Written: Kelly Bender
Art & Colors: James Leong
Letters: Micah Myers
"The Prompt" is an anthology created by Nic J Shaw. It is a challenge to make a complete one page comic book based on a prompted theme.
This prompted theme was "Coming home..."
Here is how this one page story became a completed comic page:
STEP 1: SCRIPT
I wrote a script for artist James Leong & letterer Micah Myers.
A typical comic book script I write is formatted like this:
Jewel of Man By Kelly Bender Page 01
PAGE 01 (8 PANELS)
PANEL 01 (panel 1 is tall and narrow)
This is our location shot. CAMERA IS ZOOMED back and we’re looking at a KNIGHT riding on a horse that’s going up a mountain trail covered in snow, there is a cave near the top. NO DETAILS REQUIRED IN THE RIDER AND THE HORSE JUST SILHOUETTES. The main focus is the location Mountain with a cave.
Jewel of Man
For Centuries men have been pining for the jewel.
PANEL 02 (panel 2 and 3 are wider and on top of each other next to panel 1. Panel 2 and 3 onto of each other is the same height as panel 1)
We’re looking at the knight walking towards us (WAIST UP) we can see she is wearing armor and a helmet. Her SWORD is out and she has a torch (you know the kind with the stick and the cloth?) WE WANT TO HIDE THE FACT THAT IT’S A FEMALE UNTIL PANEL 6!!
Deep within these caverns rests the one heavenly trinket that man yearns for most.
We can see the KNIGHT walking down the path in the cave His sword still out and holding onto the torch. There are pieces of armor with skeleton bones coming out of them, and swords stuck into the ground. Many men have died trying to posses the jewel.
Its location has been widely known, and yet that it still alludes capture has driven the wisest of men to madness.
We can see an opening in the CAVE a small room, We are looking at the back of The KNIGHT who is on the LEFT, she is standing there, and her sword is lowered and the torch up. To illuminate the room. The JEWEL (it is a red jewel) is there on a small mound of skeleton bones. The jewel is on the small mound as nobody can touch it with ANYTHING without dying. The mound is just past the KNIGHTS chest in height off the ground.
BETWEEN the KNIGHT and the JEWEL we can see dozens of skeleton bones lying there on the ground.
Kings have spent fortunes and lost many brave souls trying to obtain it.
Minstrels sing ballads pertaining to the allusiveness of the jewel, and how no man will ever possess it.
PANEL 5 (small panel)
Just the feet of the hero as she’s walking and has dropped her helmet. There are skeleton bones on the ground.
Tink! (metal helmet hitting the ground)
We can see the KNIGHT face and long hair now. We can tell it’s a girl!! She is just about to touch the JEWEL (like INDIANA JONES and the gold statue from Raiders of the lost ark :)) the Jewel is glowing now.
But I’m no man!
We can see the KNIGHT is turned to a skeleton in a flash. JUST an effect like you’d draw a body in the fire. But this is a skeleton.
Foosh! (like a blast of energy or fire)
We can see the SKELETON fingers of the woman falling away from the jewel.
CAPTION: (at the top)
CREDITS: (bottom of the panel or along the bottom in the black part)
Story: Kelly Bender
Art: James Leong
Letters: Micah Myers