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Sarah Jane Smith: Final Report pg 2 by PaulHanley Sarah Jane Smith: Final Report pg 2 by PaulHanley
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Story, colors, and lettering by me. Pencils and inks by my talented bud and collaborator Shawn Van Briesen :iconshawnvanbriesen:.

Fun footnote to this page- David Van Zandt, our story's lead character (who's so ominously staring down at Sarah's picture) is modeled on Shawn. This "casting" was totally my idea- it wasn't some vain notion on Shawn's part. I knew that Shawn was an actor, and he had the right look for the character, so I thought it'd lend a nice reality to Van Zandt if Shawn used himself as the model. :)

And now on a less cheerful note- this is the first page we've posted since the news of the sad loss of Caroline John broke. It's an unfortunate coincidence that Lis Sladen died when we were a few pages into our Nick Courtney tribute comic. So please don't ever say "How bout a Liz Shaw comic?" I'm not superstitious, but I don't want a coincidence to become a pattern. :(

Liz Shaw was one of the great underrated companions, though. She was arguably the most "grown up" companion ever. She had a very dry, intelligent sort of humor that played great off of Jon Pertwee, and it's a shame they only had one season together. If you've never seen one of her stories, watch INFERNO sometime and be amazed. Or SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE. Or THE SILURIANS. Four stories and three were out-and-out classics. That's a pretty great track record.

By the way- if you're enjoying this comic, and you feel like giving us a "tip", may I suggest giving to your local cancer charities. US readers may want to donate to this one: [link]
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Hellspider-101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just fabulous :)

Cool story and epic art. I'm hooked !
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Mango33 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist
I just really love this.
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MARoy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!
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markdominic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Oh and donated
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional
Really? That's fantastic! Glad to know the comic's helped do some good. :)
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markdominic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
NP Man :) I cant wait to see where this is going.
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markdominic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
great colors and effects !
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tangerinewarning Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Photographer
A brilliant second page.
That Saxon pane, so very very creepy, so much more so than the actual live TV action.

Liz Shaw, like almost everyone from Doctor Who continues to live on in the stories she was in. Not just the TV stories, but also in PROBE (in which she gets to be in charge of a UNIT-esque organisation), in the Big Finish audios, in the novels and comics. I think if we continue to write stories (be it published stories, fanfic etc) then these characters, these people will continue to live on.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional
I spent a while thinking about the whole "Master Race" thing while writing this. It has SO MANY nightmarish applications when ya linger on it. What happened to people piloting planes during that one minute head-shaking seizure? Or driving cars? What happened to... and I say this as delicately as possible... couples who at the time might have been...

Yeah... I can see why maybe they didn't go down that road on family-hour TV. :D

And I totally agree with ya on Liz. That's why it annoys me slightly that Moffat seems to have knocked off the Brig in the present day (it was ambiguous last season, but it looks like this season is going to be more explicit about that matter, if certain set reports and rumors can be believed). There's a small stack of novels already written that hinged on the Brig living on for a long time (not to mention one of MY comics!). Fortunately, an imaginative author can pretty much write their way around anything, in the Whoniverse... ;)
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tangerinewarning Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Photographer
That is a whole bunch of disturbing very situations.
That's the thing with Doctor Who, kinda fun an innocent on the surface but when you think about it, it just goes in a bad direction.

The great thing about Doctor Who is there is no official "canon" except what you make for yourself, so I will continue to think of the Brigadier being alive and so is Liz (which also means ignoring Eternity Weeps).
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Oh er! This can't end well! Great as ever.

Unlikely but I might as well ask, will you be giving Nat from the Big Finish Sarah Jane audios a nod? Those audios were great pre SJA outings for Eliz. If not that's fine.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional
That would be telling. But I think you'll be happy. ;)
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gazzatrek Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'fantastic. (of course!) 'very 'adult' sense of forboding building up..'guess it's cos im used to SJA-style stories for Sarah now..strangely sad seeing Sarah Jane's 'picture' in that last but one frame too... :(

'ow,'maybe Liz Shaw could be 'stuck on Moonbase' (as she was during 'Death of the Doctor) again? 'could become her 'Peru' ;)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional
Even though I'm not planning any "individual" tribute down the road, I suspect a nod to Liz will work its way into this somewhere (and it just might involve that UNIT moonbase!). Kinda like how we put a little nod to Michael Gough in Fade Away. I'm trying to find somewhere where we can put Phillip Madoc, too. ;)

And yeah- this is definitely not an SJA tone, but... stay tuned. Let's just say I've thought it through very carefully. ;) You have no idea how much I deliberated over what the title of this should be- it's not "Doctor Who" (Classic or New), it's too adult for "SJA", it's DEFINITELY not "K-9 and Company". I think it might be closest to the Big Finish SJS audios, which is why I finally went with the "Sarah Jane Smith:" in the title. But it doesn't even match w/ those really. It's basically it's own thing, but it's also designed to give a nod to all of those series (well... maybe not "K-9").
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gazzatrek Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'cool.



...but I LOVE K9 ;)



I do actually.. :D
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KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man I sense danger is about to come out... can't wait for the third page :D
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fresian-cat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Fantastic, the story is really building.

You coulda knocked me over with a feather on the last panel, tho. Thought I'd spotted an in-joke 'til I read your commentary. Really nice work, you two.

I concur with your thoughts on Caroline John, she really should have had more screen time
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