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Nightfall, The Rainy City

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They say policing is a vocation, a lifetime commitment. For this tired old man, it feels like two lifetimes.

It was my eighteenth year in the force when the sky fell in on Candor. The year started with the arrival of three white ships, three Lazloi merchant cruisers with stupid names that brought every witch doctor, acolyte and hippie from miles around into an already crowded city. I was glad when those white haired freaks left so we could get on with proper policing. Up till then, we'd been babysitting a bunch of stoned freeloaders trying to feel the Lazloi karma.

They left all right, but only after some lunatic group attacked them. We got the guys involved, but the Lazloi have their own kind of justice. Still gives me the creeps thinkin' about that day.

Thought the whole thing was over when they left, 'cept the matriarchs did a demolition job on the trade route to the Imperial stars, and the whole frakking edifice of trade and commerce came crashing down.

I was about ready to take things slower, may be spend more time behind a desk, but everything went mad. People talked about the end of the world, and every crackpot and religious nut rolled out of the woodwork once more to peddle their nonsense. If that wasn't enough, a new disease broke out and people got scared. People would turn into the living dead and things would come out of nowhere and kill everything they could find. Folks said the Lazloi were invading this part of space, that the disease was of their making, and it was only a matter of time before we were all dead.

The police changed too. They became nothing more than a containment force to keep the lid on the pressure cooker. Their role was to protect the nice neighbourhoods from everywhere else. For a while, I was out of a job. They said people like me were unsuitable for the new kind of policing. I called in a few favours but it looked it was all over for Detective Elliot Shannon. Luckily for me, the police got scared too. When the people realised they couldn't get recourse from the law, they took the law into their own hands, and then the gangsters took the law for themselves. The new police knew that to keep things going, they would need officers who could pound the street.

They let us old timers do what we do best; mixing with the people, and doing what we can. Although we're on the payroll, the old timers are not really the police; more like private detectives on a long-term retainer. That suits me fine; it's a regular pay cheque and the hours are flexible. I get to pick my cases and follow up the ones the police aren't interested in.

I see a lot of things that the police miss. Most of it is human nature, and the usual criminal urges, but something else has taken root here, and it's starting to scare this old timer plenty.

-- Elliot Shannon, Private Investigator, formerly of the Candor City Police.

The Rainy City, a reference of course to the Earl Emerson novel set in Seattle, the only part of the United States I am familiar with.

Source images rendered in Poser using custom shaders, and then assembled using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS2.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.
May 30, 2008
Digital Comics
Science Fiction
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May 30, 2008 2:43:08 pm
Different style; gritty for a different facet. Interesting text, as always. Also, the comic-book style for the graphic works well with the story.

by drace68 Homepage »

May 30, 2008 3:04:06 pm
that's such a great and lovely work. i can really imagine it. a young boy searching for an ideal...

by milanautica Homepage »

May 30, 2008 5:18:51 pm
Good work.

by kanzler Homepage »

May 30, 2008 5:39:11 pm
nice work.

by Shiroyama Homepage »

May 30, 2008 5:53:39 pm
Nice style. A bit simple, but it works. The prose is very good as well.

Keep it up. Stuff like this attracts attention and followers.

by MacSavers Homepage »

May 30, 2008 6:45:45 pm
A different style but I think it fits in wonderfully with the rest of the story. :)

by Bea Homepage »

May 30, 2008 8:15:47 pm
Nice cartoon look!

by duncanlong Homepage »

May 31, 2008 2:00:14 am
A bit of a late post but, i really like the overlapping of the frames , the poses as mentioned above, and the tableau of color is perfect !

by Odessey Homepage »

May 31, 2008 5:06:34 am
The comic book style fits the story well :)

by Star4mation Homepage »

May 31, 2008 2:16:27 pm
Love the cartoon / graphic art style you used for this page - very classy!!!

by hoskins78 Homepage »

Jun 1, 2008 4:09:20 pm
There's a "no name man" side in this old cop i really like! Excellent frames composition, i like it!

by Margenal Homepage »

Jun 2, 2008 6:10:50 pm
Small crit but love he whole image & layout...if its raining wouldnt they be wet (brim of hat, puddles etc)?

by woz2002 Homepage »

Jun 7, 2008 3:27:57 pm
First I would say that I enjoy this pure and very efficient style. And also so beautiful!

The way that you cut the page recalls me the great Frank Miller. It is really excellent!

This is a very pro image, very elegant page, which stands a lot above amateur comic creations! My best congrats!

by Elcet Homepage »

Jun 11, 2008 3:29:15 am
Nice page and love the pallette! Very apt narrative!

by Mikeall Homepage »

Jun 12, 2008 10:38:55 am
That was cool! great scene love it!
big 5+++++

by AngelWeb58 Homepage »

Jun 13, 2008 7:55:36 pm
Cool dialogue

by henryotisclarke Homepage »

Jun 18, 2008 1:30:52 am
Very beautiful and very nice artwork.

by DukeNukem2005 Homepage »

Jul 15, 2008 4:35:15 pm
This cop gives excellent advice, I wish I met him a long time ago :-)

by aeilkema Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 17, 2008 7:47:10 pm
Very nice stuff! I like the technique and the darkness in this one. Great to see your still turning out the images.

by jwebster45206 Homepage »

Jan 27, 2009 9:32:37 am

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