A few weeks ago I posted a video in which I talked a great deal about the importance of murdering darlings. So you’d think I would have been on the lookout in my own work, but sometimes they sneak in through the window and sucker-punch you. Which inevitably leads to writer’s block, which in my case also leads to depression, which is a nasty set of stairs to fall down. Which is part of why I’ve been at the bottom of those stairs, moaning at my aching everything, for the better part of two or three weeks. BUT I have at last CAUGHT the blaggard, and things are once more moving along nicely.
The reason I didn’t catch it for so long is it by-passed most of my safeguards and disguised it as something good. I’ve gotten better at catching Darlings in the script phase, but it sidled by the defenses there without a whisper. Same with storyboarding. In fact, I got all the way to inked pages with this one, and this is where it clinched things. You see, most of the time if a bad idea gets as far as drawing, my subconscious will sabotage it as a last resort, making every drawing I attempt of the bad idea fail miserably. I do dearly love my subconscious for this quality, although it is very frustrating to deal with in the moment. However, this Darling must have paid my final gate-keeper off, because I LOVED the drawings. Which surely meant that the content was good, right? RIGHT?? Even worse, when I finally was able to identify why everything I tried to write beyond that page crashed and burned, that meant I had to destroy some of my better work in a while.
SO, since it will never see the light of day in the comic, I’m sharing the offending panel here. So below is a LeyLines that will never be. Except in an alternate dimension. Hope you enjoy it!
Have you ever gotten rid of something you liked, for the good of the whole?