The next four pages, including the big reveal and the first appearance of the cowboy. These layouts prove that you can’t put a page turn every place you might want one, even with the small pages of a mini. In a hypothetical perfect world, you would have a page turn before the first sight of the moa and another one before the cowboy steps out of the hedge and one after page 9 to reveal page 10 where the cowboy saddles the moa and she comes to “life”.
As you see, I managed the first and the third but not the second. Instead I tried to change the mood by putting the large figure of the cowboy in a tricked-out panel with a gimmick border. The figure will also be light (inked with light linework and low detail) against a dark background of leaves, for a “pop”effect. I hope this will add the sense of drama I lost when I couldn’t get the page turn to work. Don’t think of it as “settling”; think of it as embracing the structure of the medium.
Also, this page of breakdowns is kind of freaky– no paste up lines! I got all four pages “right” the first time. Weird.