Monday, February 18, 2008

"THE SMOKER" (EPISODE 5)

ANNOUNCER:  "Yes, he's The Smoker, and a smoker knows many things.  Through the curling wisps of tobacco smoke he perceives truth and error....and MURDER!"


The Smoker:  "She was a looker alright. Young, feminine and confident, maybe over-confident, maybe a little too worldly for her own good. I know the type well. In the photos she's dressed in high fashion and low necklines...no inhibitions...just a rich Dad who can afford a private dick like me when one day she just vanished into thin air. 

The only lead I had I was this address in the country that I fished out of her waste basket.  It's not much to go on but it's a place to start. That's it, that farm up ahead." 

  
"Hey Buddy, you mind if I ask a couple of questions?"

 
"You haven't seen this girl around here, have you?  She hasn't done anything wrong, I just want to talk to her.  No? But you didn't look at the picture..Here, take a look!"


"I shot a quick look inside and there was somebody inside bowed over a table counting something in the darkness. Why's the house so dark in the middle of the day? "


"Hey, uh..you don't think I could use your phone do you?  Just a local call. I'll just go in and...."


"Hey, hey, no need to get rough. I just wanted to make a call that's all."


"OK, I'll be seeing you! Have a good day and all that! I know you have to get back to your farming!"


"Farming in a pig's eye! That's a city rat if I ever saw one.  Something here doesn't add up!"


"I gotta bring the law in on this right away. If she's in there, there's no time to loose!"



"What the...!? Somebody's on the road! Get outta the way, ya......"

Screeeeeeeecccchhhhh.......CRAAAASHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



ANNOUNCER:  "Who was the mysterious figure on the road? Why did he risk his life to flag down The Smoker?  Did The Smoker survive the crash!? What about the girl!? Was she in the farmhouse? And who was the figure counting in the shadows?  Find out next week, when we present another exciting episode of.......THE SMOKER!!!!"



 

32 comments:

Rogelio T. said...

I like how you integrated your drawings into it Eddie!
It's like a step forward.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

"Knows many things" is a phrase from The Shadow and the road shot is from a commercial. I cut out the drawings and had to hold them up with one hand while I shot the pictures with the other.

I.D.R.C. said...

And why was The Smoker's car grinning like an idiot as he sped away?

Love the up angle on that shot.

Pete Emslie said...

Hey Fitz, I tott I warn'd ya' ta keep yer nikoteen stained nose outa' Toon Town!!

Tisher said...

I also love the angle on you in that car, and you holding onto your hat.

Also your transformation when you wave goodbye over your shoulder and then begin grumping to yourself about what a liar that city rat was.

Max Ward said...

This is great, keep em coming

Eshniner Forest said...

Wow the drawings really help! More like this please. FUN!!

diego cumplido said...

great. YES, this mix between drawings and photos absolutely works.

Adam said...

I'm glad the drawings weren't photoshopped in. It seems like it's more fun to maneuver them into the photo, and light them. Awesome idea and well executed!

mike f. said...

HAW! Brilliant, Eddie!

I showed it to Chika, as I do all your fumetti.
(She's still laughing...)

Emmett said...

The ninth picture is terrific (the one that says "Farming in a pig's eye!...." Great expression there, Mr. Fitzgerald.

chrisallison said...

haha eddie great idea for the drawings mixed with live action. this is hilarious! i hope you do more stuff like this.

i love the drawing of the back of that guy's head.

Nico said...

that's AWESOME to use your own cartoons as props! this is becoming the most interactive and well thought-out blog on the internets!

Some Guy said...

This is a new genre of comedy, combining comics and fictional live action photo essays! Genius!

Anonymous said...

You've made a quantum leap, Eddie, stripping hi-tech imagery to the bare assed roots of entertainment. A large media company couldn't do that without drowning in its own red ink.

Roo said...

THe suspense is killing me I cant wait to see what happense in episode 6!

Vincent Waller said...

Wow. Eddie you never cease to entertain. Thanks

From this point forward this particular form should be known as FumEDDIE's.

Kali Fontecchio said...

I must know!!!!!! Please continue!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that cut out Eddie!!! Each post you improve on the last- amazing! You're the only one online like this!

scartoonist said...

I haven't seen anything quite like that before. Now you have to name the technique!

scartoonist
http://floatinglightbulb.blogspot.com/

Pete Emslie said...

Eddie's created a new technology - somewhere between Mo Cap and Al Capp...

Rick said...

You're a cartoon. Is that on purpose or by accident?

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

I heartily approve of your photoplays taking place in cartoonland. Awesome!

lastangelman said...

Excellent fun! But this ain't a new technique Eddy is employing, it's merely being presented via a different medium (on the internet on a weblog using text and digital photograhy). I used to see this kind of stuff in Mad Magazine, National Lampoon, Cracked!, etcetera. But that's not important! What's great is that this stuff is fresh and funny and free and instructive about how comedy and stories in visual mediums works.
Once again, great stuff Eddie!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Everybody: Many thanks! I kinda like this technique too. Mike F gave me a great idea that I'll incorporate next time I do this!

Vincent Waller said...

Thanks Tangleman, we all seen the fumetti in use before, but Eddie has taken it a step beyond, and I'm loving it.

Freckled Derelict said...

Your Amazing, such a great idea and drawings!!
PLEASE conclude the story..how will it end!!!! I'm dying to know.

ted said...

Hilarious Eddie! I love the mix of low and hi tech.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Wow! This is just like the old serials, pulp novels and The Shadow! Only, cuz it's on the internet, it's all interactive-like!

I love that you incorporated your drawings into the mix, and the fact that you shot it yourself is incredible!

You may never do live action, Edward... but you could!

- trevor.

scott diggs underwood said...

shades of the great Winsor McCay...really fun.

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pappy d said...

This is so cool!

A cross between "Double Indemnity" & "Out of the Inkwell"!