Adrenaline Issue #2 : Passing the Torch

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Check out my latest from Point Blank Comics.
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Driver

Available at the end of the month is Driver. The next Pine Bluff Mysteries installment.

Tommy Waters is a down on his luck ex-con when his cousin convinces him to drive the getaway car in a bank robbery, but this easy job turns deadly when his partners are murdered and their stolen money disappears. He is forced to drive for the man he stole from in order to find the money and discover who murdered his friends.

Driver is a noir thrill ride of pure adrenaline and suspense.

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Point Blank Comics

I would like to invite my friends over to another blog I’m doing with a buddy of mine. Point Blank Comics is the collaborative brain child of writer Hughie Gibson and artist Jeremiah Ray. Two guys with a love for all things noir. From the oldies like Double Indemnity to the modern or neo-noir like Sin City or Lucky Number Slevin.

At Point Blank Comics we are owner creators of noir graphic novels and comics. This is a new site that will be updated regularly with information on our latest projects and a weekly web comic that will be published there for free. Check out our Merchandise page (a work in progress) where you can pick up my novels (I’ve wrote a couple), our graphic novels and comic series or if you would like there are t-shirts and other apparel along with stickers and some other fun stuff.

Here is a sneak peak at the protagonist for our current work in progress a graphic novel set in rural Missouri and is a Country Noir story about small town greed and revenge.

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Jimmy Reno by Jeremiah Ray

Jeremiah Ray website

Point Blank Comics website

Point Blank Comics

I would like to invite my friends over to another blog I’m doing with a buddy of mine. Point Blank Comics is the collaborative brain child of writer Hughie Gibson and artist Jeremiah Ray. Two guys with a love for all things noir. From the oldies like Double Indemnity to the modern or neo-noir like Sin City or Lucky Number Slevin.

At Point Blank Comics we are owner creators of noir graphic novels and comics. This is a new site that will be updated regularly with information on our latest projects and a weekly web comic that will be published there for free. Check out our Merchandise page (a work in progress) where you can pick up my novels (I’ve wrote a couple), our graphic novels and comic series or if you would like there are t-shirts and other apparel along with stickers and some other fun stuff.

Here is a sneak peak at the protagonist for our current work in progress a graphic novel set in rural Missouri and is a Country Noir story about small town greed and revenge.

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Jimmy Reno by Jeremiah Ray

Hardboiled

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Hardboiled is a project I am on which I am working.

PREMISE: Nick Lowe is a hard nosed PI living in post war St. Louis. His cases range from missing children to cheating spouses to insurance fraud. Life ain’t half bad for a washed up copper turned private dick. The only problem is he isn’t real, he is the work of writer Thomas Goodchild and Thomas has decided to kill him off and retire. That is until Thomas wakes up one morning in post WWII St. Louis as Nick himself, and finds himself fighting for his life and the life of his character in a world of mobsters and Femme Fatales.  

GENRE: hardboiled detective, noir, fantasy, dark comedy

A new man is wrapping up (only a couple posts left) so I am thinking of starting a new mystery series. Tell me what you think, is it interesting?

(found the photo on google images and I forgot to see where it was from)

The Last Hit (a short comic script)

 

This is a short screenplay that I wrote a few years ago that I have adapted into a short comic script. Those that follow me have probably figured out that I write a lot of different things. I just love writing stories and sometimes a certain story lends itself to a specific medium. I love the hardboiled detective and noir style of storytelling. I bring an element of that to a lot of my stories whether it is the my mystery series or my Perfect 200 series which I would classify as a urban sci fi fantasy.

I have no ability to draw at all so I put some images that I found on Google for the feel that I was going for. I viewed this very much in the style of Frank Miller.

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Page 1

Panel 1 Wide: Urban cityscape, dark and gritty

Caption: City of Angels 1940 something…

Panel 2 Close: Front of an old car, 30’s Studebaker,
headlights shining.

Panel 3 Close: Through the front windshield two young men
sit in the front seat of a car.

Caption: I really hate this city. It’s a dirty steaming
cesspool. And I am right in the middle of it.

Panel 4 Close: Through the windshield, The passenger, STU

Caption: I a make my living in this cesspool, so I
guess that makes me part of the problem. That’s why I
plan on getting out.

Panel 5 Close: gun on the thigh of one of the men

Caption This is how I make my living

Page 2

Panel 1 wide: dark alley with light thrown from an open
door.

Caption It’s places like these I make that living.

Panel 2 close: A man leaning on a wall smoking a
cigarette.

Caption I don’t know what this guy did, Hell, he
probably didn’t do anything.

Panel 3 Close: the mans hand on the door as he pulls it
closed narrowing the light.

Panel 4 close: through the windshield Stu and his partner,
JEREMY, sit quietly, waiting.

JEREMY
Any idea why He wanted you to do
this job.

STU
No idea, I thought my last hit was
a month ago.

JEREMY
I hope we didn’t interrupt
anything.

Panel 5 close: Stu looks at his partner, and takes a drink
with a half smirk.

Page 3

Panel 1 wide: a seedy motel with half of its lights burned
out and two old cars parked next to each other

Caption last night…

Panel 2 close: Stu lays in bed with a beautiful girl,
under his arm. Her long hair flowing around them

Caption ahhh, Allison. Now there is a dame to die for,
or kill for. Her old man just happens to be my boss
and that ain’t no life to live.

Panel 3 wide aerial from ceiling. The full bed, a ceiling
fan blocks the light throwing shadows around the room and
across Allison’s exposed top. Her breasts young and perky.
Their bottom are covered by a sheet that is woven between
them.

Caption It gets hot in the summer, and even hotter
when Allison shares my bed.

Panel 4 close: Stu is laying a big kiss on Allison

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Panel 5 close: Stu and Allison laying in bed

ALLISON
I’ll be glad when this is over.

STU
Fun and sun are almost here.

ALLISON
Two weeks is too long.  I want to
go now.

STU
I already bought the tickets.  I
can’t exchange them.

Panel 6 close: Allison crawls out of bed pulling up pink
lace underwear

Panel 7 Close: A phone on the nightstand. (ring ring
ring)Stu hand reaching for it.

Caption Allison’s father, The Boss

Panel 8 close: Stu’s face as he speaks into the phone.

STU
Hello, sir

THE BOSS(FROM THE PHONE)
Meet Jeremy in one hour at the
place.

STU
Yes sir.

Panel 9 wide shot from ceiling. Allison stands across the
room topless. shadow thrown across her chest. Stu sits on
the bed with the phone in his hand.

STU
I’m sorry

ALLISON
You know the plan? Be safe.

Page 4

Panel 1 wide aerial shot of alley, it is dark and the
Studebaker sits in the same spot, quiet.

Panel 2 medium shot: Stu and Jeremy hold their guns near
their faces

Caption nah, he didn’t interrupt anything..

Panel 3 wide: Stu and Jeremy crouch down behind an old car
and watch the mark stand about 100 yards away as he smokes
a cigarette.

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Panel 4 close: Jeremy has a smirk on his face.

JEREMY
So what are your plans after
retirement?

STU
I guess this is my retirement.

JEREMY
This is your last hit, I swear.

STU
Jeremy, it doesn’t really matter
what you swear.  Once in the mob,
always in the mob. Right?

JEREMY
I guess.  But honestly, I asked for
it to be this way.

Panel 5 close: Stu looks at Jeremy curiously. A light cast
across his face.

STU
You asked for me?

JEREMY
Yeah, this is kind of an important
hit.

STU
How so?

JEREMY
The Mark went against the family.
So, you never answered my question,
retirement?

Panel 6 medium: with his thumb on the hammer Stu cocks his
gun (click), on knee on the ground he gets ready to make
his move

Panel 7 Medium: the man steps inside the building.

Page 5

Panel 1 Wide aerial of the motel. It is still dark and the
motel is full of shadows.

Panel 2 Wide from back of room. Stu steps through the door
into the room casting a light onto Allison who lays on the
bed in the fetal position fully clothed.

Panel 3 He makes his way quickly over to the bed reaching
to hold his lover.

Caption I knew this hurt her so much…

Panel 4 close: He grabs her face and kisses her
passionately.

Panel 5 Their faces are close together with barely an inch
between them. Light is thrown across Stu’s face leaving
Allison somewhat in the dark.

ALLISON
It’s a hit, isn’t it?

STU
This is the last time, I promise.
After this we will be in Mexico.

ALLISON
I know, I’m just scared.

STU
We’ll be alright, I promise.  I
will be back in a couple days.

Panel 6 wide from ceiling looking down. Allison reaches
for him but gets nothing but air. The room between them
filled with dark shadows

Page 6

Panel 1 wide cityscape, dark and gritty

Caption This is a mean mean town and sometimes things
don’t turn out as planned…

Panel 2 wide: Stu and Jeremy enter the building through
the alley door. Casting light onto their guns at their
sides

Panel 3 wide: a shadow filled hallway lays ahead of them
but Jeremy points to a closed door that is bathed in
light.

Panel 4 medium: Stu makes his way to the door with his gun
in front of him, in a shooters stance.  He pushes the door
open with the muzzle of the gun.

Panel 5 wide: The door opens (creeeeek) into reveal him
stand with his gun drawn. Shadow behind him.

Panel 6 close stepping out of the shadow Stu raises his
gun, ready to fire. Then from behind Stu, Jeremy’s gun
comes down swiftly on the top of his head. (CRACK)

Panel 7 Black.

Page 7

Panel 1 close: In a dark room Stu sits tied to a chair and
unconscious. Head hung between his shoulders facing his
chest.

stutied

Panel 2 wide: Jeremy slaps him hard across the face and he
comes to life.

Panel 3 close: Stu looks confused at his captor. Jeremy’s
face within inches of his partner.

STU
Why?

JEREMY
I’m sorry, Stu.  You were warned to
stay away from her.

STU
But…

Panel 4 Close on Jeremy, his face bathed in light. He
almost looks angelic.

JEREMY
I’m doing it because I’m your
friend.  I didn’t want some guy
that you didn’t know whacking you.
Was she worth it?

STU
I love her, it’s always worth it.

Panel 5 On the white wall behind Stu sits his shadow.
He’s helpless tied to the chair.

Panel 6 close: the barrel of a gun touches a forehead
(blam)

Page 8 full page

Panel 1 Wide shot of a Jeremy standing in front of a tied
up Stu, his gun to his head, it is flying backward, a spew
of Blood and brain hit the shadow, soaking it in red.

Page 9

Panel 1 wide on the hotel, the Studebaker sits in the
parking lot next to the other car

Caption: … or maybe they go exactly as planned. All
depending on who is telling the story.

Panel 2 close:Allison sits on the bed with a suitcase
beside her along with two plane tickets.

Panel 3 wide: She looks at her watch and picks up the bag
and the tickets and makes her way to the door.

Panel 4 wide: She opens the door and light casts on Jeremy
as he stands leaning on the door frame.

Panel 5 close: Jeremy has a smirk on his face

Caption: At least someone gets a happy ending

Panel 6 close: Allison’s hand, she is carrying a gun

Panel 7 black panel with sound effect (blam)

Panel 8 close: open door of the motel. Peeking out into the night onto an ambiguous figure

last pic

Caption: someone…

Like I said I have no ability to draw but if anyone out there is willing to collaborate I would love to hear from you. I would love to see what this would look like on paper. It might give someone the opportunity to showcase some work as well.