A minimalist page ...
Opp: Your plan is that you have a rose bush?!?
Opp: Are you insane?!!!?!!!?
To be continued soon ...
Opp: So what is the great plan of yours, Knox?
Knox: It's simplicity itself really.
Knox: We know where the dragon's lair is ...
Knox ... and we know it will come put and fight us if it hears us.
Opp: Of course it will, and it will eat us whole.
Knox: It's okay. I've got a rose bush.
Our heroes walking out of town, heading into the hills toward some mountains.
Opp: "I can't believe you said we'd go and kill the marauding dragon."
Knox: "It seemed the right thing to do. Don't worry."
Opp: "Don't worry?!? Of course I'm worrying. It's a dragon. It's killed a dozen heroes of renown. We're just a dwarf who's a bit tall and giant who's a bit short. We don't stand a chance."
Knox: "I have a plan."
Opp: "You have a plan? That's meant to make me feel better?"
Full width title frame.
Knox: "I promise you this dragon will be but a little problem, easily defeated."
Okay, this last page is a visual joke. We start with two frames at the top that show the two heroes walking together into the sunset. However, we only see half of each of them. Knox is short, and Opp is tall, as they both have one boot each on.
Knox: "So it wasn't what the text said, it was more about what language it was written in. High-elven ... low human."
Opp: "Those blades would have really altered our size."
Knox looking up at his tall companion. We still only see half (or less) of each of them as they walk side-by-side.
Knox: "You know something my friend?"
Large frame that shows that each one of them is a distorted 'mutant' creature with one boot of Size Alteration on each. Opp is tall only on one side, his body a strange distortion in the middle. Knox is short on one side, but normal on the other. Multiple speech bubbles to finish with, as they limp off into the sunset.
Knox: "This isn't really going to work out is it?"
Knox: "There's no way you'd consider giving both of them to me?"
Opp: "We always split everything evenly. That's our deal."
Knox: "So what do we do?"
Opp: "We could give them to Bertha. She might let us live that way."
Knox: "She might at that."
One more frame of them making their way through the temple dungeon.
Knox: "Why was it is High-elven? Everything else was in the human low-tongue."
The see the boots on a dais/pedestal thing.
Opp: There they are. The Boots of Size Alteration. Just think what we can do with those.
Opp and Knox prodding the floor and checking for traps.
Opp: "It all looks safe enough.
Knox: "Hmm, I wonder if ... "
They creep forward, but step on something, a pressure plate, that makes a click
They jump up just as a blade sweeps under them.
They duck as another blade goes over their heads.
Large frame of some evil temple in the mid-distance with our two heroes standing looking at it. Multiple speech bubbles.
Opp: "So that's a temple?"
Opp: "What god is that for?"
Knox: "A bad one."
Opp: "They're all bad in some way."
Knox: "True enough."
The two heroes making their way past traps and skeletons and dungeon trash.
Knox: "I just wish we'd gotten that bit of text translated."
More of the same, they avoid some pit or something.
Knox: "I'm sure it's important."
This page show various action fighting frames of them dealing with random monsters as they travel, contrasted with bits of a simple conversation. There's a geek 'joke' in that all the monsters are from the first edition AD&D Dungeon Master Guide random encounter tables.
The two heroes fighting a giant toad.
Opp: "How long do sylphs keep grudges for anyway?"
Knox: "For as long as they live."
The two heroes fighting a giant Badger.
Opp: "How long do sylphs live?"
Knox: "They're immortal."
The two heroes fighting a giant Centipede.
Opp: "So where is this temple?"
Knox: "Other side of the Swamp of Slaughter."
The two heroes fighting a Gelatinous Cube (a large semi-opaque cube of stuff that sucks things into it, and has odd bits suspended inside like a jelly with fruit would).
Opp: "Is that close to the Desert of Fiery Rain?"
Knox: "No ... it's nearer to the Lake of Unsettled Souls."
The two heroes fighting a giant lizard.
Opp: "There's a good inn in those parts ... what's its name? The Something's Something?"
Knox: "The Unicorn's Horn? They do a great vegetable stew."
The two heroes fighting a giant beetle.
Opp: "Nah. I was thinking of the Gorgon's Head."
Knox: "Oh right. Great pub. I wonder if they still sell ale by the bucket?"
Large frame of the two heroes running down a street in panic.
Knox: "You fool! I told you not to comment on her size."
A large fiery explosion goes off near them.
Opp: "But she seemed so .... thin."
Knox: "For a human, maybe. But she's a slyph fairie you idiot ...
Our heroes running in the distance while a pissed off Big Bertha casts another spell at them.
Knox: "... and for a slyph she's huge!
Size Tens ... or The Epic Quest for the Boots of Size Alteration
Story: David Tulloch
Opportunity and Knox are in the house of Big Bertha to get a map translated. Bertha is a very skinny woman.
TITLES at the top (or bottom) of the page.
Opportunity & Knox
Two: Size Tens ... or The Epic Quest for the Boots of Size Alteration
Knox showing the very skinny Big Bertha a strange map with odd writing.
Knox: "Can you help us out, Big Bertha? We know the location is a temple but we need a translation of this bit of the map."
Knox and Bertha talking while Opportunity watches with a somewhat bemused and quizzical look.
Big Bertha: "Hmm, it's in High-elven."
Knox: "What's the difference from normal elven?"
Bertha makes a joke, Knox takes it all seriously. Opp looks on with confusion.
Big Bertha: "It's much more complex and long-winded ... I think elves write High-elven after taking lots of drugs.
Knox: "I see."
Opportunity has been watching this and now finally speaks up. Knox looks worried, and is trying to make that 'please stop' motion people make when they want someone to shut up.
Opp: "I don't get it? Why do they call you Big Bertha? You're as skinny as a rake."
Three small panels at the top of the page to start with.
Our heroes sitting on the curb, dripping and slumped.
Opportunity: "So what's the plan now, Knox?"
Knox: '"First, my giant friend, we wait ... "
SImilar frame as before, but nothing happening.
As the previous frame.
Opportunity: "What are we waiting for?"
A large frame that shows the sewer manhole cover being blown sky high as some large explosion takes place in the sewers.
Knox: "Their torches to interact with ...
... the sewer gas I smelt down there."
Our heroes sitting on the curb again.
Knox: "... now we go and collect the dead rats."
Opportunity: "That's a really good plan."
Our two height-challenged heroes stand up and head towards the manhole opening.
Knox: "An' we're looting their bodies too. They should've known better than to laugh at a dwarf!"
A group of heroic (and cliched) adventurers push past our heroes to go into the sewers themselves.
A group of aristocratic knight adventurers are heading into the sewers. They have lit torches, and are well kitted out with armour, weapons, etc.
Hero: "Make way, smelly peasants."
Knox: "Going into the sewers after the rat bounty, are ye?
Hero: "Why yes, we are."
Knox: "I wouldn't take those torches in if I was you.
Hero: "Why ever not? They light the way and the rats are frightened by fire."
The 'heroes' looking at Knox in disbelief.
Knox: "Just trust me. I'm a dwarf."
They all laugh at Knox.
The heroes go down into the sewers, still chuckling at Knox. O&K watch them go.
Hero2: "A dwarf ... he's taller than me."
Hero1: "Absolute nonsense."
We start with three small frames at the top of the page.
A street scene in a fantasy town. Coaches, horses, knights, men-at-arms, etc. Make sure there's a manhole cover somewhere in the scene.
A manhole cover being shifted out from below.
Climbing out of the sewers hole come our heroes, dripping and bedraggled.
Our two heroes in the street with other people around them so we can see they are normal sized in comparison.
Opportunity: "I can't believe you got lost in the sewers."
Knox: "It was hard to keep track when running that fast."
Opportunity: "Yeah, but you're a dwarf. You were raised underground."
Another panel whose point is to show visually that they are both normal-sized in comparison to everyone else around them. You could even put in small-people, such as halflings and dwarfs, or some large beast like an orge, to add to this.
Knox: "So? You're a giant, Opportunity, yet one little ol' rat frightens you off.
Opportunity: "Little? That was big enough for my father to ride on.
The 'giant', Opportunity, wallops the giant rat square in the face with his over-sized club. Some suitable sound effect would be good here.
The rat snarling and foaming at the mouth, looking more vicious than ever.
Opportunity: "That just made it angry. What now?"
They flee. Maybe the two of them running, the rat behind them in all it's large, angry glory.
A big fight page as 'dwarf' tries to block the rat and swing his axe, while the giant berates his companion. Make it action-packed, with them leaping and bits of the sewer being demolished by the rat, etc.
Opportunity: "A simple bounty on rats, you said."
Opportunity: "Just a quick in an out, you said."
Opportunity: "Easy money, you said."
Knox: "Well now I'm saying hit the damn rat."
Opportunity & Knox ONEcontinued tomorrow ...
This is a swords and fantasy parody (yes, there are already too many of them) about the tallest dwarf and shortest giant. As such there is plenty of room in the artwork for visual jokes and small silly details. Such as half-visable graffiti proclaiming 'Groo is a mendicant", or a shop sign proclaiming to sell the One Ring. I can add in details if you like, or leave it up to your own sense of humour.
Disclaimer: Like anything I write, the panel breakdowns are just suggestions. The photo panels are really there as a bit of fun, they are not to be taken seriously. If you want to group some panels together so there are multiple speech bubbles, or break them apart so there are more panels with less words, feel free. Layout suggestions are just that. You're the artist, feel free to play with the layout.
Three smallish frames at the top, then a large title frame.
[ It begins with rats. It almost always begins with rats. ]
A rat with some stolen food in its mouth running into a sewer grate.
[ Rats are simple. ]
The rat running down a wide, tiled underground sewer
[ Rats are small. ]
The rat coming up to an archway that opens into something larger ...
[ ... most of the time. ]
Large Title frame. The rat is a bystander to a fight between our two heroes and a giant rat. The rat should be huge. Fending off the rat with his shield is Knox.
Knox is a dwarf, but is tall for his race, so is human-sized. He has a thick beard, wears chain mail, uses a shield and axe, and does other things like a dwarf, it's just that he grew tall. He is a tall dwarf.
Behind Knox is Opportunity, a short giant. He is also human-sized, but carries a large over-sized club and likes to throw rocks at things.
Together they form a size-themed fantasy fighting duo ... so it is appropriate that their first adventure pits them against a big rat.
Opportunity: "I thought you said this was gonna be easy, Knox?"
Knox: "Shut up an' hit it!"
Opportunity & Knox
ONE: Big Rat