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The Last Man in The Universe By Guilherme Neves

First Draft. August 25th, 2010.


FADE IN INT. GABE AND MATT’S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT. A New York City apartment fully decorated with action figures, posters, books, comic books and DVDs everywhere.In a corner, an LCD TV on the wall in front of an old ripped futon. In the middle of the living room, two work desks. A big window in the back exposes the Empire States Building MATT VANDERSEE, a 26 years old comic book writer, circles around the living room hitting the pen on his forehead. MATT It starts with Marcus waking up by the sound of the alarm coming from the computer. He jumps out of bed and walks into the control room-GABE ROBERTS, a 26 years old comic book illustrator is seated on his desk holding a pencil. The desk is filled with illustration drafts of spaceships and astronauts. On the top of the pile of papers, the first draft of a Graphic Novel titled "The Last Man in The Universe". GABE (VO) --Wait, you wanna do it on two or tree panels? MATT Anh? GABE You’re thinking about showing the act of jumping or just the awakening and the walking panels? MATT No, no. Show the jumping. I want to break into every action so we build the tension. Got it? GABE Yep. MATT So he wakes up, jumps out of the bed, walks into the control room, opens the door. No, wait! DIALS the password and THEN the door automatically opens! We see a huge windshield to the universe,you (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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MATT (cont’d) know? like a massive wall of glass exposing this infinite dark of... of-Matt hits the pen on his forehead vigorously. MATT Of... you know, fucking darkness! Black ink! Then, he stares to this magnificent view. Matt uses hand gestures to describe his idea. MATT From below, a monstrous round blueish planet slowly appears in front of his eyes. GABE In how many panels do you wanna do the Earth’s arising? Furiously, Matt throws the pen on Gabe. MATT Dammit Gabe! Seriously! Can you make at least ONE creative decision on your own? I’m fucking trying to think inside the story here! Jesus-GABE Sorry. Go on. Matt sits in his chair, trying to concentrate again. MATT Right. So, as the planet arises in front him, Marcus shakes his head in disbelief. Sobbing like never before, he falls on his knees contemplating what once he called home. GABE Oh.. really? Do we need all this weeping crap? MATT Duuude! I’m trying to capture the essence of this man, here! The guy has been alone for over 20 years on (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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MATT (cont’d) that spaceship with one and only desire to find home! This is the achievement of a lifetime, We can’t just put him highfiving himself. GABE Ye, but sobbing? This guy hasn’t had any human contact for, like, ages! Don’t you think this reaction is a little bit too human? MATT What the fuck is wrong with being human, Gabe? GABE Nothing, but the fact that this guy’s best friend is a computer voice who tells time. He has no human attachment! Matt sights, stands up and wanders to the kitchen. MATT (OS) You’ve been watching too much Oprah, Gabe! Gabe gives a quick smile. MATT (OS) What happened to the milk? GABE I put it in the bottom drawer. So listen, I was thinking-INT. GABE AND MATT’S KITCHEN - CONTINUES. Matt looks for food in the shelves. MATT Now that’s unusual. Ha. GABE (OS) -- I’m not quite sure about this finding Earth passage.


4. INT. GABE AND MATT’S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUES. Gabe takes a deep breath to organize his toughs. GABE Don’t you think Marcus character is too passive in this scene? I mean, it’s the spaceship that eventually passes around Earth. The main character had nothing to do with it. Matt comes back holding a bowl of cereal with milk. MATT So what? GABE So, it’s random! Just a coincidence! In a middle of the infinite universe, this man finds Earth by accident and that’s it? MATT I don’t know. Matt swallows a spoon full of cereal. MATT Maybe he was, like, meant to. It was his destiny-GABE --Don’t even start with this destiny bullshit! Stop being a lazy writer and come up with a reasonable explanation for this event! MATT What do you want me to do, Gabe? Give him a map? An universal GPS? GABE You’re the writer. Use your magic powers. Matt let his head fall and hit the desk. MATT Argh... Gabe spins on his chair.

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MATT (Moaning) Can we have coffee now? EXT. STREETS OF LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK - NIGHT. Winter in New York. Matt and Gabe are using heavy coats. MATT Question. In a movie adaptation of "The Last Man in The Universe", who should play Marcus? Gabe looks funny towards Matt. GABE John Malkovich. MATT Are you kidding me? GABE What? He’s a great actor! MATT How do you expect to get rich putting an ugly old dude alone in the screen for two hours? GABE So now Marcus has to be handsome? MATT He has to be at least appealing, tolerable. Malkovich is too old! Maybe 15 years ago, but now he must what? Sixty? INT. DAVE’S DELI - NIGHT. A small and cozy Deli. Matt and Gabe step in it. The door bell rings. DAVE, a mid-fifties black man, comes from a door behind the counter. DAVE What took you guys so long? I’m almost closing here! GABE Sorry Dave, we’ve been working.

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DAVE Hunft... three? GABE Ye. Dave turns himself to the Coffee Machine. MATT Hey Dave, who is more convincing as a delusional astronaut, Russel Crowe or Edward Norton? DAVE Denzel. Matt and Gabe laugh but Dave don’t understand why. He faces them. DAVE What?! GABE This character is... white. DAVE Why? Matt and Gabe look at each other. MATT Well, I don’t know. He just... is. DAVE (Grabbing three cups of coffee and moaning.) Here we go. Four fifty. EXT. STREETS OF LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK - NIGHT. Matt and Gabe are back in the streets, this time, drinking their coffees. Matt carries the third. GABE Besides, if we give the role to Edward Norton, he would end up rewriting the whole thing and taking our names of the credits. They rush to cross the street and stop in front of a poorly signposted comic book store called Supernova. They walk into the store.


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INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - NIGHT. A large and dusty comic book store. JAY HERNANDES, a 28 years old puerto rican descendant born and raised in New York is working behind the counter, talking to a girl who is holding some books. Her name is JESSA, 23 years old girl with long blond hair. The door bells rings. RING As Gabe and Matt make their way into the counter, the girl leaves the books on the counter and heads for the exit. When they are crossing to room, Gabe and the girl gaze each other. JESSA Hi. Gabe is caught by surprise. GABE. Uh... hey. Matt and Gabe get to the counter. MATT (Talking to Gabe) Do you know that girl? GABE (Still confused) I don’t think so. JAY You probably don’t. She just moved from California. You have my coffee? MATT Here. Matt hands the coffee to Jay. Gabe walks around the counter, looking for something in the drawers. JAY (Holding one of the copies from the book the girl left on the counter) This is the book she just made. It’s like a series of comic strips about the female universal. She asked us to display at the Indie Section. (CONTINUED)


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Jay points with his head to a bookcase in the darkest corner of the store. Matt grabs another copy of the book. MATT "The Uncanny Manual of Unorthodoxy Girls, by Jessa Spalding. Gabe appears from behind the counter holding a flannel coat. GABE Found it! MATT (flipping through the girl’s book) How bad is it? JAY Haven’t read yet. Gabe grabs another copy of the book and starts flipping through as well. He sees her picture on the back cover of the book. GABE It seems alright. MATT (dropping the book on the counter) You always liked these girlie stuff. JAY How’s work going, boys? MATT All good, but Gabe was bitching me about using coincidences in the story. JAY What kind of coincidence are we talking about? GABE The scene when Marcus locates the Earth. JAY Hum... let me think... Jay crosses his arms and tips his forefinger on his mouth.

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9. JAY I don’t think you HAVE to follow the causality rule. I mean, if it where a commercial graphic novel, ye sure, you would probably have to elucidate better, you know? Make it for dummies. But now in a case like this-GABE --IT IS supposed to be a commercial graphic novel! We are sick and tired of stacking our work in the Losers Section!

Gabe points to the same bookcase in the corner. GABE It’s time to go pro, Jay! We’re done being notorious nobodies. Matt takes a sip on his coffee. MATT The Last Man is our way out, dude. Next time you see us, will be at the cover of Wizard Magazine. JAY Argh! Can’t believe you, guys! You’re selling out! How can you?! GABE Sorry Jay, but between sticking to the cause or getting millionaire with the merchandise rights, I go with the toys. Gabe points at the action figure of "Material Man". In the background, a huge poster of the same character. JAY (Infuriated) Are you kidding me?! "Material Man"?! That’s the kind of shit you want to produce?! You wanna be the new fucking Frank Humbles? The biggest jerk of comic industry? Seriously, man?! How low can someone gets?! Gabe and Matt laugh, but Matt realizes that Jay is sincerely mad at them.

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MATT Oook, boys. Play time is over. Let’s get back to work, Gabe. See you tomorrow Jay. JAY Jerks. Gabe and Matt make their way to the exit. Matt stops under the door. MATT Hey, Jay, in a movie adaptation of "The Last Man in The Universe", who do you think should-JAY --Fuck you, Matthew! INT. GABE AND MATT APARTMENT’S DOORWAY - NIGHT. Gabe and Matt are coming back from the street. Gabe is on the phone. Matt is trying every key of his Superman key chain to open the door. He finally finds right key. MATT It’s ridiculous. It’s always the last one. INT. GABE AND MATT’S APARTMENT - CONTINUES. Gabe and Matt enter in their apartment. MATT So, can you wake me up tomorrow morning? I’m pretty sure my phone is gonna be dead by then I can’t find the charger. GABE Shh! Dude, I’m on the phone! INT. LEA’S BEDROOM - CONTINUES. LEA ROBERTS, 22 years old girl is talking to Gabe on the phone. She in on her bed, in a very girlie bedroom full of old dolls and teddy bears.

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LEA (Into phone) Just tell him to shut the fuck up! INTERCUT AS NEEDED GABE She is asking you to keep it down, please. MATT FUCK OFF, LEA! LEA (Yelling louder) YOU FUCK OFF, MATT! Gabe gets scared of her screaming and takes the phone out of his ear. Gabe goes to his room and closes the door. INT. GABE’S ROOM - NIGHT. Just like the rest of the apartment, Gabe’s room has a Comic Book theme. He leans his body against the door. GABE (Into the phone) There’s some unsettled sexual tension between you two, you know? LEA Shut up. When are you coming home? Gabe sits on his bed. GABE Ah... not sure. We are pretty focused on this new graphic novel right now. I don’t want to stop the process while we’re producing. LEA Whatever. Just saying, my birthday is on three weeks and you better be here. GABE Promise, no worries. I have to go sleep now. Tell the folks I said hi.

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LEA Ok. Miss you, bro. GABE Miss you, sis. END INTERCUT. Gabe hangs off the phone and lays on his bed. Matt turns on the stereo loudly. It’s playing "Know you Enemy" by Green Day. Gabe closes his eyes, trying to ignore it. He can’t. Gabe stands up and opens the door. GABE FUCK OFF, MATT! Gabe slams the door. INT. GABE AND MATT’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Silence. A "Watchman" clock on the wall marks 2h45 am. Matt is fully awake, sited on his desk, tipping his fingers rhythmically on the table. He is looking deeply to a blank piece of paper in the top of an unorganized pile of papers over his desk. Matt stops and stretches. He stands up, walks around the living room looking for inspiration. His forefinger moves around the bookshelf, trying to find help in one of his books. Nothing. He sits again. Rest his head on his hands and moan. INT. GABE AND MATT’S KITCHEN - LATER. Matt opens the fridge. There’s water, milk and beer. He takes the beer. INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - LATER. Slowly, Matt opens Gabe’s door. Gabe is snoaring. Matt closes the door with a smirky smile on his face. MONTAGE. INT. GABE AND MATT’S LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN LATER. BY THE SOUND OF KNOW YOUR ENEMY - GREEN DAY. Matt turns the stereo on again. The same song continues. Matt feels the music in his body, takes a long sip of beer (CONTINUED)


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and sits back on his desk. He is writing fast. He drinks and writes. He reads it punching his leg. He opens the fridge and takes another beer. He writes. He drinks. He crumbles a sheet of paper and throws it away. He keeps writing and drinking moving his head energetically. MATT (holding a sheet o paper) Now that’s better! Matt opens another beer. He writes and drinks. He prepares a line of cocaine and sniffs it. He tips his fingers on the desk really fast while he thinks. He’s writing furiously. There’s several writen pages on his desk. He opens another beer and sniffs another line of cocaine. He laughs loud. He writes until his pen is out of ink. He grabs another pen. This second pen works. He is thrilled. MATT Yes, YES! This needs a celebration! Matt sniffs three lines of cocaine. Now he is writing really fast. He is really agitated. He opens another beer. Drinks it, writes, laughs and sniffs another line of cocaine. END OF MONTAGE. INT. GABE AND MATT’S APARTMENT - MORNING. Gabe steps out of his bedroom wearing his pajamas and drags himself to the kitchen. He opens the fridge and there’s only water and milk. He takes the milk and pour some in a bow with cereal. He sits on his couch and turns the TV on. There’s Sponge Bob Square Pants playing. The apartment looks messy, but he doesn’t seem to have realized it yet. He looks to the "watchman" clock on the wall. It’s marking 10h21 am. GABE MATT! YOU’RE LATE! No response. Gabe eats his cereal. GABE (With his mouth full of cereal) MATT! WAKE UP! YOU’RE GONNA GET FIRED THIS TIME! No response. Gabe moans, stands up and walks to Matti’s room. He opens Matt’s door and sees his friend is lying on the floor. Matt is dead.


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EXT. PLATTSBURGH’S CEMETERY - RAINY DAY. Rains a lot. A line of black cars cross under a gate indicating "Plattsburgh Cemetery". EXT. PLATTSBURGH’S CEMETERY - LATER. Matt’s family and friends are gathered at his funeral. People are covering themselves with umbrellas. Gabe is wearing a black suit. Lea, wearing a black dress, stands besides him. He hold his sister’s hand. EXT. PLATTSBURGH’S CEMETERY - LATER. The rain starts to fade. The funeral is over. Gabe, Lea and their parents BOB, a 58 years old chubby and bald man and MARGARET, a 53 years old and still very distinct woman, are heading to the car. JAY (OS) Gabe! Wait! Gabe turns his back and sees a soaked Jay running in his direction. GABE Hey Jay. How you doing? JAY Wha..what kind of question is this? The last thing I said to the guy was "Fuck You"! How do think I’m feeling? I feel like shit! Gabe laughs with sorrow. GABE I know the feeling. JAY Anyways. I just want to check on you. I don’t know what are your plans now. But, you know, if need anything-GABE --Ye. I think I’ll spend sometime in my parents’ house. Need to process this whole thing before doing anything.

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JAY Course. Well, I have to get going. Need to take the road back to New York before the sunset. Take care, man. GABE You too, Jay. Jay gives Gabe two awkward slaps on his sholder. Gabe starts heading to his parents’ car again. JAY Er.. Gabe. One more thing. I don’t wanna sound like a heartless corporate son of bitch but... how long are you intending to stay here? Because I need to know how long should I hold your job at Supernova. Gabe looks to Jay and then to his family, who are waiting for him in the car. GABE Just... just don’t. INT. ROBERT’S DINNING ROOM - NIGHT. In a fancy dinner table, Gabe has a silent dinner with his sister and parents. INT. GABE’S OLD ROOM - DAY. Two weeks have passed. Gabe has a beard and dark circles under his eyes. Seated on the floor, he reads an old X-Men issue from his collection that is stacked in a big paper box with the sign "Gabe’s Comics" in front of him. DOOR KNOCKING. Bob opens the door. BOB Hey kiddo, can I come in? Gabe nods in permission. Bob sits on Gabe’s bed. Gabe keeps focused on reading.

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BOB Reading your old comics, ha? You know, I had to put up a fight with uncle Tommy for this. Bob hits the old box full of comic books with his foot. BOB He was trying to take this away for your cousin Brian, but I told him you wouldn’t like it. GABE Thanks, dad. Bob looks around the room, trying to find another subject to start small talk. He fails. Gabe keeps his eyes on his comics. BOB So... how’s New York? GABE All right. BOB Did you guys paid this month rent? GABE Uhum. BOB Good, good. Are you... planning on moving back until the end of the month or... eventually? Margaret walks in the room, drying her hands on her appron. MARGARET Bob! Stop pushing him! Can’t you see his doing his "thing"? GABE It’s ok Mom-BOB -- I was just talking to my son, Margaret! Margaret turns to Gabe.

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MARGARET (In a sweet voice) Don’t let your old father bother you, Gabe. You can stay here as long as you want. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to go back-BOB --Now I’m the pushy one! Look at you woman! You’re son is a man! Stop trying to bring him back to your nest! GABE Guys... MARGARET I’m not trying to do anything, Bob! I’m just concerned about our boy! BOB He’s not a boy anymore-MARGARET --That terrifing city can mess up a person! Look what happen to Matthew. GABE Stop it! BOB Oh, come on Margaret! You know that boy was screwd up way before he left Plattsburgh. MARGARET Don’t be so cruel, Bob! It’s been only two-GABE --THAT’S ENOUGH! Scared, Margaret and Bob stare at Gabe. Gabe take a deep breath. GABE Wolverine is dying here, for Christ Sake!


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EXT. FRONT OF ROBERT’S HOUSE - CLOUDY DAY. Gabe is looking to the christmas lights installed on the roof. He’s holding a ladder. He supports the ladder on the house’s lateral wall and prepares to climb it. A family car loaded with boxes stops in front of his house. He recognizes it. Uncomfortable, he goes toward the car. While he gets closer, MAURA VANDERSEE, 56 years old fat woman, steps off the passengers seat and meets Gabe in the front of the vehicle. Gabe gives her a confort hug. GABE Hey, Mrs. Vandersee. MAURA How you doing, my son? CHARLES VANDERSEE, A 63 years old man with a big mustache, is waiting holding the steering wheel. They both have large dark circles under their eyes and a really sad expression on their faces. GABE Hello, Mr. Vandersee. Charles nods to Gabe. Maura is still holding Gabe’s arms, caressing him. MAURA Me and Charles just got back from New York. We cleaned Matt’s bedroom and brought back all his stuff. She motions to the boxes in the car. MAURA I did’t touch anything in the living room because I don’t know what is yours or what was his. But well, all those things have any use for us now, so you should keep it. Matt would probably prefer that way. GABE OK, thanks. Thanks Mrs. Vandersee. Gabe smiles at her. Mrs. Vandersee hugs him strongly and looks deeply into his eyes, slowly shaking her head. Gabe notices she starts to tear up. She wipes her eyes.

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MAURA Anyway. We just came to give Matt’s keys back. She takes the Superman key chain from her pants pockets and puts on Gabe’s hands. GABE Thanks, Mrs. Vandersee. Gabe put the keys on his coat pocket. Maura gives him motherly smile. Maura is about to cry, but she holds back her emotion. MAURA (Looking to the ground) Hum... I should get going. I need to unpack all these things and I’m pretty sure Charles as useful an umbrella in an ice storm. Charles is distracted in the car. Gabe and Maura laugh a bit. GABE Good bye, Mrs. Vandersee. MAURA Good bye, son. Maura opens the car door. She hesitates before going inside. MAURA Gabe, Matt told me you two were really excited about this new book you were producing. Gabe grins timidly. GABE Ye... it was gonna be great, I think. MAURA You should finish it. You know? (BEAT) MAURA He would like it.


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EXT. FRONT OF ROBERT’S HOUSE - LATER. Gabe and Lea are breaking down the christmas decoration in front of the Robert’s House. Lea is deflating an inflatable snow man while Gabe, on the roof, takes down the christmas lights. LEA Gabe? GABE Ye? LEA For how long was Matt having drug problems? GABE What? What are you talking about? LEA I heard mom on the phone. I know he OD-ed. GABE No, I mean, yes. He died of overdose. But he was no coke addict. LEA Well... how come? GABE What do you mean, how come? He used it now and then, but he was no addict. At least I don’t think so. (BEAT) GABE You know. He was like an ocasional user. LEA (intriged) Hum... never heard there was such thing.


21. INT. ROBERTS KITCHEN - MORNING. Gabe is on the kitchen table waiting for his breakfeast. Margaret is making waffles. Bob walks in. BOB Waffles? You never do waffles! Now that’s just low, Margaret. Margaret ignores him. He makes a move to sit on the table. MARGARET Don’t even think about resting your ass on that chair before taking the trash out. BOB Ye, ye. I’ll take it later. Bob sits. GABE Oh, boy. Margaret stops cooking, crosses her arms, holding her spatula, and stares at Bob. MARGARET Later when, Robert? BOB Later! After you make my breakfeast. MARGARET Ha. But guess what. Margaret point her spatula at Bob. MARGARET I’m not making any breakfeast until you take your lazy ass out of that chair and take the trash out! While Margaret is threatening Bob, Lea enters the room. She ignores the scene, walks around the table and stops behind Gabe. She leans on Gabe’s chair and whispers in his ears. LEA Follow me if you want to eat today. Margaret and Bob are arguing while Gabe escapes with his sister from the kitchen. It takes a while until Margaret notices their absence. (CONTINUED)


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MARGARET AT LEAST TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT! INT. ROBERTS’ CAR - DAY. Lea is driving Gabe around Plattsburgh. The place seems calm and desert. They pass through a commercial area and Gabe notices an abandoned place. GABE What happen to the Salvador’s Market? LEA They went out of business. Everything is closing nowadays. The Cheesecake Factory closed as well. GABE That sucks. LEA Recession is a bitch. Gabe keeps looking through the window. LEA Missing New York? GABE A bit, maybe. LEA I would be crazy bored already. This town is the most lame place on Earth. Take a look on these streets, Gabe. Everything is the same from when we were kids. Nothing ever happens around here. Gabe nods, but keeps his eyes on the outside, starring at an endless line of identical houses. LEA So... when are you going back? GABE I don’t know. I don’t know if I will. Lea looks at Gabe in desbelief, very desapointed at her brother. She hits the accelerator and the car goes faster.


23. EXT. OUTSIDE MERVIN’S DINER - DAY. The Roberts’ car parks in front of Mervin’s Diner, a old fashioned trashy place on the Interstate 87. Lea steps out of the car. Gabe follows her. GABE Why are we eating here? This place is a shithole. LEA It’s not about the food. I need to show you something. INT. MERVIN’S DINER - DAY. A traditional road diner. A few locals are having their breakfast seated on the stools, but all the tables are empty. Gabe and Lea grab a both. An overly made-up waitress that doesn’t look more then 24 comes to talk to them. On her name tag is written AMBER. AMBER Hello and welcome to Mervin’s Diner. My name is Amber and I will be serving you today. Gabe looks at her astonished. GABE Am?! Amber needs a couple of seconds to recognize Gabe. She’s seems uncomfortable with the situation. AMBER Oh my gosh! Gabe! It’s been ages! How you doing? GABE You know, living. Amber and Gabe look a little bit embarrassed. They try to smile. LEA (Being cinical) Hey, Amber. AMBER (Fake smile) Heeey, Lea.

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AMBER (To Gabe) So, I heard about Matt. Sorry I couldn’t go to the funeral, but it’s been crazy busy around here. Lea notices that the place is almost empty. LEA Totally. AMBER So, Gabe, how is the city? Heard you and Matt were a big hit in the comics business. GABE. Nah, still striving, you know. But we’ll get there. I mean, I, I’ll get there. AMBER Great. They both nod for a couple of seconds starring each other with a forced smile. Lea is delighted, reading Mervin’s menu. GABE So, how you been? Mom told me you and Jareth-AMBER (Pointing to her wedding ring) --Ye, we got married last year. Big wedding, all that jazz, you know? For a small town, it was like Superbowl. GABE That’s great. What about acting? Have you been-AMBER (Simulating a smile) --Oh, nonono. I quit all that nonsense a long time ago. I’m a happily married woman and future mother now. She caresses her belly.


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EXT. OUTSIDE MERVIN’S DINER - DAY. Gabe steps off Mervin’s Diner, followed by Lea. GABE (Sarcastically) Thanks Lea. LEA Don’t thank me, you paid. GABE I mean the whole trick you pulled out today. You tottaly scrooge me over, in there! Gabe gets inside the car. LEA I’m just trying to help you! INT. ROBERTS CAR, MERVIN’S DINER PARKING LOT - DAY. Lea enters in the car with Gabe. GABE Help me how? By making me face my highschool love pregnant with the biggest jerk in town?! LEA No! I wanted to show you how patetic and meaningless is life in Plattsburgh! You told me that girl was fucking talented and now look at her! Is that how you want to spend your life? Being a no one? Gabe breaths heavily, looking forward, to the windshield. GABE Just drive. INT. ROBERTS CAR - DAY. Lea is driving Gabe back home. GABE If you hate this town so much, why you’re still here?

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LEA Look at me Gabe, what do you see? GABE You are... a pretty girl. LEA Exactly. I’m pretty girl. That’s it. INT. ROBERTS GARAGE - DAY. Lea and Gabe step out of the car inside their parents garage. The place is full of old furniture, boxes and hardware tools. GABE I don’t get it why you think you’re not good enough to live in city. LEA Come on Gabe. I was never the brightest. I didn’t go college like you, I have no skills. I’m doomed for this place, but you have a shot and you’re wasting it! Gabe closes the garage door. LEA I read your stuff, you know. That was not... not so bad. Gabe smiles at her. She smiles back. GABE Here. Gabe takes the Superman key chain from his coat pocket and throws at her. She catchs it. LEA What is this? GABE Your keys. If I’m going back, I need a roommate. Lea grins, still skeptical.

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EXT. ROBERTS YARD - SUNNY DAY. Gabe and Bob are packing Gabe’s car with Lea’s bags. A couple of feets away, Margaret is holding Lea by her shoulders. MARGARET And if I hear that you’re causing any kind of trouble to your brother, I’ll be boarding on the next train to NYC and bringing you back with me! Now give me a hug! Margaret gives Lea a tigh hug. Bob closes the car’s trunk. BOB That was the last one. Bob puts his hand on Gabe’s sholder. BOB You’re a good kid, you’ll be allright. Now, hug your dad. Gabe hugs Bob. Bob whispers in his ears. BOB Take care of that one for me, ok? GABE You got it. MARGARET (about to cry) Oh god! My little ones are leaving me! Margaret holds Gabe and kisses his cheek. She also gives him a hug and whispers in his ears. MARGARET You don’t have to go if don’t want to, you know? Gabe laughs and kisses his mother. GABE No worries, guys. We’ll be alright. Gabe and Lea enter in the car and leave the Roberts’ yard.


28. INT. GABE’S CAR IN FRONT OF ROBERTS’ HOUSE - DAY Lea watches her parents, holding hands in front of the house, waving goodbye. LEA I’ll miss those freaks. MARGARET (VO) Leandra! Don’t get pregnant! MONTAGE INT. GABE’S CAR AND EXT. I-87, BY THE SOUND OF "HOME"- EDWARD SHARP AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS. Gabe looks aprehensive. A peaceful landscape enhanced by the snow. Endless lines of trees. Lea plays with her hand out of the car, trying to catch snowflakes. The car passes through a brige over a deep river. Lea sleeps, Gabe looks at her and smiles. It starts to get dark. Lea is awake again, she points to the lights of the New York buildings spotted miles away. The car is on Washignton Bridge. Lea has a grin on her face but Gabe is serious. END OF MONTAGE INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. Gabe opens his apartment door. He stays at the front door staring at it. Lea pushes him inside with her luggage. LEA Come on, douchebag! I wanna take a shower and get to bed! INT. MATT’S OLD BEDROOM - NIGHT. Lea walks to Matt’s old room. All the furniture is there, but his personal belongings are gone. She puts her luggage in a corner and start unzipping it. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - NIGHT. Gabe stands on his feet in the middle of the living room, right in front of Matt’s desk. The desk looks the exact same way from the night Matt died. There are several papers fully written and piled randomly. He stares at it for a long time. Then he looks at his own desk and sees the unfinished cover of "The Last Man in The Universe". He steps away.


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EXT. STREETS OF LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK - DAY. It’s Spring in New York. In the streets, people are walking dogs, carrying their coffees and talking on their phones. Everyone seems happy, touched by the new season. Everyone but Gabe. Now he has a long beard, messy hair and walks with a grumpy face. He carries as bag while listening to his ipod. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. Gabe and Jay are working at the Supernova. The store is empty. Gabe is standing in front of the register, reading a graphic novel titled "Blankets" by Craig Thompson. Jay is seated on the counter, thrilled of excitement while drawing on his notebook. Jay’s enthusiasm draws Gabe’s attention. GABE What is going on in that little sick disturbed mind of yours? JAY Nothing... but the most AWESOME and fucking kick-ass superhero ever created. The Minute Man! Jay hands Gabe his notebook. Gabe sees it drawn a cartoonish black super hero with a big clock on his chest. JAY He has the ability of traveling back in time. But here’s the trick! He can only go back one minute in the past. GABE Funny, your Minute Man looks just like Flavor Flav. Jay takes his notebook and stares at the opened page. JAY Fuck! You’re right! With the back of his pencil, Jay erases his drawing. Gabe smirks and goes back to his book. JAY (Grumbling) At least I’m drawing something...

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30. GABE What you say, Jay? JAY At least I AM creating something.

Gabe frowns, keeping the eyes on his book. JAY Seriously man, when are you gonna get going with your drawing again? Remember how you guys were all excited about "The Last Man in Universe"? Why don’t you just finish what you and Matt started? You could still finish in time to take it to Comic Con, you know? Gabe closes his book. GABE Can you please stop? Just drop it. You’ve been pushing me to finish that piece of shit for the last two months-JAY --It is not a piece of shit, Gabe. GABE --And we didn’t even come up with a proper end to it. So why bother, man? Let it go. Gabe goes back to his book. Jay is not convinced. JAY What about those pages Matt wrote that night? Gabe slams his book and throws it on the counter. GABE What night, Jay?! Hun!? Which night?! Are you talking about the night when that son of bitch drugged himself to death? Do you want me to finish the story with the insanities of a coked man? JAY How the hell you know if it’s good or not when you don’t even bother reading it!? (CONTINUED)


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GABE Forget it, Jay! I’m not gonna sit my ass reading senseless words on a paper! It’s just waste of time! Jay sighs. Gabe returns to his book. JAY (mumbling to himself) Waist of your fucking precious time. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - NIGHT. Gabe stands behind the counter reading his book. He reclines over the balcony and accidentally drops Jay’s pencil. He grabs it on the floor. With the pencil on his hands, he gazes to the inventory papers and flyers spread over the balcony. He grabs one sheet of paper, turns backwards to it’s blank face and stares at it. His fingers plays with the pencil. He holds the pencil firmly and when it’s tip is about to touch the paper, the door bell rings. DING. Gabe drops the pencil. A girl wearing a a Felix, The Cat T-shirt walks in the store and goes towards the counter. It’s Jessa. JESSA Hi. Is Jay here? GABE You just missed him. Gabe recognizes her. GABE I know you! You’re the girl from that comic strip book. "The Unconventional Guide for Weird Chiks", right? JESSA It’s "The Uncanny Manual for Unorthodox Girls", but I like your version.

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GABE He, Sorry. I’m Gabe. JESSA Jessa, nice to meet you. Gabe throws his arms forward for a hand shake but Jessa is leaning for a kiss. They share a moment of awkwardness while they try to synchronize their kiss on the cheek while holding hands. They detached from each other with big embarrassment. GABE You’re not from here, are you? JESSA Can you tell? GABE Well, costumers usually don’t kiss me during my shifts. JESSA (Giggling) Sorry. GABE (Mumbling) No, it’s alright. Highlight of my day. Can I try to help you? JESSA I don’t know, Jay’s supposed to have a check for me from the books that were sold. Gabe starts looking for something behind the counter. JESSA Is it there? GABE No. I’m actually looking for the key chain that opens the office. He usually keeps this kind of stuff there. But he probably took the keys with him. JESSA I should have called first.

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33. GABE Come back tomorrow! I’m sure he’ll be here. JESSA (Walking to the door) Ye, sure. I’ll drop by. Thanks for the book title. I might use it for the sequel.

Gabe smiles. JESSA Just kidding. Sequels sucks. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Gabe is lying on the couch, having a good time reading "The Uncanny Manual for Unorthodox Girls". He is so distracted reading and laughing that he doesn’t realizes when Lea arrives. She’s wearing a sleeveless black blouse with a pig printed on it, thigh jeans and high heels. A big and colorful rose tattooed on her left shoulder. She walks in and goes directly to her room. Gabe is laughing out loud. Intrigued, Lea comes out to the living room. LEA What’s so funny? GABE It’s just a book that I took from the store. Gabe glances at Lea’s shoulder and jumps out of the couch, shocked. GABE Lea! What the hell is that in your arm! LEA Oh! This? Lea gets her forefinger moistly putting it into her mouth. Then, she rubs it in her skin over her tattoo. The tattoo starts fading. LEA It’s fake. Everybody at work has tattoos. I don’t want people thinking of me as a sweetheart. (CONTINUED)


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GABE ’Cause that would be terrible. Lea seats on the couch with Gabe. LEA When you’re mean, people tip you better. What is this? She takes the book from Gabe’s hands. LEA (Reading the cover) Jessa Spalding. Hum, who is she? GABE That’s what I’m trying to figure out. MONTAGE. INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - MORNING. A Spider Man Alarm Clock awakes Gabe. He has a grim on his face. INT. GABE’S BATHROOM - LATER. Gabe whistles a song in the shower. Rolled on his towel, Gabe stares at the mirror, analyzing his face. Gabe shaving his beard. Gabe is combing his hair. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT COMMON AREA - LATER. Still rolled on his towel, Gabe walks from the bathroom to his bedroom whistling. Lea, is watching TV on the couch. She looks back at Gabe, curious about the sudden change of mood. INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - LATER. In his underwear, Gabe browses his closet, looking for a nice shirt. Gabe checks himself with his outfit. Gabe sprays perfume on his neck.


35. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT COMMON AREA - LATER. A smiley Gabe leaves the the apartment. Jessa keeps looking at the door after he left, shaking her head with incredulity. END OF MONTAGE. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. The door bell rings. DING. Gabe comes in carrying his bag. Jay is the counter, very focused, drawing vibrantly on his notebook. He doesn’t look at Gabe. GABE Morning Jay. Jay mumbles something incomprehensible. Gabe takes Jessa’s book out of his bag. GABE (Holding Jessa’s book) So, I took this book back home yesterday. And I have to say man, I think it’s pretty-JAY --Ga..Gabe. Shh! I’m almost done here. Wait. Gabe seats over the counter, putting Jessa’s book besides him. Jay keeps centering his attention on his drawing. JAY Let me just say ahead, that you might don’t get this idea. I think it’s a bit too outside the box for you. But listen up. Are you ready? Gabe nods. JAY I present you the most up-to-date hero. The state of the art force to annihilate evil in every kind of form. This is... wait-Jay gives the final touches in his drawing. (CONTINUED)


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JAY --THE INTERNET MAN! Jay holds his notebook opened right in front of Gabe’s face. JAY An online hero who saves people without taking his ass of his chair! But here’s the trick: he uses a dial connection! Gabe laughs of the drawing: tiny superhero suit, seated MC Donald’s. Jay closes his aside, disappointed at his notices Gabe’s new look.

a fat man in glasses, using a in front of a computer, eating notebook an puts it friend reaction. Only then he

JAY Wow!! What’s is going on here? Jay points to Gabe’s facial area. GABE I shaved! So what? Jay sniffs the air. JAY Are you using PERFUME!? Gabe jumps out of the counter, turns his back on Jay and starts organizing some papers. GABE Shut up. JAY Seriously, there’s something happening. Wait. Are you throwing me a surprise party? Because, considering my birthday was three months ago, I would be really surprised. GABE There’s no party. I was just tired of the "Cast Away" look. That’s it. Jay keeps starring at Gabe. JAY (Whispering) No way. (CONTINUED)


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The front door opens. DING. Gabe turns his head quickly and sees Jessa coming in, wearing a Betty Boop t-shirt. He goes back to his duties, pretending he hasn’t seen her yet. Jay notices Gabe’s movements. He looks at Jessa, at her book over the counter and then at Gabe again. He connects the dots. JAY (to himself) No way! JESSA Hey comic boys. Gabe turns to Jessa, pretending to be surprised. GABE Hey! JAY Hey! Let me get you money. Just a sec. Gabe, keep in charge, looking good. Jay steps away to the office. JESSA What happened to the beard? You look so... different without it. Gabe rubs his hand around his face. GABE You don’t like it? JESSA No. It’s cool. Somehow it’s like I’m finally meeting you face to face. Gabe holds Jessa’s Book. GABE I started reading your book last night.

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JESSA Really? What you think of it? GABE It’s pretty good, actually. JESSA Actually? You were thinking that just because I don’t make the nerdy weird girl stereotype, I can’t a make a descent work? GABE No! Of course not! I was just about to tell you how your work surprised by it’s unique way to tell a girl story without being cliche. You totally gets the feminine universe without having to talk about boys. JESSA Why should I have to talk about boys? JAY (OS) Got it! Jay comes back holding an envelope. JAY Sorry, it’s not that much. JESSA Nah, it’s OK. I’m surprised that we actually sold any of them. Jay handles the check to Jessa. JAY I was gonna ask you. Have you been to the Maitena’s exhibition at the MOCCA? JESSA No! I didn’t know she has an exhibition in town. But I absolutely love her work. What is this MOCCA? GABE AND JAY Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art.

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JAY You never been at MOCCA?! The exhibition ends this weekend. You should go tonight! JESSA I will! Thanks for the tip! JAY (Very theatrical) I have to do inventory tonight, but maybe Gabe could take you, right buddy? GABE Ahn... JESSA Sure! That would be fun. Unless you already have plans-GABE --No, no! I’m available. I’m mean, I can go. I, I’ll take you. It’s no problem, no problem at all. I’ve been willing to go there anyway before so it’s no problem-Jay taps on Gabe shoulder. JAY --OK Champ, we got it.Gabe’s shift ends at eight. Stop by and you guys can walk from here. JESSA That works. So, see you later, Gabe. Looking forward for tonight. GABE Ahn-JAY --So are we. Right, Gabe? GABE Ahn, ye. Jessa leaves the store. Gabe sighs, starring seriously at Jay.

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JAY What?! INT. MAITENA’S EXHIBITION AT MOCCA - NIGHT. A fancy art gallery room with big printings of Maitena’s works on the wall. The place is crowded by artists and hipsters. Gabe is still using the same outfit but Jessa is on a white dress, high hells and loose curly hair. They stop in front of one of the panels. JESSA All her work have deeply influenced me to start producing. GABE It’s so cool that you know Maitena. JESSA I have an aunt who bought me all of her books from Argentina a couple of years ago. What do you think of this one? Jessa is starring at the panel, but Gabe is looking at her. GABE Very beautiful. INT. MAITENA’S EXHIBITION AT MOCCA - LATER. Gabe and Jessa are at the final exhibition panel. It’s a big picture of Maitena, smiling to the camera. JESSA Oh my god, she is so gorgeous, right. Gabe disagrees. GABE Totally. Totally hot. EXT. UNION SQUARE - LATER. A crowded square, full of college kids hanging, playing music and riding their skates. Jessa is holding the exhibition book.

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GABE So, why you moved from California? The comics industry is broader at the west coast. JESSA It was more like for personal reasons. GABE Sorry for asking. JESSA No! I mean, I was having some issues with my mother. She was constantly pushing me to be something that I’m not. I just felt lying to myself. So I came to New York, for a brand new start. INT. YAFFA CAFE - LATER. A nice diner with retro decoration. Zebra prints on the booths and tables and Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling. Gabe and Jessa are seated by the window, eating burgers. JESSA Wait, wait! So you also do comics?! Why didn’t you tell me before?! GABE Well-JESSA --I’ve been talking about me the whole night. I’m sorry! You must think I’m the worst company. GABE Shut up. You’re not. JESSA How many books you published? GABE Published? No no, we produced like half dozen of graphic novels, but we never got published.

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JESSA Who’s we? GABE Me and Matt. He was my creative partner. JESSA What happen, you guys broke up? Gabe was about to bite his burger but he stops. GABE No. He died a couple of months ago. Gabe and Jessa eat their burger in an awkward silence. EXT. SAINT MARKS PLACE - LATER. A noisy and colorful street. Gabe and Jessa are walking slowly, enjoying the evening. JESSA So, where can I find these books? GABE Nowadays? I don’t know. But I still have a couple of each volume in my apartment. We can go there someday-JESSA --Can we go now? INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. Gabe opens the door for Jessa. They step into the apartment. Jessa examines the decoration. JESSA Wow! You take the nerd concept to a whole new level. Gabe walks to the bookshelf. GABE Here they are. Gabe points to his books. He grabs one of them and gives to Jessa.

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JESSA Cool! Jessa seats on the couch, and start reading Gabe and Matt’s book. GABE Do you wanna drink something? JESSA Sure. You have beer? INT. GABE’S KITCHEN - LATER. Gabe opens the fridge. There’s only Lea’s healthy food. GABE HEY! I’LL BE RIGHT BACK! GOING TO THE DELI DOWNSTAIRS REALLY QUICKLY AND GET US A SIX PACK! Gabe runs throughout his apartment door. INT. DAVE’S DELI - LATER. A tired Dave is closing the front door and turning off the Deli’s lights when he hears door knocks. DAVE Now what the -GABE (OS) --DAVE! DAVE! IT’S GABE! OPEN UP! Dave opens the door. DAVE We’re closed man, what the hell? Are you on drugs? GABE Sorry Dave! It’s an emergency! DAVE What is it?! GABE I need beer. Dave sighs and slams the door in Gabe’s face.


44. EXT. DAVE’S DELI FRONT DOOR - CONTINUES. Gabe keeps starring the door while he hears Dave mumbling on the other side. Dave opens the door again, handing a six pack. He gives it to Gabe. DAVE Next time you have an emergency, call 911. GABE Thanks so much! Gabe rushes back to his apartment. Holding the door opened, Dave watches Gabe’s run. DAVE (Shaking his head) White people... INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. The door opens with a bang. Gabe walks in, breathing heavily. He goes straight to the living room, but he doesn’t find Jessa on the couch. He turns his head and sees her, sitting on Matt’s desk, reading Matt’s papers. Gabe freezes. JESSA Hey! That was fast! GABE What... what you’re doing? JESSA I was reading this. "The Last Man in The Universe". You’re new baby! Wow Gabe, this is really good! GABE (talks under his breath) Uh... thanks. JESSA I didn’t know you were a writer as well. Gabe’s hands are trembling. GABE I’m...not. Jessa stands up, still holding Matt’s papers.

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JESSA You don’t have to be so humble! This is amazing! You have talent. Gabe abruptly grabs the papers from Jessa’s hands and puts it back on the desk. Jessa gets scared. GABE This is Matt’s desk. The the her the

sound of a key chain trying to open the door is heard in living room. Lea comes in. She has a turtle tattoo on left arm, this time. She doesn’t notice the tension in air. LEA Hey Gabe, I have left overs! Oh, hi. I’m Lea, Gabe’s sister.

Jessa is relieved by Lea’s arrival. JESSA Hey! I didn’t know you had a sister. I’m Jessa. LEA Wait, you’re the comics girl! We read your book last night! You’re amazing! Right, Gabe? Gabe nods. Lea looks at the six pack Gabe is holding. LEA Wow! Beer! INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. The living room is messier then before. Gabe is walking with a trash bag, taking out the beer bottles. He throws it in the trash. He stares at Matt’s desk. Hesitating, he walks towards it and stops right in front of the papers. He seats on the chair, holds a sheet of paper and starts reading it. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. Another work day at Supernova. Jay keeps drawing on his notebook. Gabe is reading a magazine. A fat kid is browsing through the store.

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JAY You’re really not telling me what happened last night? GABE Nothing happened Gabe. We went to the exhibition and had dinner later. That’s it. JAY Ye, but what happened? Where’s the yesterday smiley face? You were glowing like like those Twilight gay vampires. Gabe ignores him. Jay tries to concentrate on his drawing. He can’t. JAY Did she try to stick a finger there? GABE What?! No! Shut up! Just... show me your new idea already. JAY Ok, wait... Jay gives the final retouch on his drawing. Before showing it to Gabe. JAY Taking in consideration all the creative feedback you’ve been giving me, I was able to realize the flaws in my previous art pieces and come up with my ultimate and final creation. The one that will rule them all. Are you ready? GABE Ye. JAY I have two words for you. (BEAT) GABE What?

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JAY Wait! I’m setting the dramatic tension here. Gabe sighs. JAY Fish Whisperer. Jay keeps nodding for approval. GABE I don’t get it. JAY Dude! Think! It’s Aquaman meets The Six Sense! GABE Wow. I’m... speechless. JAY I know, right!? The door bell rings. DING. Jessa walks in. JESSA Hey comic boys. GABE AND JAY Hey. JESSA Gabe, I dropped by to give you this. Jessa takes a small and thin notebook out of her bag. She handles to Gabe. GABE What is it? JESSA Well, I felt really bad about what happened last night. Jay stares at Jessa’s finger.

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JESSA You could hardly sleep. So I decided to write some ideas to help you out finishing your story. GABE What? Jay takes the notebook from Gabe’s hand and reads it. Gabe seems confused. JAY Oh! Is this for "The Last Man in Universe"? JESSA Yes. I thought some ways on how to develop the story after Marcus lands on Earth. Jay keeps reading it. JAY This is great! You could really use some of this insights, Gabe! Gabe is looking to the floor. His hands are trembling again. JAY Gabe? GABE (controlling his anger) Why are doing this? JESSA I’m just... trying to help. Gabe grasps the notebook out of Jay’s hands and throws it back to Jessa. The notebook hits her chest and falls in the ground. GABE (Aggressively) This is none of your fucking business! Gabe is breathing heavily. Jessa and Jay and the fat kid look scared at him. Jessa opens her mouth to say something, but she can’t. She turns her back to them and exits the store, leaving her notebook on the floor. Jay and Gabe stay in silence for some time.

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JAY Now that must have been a hell of a finger. INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT. Lighted by light of the moon, Gabe lies on his bed, starring the ceiling. The Spider Man alarm clock marks 2h01 am. Gabe rolls on the bed, sleepless. INT. GABE’S KITCHEN - LATER. Wearing his pajamas, Gabe opens the kitchen and grabs some water. He drinks it from the bottle. INT. GABE’S LIVING ROOM - LATER. Gabe is walking back to his room but he stops and he faces himself in front of his bag. He takes a moment before opening the front pocket and taking out Jessa’s notebook. Stares at it and them gathers courage to read it. He seats on his chair, holding Jessa’s notebook and Matt’s papers. He reads it all. A well sharped pencil over a blank piece of paper lays in under his nose. He observes them and slowly moves his hands attempting to hold the pencil. After a deep breath, Gabe starts drawing again. EXT. WASHINGTON SQUARE - DAY. A flowering and crowded square with a big fountain in the center. Gabe and Jessa are seated on a bench. Around them children plays and people walk their dogs. GABE Thanks for coming. I’m really sorry for my behavior yesterday. Guess I overreacted. JESSA Oh, you think?! GABE I know, I was a jerk. But hey, look. Gabe takes out from his bag a folder with comic book pages.

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GABE I spend the whole night drawing this. I took all yours and Matt’s ideas to keep producing The Last Man. Jessa is impressed, but resented. JESSA That’s terrific, Gabe. I’m glad for you. Hope you can finish it someday. GABE See, that’s the thing. Me and Matt, we had this idea of finishing The Last Man in time in time to promote it at San Diego’s Comic Con. We were confident that if we could do so, we would find a publisher willing to sell the book. JESSA That’s great. You should do it. GABE I can’t. At least not by myself. I can’t write, Jessa. I’m not a writer. I draw. But you, you clearly have the skills. JESSA Wait. Are you proposing a partnership? GABE Ye. Maybe together we can finish it in time to San Diego. JESSA How much time would he have? GABE A couple of weeks to finish the sample and send it to be evaluated and then two months to finish the whole thing. Matt and I had some savings we’ve been keeping to print some copies. So you wouldn’t have to spend any money on it.

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JESSA Well, that is a lot to process. Gabe stands up. GABE Of course. Take some time and call me if-JESSA --Time?! We don’t any time! Ok, I’ll do it, but you have to promise me you won’t have another freak attack! GABE You got a deal! MONTAGE, BY THE SOUND OF "BRAND NEW START" - LITTLE JOY. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - DAY. Gabe and Jessa are on Gabe’s couch, discussing ideas for "The Last Man in The Universe". EXT. SOUTH SEAPORT STREET - DAY. Gabe and Jessa are talking and walking at the South Seaport Street. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. Gabe and Jessa are discussing their ideas with Jay, who is totally excited. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Gabe is drawing on his desk, while Jessa sleeps in the couch. He looks at her with kindness. EXT. CENTRAL PARK - DAY. Gabe is seated in bench at Central Park. Jessa talks while Gabe draws in his notebook. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. Gabe, Jessa and Lea are eating chinese food in the couch and watching TV. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT.

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Gabe is drawing on his desk. Jessa sleeps at Lea’s lap in the couch while Gabe’s sister watches TV. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. Jay and Gabe are drawing in their notebooks while they work at the supernova. Gabe’s drawing is a complex view of a desert abandoned city. Jay’s drawing is a cartoonish character dressed as a banana, wearing a cape. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Jessa seated on the couch while she writes. Gabe sleeps over his desk. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - DAY. Gabe is in front of the computer, coloring "The Last Man in The Universe" pages. Jay and Jessa are making suggestions behind him. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT AND JESSA’S BEDROOM - NIGHT. Gabe and Jessa discussing ideas through the phone. Gabe is drawing a female character on his notebook that resembles Jessa. INT. FEDEX KINKO’S - DAY. Gabe and Jessa are printing the cover of "The Last Man in The Universe" sample. INT. STARBUCKS CAFE

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JAY Ok, let’s take a look on what do we have here. Jay start charging the books. JAY Eisner... Sacco... Spiegelman, sweet man, nice selection! Moore... Crumb... wait a minute. Jay holds a copy of "Material Man". JAY Are you kidding me? FAT YOUNG DUDE What? JAY Are you... are you buying this? FAT YOUNG DUDE Yes. JAY But why?! FAT YOUNG DUDE Ahn... excuse me? JAY Why the hell, among all the great art pieces in this store, you chose THIS!? Behind Jay, a monstrous "Material Man" poster. FAT YOUNG DUDE I... I don’t know, dude. I heard it’s cool. JAY Cool?! You heard that this pile of shit is cool? This big cliche machine, superficial crap is cool? How... who... how the... who told you... Jay closes his eyes, leans on the counter and takes a long and deep breath. He looks deadly serious at the fat young dude.

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JAY Dear and beloved costumer, I can see that you mean no harm. And I can also realize, by your other selections, that you have potential to be a quality reader. The books you have here are classics of the ninth art and I am proud of you for taking them home and embarking on these delightful journeys, full of meanings, emotions and talent. That’s why, putting this-Jay breaths deeply again. JAY -- "book" among these other titles is, at least, sacrilegious. Therefore, as an certificate sales associate at Supernova, I have to recommend you something more suitable with the other titles you’re purchasing today. Gabe is shaking his head with a smirk smile. FAT YOUNG DUDE Wow. Well, thanks dude. But I’m taking it. JAY What!? But I just-FAT YOUNG DUDE --Dude! Are you fucking selling me this or not?! JAY No! I won’t be responsible for such a crime! FAT YOUNG DUDE FINE! I’ll get it online, then! Who wants to buy in a dirty old store, anyway? The fat young dude walks towards the exit. JAY WAIT! What about the other books?

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FAT YOUNG DUDE SHOVE IT! Jay keeps starring forward while the front door closes. GABE Great selling skills, Jay. You totally deserve the assistant manager title. JAY Shut up! Jay looks to the ceiling. JAY Father, you know I won’t give up on my quest of saving as many souls I can. GABE Maybe you should think about saving this store finances, because it’s just a matter of time until this shit hole closes. Jay grabs the fat young dude pile of books over the counter and starts replacing it back through the store. JAY So Gabe. Have you guys did it already? GABE Did what? What you’re talking about, Willis? JAY You know. You and Jessa. Have you, you know. GABE Are you talking about-JAY --Sex! GABE What!? No! We’re just friends! JAY Right. Not by your choice.

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Gabe keeps drawing. Jay finishes replacing the book and goes back to the counter. JAY Seriously, Gabe. You have to make a move, and fast. Otherwise you will loose your moment. GABE Ye, I should definitively take love advices from you, Casanova. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Gabe is drawing in his desk. He hear the sound of a key chain and then the door opens. Lea comes in, dressed on her work uniform. LEA Hey, still working? Where’s Jessa? GABE She left about an hour ago. I want to finish this page before going to bed. Lea throws herself in the couch. LEA So, there was this guy in the bar tonight. Great tipper. He told me he works in comics industry. GABE (Without paying too much attention) Hum, he’s an artist? LEA No, he said he is a publisher at Black something. Black Horse-GABE --Dark Horse?! LEA Yes! Dark Horse! Exactly. And I told him about you and the book you’re making.

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GABE And?! LEA He said he would love to meet you sometime. But... he I might just be trying to get into my pants. GABE I don’t care! It’s a publisher, Lea! He can get into whoever pants he likes as long he takes a look at The Last Man. LEA Gabe, I’m not your bitch! GABE Sorry, Lea. Just kidding here! That’s not what I meant. LEA It’s ok. I’ll take one of the samples you printed and I’ll bring to him tomorrow. Gabe grins. GABE Thanks sis. LEA Whatever. Gabe goes back to his drawing, with a large smile on his face, while Lea curls her hair with her fingers. LEA How much money do you think a publisher makes? INT. GABE’S BEDROOM - MORNING. The Spider Man Alarm Clocks wakes Gabe at 9h00 am. INT. GABE’S KITCHEN - LATER. Gabe is preparing his cereal. The door bell rings. He opens the door.


58. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT HALLWAY - CONTINUES. Ouside the apartment, Jessa is holding an envelope with large smile on her face. GABE Hey! What’s that? JESSA We’re in! GABE What? Gabe sees the Comic Con logo on the envelope. GABE No way. JESSA Way. GABE No way! JESSA Way, Gabe, way! Gabe hugs Jessa and lift her up in the air. GABE We did it! Gabe starts spinning her in the hallway. Jessa laughs loudly. GABE I can’t believe it! JESSA Put me down, Gabe! They stop spinning. Gabe puts her down. He looks into her eyes. JESSA Thanks for this oportunity, Gabe. GABE No... thank you. Gabe leans forward and kisses Jessa, holding her hips. Jessa gets scared. She pushes him.

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JESSA Gabe! What the fuck!? GABE I’m sorry, I thought that we-JESSA --Fuck! Fuck! GABE -- that we had a connection. JESSA We do, you idiot! We’re creative partners. That’s it! GABE I’m so sorry. I misread the signals. JESSA You’re an asshole, Gabe! Jessa marchs out of the hallway through the stairs. Leaving Gabe completely confused. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. Gabe and Jay are seated in the couch, drinking beer and watching TV. JAY So she just called you an asshole and disappeared? GABE Pretty much, ye. JAY Without any further explanation? Terminal cancer? Time traveling? Seven evil ex boyfriends? GABE Nada. I’ve spend the day trying to understand why, but... it just doesn’t make any sense. JAY You should call Lea and get some feminine perspective on it.

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GABE I did. She said she have no idea. But she told me that her and Jessa are going out to drink and talk tonight JAY I think Jessa probably feels she needs to be around her girlfriends now. GABE Ye. I’ll just drop by her house tomorrow and ask what is going on. JAY You do that, boy! Just be straight to her. I can’t see how that can go wrong. GABE Cheers. JAY Cheers. They drink their beer. INT. JESSA’S APARTMENT HALLWAY - MORNING. Gabe knocks at Jessa’s door. He’s well dressed and a bit nervous. He hears a feminine voice on the other side of the door. FEMININE VOICE Shut up! Let me pay, I have a job! A girl opens the door. Completely confused, Gabe recognizes the girl. It’s Lea. She is Jessa’s Felix The Cat t-shirt and her panties. Lea is petrified by seeing Gabe at the door. They stare at each other, without saying a word. JESSA (OS) Just pay the guy and come to bed, I’m starving! GABE Lea? JESSA (OS) Lea, come on! Hurry up!

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LEA I’m sorry. JESSA (OS) What is talking you so long? Gabe hears footsteps getting closer. Jessa apears behind Lea. JESSA Oh, fuck. Gabe walks away. EXT. NEW YORK STREETS - RAINY DAY. Under their umbrellas, people walk fast through the streets of New York. A big line of cars are stuck in traffic, honking with impatience. Gabe ignores the rain, the people and the cars. He’s completely wet, walking slowly carrying a miserable expression. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER Seated on the couch, a soaked Gabe zaps the TV without interest in any particular channel. The phone rings. RING! Gabe picks up the phone but stays mute. LEA (trough phone) Gabe? Gabe?! EXT. STREETS OF NEW YORK - CONTINUES. Lea walks fast in the streets. Still rains massively. She carries an umbrella and talks on the cellphone. LEA (Into phone) Gabe, I know you’re there, I can here you breathing! Listen! Don’t freak out! It’s not what you’re thinking! I’m coming home now and we can talk--


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INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - CONTINUES. Gabe hangs up the phone. He promptly turns off the TV, grabs his bag and exits the apartment. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - LATER. Jay is alone in the store, reading a hentai magazine. (adult content Japanese comics). The door bell rings. DING. Scared, Jay throws the magazine on the floor, behind the counter. Gabe walks in, even more wet then before. JAY Gabe, it’s your day off. What the hell are you doing here? GABE I can’t stay home, Jay. Do you want me to step in and cover your shift today? Jay looks to the ground and sees the magazine laying there. He steps on it, trying to hide it. JAY No! You stay right there! It’s your day off, for Christ sake! Tell me what’s going on. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - LATER. Jay looks astonished with his mouth open. Gabe is seated on the counter, gazing at Jay. GABE So, you’re not gonna say anything? (BEAT) GABE Jay? Jay?! JAY Dude, wait! This is too much to process!

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GABE I know. JAY It’s not easy to image the scene, you know? I’m struggling here to make it more realistic as possible. GABE Oh, fuck you! JAY Sorry, Gabe! But come on! Jay stares deeply into Gabe’s eyes. JAY (Whispering) Two girls! GABE One is my sister. The other one is the girl I love. JAY Ye, it’s probably a little bit more tricky for you, but still. The door bell rings. DING. Lea comes in. She throws her umbrella in the ground and walks towards her brother. Jay looks at Lea with wonderment. She is holding her cellphone. She tries to hands it to Gabe, but he doesn’t grab the phone from her hands. GABE I don’t wanna talk to you nor her right now. LEA It’s not Jessa. Confused, Gabe takes hold of the phone with hesitation. GABE (Into the phone) Uh.. hello?


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INT. NATHANIEL’S OFFICE - CONTINUES. A fancy office with a big window displaying the south bay area of New York city. On the walls, framed posters of Material Man and other titles. Behind a wooden large desk, sits NATHANIEL SHARP, an mid-thirties spiked hair executive. NATHANIEL (Into the phone) Gabe! The man of the moment! I was so looking forward to talk to you. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - CONTINUES. Gabe chokes the phone with both hands. GABE (Whispering) Who is this?! Lea gestures for Gabe to keep talking. Gabe obeys. INTERCUT AS NEEDED. GABE (Into the phone) Uh... hi. Who’s is it? NATHANIEL Oh, I’m so sorry! My name is Nathaniel, but you can call me Nate. Look at that! Gabe and Nate! What a team, hun? GABE Uh-NATHANIEL -- I’m a friend of your sister, Lea? She gave to me a sample of your book-Nathaniel shuffles the papers on his desk, among dozens of magazines he finds "The Last Man in The Universe" sample. NATHANIEL --"The Last Man in The Universe"! Wow! Genius, really really good! ESPECIALLY the art. You’re gifted!

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GABE Thanks. NATHANIEL Anywho, I work on this "little" publishing company, I don’t know if you ever heard of us, "Dark Horse"? GABE Yes! Off course! NATHANIEL So, I’m gonna straight. We would LOVE to meet with you anytime to talk business, what you think? GABE Uh.. sure! Ye! Absolutely, that would be-NATHANIEL --Wonderful. Listen, I have to go. My assistant will call you in a bit to schedule a meeting, ok? Awesome, great chat, bye bye. END OF INTERCUT. Gabe needs a moment to hang up the phone. With his mouth open, he looks at Jay. JAY What was that? Gabe can’t talk. Then he looks at Lea. She smiles. GABE You...are so fucking lucky. INT. DARK HORSE CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY. A large meeting table is centered in a bright room. In one side, three chairs are occupied by Nathaniel, FRANK HUMBLES, a 30 years old eccentric comic book writer and an KIM LIN HU, a young female Chinese executive. Behind them, framed posters of "Hellboy", "Sin City" and "Buffy" on the walls. On the other side, Gabe is seated alone. Behind him, a huge poster of "Conan". NATHANIEL Gabe, we are so happy to have you here! We were mind blown by the (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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66. NATHANIEL (cont’d) style, the angles, the details you put on paper. Right Kim? KIM Brains on the ceiling. GABE Thanks. NATHANIEL And we would love to publish your book here at Dark Horse. Right Kim? KIM Absolutely. NATHANIEL BUT, with this whole burst of comics movies adaptations and the Comic Cons coming up, we have so many projects already in development, that we can’t just push yours first. Kim? KIM So so many projects. NATHANIEL But we don’t want to waist a talent like yours. So we have something right now for you. Do you know Frank Humbles?

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KIM Samuel L. Jackson is on board. NATHANIEL You see Gabe, with all the buzz, we think it’s the right time to release a sequel. GABE Hum... cool. But, I though Material Man exploded himself and the whole Zargun planet to save humankind at the end of the-NATHANIEL --That is just a minor detail. I’m sure Frank already have a solution for this, right Frank? FRANK (Starring seriously at Gabe) I do. Gabe, Nathaniel and Kim look at Frank, waiting for the explanation. But Frank stays mute. NATHANIEL Ok. Here’s the deal, Gabe. We need a new talent. We want you to illustrate "Material Man 2". Gabe is surprised by the offer. The three on the other side stare at him waiting for an answer. GABE Ahn... what about James Bonnet, the original illustrator, what happened to him? Frank rolls his eyes. NATHANIEL Frank and Mr. Bonnet had some creative divergences, so we decided to tave some fresh talent this time. You see Gabe, this kind of exposition could put you on the first time of American illustrators. Right Kim? KIM Easily.

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NATHANIEL So, what do you say? Gabe feels pressured by the tension in the room. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - NIGHT. Jay is behind the register machine, full of rage. JAY YOU WHAT!? GABE I, I took the job at Dark Horse! I though you would be happy for me! JAY You’re gonna work at Dark Horse?! GABE Yes! JAY And you’re gonna draw "Material Man 2"?! GABE Yes! JAY Are you out of your fucking mind!? GABE Jay! It’s a real job! I’ll be drawing a real graphic novel! It’s gonna be selling worldwide! JAY The Last Man is a real graphic novel! "Material Man" is just... the worst thing I have ever read in my life! GABE C’mon Jay, everything that sells here is the worst thing you ever read in your life. JAY Ye, but this time I mean it!

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GABE Besides, it’s the chance to publish The Last Man! If I do "Material Man", they’ll consider publishing my book next year! (BEAT) JAY (Sighs) Fuck, Gabe. I had great plans for you. GABE What are you talking about? JAY I was gonna make you Supernova co-assistant manager. But now, now you’ll probably have to work only part time here because of your new "job". GABE Well, about that. That’s actually why I came here to talk to you. It will be a full time job at Dark Horse, so-JAY --Don’t even think about saying that. GABE --I’ll have to stop working here. Gabe waits for Jay’s reaction, but he keeps looking to the floor, shaking his head. GABE Jay? Are you not gonna say anything? Jay stares at Gabe. JAY You’re fired, Gabe.


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INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. No one is seated on the couch or on the desks. The TV is turned off. An unoccupied living room. The sound of a door being opened. Gabe appears. He tosses his bag in the couch. Besides the couch, the answering machine marks one new message. Gabe clicks "play". LEA (Through answering machine.) Hey Gabe, I’m already at work. Hope you had a successful meeting with Nate. I know you’re trying to avoid me, but we need to talk. Gabe goes to his room. LEA (Through answering machine.) You misunderstood the whole situation the other day. Me and Jessa got drunk and I end up sleeping at her place. That was it. The door bell rings. RING. Gabe comes back from his room and towards the door. LEA (Through answering machine.) I mean, I’m not saying that we didn’t do anything. Cause yes, we made out. But that was it. I doesn’t mean anything! It wasn’t me! It was the tequila! Gabe opens the door, Jessa is on the other side. They both can hear Lea’s voice coming from the answering machine. LEA (Through answering machine.) So yes, I slept with Jessa. But it was a one night thing! I’m not gonna do it again! I promise you, she is not my type. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not a lesbian! JESSA Ouch.

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71. LEA (Through answering machine.) Anyway. We can talk later when I come back. Me and Jessa are hitting to the movies later, maybe she could stop by and talk to you. Miss you bro.

BEEP. JESSA Can we talk? GABE I have to work in the morning. Gabe closes the door on Jessa’s face. JESSA (OS) Congratulations on your new job, Gabe! You asshole! EXT. DARK HORSE HEADQUARTERS - DAY. A sizable building with big windows and the Dark Horse logo placed right above an ostentatious door entrance. Staying a couple of feet in front of it, Gabe contemplates the view. He takes a deep breath and enters in the building. INT. DARK HORSE LOBBY - CONTINUES. A busy and well decorated lobby. Executives in suits come and go from the elevators. Three receptionists using blue tooth devices talk on the phone unstoppably, putting all their calls on hold. Gabe, felling highly under dressed for the situation, ambles towards one of the receptionists. RECEPTIONIST Good Morning, Dark Horse Comics, how can I help you? GABE Hi, It’s my first-The receptionist makes a sign for Gabe to wait a moment because she is on the phone. RECEPTIONIST I’ll transfer you, have a good day. Hello, welcome to Dark Horse Comics, how can I help you?

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GABE Hey, my name is Gabe, it’s my first day here at Dark Horse. RECEPTIONIST Oh, welcome! Is anyone expecting you? GABE I think Mr. Frank Humbles is expecting me. RECEPTIONIST I’m sorry sir, he is not in the country, right now. GABE Excuse me? The receptionist signs again, pointing that she is on the phone with someone else. RECEPTIONIST Mr. Lee will be coming back from his vacations next Monday. I’m Sorry, who did you say it’s expecting you, again? GABE Frank Humbles. RECEPTIONIST Ok. She uses her computer keyboard to make the call. RECEPTIONIST Mr. Humbles? Hi, Mr. -GABE Robert. Gabriel Roberts. RECEPTIONIST. -- Mr. Gabriel Roberts is already here sir. Yes, sir. You have to go to the HR department and print your ID card, sir. Gabe keeps starring at the receptionist. RECEPTIONIST. Sir!

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73. GABE Yes? RECEPTIONIST You have to go to the Human Resources department to print your ID card. Third floor. After that Mr. Humbles will be expecting you at the tenth floor.

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74. GABE So... a lot of books you have there.

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Frank’s voice starts fading while Gabe’s gets distracted. FRANK -- This is a collaboration project. My responsibility is to conceive all the elements that will bring the story to life. Your responsibility is to reproduce all these elements into paper. Is that clear? Gabe is lost in his thoughts. FRANK Gabriel? Is that clear?! GABE Oh... Yes! Bright clear! FRANK Superb. Let’s begin. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. An exhausted Gabe arrives at his apartment from his first day at Dark Horse. He throws his bag and himself in the couch and turns the TV on. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. It’s late night. Gabe is sleeping in the couch with the TV on in loud volume. Lea is in the room, shaking Gabe, trying to wake him up. LEA Gabe! Gabe! Wake up! Go to bed! Gabe rouses. He looks at her scared, struggling to situate himself. GABE What time is it?! LEA A quarter past four. I just got home from work. How was the first day? GABE Hum... very... corporate.

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LEA Do you want to talk now? GABE Not really, no. I have to go wake up in couple of hours. LEA Ok. We can have brunch this weekend, what about that? GABE Sure. We’ll do that. Going to bed? LEA Ye, Good Night. Lea goes to her room. Gabe rubs his eyes, stands up and grabs his bag. He makes an attempt to go to his room but stops when stares at his working desk. He shuffles through the papers lying there. There’s unfinished panels, papers fully written and drafts. He finds Jessa’s notebook. He holds it for a second. He seats in the chair and flips Jessa’s book. He has a small smile of sentimentality on his face. Gabe holds an unfinished panel, grabs a pencil and begins drawing on it. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - MORNING. Gabe is still drawing on his desk, very concentrated. The Spider Man Alarm Clock sound starts beeping from his room. He jumps out of his chair and looks for Watchman clock in the wall. It marks 07h30. GABE Shit! Gabe runs to his room. INT. DARK HORSE LOBBY - MORNING. Gabe comes into the lobby in a hurry. He shows his ID card to the receptionist. RECEPTIONIST Good morning, Mr. Robert. Gabe nods at her with a smile. He sees the elevator door closing.

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GABE Hold it, please! He enters in the elevator breathless. INT. FRANK HUMBLES’ OFFICE - LATER. Gabe is already seated in his chair, drafting unstoppably over a blank piece of paper. Frank is strolling in circles around the room, looking through the window. He is dictating at Gabe in a very theatrical way. FRANK A post-apocalyptic New York City! Times Square is devastated. There’s some Broadway shows’ panels like The Phantom and Rent-GABE I think Rent is not on Broadway anymore. FRANK -- still hanging by the cords. Cars are abandoned throughout the 7th Avenue and Broadway. The store windows are all broken and the walls are spray painted. There’s a helicopter crashed on the Coca-Cola sign. GABE A what? Frank sights. He uses his hands to explain to Gabe. FRANK A-helicopter-crashed-on-the-Coca-Cola-sign. Got it? Gabe looks at the paper a bit confused. GABE Hum... ye. Keep going. FRANK On the center of the panel, a silver ring lies on the ground, on the bottom of the TKTS stairs.

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GABE Wait. You want all of this in one panel? FRANK Absolutely. GABE I was doing a whole page on this. Showing every detail in small panels and them a big horizontal one in the bottom with a panoramic view. See? Gabe grabs the paper and tries to show it to Frank. Frank is looking to the other way. FRANK I don’t need to see your doodles, Gabriel, because I already imagined it in my mind. I know exactly what I want to say in this panel and how I want to show it. So, please, again. A post-apocalyptic New York City! Times Square is devastated. There’s some Broadway shows’ panels like the Phantom, Rent and Mamma Mia-Gabe crumbles the piece of paper and starts again. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. A couple of weeks have passed. Seated in his desk, Gabe is drawing "The Last Man in The Universe". He is using the long beard style again. The watchman clock marks 09h12 p.m. Lea walks in from the streets carrying shopping bags. She talks on the phone. LEA (Into the phone) Yes! 50% off! Can you believe it?! I had to buy it, you know? This kind of opportunity comes one in a life time! Lea notices Gabe’s presence in the room. She changes the tone of voice, almost whispering in the phone. LEA (Into the phone) (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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LEA (cont’d) Look, I’ll call you later. Yes, he’s here. Hum... ye, I think you should. Ok, talk to you later. Bye. GABE Who was it? LEA (Lying) Uh... mom! She said hi. GABE Are you sure it was not Jessa? Lea goes to her room. LEA (OS) Why? Do you wanna talk to her? GABE Not really. LEA (OS) Too late, she’s on her way. GABE What? Lea closes the door. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. The door bell rings. RING. Gabe opens the door. He is wearing a nicer t-shirt, his beard is shaved and his hair is still wet. Jessa is in the other side of the door, holding a sad smile. JESSA Hey Gabe. Please don’t shut the door on my face again. GABE I’m sorry for-JESSA It’s ok. I came here to get my notebook.

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GABE Sure, come in. Jessa comes in. Gabe walks to his desk. Jessa follows him. JESSA How’s been with the new job? GABE Hum... alright. It’s kind of weird to adapt with a new partner but it’s ok. He grabs her notebook and hands to her. Their hands touch each other. Awkwardness. Jessa notices the new pages Gabe has been drawing. JESSA Wow! What is this? Gabe tries to hide his drawings, but Jessa grabs some papers. JESSA Gabe, these are great! GABE Uh, thanks. JESSA Seriously. Really good... wait. I don’t remember writing this. GABE Ye, that’s some new stuff. JESSA Who’s writing for you? GABE No one, I’ve been writing by myself-JESSA --You’ve been writing this? Jessa starts reading it but Gabe keeps trying to take the papers out of her hands. JESSA Gabe, stop! Let me read this!

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GABE It’s just bullshit! JESSA It’s not! Let me read it! She steps back and Gabe gives up. He seats on the couch, a bit ashamed. Jessa reads it attentively. JESSA This is going pretty well. You’re almost ending it. GABE I’m kind of stuck in the last chapter though. But there’s no rush. Dark Horse will probably publish it next year after I finish "Material Man 2". JESSA What about Comic Con? You already got accepted. GABE Why bother with that now? It’s too much time, effort and money spenthtt on possibilities, no guarantees of a contract. JESSA Ye, but... did you sign anything with Dark Horse to actually publish The Last Man? GABE No, but... JESSA So why are you so confident? GABE Well, they told me I’ll be the first on the list. JESSA I think you should have some assurance before wasting the Comic Con opportunity, I’m just saying.


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INT. DARK HORSE CANTEEN - DAY. Nathaniel is serving himself with mashed potatoes in the lunch line at the Dark Horse canteen. Gabe, holding his tray, comes cutting the line to try to get behind Nathaniel. GABE Mr. Sharp! Mr. Sharp, excuse me! NATHANIEL Gabe, how you doing? GABE I’m good, Mr. Sharp. Can I have a word with you? NATHANIEL Of course. And call me Nate, please! We are friends! Do you want some mashed potatoes? GABE Uh, Sure. Thanks Mr...Nate. Nathaniel serves him a spoon of mashed potatoes. NATHANIEL So, how’s our new future best seller going on? GABE Hum... it’s going pretty good, I guess. NATHANIEL You’re probably amazed by Frank’s imagination. He is unbelievable, right? GABE He is truly... beyond belief. But an, I actually I was willing to talk to you about my other project, "The Last Man in The Universe"-NATHANIEL Oh! Genius! A master piece! I was totally mind blown when I read it! GABE About that. I was wondering when during the next season do you intend to publish it, because I can (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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GABE (cont’d) finish it by the end of this summer and if you are interested, I can bring all the pages by this fall. NATHANIEL Well Gabe, you see. The comics industry is a very complex business. We can’t just put your project first in a line-GABE --Ye, but you said that-NATHANIEL --There’s has to be market planning and research. Lots of research. We have to do audience testing before any new releasing. And there’s always our prime comics titles like Buffy, Conan, Star Wars, Aliens Vs. Predators-GABE --I understand it, sir. I’m saying that-NATHANIEL -- Besides, you have a lot of work ahead of you, with Frank. Why don’t worry about "Material Man 2" now and we can talk about that next year, hun? GABE Well, I-NATHANIEL Hey Jonas! Come here you son a bitch! Where have you been? Excuse me, Gabe. Nathaniel, gets out of line with his tray and starts walking with another executive. Gabe stays blocking the line, starring to the figure of Nathaniel, vanishing in the middle of a crowd of the suit men. People behind him shout out to Gabe keep walking. PERSON IN LINE #1 Move!

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PERSON IN LINE #2 Come on, we don’t have all day! JEREMY, A 31 years old short black guy using a stripped shirt and a Yankees cap right behind him holds Gabe’s shoulder and pushes him forward. JEREMY Yo, The suit is gone. Keep walking, like Johnny Walker. GABE I’m sorry. Gabe goes back serving himself at the buffet, frustrated on his brief conversation with Nathaniel. JEREMY The suit promised you to publish your book and now you’re stuck with the worst piece of shit ever written? Gabe gets surprised by Jeremy’s question. GABE Yes! How do you know?! JEREMY The story of my life. Take a look at all the losers behind me, homie. We are all in the same line. The line to get our ass-PERSON IN LINE #2 MOVE! GABE AND JEREMY Sorry! JEREMY Who are you drawing for? GABE Frank Humbles. JEREMY Shiiit! You really are stuck with the worst piece of shit ever written, aren’t you?! For real, they tried to pass me this gig a couple of months ago, but I preferred to keep on "Little Lulu" (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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JEREMY (cont’d) rather than have to face that douche from 9 to 5. GABE They offered you my job? JEREMY They offered it to almost every illustrator in this building. But no one was disposed to work with Humbles after what happened to James. GABE James Bonnet? What happened to him? Jeremy stops and so does Gabe. JEREMY James tried to kill himself. GABE He what?! PERSON IN LINE #2 Come on! We’re hungry here! Gabe and Jeremy leave the line and seat on one of the large canteen tables. Jeremy is already devouring his food. Gabe is in shock. GABE He tried to kill himself? JEREMY (With his mouth full) That’s the rumor. They say that in the final two weeks working on "Material Man" it was so unbearable for James to work with Humbles that he attempted to kill himself by jumping out of his rooftop. GABE Wow! JEREMY Ye, but the building was just a three stories so the guy just broke his legs.

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GABE And that’s why they hired me? Jeremy moves his shoulders expressing "I don’t know". GABE But what about my story? They told me they loved it. JEREMY You clearly never talked to agent before, have you? GABE No, why? Jeremy puts another big spoon of food into his mouth. JEREMY (With his mouth full) Ten years ago I sent them a sample of a fantasy graphic novel. It took me two years to finish it. I signed with them with the promise that my book would be published as soon as the priority books were released. GABE And then what happened? JEREMY Nive eleven, Bush administration, Superbowl, recession, everything is a reason to postponed your project until you understand that every book in here is a priority but yours. When you realize that, is already too late, because you signed a long term contract with exclusivity and you are stuck drawing the stories of frigid eight years fat girl who doesn’t know she will probably end up becoming an lesbian activist. INT. JESSA’S APARTMENT HALLWAY - NIGHT. Gabe knocks on Jessa’s door. He knocks again. She opens it surprised.

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87. JESSA. Hey. GABE Hey, I need your help.

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INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. Gabe, Jessa and Jay are behind their notebooks, coloring the last "The Last Man in The Universe" pages. Lea is printing the pages and pinning them in a large board they placed in the wall with all the book pages. INT. FRANK HUMBLE’S OFFICE - DAY. A pile of crumble paper in the corner of the room. Gabe is holding his head with left hand, while drawing with his right hand. Frank is even more expressive and theatrical. Gabe is drawing himself pointing a gun to his head. The gun fires a flag written "Just kill me now". INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. Holding beers a grim smiles, Gabe, Lea, Jessa and Jay stare a the complete board with all the book pages. They celebrate by cheering and drinking. Lea and Jay are seated on the couch, holding beers and watching TV. Jessa is behind Gabe, who’s saving the final file with "The Last Man in The Universe". JESSA That’s it. Gabe turns his back to the computer and looks at Jessa. GABE (Smirking) Ye, I guess so. END OF MONTAGE. INT. DARK HORSE CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY. Gabe and Frank are seated next to each other in the conference room. On the other side, behind all the framed posters, are Nathaniel, Kim and an older executive. NATHANIEL So, my boys! How is our next big hit going?! FRANK Absolutely fantastic, Nate. You guys are gonna have your brains exploded after Material Man 2 hits you! I’m not obeying any rule or law, this time. We’re doing (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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FRANK (cont’d) everything! Time travelings, parallel universes, super powers, alien invasions, death and resurrection. Everything is MASSIVE! I’m not kidding, this story will change the history of comics! Hell! It’s gonna change the history of storytelling! The executives get really impressed with Nate’s speech. They look each other and at Gabe, giggling and applauding. NATE Uau! That’s biiig news! I love it! Don’t we love it, Kim? KIM We adored it! NATE Yes, we do! And Gabe! GabO! My friend! It’s been two months already! Right? Time fly when you’re having fun! How are you adapting to this crazy industrial corporate machine of comics business? Gabe opens his mouth, attempting the answer Nathaniel question, but Frank interjects. FRANK He is doing just great! Amazingly great! This one is a really hard worker! Frank messes with Gabe’s hair. Gabe gets annoyed by it. NATHANIEL Well, since it’s all good news, let me bring another one! We were scheduling "Material Man 2" to release in Christmas but something came up, a couple of titles got canceled and now we have space available to print and distribute "Material Man 2" in the fall! Isn’t it good news?! KIM Splendid.

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FRANK Well, it’s kind of a tight schedule but... I’m pretty sure we can pull it out. Right, Gabriel? Gabe opens his mouth, but Frank doesn’t wait for reply. FRANK Ye, we can do it. Even if it take us some of our weekends. NATHANIEL Actually, It will probably take all of your weekends for the next two months. We are just having this meeting to check with you, boys. Do you think you can give us full commitment for the next weeks and help us to advance the release date? I know is something hard to ask, but we’re talking about a couple more millions depending on the release date. GABE Since you’re asking, "Nate", I already-Frank strongly holds Gabe’s arm. FRANK -- You don’t worry, Nate. We’ll do it! We’ll bring it! INT. DARK HORSE HALLWAY - LATER. Walking back to their office, Gabe and Frank walk side, pretending to have a good relationship in front of the executives. But when they get to the elevator, Gabe’s expression changes from a fake happiness to rage. INT. DARK HORSE ELEVATOR - CONTINUES. Gabe and Frank walk in the elevator. There’s no one else. Frank, without expressing any emotion and completely ignoring Gabe’s presence, hits the button the the tenth floor. GABE What the hell was that, Frank?! I told you weeks ago I couldn’t do (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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GABE (cont’d) extra hours because of my other project! You totally stabbed me in the back in there! FRANK Don’t be dramatic Gabe. Save it for comics. GABE I’m not being dramatic, Frank! I’m just... pissed! I was supposed to beat San Diego’s Comic Con next weekend! The elevator bell rings when they reach the tenth floor. DING. The elevator door opens. FRANK Comic Con? Come on. It’s time to stop playing with toys and get real. You’re an adult now. Frank exits the elevator, leaving a speechless Gabe behind. INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT. The living room is fully loaded with copies of in The Universe", posters, promotional folders paperboard boxes. Gabe, Lea, Jessa and Jay are books into the boxes to Comic Con. Next to the small suitcases.

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JESSA Can’t believe that after all the trouble, you’re not going, Gabe. GABE No worries. Jay knows everything about Comic Con. You won’t even miss me. JAY Can’t believe I’m actually helping you to sell out. I fell like a bitch.

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GABE But it’s MY bitch. And I’m a very thankful pimp. LEA Guys, hurry up. You’re gonna miss the flight! GABE Ok, you two. Listen up. This is it. You’re by yourselves now, but it’s gonna be alright. Talk to as many publishers you can, distribute all the copies if it’s possible. You need to come back with a contract, or at least a couple of offers. It’s a crucial moment in our lives, depending all on you. JAY It sounds like a pleasure cruise. JESSA Oh my god, don’t be so dramatic. It’s like your sending us to hell. It’s just California! INT. DARK HORSE LOBBY - MORNING. It’s Saturday. The usual crowed lobby at Dark Horse is now practically empty. Just one receptionist behind the counter, reading a magazine. INT. FRANK HUMBLES’ OFFICE - LATER. In the office, it seems like a work day. Frank is still circling the room and Gabe tries to concentrate in the moment, although he is clearly wanting to be somewhere else. FRANK Captain Voronezh is threatening Material Man to release five atomic bombs simultaneously if our hero doesn’t give him the Material Silver Ring. You can draw a lot of panels in this page to increase the tension. GABE How many?

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FRANK A lot. Gabe sights. FRANK So Material Man struggles with his conscious, but he can’t find a better solution. He takes out the the ring and throws it to Captain Voronezh. But before the villain grabs it, the ring stops in the air. Time stands still. GABE Wait, you’re freezing time, now? FRANK Yes. GABE How the hell am I supposed to draw time freezing? FRANK Be creative, Gabriel. For once. Gabriel sights again, this time more heavily. FRANK From behind Captain Voronezh, appears another Material Man, a Material Man from the future. He blinks at the original Material Man. GABE Now wait a second. That’s how you’re going to resolve the conflict? Bringing another Material Man for the future? You can’t do that! You can’t bring new elements in the final act and make them the answer to the main confrontation of the story. It’s cheating! FRANK Gabriel, what have we talked about you using your mouth and not your hands inside this office, uh?

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Gabe holds his hands over his face, rubs his eyes and tries to control himself. He breaths deeply. Frank keeps talking, but Gabe is not paying any attention. He looks to his opened bag on the floor and sees a copy of "The Last Man in The Universe". He smiles at it. FRANK Gabriel? Gabriel?! Are you with me, here? Gabe gazes Frank, then turns his eyes back to the book in the bag. GABE No, I’m not. Gabe drops the pencil on the table, stands up and grabs his bag on the floor. FRANK What are you doing? GABE I have a plane to catch. FRANK You can’t leave now! We have to finish my story! GABE Not today, we don’t. Frank moves quickly and stands between Gabe and the exit door. FRANK Listen to me, you prick! You’re not leaving this office until you finish drawing what I want you to draw! Gabe punches Frank in the face. Frank goes down. GABE Sorry man, but I think I just broke my hand. Gabe leaves the office.


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EXT. DARK HORSE HEADQUARTERS - LATER. In a fast pace, Gabe walks away from Dark Horse. He closes and opens repetitively his injured hand while he talk on the phone. GABE (Into the phone) Lea, it’s me. Can you buy me ticket to San Diego? Yes, I’m going. Now. I’m on my way to the airport. INT. TAXI PASSENGER’S SEAT - DAY. Gabe is apprehensive in the cab, ticking his mobile phone display, waiting for a call. The phone RINGS the Superman Theme song. The display shows a picture of Lea. Gabe picks up the phone. GABE (Into phone) So? LEA (Through phone) Buying... right now. INT. LEA’S BAR - CONTINUES. Lea is seated in her bar’s counter. Holding the phone between her head and shoulder, she uses a Mac Book to book Gabe’s ticket. The place is empty. In the back, two hot waitresses set up the tables. LEA (Into phone) Ok, look. There’s a flight to San Diego leaving from La Guardia in one hour, can you make it? INT. TAXI PASSENGER’S SEAT - CONTINUES. Gabe looks to his watch. It’s marking 01:02h p.m. GABE (Into phone) Hum... ye! I think so, buy it!


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EXT. LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - DAY. Gabe steps off the cab, pays the taxi driver and runs into the La Guardia Airport lobby. A couple of feet away from the door, he stumbles over an old lady. An electronic board hanging on the ceiling informs the time. 01:24h p.m. He helps her to stir up and gets back on his track. INT. LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - LATER. Gabe waits impatiently in a long line to be attended to his check-in. He looks at his watch. 01:40h p.m. The airport is packed with tourists from all over the world. The loudness disturbs him. Gabe sees an OLD JAPANESE MAN, in a slow pace, carrying his bag towards the CHECK-IN ATTENDANT. It takes forever just for the old Japanese man makes his way from the line to the counter. Gabe gets irritated. INT. LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - LATER. Gabe is handing his ID to the check-in attendant. She types on the computer. Behind her, a clock on the wall marks 01:52p.m. Gabe is tipping on the balcony with anxiety. The attendant gives him the ticked. INT. LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - LATER. Gabe runs towards the boarding gate. He presents his ticket to an airline worker and enter on the plane. INT. AIRPLANE - LATER. Gabe is squeezed seated between an fat old man and an old mid-age woman with glasses. He tries, without success, to get comfortable in the tiny seat. The FLIGHT COMMANDER’S voice manifests loudly. FLIGHT COMMANDER (OS) Good Afternoon, ladies and gentleman, this is Captain O’Harris speaking. We’re in the direct flight New York to San Diego--


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INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jay and Jessa are seated in a humble and amateur stand of "The Last Man in The Universe". The stand’s simplicity contrasts with the magnitude and the visual impact of the other stands around them. There’s one with a 15 feet giant "The Hulk" model smashing a wall. On the other side, seven models in golden bikinis distribute "Star Wars" water bottles. Jay and Jessa look intimidated. INT. AIRPLANE - LATER. Gabe’s flight arrives at San Diego. No one seems as busy as Gabe. He struggles to makes his way out of the plane. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jessa is reading a Curve Magazine at the stand. Jay is annoying one of the bikini girls on the "Star Wars" stand. A MAN ON A SUIT stops in front of Jessa and grabs one of "The Last Man in The Universe" copies. He flips the pages and shows some interest. MAN ON A SUIT This is not bad. You drew this? JESSA No. I, I wrote. Part of it, at least. MAN ON A SUIT Hum, too bad. The man on a suit trows the book back on the desk and leaves. Jessa sights. EXT. SAN DIEGO AIRPORT - LATER. Gabe is standing at the San Diego airport entrance, trying to drive some taxi driver’s attention. He pulls over a cab, but the old mid-age woman with glasses who was sitting besides him on the airplane opens the door and gets into the car first.


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INT. COMIC CON - LATER. While Jay is behind the desk, Jessa is standing in front of the stand, distributing promotional folders. Using the same strategy of the bikini girls, Jessa tries to flirt with all the executive that pass through her. No one gives her attention. EXT. SAN DIEGO AIRPORT - LATER. Gabe finally stops a cab in moment it’s starts to rain. INT. TAXI - CONTINUES Gabe is soaked, but inside the taxi. He opens his bag and gets an old black Dark Vader t-shirt written "Who’s your daddy?" on it. The Indian TAXI DRIVER notices the t-shirt. TAXI DRIVER Are you to be going to nerd thingy? GABE Yes, can you take me there as fast as you can? TAXI DRIVER Ya. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jessa rests her head over the desk. Jay is reading the Comic Con Guide. JAY There’s a Kevin Smith panel at 5. Do you mind if-JESSA YES! Yes, I do! Jay drops the guide and sights. INT. TAXI - LATER. The taxi driver drives happily singing along with an Indian song playing on the radio. Gabe tries to see trough the window, but it’s pouring outside.

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A loud screechy sound scared the both of them. The car loses his balance and starts sliding between lanes. Gabe holds on the driver’s seat. TAXI DRIVER BENCHOD! MATHERCHOD! The taxi driver manages to maneuver and pulls the car over by the side of the curb. They both stay mute, trying to catch their breath. INT. TAXI - LATER. Gabe is dry again, using his Dark Vader t-shirt. The taxi driver enters in the car, completely soaked. TAXI DRIVER The tire! Exploded! GABE The tire what? The Taxi Driver does some mimic to explain the burst tire. TAXI DRIVER Boom! GABE You got a flat tire? TAXI DRIVER Ya! GABE (to himself) Great. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. A couple of young teenagers, using Deadpool t-shirts are talking to Jay, asking him questions about "The Last Man in The Universe". YOUNG TEENAGER #1 So what is his super powers? JAY He doesn’t have any super power.

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YOUNG TEENAGER #2 Is he like Batman? JAY! No, he is NOT like Batman. He’s a tortured soul fighting not only for his life, but for the whole human existence. The two young teenagers look each other, without actually understanding Jay’s speech. YOUNG TEENAGER #1 So... he’s like.. Material Man, then? Jay stands up. JAY ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! EXT. SAN DIEGO HIGHWAY - RAIN. Gabe tries to get a ride on the highway. Gabe protects himself from the rain by using his jacket over his head. A vintage black van stops for Gabe. The front passengers seat door opens for him. MANIS BRANNON, a 54 years old man with gray hair and wearing a Dracula costume is seated on the drivers seat. MANIS Nice t-shirt, boy. Heading to Comic-Con? GABE Thanks. Yes! Are you going there? Manis point to his vampire outfit. MANIS What do you think? INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jessa and Jay are alone in their stand, defeated. JESSA How long ’till it closes?

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JAY Two hours. JESSA Shit. INT. MANIS’ VAN - LATER Gabe dries himself in a black towel. He looks behind and sees a large group of teenagers dressed as Twilight characters. Only them he realizes he’s using a "Team Edward" towel. All the teenagers looked depressed. GABE (to Manis) What happen to them? MANIS What do you mean? GABE Why do they look so miserable? MANIS Oh! No no, they are just IN the characters... I think. (BEAT) MANIS I don’t really get this new vampire thing. A milestone on the road reads "Comic Con Pavilion - 1 mile.". MANIS So, what are your business at Comic Con? GABE I’m an illustrator. I just finish this book-Gabe takes out a copy of his book and gives it to Manis. GABE -- And now I’ll try to sell it there to some publishers, investors, the suit guys, you know?

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MANIS Ye, I have an idea. Hum... "The Last Man in The Universe". Seems good! GABE Keep it. As a gift. The Van enters in a parking lot with a big sign reading "WELCOME TO SAN DIEGO’S COMIC CON". EXT. COMIC CON PARKING LOT - LATER. The van is parked between thousands of cars in a huge parking lot. Gabe steps out of the car. GABE Thanks Mr... MANIS Dracula, Cont Dracula. Gabe laughs. GABE Thanks Mr. Count Dracula. MANIS You’re welcome, boy. And good luck with your book, I’m sure it’s gonna be a hit. Gabe runs in the rain towards the Comic Con Pavilion. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Gabe enters at Comic Con. He gets amazed by it’s enormity. Huge boards, panels, signs and models inside and outside the colorful stands from the biggest brands in the nerd business. The comics industry is there with Marvel Comics, DC Universe, Image Studios and Black Horse. Movies studios like Universal, Warner and Fox also have their stand. The video-game industry is also present with Nintendo, Capcom, Sony and so many others. Thousands of people dressed in costumes walk by, carrying gift bags and merchandising. It takes some time for Gabe to get focused again and start running towards "The Last Man in The Universe" stand.


103. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jay sleeps over the desk while Jessa tries to defeat boredom by throwing balls of paper at him. Jessa notices something. JESSA Jay. Jay, wake up! JAY (sleeping) Huum... JESSA Jay! Wake up! I think that’s Gabe coming there! Gabe appears from the middle of crowd, running in slow motion. Jay and Jessa stand up, both really excited. Gabe struggles to make his way to the stand, pushing some Star Trek fans away. He finally makes it. Jessa and Jay hug Gabe and jump in hapiness! GABE Wow! I never seen you guys so happy to see me before! JESSA I can’t believe you’re here! JAY This is it! With Gabe here, nothing can hold us down! This is it! This is it! INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jay rest his head over the desk while Jessa throws balls of paper at him. Gabe is seated next to her, looking defeated. JAY This is it. The announcer’s voice pops out loudly from the pavilion speakers. ANNOUCER Attention nerds of the world. We’re closing the doors in two minutes. Please make your way to the nearest exit and have yourself a super day.

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JESSA That’s it, let’s pack it up. Gabe shakes his head in disbelief. GABE All the trouble... for nothing. MONTAGE, BY THE SOUND OF "IT ENDS TONIGHT" FROM THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS. INT. COMIC CON - LATER. Jessa, Jay and Gabe break the stand down and pack the books and the posters in the boxes. INT. TAXI - LATER. The trio is carrying the boxes in their laps, completely defeated. Gabe looks through the window and reads the sign. "Thanks for coming to COMIC-CON. Have yourself a SUPER day". Gabe sights. INT. AIRPLANE - NIGHT. Gabe is seated between Jessa and Jay. Jessa is already sleeping. Gabe is looking forward, drawning in sadness. Jay is drawing in his notebook. He shows his latest creation to Gabe. JAY Loser Hero"! The super hero that never saves the day. Gabe ignores him. INT. AIRPLANE - LATE NIGHT. While Jessa and Jay sleep on Gabe’s shoulder, Gabe sees the lights of New York through the airplane windown. He is holding a copy of "The Last Man in Universe". He puts the book back on his bag. END OF MONTAGE


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INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATE NIGHT. Gabe enters his apartment carrying one of the boxes. Jessa and Jay follow him, also holding a lot of stuff. Lea is stading before them, with a grim on her face and the ansering machine on her hands. The trio looked each other, trying to understand the situation. GABE Lea? JAY Are you... high? Lea clicks the "PLAY" buttom on the anwsering machine. MANIS (Through the anwsering machine) Hi Gabe, this is Manis, well, Count Dracula for you. Jessa and Jay look at Gabe with curiosity. INT. MANIS BRANNON OFFICE - CONTINUES. Manis Brannon is seated in his office. Manis is taking out the Dracula make up. His fake fangs are over the table. On the wall, posters of famous graphic novels like "100 Bullets", "Fables" and "Sandman". MANIS (Into phone) I think I never got the chance to tell you, but besides being the Twilight gang driver, I’m also the VP of Creator & Content Development here at VERTIGO, a part of the DC Enterteinment Group. Manis is holding the "The Last Man in The Universe" copy that Gabe gave to him. MANIS (Into phone) And I just finish reading your "The Last Man in The Universe. Boy, I got to tell you, I think we have something here.


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INT. GABE’S APARTMENT - LATER. Gabe, Jessa, Jay and Lea are jumping, hugging and celebrating. Jay is dancing weird without any music, Lea is bringing some beers to celebrate. Jessa comes near Gabe, put her arms around his neck and kisses him. GABE What.. what was that about? JESSA I think you deserved this one. EXT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - NIGHT. A big line of young people in front of Supernova. A sign hangs over the entrance reading "The Last Man in The Universe Autograph Night". INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - NIGHT. The Supernova is packed with The Last Man fans. Most of them are carrying their copy of the book, now published. Some of them even wear The Last Man t-shirt. The place is decorated with the book theme. There’s a big The Last Man poster placed over an old Material Man one. Jay is surrounded by nerd girls, who are very interested in Jay’s speech. Jay is showing a drawing in a bigger and fancier notebook. JAY And this is The Animal Savage. He has the ability to talk to animals. But here’s the trick. The animals don’t have the ability to talk back. The girls giggle and clap in amusement. Dave from the Deli and Jeremy are having an enthusiastic chat. JEREMY So this character is a rapper by day and a vigilante by night. My agent is trying to sell the rights for an adaptation in the screen. It’s gonna be the first brother with a cape in the movies!

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107. DAVE I have one word for you...

(BEAT) DAVE Denzel. In a corner, Lea, dressed as an executive, is giving an interview for a local broadcast chanel. LEA Yes, we are already talking to Warner Brothers about the movie adaptation, but right now my client is concentrated in another project. Behind her, Margaret and Bob are proudly hugging each other, starring at Lea. Margaret has tears on her eyes. A long line, that comes from outside the store, ends at a large desk, where Gabe and Jessa are seated behind. An empty chair is placed beside Gabe. Gabe and Jessa are autographing "The Last Man in The Universe". Gabe autographs one of the covers. Under the book titles is written "By Gabe Roberts, Jessa Spalding and Matthew Vandersee". A beautiful brunete girl wearing a "Preacher" t-shirt is next in line. Her name is ALICIA, 24 years old. She gives her copy of The Last Man to Gabe, waiting for his autograph. ALICIA Hey! Big fan! Gabe grabs the book without looking at her. GABE Thanks! Do you want me to put your name here? ALICIA Sure! It’s Alicia. Her voice draws Gabe attention. He gazes her and gets impressed by her looks. Gabe smiles at Alicia. GABE (Writing) "A kiss to my most attractive fan, Alicia. Love, Gabe." Alicia giggles. (CONTINUED)


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ALICIA When are you gonna release the sequel? GABE No sequels. They always suck. Behind her, dozens of copies of "Material Man 2" are placed at the SALE section. They both smile at each other again. ALICIA So what are you guys doing now, then? GABE Well, we-JESSA (Interfeering) --We are not doing anything. Gabe is flying solo this time. He is drawing AND writing the story of this lesbian greek muse who combats evil and prejudice in the sixth century. And it’s based in someone very special. JESSA (Sibling) Like me. Both girls giggles this time. ALICIA Wow! That sounds great! What about you? Alicia moves to her left to stay right in front of Jessa. JESSA I don’t have anything in development yet. I think I’m still waiting for my muse to come up. Jessa touches Alicia’s hands on purpose when she goes to grab Alicia’s copy of the book. They both stare each other intensevely. Gabe stands in awe looking at then while he moves his lips soundlessly. GABE What the F-FADE OUT


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AN EXTRA SCENE, TO BY PRESENTED DURING THE CREDITS. INT. SUPERNOVA COMIC BOOK STORE - LATER. Frank Humbles is talking to an OLD MAN with glasses and a vintage hat. Both are drinking champagne in plastic glasses. FRANK So after making my first million, I decided that comics are too small for me. That’s why from now on I’m only writing screenplays. I realized that comics are for idiotic small minded kids. Look at these superheros. Spider-man, Hulk, X-Men! They are all so bidimensional and so superficial. No charisma whatsoever. There’s no inner struggle. It’s all rubish. So I’m gonna take my characters and bring them to a whole new level of reality and deepness. Totally inovating the industry of storytelling. The old man takes a sip of his champagne. FRANK But let’s stop talking about this big things. I don’t know if your generation can actually understand the magnitute that I’m talking about here. What about you, what do you do for living. The old man takes out his hat. OLD MAN. I’m Stan Lee, you brat!

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