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Comic 552 - The DeKalb County Public Access Halloween Special, Page 11

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Author Notes:

8th Dec 2016, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
This page is kind of a funny bit of miscommunication, since I pictured Paxton for this being kind of laid back and casual without much attention drawn to his costume outside of the one line about it, while Adam went for more boisterous and creepy. Suppose that's appropriate when the guy shows up to talk to a would-be date while dressed as a serial killer. I'll let Adam go more into that whole matter.

Kind of hard page to comment on, mostly because it's kind of more two mini pages, focusing the first half on Paxton and Ana and then having them duck out and switching to Alex and Lillian. Speaking of, I do like so far in this chapter getting to see Lillian a bit more loose and casual compared to a lot of what she's been doing. Did kind of wonder if it feels like it's making her look a little too uptight being thus far the only major character we've seen at the party not wearing a costume, but like getting to have her a little bit more relaxed and easy-going here.

Three more pages to the 800th. It's not any massive deal on its own, but it does have one pretty notable chance of pace for the chapter coming to light that we'll go into when we hit that point.
9th Dec 2016, 4:16 AM
Adam C.
In case you don't know, Paxton is dressed as Pogo the Clown, a persona created by John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted of murdering upwards of thirty people and stuffing their bodies in his crawl space. The Pogo idea was all Martin, though wish I'd come up with it. ^^

The main worry we had about Paxton-as-Pogo was the shape of the face. Paxton has a typical square jaw, though John Wayne Gacy had a very rounded face that was really, really emphasized by the clown make-up. It was so distinct we were afraid that it wouldn't be distinct what he was dressing up as, but came out great. ^^ Really pleased with the result.

Yeah, somehow I went with a really excited, in-your-face clown for Paxton, though not entirely sure why. I guess given his personality that made sense to me. That said, brandishing his rope at Ana in the third panel was probably going too far. .... Gacy strangled all his victims. Yeah, read a LOT about Gacy in drawing this.

Drew this page over Thanksgiving weekend by the way. When I told certain visiting family members I was researching John Wayne Gacy for a webcomic I got some really disgusted looks. Disgusted. From people who don't even know the plot or name of either webcomic I work on, much less the context in which such a subject would come up, but I guess they don't need such information to know when invoking a subject is in bad taste. "Why would you want to know about THAT?" demanded a relative who regularly researches the Holocaust. The ass.
9th Dec 2016, 6:49 AM
Martin F.
Oh, right, a funny thing happened when I first saw this page - mentioned to Adam Paxton's entrance made me think of something, and he said it couldn't possibly be the same thing he was thinking of with it. Then we both said said Binky the Clown from Garfield.


9th Dec 2016, 2:18 PM
Very interesting, wonder what's going to happen next.