I opted for something a little more "Quick and to the Point"
This would've wasted the reader's time
An alternate version of the "Sludge Pit" scene. A whole conversation was gonna take place with just this one picture
This would've taken too long
I just wanted to get to the "Christina Sixteena" scene already
I had no idea how the hell I was gonna do animation for this scene at the time
Alternate Verion of the "Texico City News" scene
Fun Fact: The "Creature Teacher" grafitti was meant as a bit of foreshadowing for the character "Katey Jay"
With Crelvin screaming "MELVIN!" My ADHD was very much reflected in Mutant Melvin
Fun Fact: The Fire Alarm acts as a door bell
Extra detail that was not needed for this scene
Deleted for pacing
The font was changed to something more legible
Altenate version of the "Sludge Pit" Scene
The iconic dialog was later added in digitally
I was originally gonna have Mayor Ray Gun thwack himself in the head which causes Him to fall into the Sludge Pit
Fun Fact: The Sludge Pit was orignally meant be circular, a square was just easier to animate
Fun Fact: This entire scene was influenced by something i saw in an episode of "Hannah Montana" (don't ask how I know that)
I orignally came up with the T-Shirt BEFORE I wrote the scene
The dialog was added in digitally
The "Biffman" logo was later added in digitally
Rat Fink's dialog was changed to something more legible
as you can see, I wrote the scene as I was illustrating it
I even wrote the usher's dialog when illustrating it
I was originally gonna have Melvin and Ratfink sort of "MST3K" Biffman and then get kicked out by the theater usher. I went with a slightly different ending
EXT. "The Grove" concept art
I decided to wait until AFTER Melvin & Rat fink fled the scene to reveal the cover up
"Melvin, WAKE UP" scene without the hoodie
2nd "Sludge Pit" concept - this time: a hexagon with stairs
"The Sludge Pit" was originally gonna be round
The Sludge Pit's final form. It was just easier to draw
I was originally gonna give Christina Sixteena Red (or Green) knee-high socks like the nanny from "Muppet Babies"
"The SludgePit" was not only gonna be round but also have stairs in the back. I realized how illogical that would be.
Too much reveal. I decided to keep His mutation a mystery and include the part about a cover up FOR MORE DRAMATIC EFFECT
Christina Sixteena concept art
Fun fact: Christina Sixteena was originally gonna be modelled after Anne Hathaway in "Princess Diaries"
More "Sludge Pit" concept art
This is what I ultimately decided on for the face
Christina Sixteena was originally gonna have glasses
This is what I'd ultimately decided on for Christina Sixteena