest. The blood is streaked on the car behind him. The criminal on the right is looking at the bleeding man with concern, his hand on the man’s shoulder.

4
One of the criminals peaks his head out over the top of the hood of the car he’s crouched behind.

5
We see the array of guns pointed at him from across the town square. This doesn’t look good.

6
Pull back a bit as he slumps back down, gun to his forehead, like he’s praying.

7
The man on the left looks to the other two men. The man on the right is closing the eyes of the man in the middle with a bloody hand.

8
Downward shot of a the man on the left as he puts his gun to his temple and looks up into the trees.

9
Zoom out, show the tree and the sky A flock of birds fly out of the tree, startled by a gun shot.