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HumanYoYo
July 30th, 2014, 11:52 PM
This is adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. It's... a little odd. Here's the attachment if you want:6204


VINELAND - CHAPTER 1


PAGE 1


PANEL 1


EXT. FOREST - DAY
The forest is smoking from a fire or a rock slide. Only the
tops of the trees are visible. The smoke billows into the
sky, and in the smoke:


TITLE:
“VINELAND”


CAPTION:
“EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY, AND A GOOD DOG JUST MIGHT HAVE TWO
DAYS - JOHNNY COPELAND”


PANEL 2


EXT. ZOYD WHEELER’S HOUSE - DAY


Establishing shot. On the roof, blue jays stomp around.
Around the house is forest and a gravel road.


PANEL 3


On the porch, DESMOND THE DOG lies down, lazy, stares at his
empty food bowl. A BLUE JAY stands on the other side of the
bowl with a piece of DOG FOOD in it’s mouth.


PANEL 4


INT. ZOYD’S ROOM


ZOYD (Late 30’s/Early 40’s) wakes up. BRIGHT SUNLIGHT STREAMS
through the window. Outside the window is a CREEPING FIG.


PANEL 5


On Zoyd’s chest is a note on paper, which he notices.


ZOYD
What’s this?


PAGE 2


PANEL 1


INSERT: NOTE
The note reads:
“Dad, they changed my shift again, so I rode in with Thapsia.
You got a call from Channel 86, they said urgent, I said, you
try waking him up sometime.
Love anyway, Prairie.”


PANEL 2

Zoyd sits up, scratches his beard, puts the note down.


PANEL 3


HALLWAY


Zoyd walks from his room to the kitchen.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
DESMOND? WHERE ARE YOU LIL’ BUDDY?


PANEL 4



KITCHEN


Desmond comes into the kitchen through the doggie door from
the porch. He looks sad.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
HAVE THE BLUE JAYS BEEN GETTING
INTO YOUR FOOD AGAIN, DES?


PANEL 5
Zoyd picks up the telephone as he pours froot loops into a
bowl.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
FROOT LOOPS AGAIN, I GUESS...


CAPTION (ANSWERING MACHINE)
YOU HAVE ONE NEW MESSAGE *BEEP*


GOVERNMENT PERSON (VOICE MAIL)
HELLO MR. WHEELER. I AM JUST
CALLING TO REMIND YOU THAT YOUR
MONTHLY MENTAL DISABILITY CHECK IS
COMING UP TO THE RENEWAL DATE...


PANEL 6


Continued.

GOVERNMENT PERSON (VOICE MAIL)

AND IF YOU DON’T DO SOMETHING
PUBLICLY CRAZY BY THE END OF THE
WEEK, YOU WILL NO LONGER QUALIFY
FOR BENEFITS. THANKS, HAVE A
PLEASANT DAY. *BEEP*


PAGE 3


PANEL 1


Zoyd pours milk into his cereal.


ZOYD
YAH, I’M ON IT, MAN...


PANEL 2


He sits down at the kitchen counter eating his cereal and
picks up the phone again. Dials the local TV station.


CYNTHIA
CHANNEL 86, THIS IS CYNTHIA, HOW
CAN I HELP YOU TODAY?


ZOYD
HEY CYNTHIA, IT’S ZOYD. CONFIRMING
THIS YEARS PRESS RELEASE AT THE LOG
JAM IN DEL NORTE.


PANEL 3


Continued.


CYNTHIA
YOU’D BETTER CHECK AGAIN, Mr.
WHEELER. WORD WE HAVE IS THAT
YOU’VE BEEN RESCHEDULED.


ZOYD
CHECK WITH WHO? I’M THE ONE’S DOIN’
IT, AIN’T I?


CYNTHIA
WE’RE ALL SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE
CUCUMBER LOUNGE.


PANEL 4


Zoyd looks irritated. Desmond looks up a bit worried.


ZOYD
WELL I WON’T, I’LL BE UP AT THE LOG
JAM IN DEL NORTE!


CYNTHIA
...


ZOYD
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE?
I’VE BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR WEEKS.


PANEL 5


Zoyd hangs up the phone, frustrated. Desmond gets up.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1


EXT. PORCH


Zoyd walks out the house through the porch. Desmond follows.
Zoyd looks down at Desmond.


PANEL 2


Close-up of Desmond. There are crumbs on his face.


ZOYD
JUST DIG YOURSELF. I KNOW SHE FED
YOU, DESMOND, AND I KNOW WHAT SHE
FED YOU, TOO.


PANEL 3


Zoyd walks to his car. Desmond Follows. Zoyd gets in.


PANEL 4


He backs out of the driveway. Desmond stays behind.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
SEEYA, DES!


PANEL 5


EXT. VINELAND MALL PARKING LOT - DAY


Zoyd pulls into the parking lot in front of the discount
store MORE IS LESS, smoking a joint.


ZOYD
HERE WE GO, I GUESS...




PANEL 6


CLOSE UP of Zoyd opening the door to More is Less. He carries
a lady’s purse.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1


INT. MORE IS LESS


Discount clothing store for larger-size women.
Zoyd enters the door in typical wild-west fashion.


CAPTION:
“Chapter 1,
Transfenestration or: The Act of Jumping Through a Window”


PANEL 2



There is a large lady (40’s) at the counter.


CLERK
MORNING! HOW CAN I HELP YOU TODAY,
SIR?


PANEL 3


Zoyd looks at the lady. He looks very serious.


ZOYD
JUST BROWSING.


PANEL 4


Zoyd eyes an extremely colourful and exuberant party dress
hanging up on the racks. Day-Glo orange, near-ultraviolet
purple, some acid green, and a little magenta in a retro-
Hawaiian parrot-and-hula-girls print. He loves it. It’s
perfect.


ZOYD (TO HIMSELF) (CONT’D)
THIS’LL LOOK GOOD ON TV...


PANEL 5


MORE IS LESS CHANGE ROOM


Zoyd gets changed into the dress. He looks in the mirror.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
AWE YAH.


PANEL 6


He messes up his hair and scruffs his beard so he looks
completely INSANE. He smiles in a crazy way.


PANEL 7


Zoyd walks up to the lady to pay for the dress, which he is
still wearing. The lady looks shocked.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
MIND IF I WEAR IT OUT?


PAGE 6


PANEL 1


Zoyd walks out of the store. SLIDE (15) walks up to him.


SLIDE
UH-OH, IS IT THAT TIME AGAIN,
ALREADY?


ZOYD
THIS YEAR IT SNUCK UP ON ME, HATE
TO THINK I’M GETTIN’ TOO OLD FOR
THIS.


PANEL 2


The two stop and continue talking in front of a store.


SLIDE
KNOW THE FEELING.


ZOYD

YOU’RE FIFTEEN, SLIDE.


SLIDE
AND SEEN IT ALL. WHOSE FRONT WINDOW
YOU DOIN’ IT TO THIS YEAR?


PANEL 3


Zoyd takes out a small pink chain saw from his purse. Spelled
on the chain saw in rhinestones is CHERYL.


ZOYD
NOBODY’S. I’M GIVIN’ THAT ALL UP.
WINDOW JUMPING’S IN MY PAST, THIS
YEAR I’M GONNA JUST TAKE THIS
LITTLE CHAIN SAW INTO THE LOG JAM
AND SEE WHAT DEVELOPS FROM THERE.


PANEL 4


Close up on Slide.


SLIDE
UM, MAYBE NOT, MR. WHEELER, YOU
BEEN UP THERE LATELY?


ZOYD
OH I KNOW THERE’S SOME HEAVY-DUTY
HOMBRES, BADASSES, SPEND ALL DAY
NARROWLY ESCAPING DEATH BY TREE,
NOT TOO MUCH PATIENCE WITH ANYTHING
OUT OF THE ORDINARY...


PANEL 5


Continued.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
BUT I GOT THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE,
DON’T I?


PANEL 6


Zoyd puts his chain saw away and heads for his car. Slide
begins to walk away.


SLIDE
YOU’LL SEE...


PAGE 7


PANEL 1


EXT. LOG JAM PARKING LOT - DAY


Zoyd pulls into the Log Jam, a fancy-looking lounge/pub/hangout
spot. Nice cars in the parking lot.


PANEL 2


Zoyd gets out of his car, looking confused.


ZOYD
UH-OH. ISN’T THERE SUPPOSED TO BE
SOME LOGGERS’ BAR AROUND HERE
SOMEPLACE?


PANEL 3


Zoyd walks up to the entrance and walks inside.


PANEL 4


INT. LOG JAM


The place is fancy - designer barstools, cool lighting,
jukebox, etc. The bar counter is made out of a redwood trunk.
Around the bar sitting on the stools and around the tables
are loggers sipping on girly drinks. The media aren’t there.


PANEL 5


Close-up of Zoyd’s annoyed/confused face - one eyebrow
raised.


ZOYD
THE FUCK?


PANEL 6


A large man named FRED (40’s) wearing sunglasses with stylish
frames, a pastel plaid shirt, jeans, and blue logging shoes
walks up to Zoyd.

PAGE 8



PANEL 1


Fred sez:


FRED
WELL GOOD AFTERNOON PRETTY LADY,
AND HOW FINE YOU’RE LOOKING. I’M
SURE IN ANOTHER SETTING AND MOOD
WE’D ALL LIKE TO KNOW YOU AS A
PERSON WITH YOUR MANY FINE POINTS
AND SO ON LIKE THAT...


PANEL 2


Continued.


FRED (CONT’D)
BUT FROM YOUR FASHION MESSAGE I CAN
TELL THAT YOU ARE A SENSITIVE-TYPE
PERSON WHO’LL APPRECIATE THE
PROBLEM WE HAVE HERE IN TERMS OF
ORIENTATIONAL VIBES, IF YOU FOLLOW...

PANEL 3


Zoyd takes out his chain saw. His face is insane. He looks at
the BARTENDER, named BUSTER (Late 30’s).


ZOYD
BUSTER! WHERE’S THE MEDIA!?


PANEL 4


The people around the bar all look at him.


PANEL 5


Fred takes a step back away from Zoyd, nervous.


FRED
EASY THERE, COWGIRL, NOW THINGS ARE
JUST FINE.


PANEL 6


Zoyd yanks on the chain saw’s silk pull-cord, and it spins
into action.


PANEL 7


Zoyd holds the chain saw up.


ZOYD
LISTEN TO THAT LI’L HONEY PURR!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1


Buster the bartender sez:


BUSTER
ZOYD, WHY THE HECK YOU DOIN’ THIS
ALL THE WAY UP HERE? NO CHANNEL’S
GONNA SEND NO CREW THIS FAR OUT OF
TOWN!


PANEL 2


Continued.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
WHY ARE YOU NOT DOWN IN EUREKA OR
ARCATA SOMEPLACE?!


FRED
THIS PERSON IS KNOWN TO YOU?!


BUSTER
PLAYED TOGETHER IN THE OLD SIX
RIVERS CONFERENCE!


PANEL 3


Buster smiles fondly.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
THOSE WERE THE DAYS, HUH ZOYD?!


PANEL 4


Zoyd tries to keep up his image of dangerousness, still looks
crazy.


ZOYD
CAN’T HEAR YOU!


PANEL 5


Zoyd looks disappointed as he turns off the chain saw.


PANEL 6


The people around the place look confused.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
...SEE YOU DID SOME REDECORATING.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1


Buster sez:


BUSTER
IF YOU CAME AROUND LAST MONTH, YOU
‘N’ THAT LITTLE SAW, YOU COULD’VE
HELPED US GUT THE PLACE.


PANEL 2


Zoyd relaxes his crazy persona, takes a breather.


ZOYD
SORRY, BUSTER, GUESS I DID COME TO
THE WRONG BAR. I SURE CAN’T SAW ANY
OF THIS STUFF, NOT WITH THE MONEY
YOU MUST’VE PUT IN...


PANEL 3


Zoyd sits down at the bar, continues talking to Buster.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
ONLY REASON I’M UP HERE IS THAT THE
GENTRIFICATION OF SOUTH SPOONER,
TWO STREET, AND OTHER HELLRAISIN’
LOCALES HAS UPPED THE ANTE WAY OUTA
MY BRACKET, AND THEY LIKE TO SUE.


PANEL 4


Buster starts fixing him a beer, as he continues.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
IF I SO MUCH AS BLOT MY NOSE ON ONE
OF THEIR DESIGNER NAPKINS, THEN I’M
IN DEEP SHIT.


BUSTER
WELL, WE’RE NO LONGER AS LOW-RENT
AS PEOPLE REMEMBER US HERE EITHER,
ZOYD.


PANEL 5


Buster hands him the beer, and continues.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
IN FACT, SINCE GEORGE LUCAS AND ALL
HIS CREW CAME AND WENT THERE’S BEEN
A REAL CHANGE IN CONSCIOUSNESS.


ZOYD
YEP, I NOTICED. YOU KNOW, I STILL
HAVEN’T EVEN GOT AROUND TO SEEING
RETURN OF THE JEDI.


PANEL 6


Buster puts his elbows on the bar.


BUSTER

BUT UNDERNEATH, WE’RE STILL JUST
COUNTRY FELLAS.


ZOYD
FROM THE LOOKS OF YOUR PARKING LOT,
THE COUNTRY MUST BE GERMANY.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1


Buster sez:


BUSTER
YOU AND ME ZOYD, WE’RE LIKE
BIGFOOT. TIMES GO ON, WE NEVER
CHANGE.


PANEL 2


Another logger, LEMAY (40’s), sits down next to Zoyd. He
looks at Zoyd. Buster continues.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
NOW, I CAN SEE YOU THIRST FOR NEW
EXPERIENCES, BUT A MAN’S BETTER OFF
STICKING TO HIS SPECIALTY, YOUR’S
BEING TRANSFENESTRATION.


PANEL 3


Lemay puts his hand on Zoyd’s leg. Creepy. Zoyd is mentally
paralyzed. Buster notices.


LEMAY
MMM YES, I COULD TELL...


BUSTER

BESIDES, IT’S BECOME YOUR MO,
DIVING THROUGH WINDOWS. YOU START
WITH OTHER STUFF THIS LATE IN THE
GAME, THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT GET
SUSPICIOUS, MIGHT EVEN STOP SENDIN’
YOU THOSE CHEQUES... AND SAY THERE
LEMAY! MY GOOD MAN AND GOOD SPORT!


PANEL 4


Lemay looks up at Buster.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT THE PALM OF
THAT HAND UP ON THE BAR HERE A
MINUTE. CUZ I’M GONNA READ YOUR
FORTUNE FOR YOU. HOW ABOUT THAT.


PANEL 5


Lemay nervously puts his hand palm-up on the bar. Buster
looks him in the face.


BUSTER (CONT’D)
YOU WILL HAVE A LONG LIFE, CUZ OF
YOUR COMMON SENSE AND GRASP ON
REALITY. FIVE BUCKS.


LEMAY
HUH?


PANEL 6


Zoyd still looks traumatized. Buster sez:


BUSTER
WELL, MAYBE JUST BUY US A ROUND,
THEN. ZOYD HERE DOES LOOK A LITTLE
STRANGE, BUT HE’S OUT ON GOVERNMENT
BUSINESS.


LEMAY
I KNEW IT! UNDERCOVER AGENT!


ZOYD
NUT CASE...


PANEL 7


Lemay sez:


LEMAY
OH. WELL... THAT SOUNDS LIKE
INTERESTING WORK, TOO...


PAGE 12


PANEL 1


THE PHONE RINGS. Buster goes to answer.


PANEL 2


Buster answers the phone.


BUSTER
HELLO? OH, OK. ZOYD, IT’S THAT
PARTNER OF YOUR’S, VAN METER,
CALLING FROM THE CUCUMBER LOUNGE
FOR YOU.


PANEL 3


Buster hands Zoyd the phone.


PANEL 4


Zoyd puts it to his ear.


VAN METER (OVER PHONE)
GOT SIX MOBILE TV UNITS WAITING
OVER HERE, NETWORK UP FROM THE
CITY, PLUS PARAMEDICS AND A SNACK
TRUCK, ALL WONDERIN’ WHERE YOU ARE!


ZOYD
HERE. YOU JUST CALLED ME, REMEMBER?


VAN METER (OVER PHONE)
AHA. GOOD POINT. BUT YOU WERE
SUPPOSED TO BE JUMPING THROUGH THE
FRONT WINDOW AT THE CUKE TODAY!


PANEL 5


Zoyd looks irritated.


ZOYD
NO! I CALLED EVERYBODY AND TOLD ‘EM
IT WAS UP HERE. WHAT HAPPENED?
VAN METER (OVER PHONE)
SOMEBODY SAID IT GOT RESCHEDULED.


ZOYD
SHIT. I KNEW SOMEDAY THIS ACT WOULD
GET BIGGER THAN ME...


VAN METER
BETTER COME ON BACK.


PANEL 6
Zoyd hangs up.


ZOYD
WELL, I’M OFF TO THE CUCUMBER
LOUNGE.


BUSTER
ADIOS, AMIGO.


PANEL 7


Zoyd walks out the door and shouts as he leaves:


ZOYD
REMEMBER TO WATCH THE EVENING NEWS,
EVERYONE!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1


EXT. CUCUMBER LOUNGE PARKING LOT - DAY


Caption:
“Later”


Establishing shot.
The lounge is surrounded, dwarfed, and overshadowed by giant
redwood trees. There are about a dozen motel cabins near the
lounge. The parking lot is unpaved and uneven.
There, in the lot, are the media, a few cop cars flashing
their lights, mobile units, cable, crews, etc.
The Cucumber Lounge itself has a large window in the front.
There is a LARGE SPINNING CUCUMBER up on the sign above the
lounge.


PANEL 2


Zoyd drives up in his car. He sees everyone, looks a bit
nervous.


ZOYD (TO HIMSELF)
MAYBE I SHOULD’VE FOUND SOMETHING
CHEAP AT BUSTER’S TO SAW ON
ANYWAY...


PANEL 3


SIDE OF THE CUCUMBER LOUNGE


Zoyd pulls in to a parking space around the side of the
lounge.


PANEL 4


He gets out of his car. VAN METER (Early 40’s) walks up to
him.


VAN METER
ARE YOU READY? WE’LL BE LOSING THE
LIGHT, FOG’S GONNA COME IN ANY
MINUTE. WHAT WERE YOU DOIN’ ALL THE
HELL THE WAY UP TO THE LOG JAM?


ZOYD
NO, VAN METER - WHY IS EVERYBODY
HERE INSTEAD?


PANEL 5


The two of them make their way to the back entrance of the
lounge.


VAN METER
GUESS I CAN TELL YOU NOW YOU’RE
HERE. THERE THIS OLD BUDDY OF
YOURS, JUST SHOWED UP?


ZOYD
WHO?


VAN METER
HECTOR ZUĐIGA.


PANEL 6


They reach the back door. Van Meter begins to open it. Zoyd
looks scared at hearing about Hector.


ZOYD
SHIT. THAT DEA PRICK IS HERE?


VAN METER
UH-HUH.


PANEL 7


Zoyd opens the door and they walk inside.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1


INT. CUCUMBER LOUNGE


Inside the lounge, HECTOR ZUĐIGA (40’s) stands over by the
bathroom, and plays on a Zaxxon arcade machine. He looks like
agent Gomez from Breaking Bad, but chubbier and with a
mustache. Hector notices Zoyd and Van Meter.


The owner of the Cucumber Lounge, RALPH WAYVONE JR. (40’s)
stands by the big window. He wears a nice suit and tie, and
fancy dress shoes. He looks anxious.


PANEL 2


Zoyd and Van Meter walk up to Ralph.


ZOYD
SAY RALPH, LIGHTEN UP. IT’S ME’S
GOTTA DO ALL THE WORK.


RALPH
AHHH... MY SISTER’S WEDDING NEXT
WEEKEND, THE BAND JUST CANCELLED,
AND I’M SUPPOSED TO FIND A
REPLACEMENT, RIGHT? YOU KNOW OF
ANYBODY?


PANEL 3


Continued.


ZOYD
YEAH, MAYBE... YOU BETTER NOT FUCK
UP THIS ONE, RALPH, YOU KNOW
WHAT’LL HAPPEN.


RALPH
ALWAYS KIDDING, HUH. THIS IS THE
WINDOW YOU’LL BE USING. CAN I HAVE
THEM GET YOU A DRINK OR ANYTHING?


PANEL 4


Hector walks up to the three of them.


RALPH (CONT’D)
OH BY THE WAY, ZOYD, HERE’S AN OLD
FRIEND OF YOURS, CAME ALL THIS WAY
TO WISH YOU LUCK.


ZOYD
UH-HUH.


PANEL 5


Zoyd and Hector shake hands briefly.


HECTOR
LOVE YOUR OUTFIT, WHEELER.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1 (SEPARATE INTO PANELS AS NECESSARY)


Zoyd reaches and pats Hector’s stomach.


ZOYD
LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE BEEN ‘MOVING THE
MUSTACHE’ THERE A LITTLE, OLD
AMIGO.


HECTOR
BIGGER, NOT SOFTER, ES╔. AND
SPEAKING OF LUNCH, HOW ABOUT
TOMORROW AT VINELAND LANES?


ZOYD
CAN’T DO IT. TRYIN’ TO MAKE THE
RENT AND I’M ALREADY LATE.


HECTOR
IT’S IMPORTANT. HOW ABOUT THIS: IF
I CAN PROVE TO YOU THAT I’M AS BAD
OF A DESPERADO AS I EVER WAS, WILL
YOU ALLOW ME TO SPRING FOR YOUR
LUNCH?


ZOYD
AS BAD AS... HECTOR, WE’RE TOO OLD
FOR THIS.


HECTOR
AFTER ALL THE SMILES, AND ALL THE
TEARS-

ZOYD
ALL RIGHT, STOP. IT’S A DEAL - YOU
BE BAD, I COME TO LUNCH, BUT
PLEASE, I HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH THIS
WINDOW RIGHT NOW. IS THAT OK? CAN I
HAVE JUST A FEW SECONDS?


PANEL 2


Zoyd steps up to the window and, with his hands in classic
meditation pose, speaks a mantra:


ZOYD (CONT’D)
OM AMOGA-SHILA SAMBARA SAMBARA BARA
BARA MAHASHUDDHA SATTVA PEMA BIBU
SHITA BUNTSA DHARA DHARA SAMANTA
AVALOKIT╔ HUNG PE SOHA...


PANEL 3


Zoyd takes out his chain saw and looks back at Van Meter.


PANEL 4


Van Meter flashes him the Vulcan hand salute.


VAN METER
READY WHEN YOU ARE, Z-DUBYA!


PAGE 16


PANEL 1 (SEPARATE INTO PANELS AS NECESSARY)


Zoyd turns, starts up the chain saw, screams, and runs at the
window full-speed.


EXT. CUCUMBER LOUNGE PARKING LOT


After crashing through the window, Zoyd charges at the news
cameras while making insane faces. Everyone seems amused.
Zoyd turns back and sees Hector squatting down by the broken
glass shards. Hector holds a bright jagged polygon of the
glass.


Hector looks up at Zoyd, grinning in a nasty way.


HECTOR
TIME FOR BAD! ARE YOU READY?


Hector lunges his head forward and takes a giant bite out of
the glass.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1


Holy shit. Zoyd is frozen, shocked. Van Meter notices Hector,
as well.


PANEL 2


Hector chews away, crunching and slobbering, with the same
evil grin.


HECTOR (CONT’D)
MMM-MM! !QU╔ RICO, QU╔ SABROSO!


PANEL 3


Van Meter runs up.


VAN METER
HE’S INSANE!


PANEL 4


Van Meter chases after a paramedic truck that’s pulling away
and screams:


VAN METER (CONT’D)
CORPSMAN! CORPSMAN, COME BACK!
MEDIC!


PANEL 5


Zoyd walks up to the broken glass and picks a piece up.


PANEL 6


He takes a bite, nervously.


ZOYD
IT’S CANDY... DAMNIT, I KNEW IT
DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT WHEN I JUMPED
THROUGH! RALPH MUST’VE REPLACED THE
GLASS...


HECTOR
YAH, I’VE READ ABOUT IT ON TV
GUIDE. AN ARTICLE ON STUNT WINDOWS
MADE OF CLEAR SHEET CANDY.


ZOYD
EUCHRED AGAIN, HECTOR, THANKS...


PANEL 7


Hector gets into a large grey sedan and drives off.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1


The news crew take some final shots of the Cucumber Lounge
and pack up. Van Meter walks up to Zoyd, a little confused.


VAN METER
SO ARE YOU GONNA MEET HIM TOMORROW
AT THE BOWLING ALLEY?


ZOYD
I DON’T KNOW... I CAN FEEL ANOTHER
HUSTLE ON THE WAY.


PANEL 2


The fog starts rolling in.


ZOYD (CONT’D)
HECTOR’S BEEN TRYING OVER THE YEARS
TO DEVELOP ME INTO A RESOURCE. AND
THE LI’L FUCKER JUST WON’T QUIT...


VAN METER
CHEER UP, Z. THERE’LL ALWAYS BE
SOME ASSHOLE TO DEAL WITH. YOU JUST
GOTTA BE ABOVE IT.


PANEL 3


Continued.


VAN METER (CONT’D)
ANYWAY, I’M OUTTA HERE. GOOD WORK
TODAY.


ZOYD
YAH...


PANEL 4


Van Meter walks off.


PANEL 5


INT. CUCUMBER LOUNGE


View through the broken window at Zoyd standing there in the
empty parking lot in the fog with his pink li’l chain saw.


END OF CHAPTER 1