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Comic 937 - A Girl Named Dorothy, Page 15

9th Aug 2020, 11:00 PM in 25. A Girl Named Dorothy
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Author Notes:

9th Aug 2020, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Yeah, this is a very weird page; very light and breezy other than the fact that Alex is clearly having a lot of trouble keeping it together. In half the panels, he's clearly slipping the mask off more and more, which contrasts how adorable his surroundings really are.

This is probably about time we brought up something about Jodie that's been a present factor but not something that ever really needed to be directly stated in the comic. Jodie has special needs, and requires more care and supervision than other children. This has informed a lot of how she's been written and drawn, though this is the most directly it's been brought up. Virginia makes it clear that taking care of Jodie doesn't give her a lot of free time, and that having someone else in the house to help take care of her goes a long way. This was also alluded to in a line from Candice, saying that when Jodie was younger she took up so much time that Dorothy felt more like an intrusion.
wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com/comics/929

Yeah, it's been an awkward subject to directly bring up, but I really think Martin's handled it well. Jodie feels very natural and three-dimensional, to the point that until now we never really felt a need to address the subject even as far as the comments. Helps she's just instantly likeable and a lot of fun to draw. ^^

I was kinda just given a greenlight to do whatever I wanted in the last four panels, and just picked a series of simple images of Alex and Jodie out on the town. It kinda hit me in a weird spot, reminded me of a lot of times my Dad would take me to places in the city as a teenager. Which is odd since I don't remember us doing any of the specific things these two are doing. My favorite touch is Alex looking at the masculinely-dressed mannequin in the last panel. The guy selling the caramel apples is based on Caspar from Three Houses, by the way. Had been playing it while drawing.

Beyond that, not much for me to say on this one, though do like how it came out. Real stickler is my absolute favorite part are the albums in panel 5, and that was all Martin's doing. Just slot into the artwork perfectly. I do like how Jodie is clearly bobbing her head to the grooves, by the way.

I was going to draw a cord to those headphones before I remembered "Oh, right, bluetooth record players are a thing." Followed immediately by "Why the hell are bluetooth record players a thing?"
9th Aug 2020, 11:12 PM
Martin F.
There is a lot to unpack here but I think I should start at Jodie. She's been a pretty tricky character to write; like Adam mentioned the idea behind the character is that she has special needs, but I didn't really want to directly come out and say it within the actual comic and wanted to keep the depiction of it even-handed. Another small thing alluding to this previously, Alex completely unprompted asking how she's been doing in school and having a brief discussion about that -

wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com/comics/924

In general it's just kind of a thing that I wanted to do that felt like a good explanation as to why Dorothy hasn't been living with her dad; I get the sense Jodie was much more of a handful when younger and that they really just didn't have the time or ability to take care of both of them at the same time.

A less important subject to talk about here, those album covers. There are a pair of songs that for a long time we've kind of between us sort of pictured as quasi-theme songs for Alex.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPgYT6grxxM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PPvrA_CnxE

I put the covers of the albums each of those songs is from on the records, with a bit of added symbolism in Alex looking at the When It Rains one while ignoring the Starchild one. It's kind of a mostly for me touch but I am pretty pleased with how it came out. You might also notice that the Jamiroquai example is also the basis of the pose Alex occasionally does as Starchild.

Sort of a stuffed page for one that's mostly light on dialogue and was largely improvised while being drawn, but we both had a lot we wanted to convey in it.

Next page is going to lay the groundwork for another big thing to happen in this chapter, by the way. We've got a few more whams left still to come in this chapter despite being very close to the end of it.

Comments:

10th Aug 2020, 12:24 AM
Very interesting, wonder what's going to happen next.