Page 2 - Forward
Page 40 - Introduction
Page 41 - Page Layouts
Page 44 - Thumbnail Sketches
Page 46 - Poster design
Page 47 - Characters
Page 66 - Character build
Page 69 - Sample Script
Page 72 - Background Environments
Hello, my name is Christian Goodin, creator of
Dasher broken reality. I have always been
fascinated by superhero stories from around the
world. When I was a child, I used to draw a lot. I
was obsessed with drawing because I wanted my
fantasies to come true. All of my drawing has led
me to creating a story and develop my own
characters that I think deserve to be known.
For my Graphic novel, I have designed these layouts to help me
navigate where the characters are positioned and map out the
environments they are in.
These are just ruffs, so there would have been changes in the pages
compared to the layout planning. I have used black ink to draw the
layouts to make the images clear, but there are others that are done
These layout also help me think about the environment the
characters are in, because I have labelled each layout where
the characters are so I don't forget where the story takes place.
These are the thumbnail sketches of my starting and ending pages
for my Graphic novel. I did these thumbnail sketches to build a
planner for how my Graphic novel is going to look when it's
finished. I have added the colours so I know which colours to use
when developing the story.
When I was developing the story, all I could think about was the
viewing positions because I liked to experiment with the panel
scenes. I was practising on how each angel will look and how it will
effect the readers.
As I have done the thumbnail sketches, I added speech bubbles
into them because I wanted to know where they should be before I
get started with the Graphic novel. I wanted the thumbnail sketches
to tell me where speech bubbles will go.
These are all my characters I have
made for the graphic novel. I have
made some updates on the
characters such as character poses.
I have also done some Character
experimenting with their positions to
see which one fits better for them and
for their personality.
Earlier in the introduction, I mentioned that I used to
draw a lot. When I went to College, I had still did some
drawing, but it was the characters from my Graphic
novel. I had used to draw characters on paper so I
would remember what they look like in the future when
I start my career. Drawing is what I do to help me plan
out my future characters and stories.
Dasher is the hero of Blackpool who runs into
danger without a moment of hesitation. He is
also known as:
The blue angel
The blur of Blackpool
alter-ego) is a 14
year old high
school student who
acts like a dork and
a coward around
bullies. This gives
Lucas the perfect
cover to keep his
These are my pencil
drawings of Lucas
Wilson/Dasher when I
went to Preston's
College. It is easy to tell
apart how much I have
progressed with my
drawing skills. Back
then, I only knew how
to do basic drawings.
Dasher - "Head Designs"
These are all of my head designs for Dasher's appearance. This was for me
to decide which head or face would look better for him. I picked Design 6
because I thought that it looked more arrow dynamic if Dasher was running
around Blackpool. My choice has been based on how arrow dynamics works
in the real world.
Design 1 Design 2 Design 3
Design 4 Design 5 Design 6
Dasher - "Suit Designs"
I have done some different suit designs to see which one looks better on
Dasher. I used my spear time to do these designs when ever I go out to town,
or when I'm working at home. Out of the 5 designs I've made, I picked design
1. Its one of the most familiar suits I am more close to recognizing for my
In addition, I wanted to have fun making
some suit designs that are different to the
original idea. The stealth suit is for when
Dasher is on a stealth mission, and the
hazmat suit is for protection against hygiene.
The stealth suit was based on my research
due to the ability to blend into the darkness.
I wanted to give Dasher a suit that helps him
sneak into buildings or houses to gain
information on their super villains.
The hazmat suit was made
because of the coronavirus
situation around the world. I
thought the hazmat suit would
make an excellent example of
how serious we should take the
situation. I also think the suit
should suit as a tribute to the
I have traced over Dasher's Body to
create Lucas Wilson with out his suit on. I
have also did some experimenting with
him to see how he looks when he has his
suit on without his helmet, as well as the
other way round. I have been looking up
on other superheroes and their alter-egos
and saw that they sometimes do that
same method with their characters. That
was where I found the idea to experiment
with my character.
I have also been doing some thinking
while experimenting. It has me thinking
of another idea for another story which
I can do based of these experimental
E.G. Perhaps Lucas is put in a position
where his helmet is stuck to his head
and he can not get it off of him.
This is Ben Foster, the assistant and best
friend of Lucas Wilson. He is there for the
Blue speeding hero and his voice to Lucas'
ear when ever he's needed to give advice.
He has a monitor that allows him to see
where Dasher is so Ben can come up with an
idea to solve whatever Dasher's problem is.
I have used two different software to
experiment with Ben, Sketch-app and Adobe
Photoshop. I have been practising how Ben
will look when he is in a comic book panel
image so I can us the same drawing method
onto my Graphic novel.
Julie Carter will be the love interest for Lucas. She will be the damsel
in distress who is going to be saved by the blue speeding hero.
This was my character sketch of Julie
before I went to Uclan. Based on this, I
have picket the places on her where there
needed to be changes to be made for her
so she would look better.
After looking at her old design, I knew what
changes I needed to make. Her neck was
too long, her stomach is not cover up, and
her eye brows aren't visible enough. I have
also changed the colour of her jeans to see
how she would look.
When I first drawn Julie, I
didn't like the design of her
body. So I shortened her
height to fix her it. But
then, my lecturer took a
look at the design and told
me to raise her neck collar
and suggested to give her
some sleeves for her
arms. After redesigning
her, I though I should draw
redesign her again,
because I wanted her shirt
to symbolise what
Blackpool is like for it's
Fracture is the villain in the
graphic novel who is only
interested in riding the world and
humanity of their emotions. He
describes feelings as a disease, a
chemical which controls our
everyday lives. Fracture believes
that he is saving us from our
emotions because we are slaves
to our chemical imbalance.
Below are some crack designs I have
made as gateways to the other
dimension. These cracks will
commonly have a reflective surface
that reflects back light which ever way
I've went over to someone, a
student from Uclan University,
and showed my character
design of Dasher. This
student said that this is the
best design that I have
worked on. This student says
that I have learned to improve
on my character design by
researching other designs of
other cartoon characters. This was what motivated me to continue
doing this for my other characters in my graphic novel.
Because of the feedback I was given, I learned to continue with
that same cartoon style to design my other characters. Because
of this, I have found my own style of drawing and have grown
used to it.
Character Height and Scale
Based on their ages and body designs, I have scaled them to the
right height they are supposed to be in the Graphic novel. I have
added my scale models of my characters to show from the side
views their precise height. This has me learning which is easier to
learn which one of them is the oldest, by looking for the tallest
Everything I have done for my Graphic novel is all based from this comic
script. However, based on reading the script, there have been a few changes I
made to make the story better than before. I believed that the changes where
necessary for the story to gain readers attention.
Pages 17, 18 and 19 shows Fracture confronting Dasher, and has him in a
helpless situation. I thought these three pages would be good examples to
show what kind of characters Dasher and Fracture are.
There are some background environments I have done on paper,
but most of them are designed on adobe photoshop. I use
photoshop to draw over the top of my draw image and give it
colouring to make the image look clear.
This image I have done is the front of Blackpool based on, not only
how the amount of times I have visited the town, but also how I
remember seeing it in my mind.
When I did the designs for the background environment, I wanted to
think about how I saw Blackpool in my eyes (Or how I wanted to
see Blackpool). So I have drawn these places that would help me
think about the town and have it look bright and colourful. Even at
night, I wanted Blackpool to be colourful at the restaurant when
Lucas and Julie are supposed to meet..
I have done two versions of my Blackpool drawings, but one of
them was almost right until I noticed something wrong. Version 2
has a rubbish bin drawn on because I wanted the alley way to
look just as uninteresting, but then I realised what my mistake
was. I had accidentally done an American style bin onto a drawn
Lucas Wilson is ready for
his date with his girlfriend,
Julie Carter. With the help
of his friend, Ben Foster,
nothing can go wrong. But
when the fabric of reality
literally starts breaking
apart, it is up to Dasher to
save everything he
loves and cares about
before its too late.
Meanwhile, Lucas must face
the ultimate question. Should
he tell Julie that he is Dasher,
or keep it secret to protect
her from harms way?