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the HAWKGUY #6 post-game

1.

david brought this on himself, the advent-calendar-as-grid thing.  argued w/wacker over who was funnier here, Stark or Dr. Druid but it turns out Warren Ellis set Dr. Druid on fire in a trash can. And THEN he killed the character off.

2.

once again, the gag here was simple: clint wants to hook up his DVR but Things Keep Happening.

3 - the recap page.

Wacker + Sana write the gags here, not me. 

4.

Again, Aja’s idea. I even tried to push it into uncomfortable SCOTT PILGRIM territory and D. politely declined. Still — David Aja is the kind of guy who voluntarily does this to himself.

5.

Originally this was going to be Spidey and Daredevil, arguing over why Daredevil isn’t so into watching TV but I decided on Wolverine because Wolverine = sales dynamite. Also these guys are here because Wacker suggested a cross-over with some high profile characters might = sales dynamite.  Clearly this is what the fans want.

6.

DOCTOR DRUID, MOTHER FUCKERS.

I had to google “whither”

Also, and this is rare, but “I’m just kidding. I don’t know anything about Wall Street.” actually makes me laugh.

7.

We figured Clint would be the kind of guy that wouldn’t just carry a butterfly knife but would know how to use it.

And BLADE RUNNER is a shared obsession of David and me both, so, why not Clint.

8.

I cannot express to you how incandescent with joy i become, getting color pages from Hollingsworth, and seeing beautiful things like panels 10 and 15, the exteriors with the snow on the railings.  Perfect. I hate that there had to be words there at all.

9.

DOG COPS. Yes.

And yes — this is pretty much verbatim a discussion I had with my son re: Hawkeye/Hawkguy.

10.

I wish we could’ve made the calendar work to cover Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa but it just didn’t work out. So I figure it’s a joyous Early Kwanzaa celebration because people in the building would be gone the 26th - the 1st.

11. 

Dodge vans. When you absolutely, positively, have to carry like thirty tracksuit draculas to a streetfight.

12.

If i was smart i would’ve written this story chrono-linearly, then split it up once i was done.

I am not smart.

That said, here goes the arrow into the dish. And the clocks are all important too. Little clues, everything matters, all the story elements are story elements.

Also david and I argued about the arrow’s direction. i thought it should stick out from the bottom; his argument was that it traveled in a parabolic arc up and back down. 

I should’ve put a caption here. WOW LOOK AT THE PARABOLIC ARC THAT ARROW JUST TRAVELLED IN —

13.

Clint has now appeared in a Santa hat for more panels than his own Superhero Suit.

Also: HOOPER. Great film, or GREATEST film?

Also also: Clint with the loss of a sense trying to compensate. Laying pipe…

14.

THE KING OF ALL TRACKSUITS WILL BE BACK.

As will CHERRY.  

15.

Just noticed Aimee’s wearing a Ramones shirt. This plays nicely off a bit in HAWKGUY 7, next month.

Also, this bow, and the him-and-it of it all with regards to Kate, goes back to YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6, the first time I wrote Clint and Kate.

16.

I may or may not have spent a few hours trying to set up a universal remote before writing this page.

17.

There was a LOT of swearing the first draft of this.

A lot.

18.

Cue up the Vince Guaraldi.

19.

Remember this page, Colorado…

20.

My script:

PAGE NINETEEN - MONDAY DECEMBER 17th

SPLASH PAGE. CLINT stands on the stoop, beaten up, Santa hat on, BOW IN HAND, held down. two arrows at the ready, string pulled back.  Snow falling, snow gathering. Clint’s breath streaming from his nose as he watches the van drive away. 

A hero shot.

 The message, communicated perfectly in silence, is this building is protected.


And as close to a mission statement as I think we’ve come. Six issues in, that feels about right. the close of our first act, as it were.


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in my mind they’re watching YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS.


Okay. Thanks for reading. See you next month for HAWKGUY #7 — the flood issue.


I’ll do one of these for FF #2 tonight/tomorrow. 

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