Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Best Mann: "The tank's cracking!"

Now up to installment #21 of Best Mann For The Job. If it seems like this whole car chase is taking weeks, that's because this is written as a daily comic strip ... and published on a weekly schedule. Frankly, you're watching the original pilot as we're still making it.

What's great about the slower schedule is it gives Erica and me a chance to watch as we go and fine-tune it. For example, once the bank robbers reached the Interstate and were on their way to Hope Falls (which is where the series is actually set), we simply stayed with them and never saw this turned-over gas truck again. However, Erica suggested we let the emergency play out -- and I scripted a couple additional strips to the sequence. (Which, in a daily newspaper, would be a couple days ... but on our current publication schedule means a couple weeks.)

Best Mann For The Job stars Grace Mann, a woman with a complicated past who returns home to become sheriff of Hope Falls, Tennessee. We like to think of it as a cross between a rural Dick Tracy and Gasoline Alley. (Or if you prefer, T.J. Hooker and Northern Exposure.)

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A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.