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Comic 235 - Skeletons in the Closet, Page 2

20th Dec 2012, 11:00 PM in 8. Skeletons in the Closet
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Skeletons in the Closet, Page 2
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Author Notes:

20th Dec 2012, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
I find something really oddly hard about characters who are sitting. Does it even look good? Hm... That, combined with the enormous headcount of sitting characters meant this page was a bigger pain for me than you might think.

I do like how the shots came out, again this is a really good script to be working with. And it's nice to see some of Alex's school friends again, especially Laura. ^^ Think maybe the cultists could've been beaten up a bit more, but like it came out all the same. Martin explained that the cultists were meant to wear these unconventional, mismatches of normal clothes that didn't go together. Think it came out alright, but curious to give it another go sometime.

Oh, right, Erin and Eric's shirts are a TF2 reference. I feel bad slipping in so many references to that game actually, especially in Wright As Rayne since Martin doesn't play it, but that wasn't what it started out as. Originally I wanted the twins to be wearing T-Shirts advocating opposite sides of a really pointless, idiotic nerd debate, like Kirk vs. Picard.

Wasn't sure what exactly to come up with though. I kept thinking, "It's gotta be something really meaningless, like the war between RED and BLU in TF2." Then I just figured, "Ah, hell, I'll just use that."

Lillian, what're you doing? That is no way for a lady to sit.
22nd Dec 2012, 10:17 PM
Martin F.
Readers may notice that the word balloons are now a slight grey instead of just straight white like they have been until now. For those who read Blues, you've probably been expecting this given we started doing it when its current chapter started.

This is actually the page where we first did that, though. I did it here then backed up and put it on all of the Blues pages drawn before this one. Really fond of the way it looks, kind of makes them less glaring. Kicking around doing something similar with the whites of eyes, but little more iffy on that one. Going to play around with it.

So, page itself. This was actually a pretty last-minute chapter and story idea - I had my plans on how conflict between Alex and O'Hara would first start, but I didn't like the idea of Christina just going unmentioned again or anything. Meanwhile with BP I'd been wanting to do a ghost story since the original plans for chapter three and it was time to address the mystery aspect of their job, so I decided to throw in an unplanned chapter. Think it works out really well - both chapters are among my favorites to date among the comics.

Comments:

22nd Dec 2012, 10:29 PM
What exactly happened between the last page and this one? and that is Cathy Wright in the third panel isn't it?
23rd Dec 2012, 12:23 AM
Martin F.
Last page was more just leading into this one. As for what exactly happened... That'll be gone into over the course of the chapter, but long and short to set the stage is that the cultists organized an ambush on Alex. More details to come.

And yeah, that is Cathy. In her scrubs to try and make it look like she just rushed over from work.