Sorry to keep you “dangling”, but the time has finally come… Chapter 1 is done! Hecocknovel.wordpress.com/chapter-1
I took all comments into consideration and came up with this composition. It definitely makes more sense now. And the orders are being yelled from Chief Kelley who is not in the frame. As for the bottom frame, I realize it is difficult to understand what you are seeing, but it will be clear once the shading and coloring are done. Thanks for all the observations!
In response to a comment about my last post, concerning the look of the railmen, I am posting a photo of 1913 PA railroad workers. My goal is not just to tell an interesting story, but to keep as much of it historically correct as I can. First, they do tend to look the same… I think everyday work clothes were limited in style; most men brandished mustaches and/or beards; most wore similar hats. And many of them were underfed, therefore on the scrawny side. Too bad in real life they were not brawny and buff, as they might have pulled Burrell up onto the bridge with no problem.