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Doctor Who: Fade Away pg 1 by PaulHanley Doctor Who: Fade Away pg 1 by PaulHanley
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Okay, so... I'm not normally one to do "fan comics". Nothing against them, but they're hard to justify when I've got so many original projects languishing. However, a few weeks after the sad death of the great Nicholas Courtney, this story got stuck in my head and DEMANDED it see the light of day. Fortunately my talented bud and collaborator Shawn Van Briesen :iconvanbriesen: was down with bringing the story to life.

For those who obsess over such things, this story takes place between "The Pandorica Opens" and "A Christmas Carol", with the Doctor traveling alone while Amy and Rory attempt to enjoy their honeymoon.

This is the first of nine pages that we'll be loading over the weeks/ months to come. We're not gonna rush this- partially b/c I'll be out of the country for two weeks this month, but also b/c it's just not the kind of story ya do a substandard job on. Enjoy, folks. :)
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE THIS! To me it makes a ton of sense that after a point, The Brigadier would be able to recognize the Doctor no matter which incarnation shows up. Even if it was one of the more normally dressed ones.
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Amai-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
The man in the hat has a point. :)
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Revriley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
This. This whole thing. I've seen some of the old second and thrid doctor episodes, and I remember liking the Brigadier very much when I saw him on screen. And the eleventh doctor getting the call was...just sad, for me. I know it was honoring NIcholas Courtney's death, but you know? Dang if that wasn't disappointing. So this comic cheered me up immensely, dontcha know!
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thelolidagger Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the hoodie comment made me think of skinny jeans. at one point in the eleventh hour with matt smith when the monster thing copies him, it looked like he was wearing skinny jeans *-*
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rababco Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I'm not sure it's a such a good idea to leave Amy and Rory by themselves. Bad things have a habit of happening to those two, particularly Rory. "Romantic getaways" usually result in running from space aliens or being killed by reptilian creatures.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Well this presumably happens right before CHRISTMAS CAROL, so given how that turned out- you'd be right. ;)
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gazzatrek Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey Paul,'Fade Away' was mentioned at the end of the DWO Whocast #226 [link]


'just re-read..still brilliant.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional
Oh wow- just had a listen- what a nice compliment! Thanks for the link, Gary. :)
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studioyokai Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Fantastic <3 Well-written, in-character, funny, and the art is good! That's frankly more than some of the officially-sanctioned comics on the BBC website have managed (well, at least as far as the writers' comics on the "Comic Maker" section go. I've read normal Doctor Who comics on occasion, and they're generally pretty good, but the Comic Maker library is terrible, even the ones written by actual writers from the show. The art is I guess cut and paste from the Maker, so it's very generic and MS-painty, and but the writing was the worst disappointment - I tried three separate comics, deliberately picking ones that sounded promising and appeared to have one of my favorite Doctors and two of my favorite companions; 2 of the 3 were disjointed, largely nonsensical, with poor, rushed, contrived resolutions. The other was a mild diversion at best. This made me kinda sad...).

Anyway though, your stuff looks great. :) And best of all, the characters actually look like the actors! From what I hear from other comic artists, that's always the most difficult thing to get right, trying to make a character not just look good and be expressive in the art, but also look like a real-world person. Given the Buffy comics that I read - where often the characters who were from the TV series look a lot less natural than the ones who are comic-only. Buffy looks like she's a bitch to draw, whereas the regular artist on Season Eight manages to make Satsu, a character introduced in those comics, look almost effortlessly good, pretty much because she actually looks like a comic character - more about the suggestion of features than the details of them - rather than a rendering of an actress. (My favorite artist to work on Buffy, Karl Moline, whom I've had the pleasure of chatting with about it, said the most difficult page to work on for him was the one where the only two characters were Tara and Willow, both of them transplants from the TV series played by distinctive actresses.) Since Matt Smith has a very distinctive and expressive face, I imagine it's terribly hard to render well. That just makes me respect this page all the more.
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studioyokai Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Fabulous <3 Both funny and well-illustrated.
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DevintheCool Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   Digital Artist
great work
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meowbooks Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
This is gorgeous and professional comic book worthy. :D
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Kefan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Wow. Just ... wow.
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wiccagirl24 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I'm going to cry already, and nothing's happened. You have the Brig down perfectly, both in looks and voice.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
And I don't generally do fanfics - but sometimes a story demands to be told. (And when that happens, it never seems to matter whether it's an original bit or a piece of fandom. :D )
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Paul and I don't usually do fanfics either but we just felt compelled to do this one.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
*knows the feeling* ^^ (Fanfics can be good, regardless - they just require a lot more work, because you have to get everyone's personality right. >,> )
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I think Paul nailed it.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
*nods*
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would seriously hope DWM or more appropriately the Radio Times would consider printing this...Much as Lis Sladens passing was extremely sad, the level of attention versus the death of Nick has been very....odd. Not to sound heartless of course.
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We'd certainly be pleased if someone printed it. I don't know what to say about Nick's passing and subsequent lack of acknowledgement(?). On top of that they left Nick out of the BAFTA memorials.
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jaime9526 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats just bloody rude. Hope someone at DW production office does something to remedy that...if it wasn't for the new series reboot being done by baker era fans, we would never have heard of sarah-jane again...with all due respect to the character and indeed to lis sladen, the brigadier and nick are a more integral part of the overall Who mythos than Sarah.
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed.
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farsighted99 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
These comics are quite lovely. Beautifully drawn, and get text too! Thanks.
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
GREAT stuff to see, Paul and Shawn... you both always inspire the hell outta me with your DW stuff... Nice work, guys!!!
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ShawnVanBriesen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Scott.
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MeriWesslie1001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
*snigger* I love this.
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DalekMercy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A nappy. Oh that is a good one... Brilliant use of line and colour.
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TimeAgentAvril Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Writer
XD lolololololololol xD
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TikxTok Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like it walked straight out of the pages of DWM. I love the hoodie or a nappy line. :giggle: Great job. :clap:
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ID sonny ahahahahah. Really well done!!!
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Tevase Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
ROFL
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Super-Metal-Sonic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
looks great, you did an awesome job
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Martgritte Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant stuff and it really chimes with the character of the Brig. He seems to have got really good at recognising the Doctor whenever he pops up. Have you thought of submitting it to Doctor Who Magazine?
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional
Yeah, I actually did send it DWM's way- no response (not the first time- I'm used to it). Of course, they aren't the only guys who publish Who comics... ;)
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Martgritte Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I once sent something to them and got nothing back. Good luck with it though, I'll be interested to see what happens next.
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MeddlerInc Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see this happening after he drops the two off on one of those paradise planets. And a payment card of unlimited credits. :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional
Yeah- I like to think this story is what the Doctor has just finished with when he shows up at the beginning of Christmas Carol to rescue Amy and Rory. :)
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MeddlerInc Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*nods*
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psyk42 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Excellent job. I love how the Brig just automatically knows who he is. And the whole "Have to see some ID, sonny.' made me snort. I can see 11 getting all snitty about how he's 900+ years old and a Time Lord and nobody's ever asked him for ID before, and he bartender being totally unimpressed, while the Brig's laughing quietly in the corner.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional
Thanks! The Brig's knowing him is following with the trend that started in "Battlefield"- where the Brig ID's the Seventh Doctor without any prompting ("Who else would it be?"). He did something similar when he met the Sixth Doctor (in the audio play "The Spectre of Lanyon Moor") and the Tenth (in the DWM comic "The Warkeeper's Crown"). Of course, for all we know the Brig just goes around saying "Hello Doctor!" to any unusually-dressed fellow he runs into. :D
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psyk42 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
I rather like the last idea. Man has to do something to keep himself amused in his old age, right?

"Hello, Doctor!"

"Excuse me?"

"Oh, sorry, I thought you were someone I knew."
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GhostLord89 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very professional looking. Before I read the artist description I thought it was a preview for a professional published Doctor Who comic.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional
Wow- thank you!
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GhostLord89 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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AthenaNightshade Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I know what you mean about fan comics, but the Brig just HAD to make an appearance with a new Doctor. (He was suppose to show up at Sarah Jane's Wedding, but Nicholas Courtney had a stroke and couldn't make it.)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional
I know- I was so bummed when I heard it ALMOST came together w/ him meeting Tennant. Damn shame. There's actually some dialogue coming up in the comic that gets into that business w/ him missing the wedding, the Doctor's funeral, etc. Stay tuned. :)
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AthenaNightshade Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Sigh, I was so upset. I look forward to it.
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Eddy-S Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Looks promising. Someone should send a printed version of this to the people at BBC!
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doctor-who71 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
i love it
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