FROM HELL: 10/12
This one was completely unpredicted. In the appendix Alan relates an incident in which our pal, and first From Hell publisher, Steve Bissette recounted having 'watched a film of an autopsy, and noted that his initial understandable revulsion gave way to a fascinated awe at the magnificence of our inner workings'. and Alan reflected upon 'the view of life that doctors have, that they alone have been elected to that priesthood that may look upon the mysteries inside us.... I hoped to create within the reader's mind... a brief glimpse through the alien eyes of something that's emotional response to mutilation might be very, very different from our own.'
I don't remember exactly how I went about doing this page. I suspect I pasted on xeroxes of photos from a book on the human heart and then inked over it all to bring them into From Hell stylistic territory. I'm sure the original printing showed more of the half-tones of the source materials, but in a way the simplification to rigid black/white division, caused by the current image being at least twice removed from the source, helps the material to bond with the rest of the book. I also suspect that I would have planned it and then given it to Pete Mullins to do since it doesn't involve any character likenesses.
Another thing that I just remembered is that somewhere in the long process that was From Hell, I asked Alan to indicate at the beginning of each page what the panel layout would be. This enabled Anne to line up the pages without me having to mark up the script first, cutting out an unnecessary stage and saving us a lot of time.
(CHAPTER 10 )
ANOTHER SEVEN PANEL PAGE, THIS TIME WITH THE BIG PANEL AT THE BOTTOM TIER AND THREE PANELS ON EACH OF THE TIERS ABOVE THAT. IN THIS FIRST PANEL WE HAVE CLOSED IN STILL FURTHER, ONTO THE VERY TIP OF THE BLADE AS IT ENTERS THE TISSUE. THE BLADE IS A GIANT WALL OF METAL DESCENDING INTO THE PICTURE FROM OFF, THE BODY CAVITY AROUND IT BECOMING A LANDSCAPE OF FLESH AS WE DESCEND FURTHER AND FURTHER.
CLOSE IN FURTHER, SO THAT WE ARE RIGHT DOWN AT THE POINT WHERE THE GIANT EDGE OF THE METAL IS CUTTING THROUGH HUMAN MEAT. WE SEE THE LIPS OF THE WOUND PEEL BACK AWAY FROM THE SHARP BLADE AS IT SLICES THOOUGH THE TISSUE. THE INSIDE OF THE CUT FLESH IS HONEYCOMBED WITH TINY CAPILLARY VEINS, HARDLY VISIBLE HERE, EVEN AT THIS MAGNIFICATION.
CLOSE IN FURTHER ONTO THE CUT SURFACE OF THE FLESH. THE PATTERNING OF SEVERED VEINS IS NOW MUCH MORE PROMINENT, SO THAT THEY LOOK LIKE A SYSTEM OF TUNNELS SEEN FROM A DISTANCE.
CLOSE IN FURTHER, SO THAT WE ARE ZOOMING IN ON THE MOUTH OF ONE OF THE CAPILLARY VEIN TUNNELS. IT GAPES BEFORE US, HUGE AND DARK. A TRICKLE OF BLOOD RUNS SLUGGISHLY ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THIS HUGE WATER-PIPE
WE ARE NOW MOVING DOWN THE TUNNEL OF THE VEIN, ITS RIBBED WALLS RISING AROUND US AND THE SPLASHING TRICKLE OF BLOOD SLAPPING ARPOUND BENEATH US. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE VEIN WE MOVE ON, INTO IT
WE CONTINUE ALONG THE VEIN AS IF WE WERE WHITE WATER RAFTING… OR RED PLASMA RAFTING IN THIS INSTANCE. WE CAN SEE THE PLATELETS AND THE WHITE CORPUSCLES IN THE SANGUINARY SOUP ALL AROUND US. UP AHEAD, DOWN THE TILTING BORE OF THE TUNNEL WE CAN SEE A COMPLEX JUNCTION APPROACHING, WHERE THE TUNNEL SEEMS TO WIDEN OUT INTO AN AS-YET UNGLIMPSED CHAMBER. WE SURGE FORWARD, THE WORLD ABOUT US GETTING BIGGER ALL THE TIME.
NOW THE BIG WIDE PANEL. ON A STREAM OF BLOOD WE POUR INTO THE GIANT CATHEDRAL-LIKE CHAMBERS OF THE DEAD HEART. THE INNER STRUCTURE OF THE HEART RISES UP ALL AROUND US, A BIZARRE AND GIGER-ESQUE LANDSCAPE. AWESOME AND WEIRD AND ODDLY BEAUTIFUL. WE SWIRL THROUGH IT ON THE BLOOD CUURENT, RAFTING THROUGH INCREDIBLE SUBTERRANEAN CAVERNS OF TRANSLUCENT FLESH AND TISSUE. THIS PANEL SHOULD LOOK REALLY STUNNING, ALMOST APOCALYPTIC IN ITS DEPICTION OF THE LANDSCAPES OF THE INNER BODY.
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