so, last week i was thinking somebody should write a comic about a shy teen superhero whose powers are fueled directly by her own sense of embarrassment
then i, uh, wrote a ten-page script for it? and wound up kind of liking it a lot?
so consider yourself cordially invited to read issue #1 of my extremely indie superhero comic, and if you wish, you can illustrate it inside your mind, using the power of imagination!
(A teen girl sits on a swivel chair in her bedroom, facing the viewer. She’s got braces and glasses. Her hair is in a messy braid.)
PONNI: Hi! My name is Ponni Murthy. I’m sixteen, and um…
(We zoom out a little. She’s wearing a T-shit that says “The Moon ROCKS!” She’s holding a cane—covered in glow-in-the-dark star stickers—in one hand, and a stuffed animal cat—wearing a sloppily homemade astronaut costume—in the other. Posters cover the walls: fantasy movies, rocket ships, Ada Lovelace, Aamir Khan, Sally Ride, etc. She has multiple posters of the solar system. She gestures dramatically with her cane-hand)
PONNI: I LOVE OUTER SPACE!
(We return to her face. She looks very earnest.)
PONNI: That’s not, uh, directly relevant to the story, I just—I love it, so much.
(She has now taken on a pensive expression)
PONNI: I love a lot of stuff. But I used to feel a little weird about that.
(She is cheerful again)
PONNI: This is the story of how I got over (some of) my shyness, and rescued a gymnasium full of people, using dark powers I only kind of understand!
PONNI: We begin last year…
(Close-up on her stuffed cat, which is now holding a title card that reads): THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PONNI MURTHY A.K.A. SHAME-FLAME THE UNCONQUERABLE)