So, after half a year of worldbuilding and laying out the general plot, I've finally begun to actually script the beginning of my science fiction webcomic. Unfortunately, in doing so, I've run into a major problem.
The very first story arc (or the first part of that arc) involves alien secret agent Krajn literally running into human lead Harry and accidentally dragging him into the plot. Since part of my intention here is to play with various Call to Adventure
and Audience Surrogate
conventions - in the eventual story as a whole, Krajn is the real protagonist and Harry is at best the Deuteragonist
- and Harry's introduction provides a much better one to the setting in general than Krajn's In Medias Res
introduction, I definitely intend to start from Harry's point of view, switching over to Krajn a few strips onward.
Unfortunately, this poses a major problem in terms of tone - Harry's strips are almost purely comedic and lighthearted, save for a few 'establishing shots' meant to make the reader - inasmuch as possible with the art style
- go "ooh". Krajn's strips are action-based and fairly serious in tone. I think it's important to feature both as early as possible, since this won't be a purely
parodic comic and I want to avoid Cerebus Syndrome
, but I'm worried that going from one to the other could be quite jarring for readers. Furthermore, even this early into a comic, and even with it clear that the characters are bound for a collision, I'm really concerned about reader reaction to the focus suddenly being switched from the guy we've been following to a character who has never been seen before.
As such, I'm basically stuck on how to handle the switch. While I have preliminary scripts for both characters, I'm left blank as to how to transition from Harry to Krajn for the first time.
So, suggestions? Am I worrying too much? Very little of this is absolutely settled for certain, so I'd be willing to consider alternatives if necessary, but I'm more looking for advice on how to mitigate the whiplash.
edited 28th Sep '12 12:44:25 AM by nrjxll