Winners, Winners, Everywhere...
Congratulations to five great minds that thought very much alike this week: David Goldfarb, Douglass
Barre, phil gregory!,
Adam Ford and Shawn Saler. Special kudos to
Shawn whose spare application of the idea comes closest to the final version. We
now have a true multi-directional meeting point that will accommodate even a
turned-corner reading. Honorable mention must go, however, to those intrepid
souls who endeavored to keep Carl singular. Maybe next time!
As always, suggestions are listed in the order they were received.
Thanks for playing and keep those suggestions coming!
- Carl is forced to veer his car out of the way of a strangely familiar
figure who falls out of a swirling psychedelic pattern in the road. (Dovetail
plotlines, heck... let's get meta here.)
- Carl, his car having just missed colliding with the
giant winged elephant, mutters to himself, "That's something you don't see
everyday!"as a hole in the space-time continuum opens in the air above his car
and a dude who could pass as his identical twin pops
out and plummets to the earth on a direct collision
course with Carl's windshield.
- well, based on the merging story lines, the next panel should be:
Carl, standing beside his car (he just stopped after avoiding the elephant/ he
has just entered his picture) surrounded by many colored animals (pink elephant,
green ape, etc...) and says with his cunning observational skill, "wow, look at
all the kooky animals!"
Sean C. Duncan
- A closeup of Carl's head and shoulders. He's looking
very disoriented. He says, "Where the hell am I?" He
scratches his head with his right hand. Can be read as
either he has no idea what weird spatio-temporal realm
he's fallen into, or he has no idea what street he's
- A panel of Carl falling backwards into a
"Time Tunnel"-like swirling vortex of colors. Sure,
in the context of the "driving" panel above, it doesn't
make much sense, but you're the one who showed that
American comics rarely use the non-sequitur style of
panel transitions. Open yourself to new possibilities,
- Carl's driving his car amidst a huge group of pink
elephants. He appears to be in a multi-colored veldt
of some kind. "What the hell?" is the word balloon
erupting above the car.
- A totally black panel. Can be interpreted either as
Carl making the transition into some other realm, or
he's fallen asleep at the wheel.
- Keeping with the Carl's-fallen-into-a-panel thing, we
see Carl driving while a huge hand draws another
elephant (or maybe part of the car?) behind him. Carl
says, "Oh my."
- We see a closeup of Carl's legs flailing out of the
piece of paper. The paper takes up most of the panel
and is clear, so it can also appear like a windshield.
- The panel is filled with a huge stylized explosion,
like the old POW! and WHAM! sound effect panels. Sound
effect: "BOOOOOOOM!" or maybe "WHAMMO!" Can be read as
either some cosmic noise Carl's making in entering the
world of the drawing he's made, or maybe Carl's run
into something in his car.
M. Robert Turnage
- Extreme close-up of Carl's face as he screams, "FLYING MONKEYS!"
- The pink elephant pushes Carl out of the paper, saying
"Hey! Members Only!"
- Carl should fall out of the sky (from the drawing scene) into the road,
while the driving Carl drives toward him, about to hit him.
- Well, darned if'n I didn't come up with a second idea. Inside the car, we
see Carl's head and hands popping out of the glove compartment. No one is driving
the car. Carl looks scared, and cries, "What the--? No driver!"
- carl's head emerges from a manhole. the hole is all colorful swirls,
apparently a gateway to some alternate dimension (or just an underground
psychedelic wonderland...) carl is in imminent danger of being crushed by
descending pink elephant (perhaps just the elephant's foot, or trunk?); beyond
the elephant is mom's car, driven by shaken and now existentially challenged
Jonathan L. Miller
- Carl materializes in the middle of the street (i.e., he's fallen into
this world; his drawing opened a portal, whatever). He sees the pink elephant
flying off (perhaps joing a migrating herd?) and says something like, "Wow, Toto,
I don't think I'm in Santa Monica anymore." At his feet, a small, striped dog
barks assent. (Ok, I'm reaching on that last bit. Hey, it was a *very* long
R David Francis
- Carl says, "That's it! I'm on the wagon!" with his
hand over his heart.
- Carl says "Now, if I only knew who Bill was."
Sorry, never did get that part of the first Carl
- carl dressed as kyle from south park
surrounded by scott mccloud interpretations
of stan, kenny & cartman. carl says "dude this is
pretty fucked up right here."
- in the spirit of "obvious" (as opposed to my personal
favorite: "non sequitor") carl with map unfolded in
front of him speeds dangerously along saying
"where the hell am i?"
- Carl focuses his eyes and emits a shocking "GAAAA!" as he is made
abruptly aware of the lack of road ahead of him. HE IS DRIVING A CAR THROUGH AN
EMPTY PANEL!!! [He had previously been distracted by the pink elephant and didn't
realize that he had run out of road] or [He was sitting at his desk drawing and
did not expect to find himself at the helm of an automobile, much less surrounded
- Extreme close-up of Carl, with a shcked look on his face. "What's going
(Or he could say, "Hey, it's Scott McCloud!" -- Hey, I try.)
- We see the back of Carl's head as he drifts into a spiral of colors,
saying "Where am I?" or "What is this place?" or even "Oh!...pretty!..."
Remember: this is an obvious suggestion; Don't overlook it!
- Carl should appear unconscious in his car, combining the two panels, and
he could be driving with his...um...forehead. I know what you were thinking!
- Carl looking forward: "Hey, the hallucinations stopped!"
Behind him is an enormous glowering frog.
- Carl enters a Starbucks: "When all else fails... *caffeine*!"
- Here's a bit of a cop out. Close up of Carl saying, "I can't believe
what just happened!"
- Frank is in a world that looks like his painting.
Among other things, there is a deserted car and pink,
- Carl's standing next to a car covered in elephant dung,
saying, "Well that stinks."
Winter (Age 3)
- Carl is in the car and the elephant steps on him.
Sky (Age 5)
- He had drawn a picture of an elephant, so the elephant was there with
Ivy (Age Witheld)
- Shot of the car with multi colored animals surounding him. Carl "I must
not be in Kansas anymore!"