Untitled (2) by Tom Miller

Creators / Copyright: Tom Miller

Jenny Creation Date: unknown

Original Source: Sent to The Shifter Archive in 2007
Read on The Shifter Archive: READ BELOW

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NOTE: Tom says that if there is ever anyone interested in illustrating this, that they should contact him. (Contact us, we’ll patch you through).

Page One

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First things first.  The art should have a real “Silver Age” feel to it.  This may or may not be The Shifter’s origin (well, it’s my version anyway), but I want it to feel old.  In large letters across the top of the page:”SHE IS THE SHIFTER!”  The Shifter herself is standing, hands on hips looking off-panel.  A very heroic pose.  I’ll see if I can find source material, but I’m sure you can see it.  For lack of a better word, it’s a “Superman” pose.

Page Two

6 panel breakdown, 2 across, 3 down, all the same size.

So we’ve got three very brief origins. The captions stretch across the two panels.  If I’m feeling really artistic, I’ll send along a little thumbnail thing.

Panel One: Shifter in street wear (secret identity?) walking along the street.  We’re looking down through a ring of clouds.  Oddly familiar deities are watching her too, staring down a la that pool they had in Clash of the Titans.

Caption:”DID THE COSMIC POWERS GRANT HER THE WONDROUS ABILITY TO CROSS THE DIMENSIONS?”

Panel Two: Shifter foreground, arms and legs spread facing us, like that Da Vinci thing that went up with the Voyager 2 probe.  If that made no sense I’ll send a picture to you.  Background is radiating from a central point behind Shifter’s back, cut into slices to show different dimensions.  (Dinosaurs, robots, etc.)

Panel Three: Again, Shifter in street wear/civilian identity, looking at a small bump on her arm that appears to be glowing.  In the sky behind her, possibly disappearing behind a cloud, is a stereotypical UFO.

Caption:”DID AN IRRADIATED BEE STING CAUSED BY A DOOMED ALIEN SPACESHIP ALLOW HER TO BE HER OTHER SELVES?”

Panel Four: Similar to panel 2, but with vertical lines cutting the panel in four.  Each will have a different background.  Shifter is running/striding across all four, but her clothing where her body intersects with each will match the background.  (e.g. moonscape – space suit, beach – bikini, etc.)

Panel Five: Street wear again.  Getting predictable aren’t I?  Shifter is looking at a box on a table.  The thought bubble over her head has a cat’s face and a question mark in it.

Caption:”IS SHE THE NEXT STEP IN THE QUANTUM EVOLUTION OF HUMANKIND?”

Panel Six: Split panel with Shifter central.  On one side she holds an affectionate cat, on the other she weeps over a small grave.

Page Three

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The Shifter in a VERY Kirby-esque pose.  Background in much the same vein as page 2, panel 2, but with more and varied dimensions.  First caption at the top, second one at the bottom.

Caption:”THE ANSWER IS…..”

Caption:”…..YES!”

Page Four

Another 6 panel breakdown, like page 2.  Single panel descriptions of various odd adventures.  Most of the captions will give you a clear enough picture to let your imagination run amok.

Panel One: Similar to opening page.  Heroic stance.

Caption:”WITNESS HER AMAZING ADVENTURES!”

Panel Two

Caption:”BATTLING THE TERRIFYING MIND-SPIDERS!”

Panel Three

Caption:”SAVING THE EARTH AS IT BALANCED ON A PIN-HEAD!”

Panel Four

Caption:”STAVING OFF THE SAVAGE JUNGLE TERROR……”

Panel Five

Caption:”….AND THE STARK DESERT MADNESS!”

For panel’s 4 and 5 I was thinking some cheesily sexy poses of Shifter captured by prehensile vines and pseudopods of sand.  A little something for the fanboys.

Panel Six.  Think romance comic.

Caption:”OR MAYBE A LITTLE ROMANCE?”

Page Five

Full Page.

The Shifter in uniform running towards us.  Behind her should be every strange and weird character and creature that you can think of.  In the sky a mass of spaceships and dragons and stuff.  Let’s really show that these adventures can involve anything.

Caption:”JOIN THE FABULOUS SHIFTER AND HER FRIENDS FOR AMAZING ADVENTURES IN OTHER DIMENSIONS!”