4 Panel Comic Strip: My Name Is SETTING + CHARACTERS: Set in modern day, this comic is about a young couple, Ryan and Annie, who meet in college through a goofy mishap and end up falling head over heels in love at ‘first sight.’ Annie has a fascination with all things French and she mistakenly leads her new beau to believe that she has a French last name—when really it is German. As things progress and Ryan is making introductions with Annie’s parents, he unknowingly addresses Annie’s father using the faux-French pronunciation, (which Annie used when they first met) and her father becomes irate—leaving Ryan mortified.
PANEL 1 ANNIE HAS AN ARM FULL OF TEXT BOOKS AND DROPS THEM ALL OVER THE FLOOR IN A HURRIED ROUTE TO CLASS. RYAN SWOOPS DOWN TO HER RESCUE AND HELPS HER GATHER HER BOOKS, ALMOST ON INSTINCT. Caption: They say a good man is hard to come by… Ryan: Hey, I know this might blow my chances by seeming too forward, but, would you do me the honor of joining me for dinner this Saturday night? Annie: Hmmm. Only if you take me to that new French place that opened in uptown. Only natural from somebody who’s part French, you know? Ryan: So you are part French? Annie: Yes! My last name is ‘Giselle.’
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ANNIE AND RYAN ARE OUT TO DINNER, THE RESTAURANT IS FORMAL,SO ANNIE AND RYAN ARE DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION. WE SEE THEM SEATED AT A SMALL, CANDLE-LIT CIRCULAR TABLE. THEY APPEAR TO HAVE A STRONG ROMANTIC CONNECTION AND ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME TOGETHER. THIS PANEL SHOULD CAPTURE A SPECIAL MOMENT BETWEEN THE COUPLE WHERE THEY RECOGNIZE THEIR MUTUAL CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER. Caption: Love is in the air. Ryan: *Thought bubble: [We see ‘hearts’ in here, indicating love.] Ryan: Annie… Wow. Gosh, I just feel like I’ve known you for a long time or something! I mean, I don’t want to come off weird, but… Well, how do you feel?? Annie: *Thought bubble: [We see ‘hearts’ in here, indicating love.] Annie: Ryan, you know, it’s funny… I can’t say I’ve ever felt a connection with anyone before—like I do with you…
PANEL 3 SOME TIME HAS PASSED AND RYAN AND ANNIE HAVE NOW FALLEN DEEPLY IN LOVE AND ARE IN RYAN’S CARE ON THEIR WAY TO MEET ANNIE’S PARENTS. WE SHOULD SEE ANNIE RESTING HER HEAD ON RYAN’S SHOULDER AND HOLDING HANDS OR SOMETHING OF THE SORT. THEY SHOULD BOTH LOOKVERY IN LOVE AND ‘DREAMY’ –PERHAPS THE PANEL COULD INCORPORATE OTHER ARTISTIC/ROMANTIC SENTIMENTS IN THE SETTING. Caption: Time to meet the parents… Annie: You know, I almost thought that soul mates didn’t exist, but now I’ve finally met you. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you… Oh Ryan… I can’t wait for my parents to meet you! You are so amazing… Ryan: Annie, I feel the same way about you, my love! I am really looking forward to meeting your father especially…
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ANNIE AND RYAN HAVE ARRIVED AT HER PARENT’S HOUSE AND ARE MAKING INTRODUCTIONS. RYAN SHOULD LOOK VERY NERVOUS WHILE ANNIE IS SIMPLY ON CLOUD NINE. ANNE’S FATHER, CRAIG, SHOULD LOOK FORMAL, STERN, AND INTIMIDATING. IN A HILARIOUS OUTBURST, RYAN USES A FRENCH PRONUNCIATION OF ANNIE’S LAST NAME, BECAUSE SHE NEGLECTED TO TELL RYAN THAT HER FATHER PREFERS TO GERMAN PRONUNCIATION AND ANNIE’S FATHER BECOMES IRATE LEAVING RYAN HUMILIATED. Caption: Caught up in the moment, it looks like Annie forgot to tell Ryan something pretty important… Ryan: Very nice to meet you, Mr. Giselle! Craig: Giselle??!!! MY NAME’S NOT GISELLE! IT’S ‘SELL’!! DON’T YOU KNOW A GOOD GERMAN NAME WHEN YOU HEAR IT?! AND WHERE ON EARTH DID YOU GET ‘GISELLE’? Ryan: *Thought bubble: Ohhh, if only the floor would just swallow me up right now!