Salt and Sunscreen

Comic. ‘Salt and Sunscreen’ by Sam Emery.  This comic has two pages. It’s rendered in blue, black, and white. The comic’s script imitates brushstrokes and has a handwritten quality.  Page 1. The first page has two rows. The first row has two panels. The panels are pale blue, rounded rectangle outlines of equal sizes.  The first panel shows a person with short hair wearing a bicycle helmet. The figure’s outline is fuzzy and there are motion blurs behind this person. The figure is outlined in black. The person’s lips are slightly open, and the brows are furrowed. The text on top of the panel reads:  ‘I can taste the sunscreen and sweat on my lips as I ride.’  The second panel zooms out. In the background is a brick wall outlined in pale blue. This same figure is on a bicycle and is moving swiftly past the brick wall.  The second row has two panels. The first panel depicts this person cycling down the bicycle path. In the horizon is a flag and bench overlooking a serene ocean. The text at the top of the panel reads:  ‘The aches of a day spent delivering letters slowly fade’.  The final panel shows the figure on the bicycle moving past a building. The building is outlined in pale blue with a tree standing tall over it. A crossing with plush grassy compartments lining it bisects the panel. The figure is receding in size and moving away from the onlooker.
Page 2. The second and final page has two rows. The figure is drawn in black while everything else is rendered in pale blue lines.  The first row is a large and rounded rectangle. It depicts the figure cycling towards the right side of the panel. The person is cycling beside the beach. The ocean is flat and smooth in the distance. Two rows of text are spaced across the page and say:  ‘The fresh salt air calms my nerves. It reminds me of home’.  The second row is made up of two panels. The first panel once again shows the figure cycling, but this time in the opposite direction. The figure is cycling over wooden slats with an asymmetrical building rising in the background. A blue rectangle divides the final panel. You can only see the back of the cyclist’s head and shoulders. A sense of calmness and stillness permeates the comic. There is some text at the very top of the panel that says:  ‘This ride is the reset to start again tomorrow.’

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