Short storyboard script for a comic about a difficult friendship between a cat and a canary.
It's tough to fight appetite when your friend smells like fried chicken.
Page 1 (four panels)
Pic 1: Small panel, extreme close-up of an extended finger fumbling with the rim of a shot
glass. (no dialogue)
Pic 2: Wide strip panel to the right of Pic 1, long shot of bar interior, dark but lively with
people. (no dialogue)
Pic 2: Unclosed large panel with a torso shot of Stevie the cat, overlapping a bit of Pic 2. He
is dressed in business attire, but it is somewhat disheveled. Behind him, there is a live show
on stage. He looks distressed, knocking over the shot glass with his fingers. There are several
more empty shot glasses on the bar counter.
Pic 3: Full width panel, wide frame of bar counter, Stan the rat and Stevie sitting on stools,
backs towards us. Stan is dressed casually, but with a jacket. He has the typical professor
look, glasses and all. The bartender is standing on the other side facing them.
Stan: Don’t worry too much about it, pal.
Stevie: I don’t know, Stan. I’m not sure how long I can hold out.
Page 2 (five panels)
Pic 1: Full width panel, showing a photo of Stan, Stevie, and Marty the canary smiling
Stevie: Every time I see Marty I can’t resist myself.
Stevie: His soft, feathery hands, his round cheeks, his little beak, and the way he tweets…
Pic 2: Half width panel, close-up of Stevie’s face, covered by his hand. He has a look of
Stevie: I wanna eat him SO bad!!
Pic 3: Half width panel next to Pic 3, torso shot of Stevie and Stan. Stan is looking
empathetically at Stevie, who still has his face in his hands.
Stan: But you’ve been very good all these years! Come on, buddy. Marty’s gonna be your best
man next month.
Pic 4: Full width panel, flash back shot of Stevie chasing Stan, who is scampering away on all
Stan: I mean, remember when we first got to know each other?
Pic 5: Full width panel, a close-up of a can of cat food. Label reads: “All veggies! GOOD-EKITT-
E Carnivorous Appetite Suppressant”
Stan: Never thought it would work out, but you came back to good ol’ Stevie, and we never had
Stevie: Well, that’s because I got started on cat food.
Page 3 (six panels)
Pic 1: Small 1/3 width panel, extreme close-up of Stevie’s lips pulling out a cigarette of catnip.
Stevie: …and no offence,
Pic 2: 2/3 width panel, torso shot of Stevie and Stan. Stevie has a slight, playful grin as he
blows smoke towards Stan. Stan looks annoyed, not because of the smoke, but because of
Stevie’s upcoming joke.
Stevie: (bubble connected with Stevie’s line on Pic 1) but you smell like sewers
Stevie: (Small bubble, out of main focus) Just kidding.
Pic 3: Small panel, extreme close-up of Stevie’s profile face, cigarette in his mouth.
Pic 4: Semi-wide panel, dark front doors of the bar opening. Marty’s upper body shows
Stevie: You’re right. I shouldn’t worry. Marty’s my best friend. I need to keep my cool for him.
Stevie: I know- I’ll just change my cat food and maybe it’ll go away.
Pic 5: Small panel, long shot of Stan at the counter facing away from us and towards Marty,
who is walking inside. Stan has his hand raised and Marty is waving.
Stan: Speaking of, there he comes.
Stan: (no bubble, small letters) over here
Pic 6: Unclosed large panel, torso shot of Marty, Stevie and Stan. Marty looks delighted to
see them, but Stevie has an uneasy grin.
Marty: Hi, guys.
Stevie & Stan: Yo, Marty.
Page 4 (five panels)
Pic 1: Full width panel, long shot of the three sitting at the bar counter, backs towards us. On
the right side, closer to us, a clumsy looking worker is struggling as he carries a huge tub of
cooking oil and flour on each of his shoulders.
Stan: How’s it going?
Marty: Oh, not much at work. But my wife finally laid our eggs this morning.
Stan: Woah! Congrats!
Pic 2: Half width panel, close-up of Marty smiling and talking. Behind him, the worker is
falling over with the cooking oil and flour.
Marty: Yeah, but you know, last time it was..
Worker: (no bubble) Woaaaaahhhhh
Pic 3: Half width panel, same composed shot of Marty. But the cooking oil and flour is
getting dumped all over him.
Pic 4: Full width strip panel, Stevie’s eye, wide and crazed.
Pic 5: Full width large panel, Stevie with his mouth wide open, pouncing on a startled Marty.
Behind them is Stan, hand outstretched as if to stop Stevie.
Stan: (long, jagged bubble going across the panel behind Stevie) NOOOOOOOOOO!!
Page 5 (six panels)
Pic 1: Small square panel, Stan hopping over the bar counter.
Pic 2: Small square panel, Stan behind the counter, reaching down for something.
Pic 3: Small square panel, Stan holding up a water nozzle.
*Pic 1, 2, 3 are a set of same sized panels going diagonal, each overlapping a corner of the
Pic 4: Unclosed full width large panel, Stan shooting water from afar, the water coming
towards us on to Stevie. The water stream explodes as Stevie is knocked away from Marty.
Pic 5: Full width strip panel, long shot of all the people in the bar, staring towards us in
surprise. They are gasping and whispering. (no dialogue)
Pic 6: Full width panel, long shot of the three outside, kicked out by the bar guards. Marty
looks speechless but not scared, wiping his face with a handkerchief. Stevie is dripping water
as he has his hand on Stan’s shoulder.
Stevie: ..thanks buddy.
Stan: Anything for a friend.
comic concept sketches