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Comic 492 - Like The Rain, They Fall- Page 30

12th May 2016, 11:00 PM in 14. Like The Rain, They Fall
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Author Notes:

12th May 2016, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Martin and I have wondered if we should include the scripts written for each page in the comments section and think this chapter has me more curious than anything else. Martin instructed me to tweak O'Hara's design for this page and more it look even more... wrong. He said to make it look like O'Hara died the last time Alex hit her and this is her corpse shambling in to mock him.

I kept re-drawing her and tweaking her to see how extreme I could go with it. Thinner limbs and torso. More gaunt, sickly face. Off-balance posture. Wilder hair. Eyes slowly sinking deeper and deeper into her face.... I love the idea that she's like a walking disease that infects everything she touches.

If you'll go back, you'll see the last time O'Hara and Alex were in the same room, Alex punched her in the face as she ran away. Hit her right in the eye, hence why she's wearing a patch now. She probably doesn't need the cane but is just using it to look more injured.

In general the idea with O'Hara is that while she's frail and not in optimum health, she plays up the "Poor sick woman" trope a lot to appeal to her cultists. Though when you factor in how we keep drawing her sicker and sicker it gets weird. Maybe she DOES have some kind of weird, progressive illness. I mean, part of the inspiration for her look here, at least to me, was Walter White toward the end of Breaking Bad, where he's in the late stages of Lung Cancer.

Then again, I don't think you're really supposed to notice the art shifts, so nevermind. Otherwise I'll start wondering how McShay got so much muscle before and after her re-design.
12th May 2016, 11:17 PM
Martin F.
If anyone's wondering, no, Alex didn't knock her eye out. Punch just did something along the line of bruising the socket and thus eyepatch.

But yeah, the script on this one specifically called for wanting to see kind of a new, more fearsome O'Hara. To that end there's the more thin kind of frame, the eyepatch, the tattered clothes, and the new tattoos - which have been the plan for quite awhile, given we haven't shown her arms in a long time and a few chapters ago they were covered in bandages. Idea there was basically she got a bunch of new tattoos done to celebrate how things went down with confronting Sarabeth.

So yeah, the O'Hara story is far from over. Be a little bit before we touch back with her though, given next chapter's dealing with some other things running concurrently with this one and isn't really focused on Alex.

Before that, though, we have a between-chapters story tying up some loose ends from the day with Hazel and Mercy and expanding on them a bit, then we're going on a break for a couple of weeks to recharge and build up a bit more of a buffer. After that we'll be getting properly into the next chapter.

Comments:

12th May 2016, 11:28 PM
Okay now that's disgusting, Alex will never be broken you walking freak show.
12th May 2016, 11:44 PM
Adam C.
..... I'm really happy you find this "Disgusting." That honestly makes me think "How do we push the diseased-animal motif further?"