this whole history really do works so well!! i love the part where you see how did sandy and pitch lived 300 years ago, and how poor Sandy is mad about him... CONTINUE!! PLEASE!! you give me inspiration for another one...
I see it more like the end of a chapter in a longer story. Sometimes you can leave things up in the air (that being said, I'm not quite happy with that last panel. One day I'll find a better alternate option...)
I went to see Rise of the Guardians tonight and I was really disappointed (( I mean, the storyline, the characters and everything were awesome, I'll buy collection Blu-ray, but... I went to see Pitch the way you portray him and it came out a real frustration ( In your strips and oneshots you tell the story of Pitch as a very interesting, charismatic and complicated character that isn't in the movie. I guess, you see something, that's just isn't there. And I like your stories more and would love to read your story of Pitch someday.
Nevertheless, congratulations with the release of the next great movie you've worked on. Really fresh and peculiar in all the ways.
I read before these strips myself, so I was a bit worried to be disappointed... because it's improbable to find a "gray" villain in such kids movies... But actually I wasn't so disappointed... I think these comics fit in just good... Movie!Pitch didn't strike me as so terrible different from rufftoon-comics!Pitch... Maybe because I was prepared to a low concentration on the villain compared with these comics where he is the main character...
But now I have a doubt... Pitch is the actual fear or just the irrational fears?
Ah, if only the movie had been a little bit longer, you may have seen more of Pitch (Though I also do tend to write him darker...) But thank you very much for your kind words- sorry I spoiled the movie for you.
actually I felt like the lenth of the movie was cut and some story parts were missing. For me you tried to make a complex story for adults but at the end shortened it so kids could sit till the end and didn't get bored ^_^ You didn't spoil anything, I've just made Pitch the character I instantly fell in love with, and I was dissapointed to not see YOUR Pitch in the movie. Anyway I hope that mb one day you'll decide to tell Pitch' story as you did to Zhao
...and mb your producer will decide to cash on spin off's about main characters (including Pitch) and we'll get the solo stories of North, Pitch, Tooth, Bunny and Sandman ^_^
I love all your Pitch-centered comics so much! They really add a lot to the character, I love how multifaceted, "human", even sympathetic he can feel while still being an ominous force (witch hunt... that's so terrible!)
I wonder, do you think something made Pitch shift from the dangerous yet protective force he was primordially to someone who found glee in the harm he could bring? This change must have happened even before he showed his inability to change and adapt (if it happened at all).
Perhaps he saw it as a limitation, the others forcing him to be scary only one time a year? Bringing fear is not just a one night event. It would be like a prison of sort, a way for the Guardians to control him (or in any case, that would be his take on it). He unfortunately tends to go overboard. He likes his job.
I find the fact that the child has a harelip endearing - it puts a lot of interest into his character. Somehow it makes both the kid and the story itself more real.
On a slight critique, this didn't quite feel like it ended. Not because you don't know what happens (which is an effective technique and I think used to good effect here), but perhaps because of the layout of the last panel. The emphasis is wrong somehow - feels like a lead-in to another page, instead of the beautifully uncertain and possibly gruesome conclusion of their conversation.
I do hope you do not mind the unsolicited opinion. Overall the story was beautifully laid out - particularly since it's just two people talking to each other. And yet it was funny, sad, and extremely ominous. (Mostly what I can't believe is that you managed to work that naturally into four pages. Well done!)
Thank you! And you are quite right about that last panel. I was also not quite happy with it, and my brain was refusing to give me an alternate. I went with it, for now. Honest observations always welcomed!