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Chapter 27

~RESILIENCE~

Welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns” the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected the drawing game, Monkey Sidebars.  Twice a week, Monkey Sidebar members select a theme/word and you draw accordingly. Many of the members are very creative in their draws.  Yet writing a storyline with the themes selected is very tricky and require tons of brainstorming.

Previously, on “As the Jungle Turns”…..Our heroes had caught up to The Twins and as they escaped down a Bobsled track!  Fortunately, Gunnar was familiar with bobsledding and told the team that if they followed his lead, they could get down the track fast enough to catch the villains.  As they made their way down the track they found a bobsled turned over with someone moaning inside….it was Thomas!

Pia Langfeld- "Resilience- the ability to bounce back...which in Mary's case proved quite beneficial to Wayne..."
Pia Langfeld- “Resilience- the ability to bounce back…which in Mary’s case proved quite beneficial to Wayne…”

When we started this comic series, Mary had just broken up with Thomas and was heart broken.  She cried her heart out but soon came into the arms of Jerry (whom we find out later in the our chapters that he was Thomas’ brother!)  Thomas used Mary to frame her for his murder.  Thomas was behind on gambling debt and to get access to his trust fund, he decided to stage his death.  However, with “resilience” our heroes were able to catch the scoundrel and bring him to justice!

Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Jaime Leos- "After capturing Thomas on the bobsled track, he was taken in for questioning.  However Thomas wasn't too cooperative.  He was biding time thinking he wouldn't be extradited to the U.S.  However, he wasn't under arrest yet.....Mary had ways of making him talk!"
Jaime Leos- “After capturing Thomas on the bobsled track, he was taken in for questioning. However Thomas wasn’t too cooperative. He was biding time thinking he wouldn’t be extradited to the U.S. However, he wasn’t under arrest yet…..Mary had ways of making him talk!”  (Mary’s image was referenced from Hoang Nguyen’s Carbon Grey)

Thomas had no intentions of talking and giving up his brother Jerry or his sister Faith!  His sister was fundamental on taking them to countries where they could not be extradited.  Arresting him would be tricky although they had enough evidence.

However, Mary is not an officer of the law nor a secret governmental agent….she is a common citizen.  She was simply here to help identify the Twins and assist with clearing her name of murder.  She just wanted to know why he framed her for murder.  Finally Mary was done talking….questions were going to be answered!

Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- "Mary had enough with Thomas' sarcastic attitude and was thinking of how he framed her for his murder...it was time for some payback!!  He caved in pretty easy!  Gunnar told Swedish Police that the bruises and bleeding on Thomas' face was from the bobsled accident."
Jaime Leos- “Mary had enough with Thomas’ sarcastic attitude and was thinking of how he framed her for his murder…it was time for some payback!! He caved in pretty easy! Gunnar told Swedish Police that the bruises and bleeding on Thomas’ face was from the bobsled accident.”

Mary was able to find out that Jerry and Faith were at a night club called “The White Room Dance Club” in Stockholm.  Through the team’s resilience, they were close to capturing the villains.

So in our next chapter, Mary will have to put on her best dancing shoes and party dress.  But this wasn’t going to be all pleasure…this was going to be all business! 

Until next time, dress to impress and bring your glow sticks because we are going #Dancing!

I’ll leave you with this video that defines the word Resilience….


Monkey                          Round                         Date                     Day                    Word Selected


@rachysuzanne            #59                          March 2             Sunday                  Resilience


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/resilience/

Thanks again and please follow @jungleturns on Instagram

 

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CHAPTER 25

~ARMOR~

Welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns”, the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected .
When we last left, Mary and Wayne had recruited the help of the specialist, “The Scandinavian” or Gunnar.  Gunnar was able to locate The Twins with the illegal use of cellphone triangulation and listening to cellphone conversations of known acquaintances.  However The Twins are protected in a heavily guarded compound and to extract the duo, they would need to use stealth and strong armor.
Pia had the brilliant idea to use a weapons expert similar to the James Bond movies.  In the movies, “Q” would develop guns and rockets that would shoot out of his Aston-Martin or bubble gum that explodes. Pia’s version would be a Scandinavian native named “Å”.
Pia Langfeld- "With the help of "Å", the Scandinavian gadget Meister, they were able to deck Mary out in appropriate armor..."
Pia Langfeld- “With the help of “Å”, the Scandinavian gadget Meister, they were able to deck Mary out in appropriate armor…”
I told Pia that I wanted to draw Gunnar’s armor similar to the new ROBOCOP suit.  Robocop was just about to appear on the big screens when we did our draws.
Jaime Leos- "Gunnar debriefed the team and lays out the strategy to raid the compound using stealth and nifty gadgets provided by "Å", the weapons expert."
Jaime Leos- “Gunnar debriefed the team and lays out the strategy to raid the compound using stealth and nifty gadgets provided by “Å”, the weapons expert.”

 

While researching reference draws I was wanting to draw Wayne using stealth while entering the compound.  Pia had the idea of using sonic grenades called “Paralyzers” that would cause the compound soldiers to double over and begin vomiting after detonation while the team raided the compound.  I then began to think of the video game, “Splinter Cell” and the hero of the game, “Sam Fischer.”  This was the result draw.
Jaime Leos- "Wayne snuck into the compound with stealth using a zip line and night vision.'
Jaime Leos- “Wayne snuck into the compound with stealth using a zip line and night vision.’
With the use of the “Paralyzers”, the team was able to raid the compound without being detected but the activity outside alerted The Twins to escape out an “armored” door.  Their escape route would lead to a bob-sled track so they could leave but travel quickly!
Pia Langfeld- "and now...what next?"
Pia Langfeld- “and now…what next?”
In the next episode our team find that The Twins have left and are speeding away at blazing speeds in a bob-sled.  The team will need to catch up to them before they get away again!!

Until then….


Monkey                             Round                  Date                               Day                Word selected


@meluminatti               #57                      February 23               Sunday                 Armor


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/armor/

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Jungle Turns- Chapter 14

~Rabble~

Welcome back for another chapter of Jungle Turns!
This chapter was a strange one but fun to create!  When Pia Langfeld and I began to throw up ideas, Pia’s idea was to draw panic in the eyes of Mary and Agent W-D40 followed by the #Rabble breaking out into a “Flash Mob” dance scene like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller Video!  In the meantime, I was looking up references for the chapter- Zoftig.  When Pia suggested the flash mob scene, immediately I thought of Weird Al’s Fat video!
Weird Al's Fat Video  http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/music-videos/picks/results/7973/best-parody-music-video
Weird Al’s Fat Video

Michael Jackson's Thriller http://www.nbcbayarea.com/the-scene/events/1023-25-Largest-Simultaneous-Dance-to-Michael-Jacksons-Thriller-65751102.html

Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Pia’s idea was Michael Jackson’s Thriller’s dance scene with the Zombies.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
With the Rabble surrounding Mary and W-D40 the question was, “How are we going to get our heroes out of this one?”  When Pia suggested the Flash Mob idea and Michael Jackson, I started watching MJ videos and came across this scene.
Michael Jackson's Beat It http://www.tifr.us/tifr/2010/05/26/beat-it-with-a-real-jo-bro.html
Michael Jackson’s Beat Ithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0 

It was perfect!  Agent W-D40 was going to have to fight his way out.  A duel with the gang leader!  A knife fight choreographed similar to that in the Beat It video or West Side Story.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
After I drew this scene, I realized that the gang leader looked just like one of our fellow Monkey Sidebar members, Mr. Saul Osorio!!  I did a double take and couldn’t believe my eyes.  I knew I had to tag @sawoooly on this one!!  And this is how our first cameo came about!  I sent this drawing to Pia because I was hesitant to use it as not to offend Saul.  I’m glad we used it and Saul commented on Instagram, “Man this made my day! LOL!”
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Unfortunately for @sawoooly, he had to go down or otherwise we end the comic saga…LOL!  Mary had to flash some boobs or something along that line to distract Saul long enough to lose.  Agent W-D40 agreed to spare his life if he told them where Faith and The Twins were.  They ran off to Zaftig’s House of Bodacious Women!!

Monkey                       Round              Date                     Day                         Word Chosen


@airedelapaz              #46              January 15      Wednesday               Rabble


 http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/rabble

Stay tuned to the next installment and please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.
Thank you, Jaime.

Jungle Turns – Chapter 9

~Illuminate~

Hello everyone, With this chapter, I want to take everyone into the thought process that Pia and I go through before each draw is submitted.  As our fellow Monkeys can imagine, making the storyline fit with the “Theme” that is picked for Sunday or Wednesday can be difficult at times.  I must confess that sometimes I have told Pia that “maybe we should skip this theme” but Pia always kicks my butt and we figure a way to make it work.

Pia and I message each other on Facebook days before the drawing is due.  Usually we look at both the “theme” that is due next AND the following “theme” so we can tie the storyline together.  For example the Chapter 8 theme “RPG”, we discussed how Agent W-D40 would tie a rope to an RPG so Mary could get out of the Quagmire.  I drew Mary becoming furious as she felt weak and found herself being the victim of these despicable men.  We tied in the following theme, “Illuminate” by showing Mary training in the “RPG” training or Role Playing Game simulators.

After submitting my draws for the current theme, I anxiously await the reveal of the following theme on @monkeysidebars so we can work on our storyline.

Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld

The ideas behind Pia’s draws were to show how Mary was seriously training.  She was in the Role Playing Game Simulator with bombs exploding behind her.

Meanwhile, Agent W-D40 is mesmerized by her beauty and becoming “Illuminated” with love.  However Mary stays focused with her training because clearing her name and revenge is on her mind.  Also we wanted to build the relationship slowly.

Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos

Again, more bombs exploding behind Mary in her new black spandex uniform!  For my first draw, I wanted more of an old comic style draw with “Booms” in the background like the old Batman comics.  The second draw shows Mary with a new hairdo and a new deadly attitude!

Mary has become a new force to contend with!  This draw was loosely referenced from the comic series (which has become one of my favorites), “Carbon Grey.”  This was my homage to artist, Hoang Nguyen and Khari Evans. Hope you enjoy and please follow on Instagram: @monkeysidebars and @jungleturns.

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@jojojamomo #41 December 29 (Sun) ILLUMINATE
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/illuminate