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.

 

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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.


Stevie: Sigh...


Pic 3: Full width panel, long shot 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
together.


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
desperation.


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
fours.


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
problems since.


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


Stan: HEY!


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.


Stevie: Hmm…


Pic 4: Semi-wide panel, dark front doors of the bar opening. Marty’s upper body shows
through it.


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.


SPLOOT!!


Pic 4: Full width strip panel, Stevie’s eye, wide and crazed.


That smell……!!!


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!!


CRASH!!


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
previous.


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.


SHHHHHPLOOOOOSH!!


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.


Marty: …….


Stevie: ..thanks buddy.


Stan: Anything for a friend.

 

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comic concept sketches

 

 

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