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Comic 1030 - Four Weeks, Page 1

1st Jul 2021, 11:00 PM in 28. Four Weeks
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Author Notes:

1st Jul 2021, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Heheh... Yeah, this is a GREAT introduction to Hazel's new reign. While the last chapter ended on his coronation, this is sorta when you see the way it's going. It just immediately gives off a.... nasty vibe.

I absolutely love the outfit Hazel's in. Martin was very clear about it in the script; doing this sort of Apollo Justice outfit. It accomplishes a lot of bits at once; it shows he's professional and vaguely calls back to Xmarlek, but it also makes him look sharper and more professional than Xmarlek. The rolled up sleeves also imply he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, especially since he's also first scene here standing behind the bar. It also nicely shows off his new, muscular physique, while a lot of Xmarlek's outfit was probably there to hide that he was getting out of shape. Just totally dig the look. ^^

Dewayne and Verbren are looking sharper too, but it's not as extreme a change; I think Hazel told them to dress more professionally but they didn't take it as seriously as he did. Luciana is clearly into it though, she seems cool with being arm candy..... Also she got a hair cut, in part because some folks on the Discord said she looked too much like Ivy with her old one.

I was really split on what Hazel should be drinking; this new image implies he'd be drinking straight liquor with little mixing out of a scotch glass, "Most Interesting Man In The World" style. But his prior personality and tastes imply he'd probably like fruitier, more exotic cocktails. I eventually compromised by giving him a Bloody Mary, which has a sort of reputation for being a strong, tough-guy drink with a violent-sounding-name, but also has a ton of ingredients that need to be mixed together just right and is topped with a large celery garnishing. I'm actually kinda proud of myself for thinking of that middle ground.

....... Huh. I read a lot about cocktails for a guy who doesn't drink alcohol. I only just realized that.
1st Jul 2021, 11:16 PM
Martin F.
So right away you might notice the date in the corner. ... I say might, color-wise I was having trouble making it stand out from the background. Going to need to play around with that.

Yeah, there's a reason this chapter is called Four Weeks.

It'd probably be less spoilery I guess to talk about this on the next page instead, but might as well introduce the format for this chapter now - there are 28 pages, each one of them is showing a snippet from one day over the course of , yes, four weeks. There are a few reasons for taking this weird little chapter structure; the timeline of the comic needed to roughly catch up to where Blues is at after its timeskip and it's a fairly tidy way to have a lot advanced without really having to get bogged down in specifics. Certainly made for an unusual chapter to write but hopefully everyone's going to enjoy it.

I do think I should maybe assure everyone now that this chapter is not going to be completely scattershot; we have four main plots we're following throughout it with mostly equivalent screentime. Those will become more clear as we go but the cover probably should give you some idea of what all to expect exactly. Really hoping it's not going to be too hard to follow but I can see this being a chapter that works better re-reading it than following it as it goes up. I read Gunnerkrigg Court so I certainly know how that can be with webcomics.

Now as for this page specifically...

Yeah, for a long time I was visualizing Hazel with this kind of look after his takeover, and seeing it in action I think it works very well for him. He was also going to have a hat like Xmarlek's, but we kind of hated drawing it in the last chapter and thus dropped it from this design.

In general I do really enjoy how much Hazel's clearly loving life right now. He's on top, Xmarlek's out of the way, Mercy's dead, life is good. And now he's ready to upend the way things have been going.

Comments:

1st Jul 2021, 11:50 PM
Oh boy this is going to be the start of a city wide disaster, just how much chaos is going to be unleashed over the course of this chapter.
5th Jul 2021, 11:42 AM
Martin F.
Heh. Guess we'll need to see where this goes, aye?