Ray shines again. I don’t think the visuals could be any better on this comic. On my end though, it was a little tough to nail down the idea for the comic. Every time we talked about it I thought we had settled on an idea, but really we just walked away with more ideas. The next day Ray would ask, so what’s the comic? This seriously happened like three days straight. We had MANY ways of doing the comic, but settled on the mythical E.T. landfill over WALL•E meeting R.O.B. and our other ideas. Even with the E.T. idea, there were many variations. Click the spoiler tag if you’ve seen the movie and would like to know some of our other ideas.
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First of all, I came up with the E.T. Atari game idea before seeing the movie and knowing that there is actually an Atari scene in the movie! Kinda cool, huh? This did bring about other variations of the idea though.
1. My favorite idea was probably having WALL•E find the game and then go back in his house to play it instead of Pong (which he plays in the movie and had probably been playing for 700 years). The game would have been so bad that after one panel of him playing it, it would have another panel saying “5 minutes later” and he’d be playing Pong again.
2. One variation had M-O (the cleaning bot that cleans up after WALL•E) scrub WALL•E’s hands after touching the game because it was a “Foreign Contaminant”.
3. A love triangle idea was floated around with R.O.B. competing for EVE’s affection. I could just see them each showing off, WALL•E do his compacting trash thing, and then R.O.B. do his moving the colored rings thing, and…I’m not sure where it would go which is probably why we scrapped it.
4. Ray actually wanted to have EVE put the cartridge inside of her (like she does with the other object she scans in the movie), but the cartridge would blow her up. While funny, I couldn’t bear the thought of actually killing EVE.
The last panel still leaves some question as to the extent of EVE’s destructive blast, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that WALL•E is resilient, and he’s got plenty of spare parts, so rest assured, he’ll be fine. Hope you enjoy it!
After being so unsatisfied and nearly embarrassed of my work last week, I knew I needed to redeem myself. Thankfully, this comic was a real pleasure to make. Hope everyone enjoys it…and if you haven’t seen WALL•E yet, then I highly recommend you do.