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Comic 933 - A Girl Named Dorothy, Page 11

26th Jul 2020, 11:00 PM in 25. A Girl Named Dorothy
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Author Notes:

26th Jul 2020, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Was a lot of fun doing the angles on this. Again, working HARD to ensure fun, engaging shots and poses for the characters. The looking-down-on-Sareena shot in three, the "extreme foreground, not-even-gonna-look-at-you" bit in five, and the "Sarabeth's chin" pose in the final one all just look great. Very proud of the shots in this one. Martin's better about this for his stuff, but for me and the lineart, once the bar's been raised I often struggle keeping it up, but I think we're doing okay thus far.

Content wise, this is a weird one to comment on for me. I did have a lot of fun reading it at least; Sareena often gets left out of being held accountable to the Dorothy situation, and despite feeling bad about it, there haven't been many scenes of Alex (or anyone else) really laying into her for it. Ana seems to just sort of accept that she had a part in this with no questions (can't remember if Darryl and Sonia know or not), and Candice has given Alex more grief for the situation than her. So was nice to see Alex lay out that doing this does make her a terrible person, no matter how many racists she punches.

It also goes into that Sareena's reasons for working with Eighth Sin and being a hero are sort of only altruistic as a bonus. This was discussed more in Black Princess but has been brought up in WaR and Blues, but Sareena wants to be a legend in the magical field, and knows that working for Eighth Sin and also doing side-work as a superhero is a good way to get glory.

Kinda all I think I'm okay to go into, but very fond of the results here. ^^
26th Jul 2020, 11:08 PM
Martin F.
Yeah, it came up in the last chapter that Ana had explained the situation to Daryl and Sonia offscreen. Admittedly kind of skimmed over that, should make it more clear in the future.

Kind of a hard page to comment on isolation but yeah, did want to lay out here that Sareena is pretty at fault for this whole thing and that while Alex has largely let her off the hook on it, he does still harbor resentment that's really coming to the surface now.

At the same time it's kind of designed to communicate that Sareena clearly just never let herself think about it that hard; we've seen her feeling guilty about it before, like when a similar subject came up around Manslaughter's actions in the last pre-merger Black Princess chapter, but I do think she's probably largely been able to justify it on some level to herself before this while this is the first time she's really being directly smacked in the face with it.

This page actually got overhauled a bit. Originally Alex's hypothetical in the fifth panel was way more specific and it just kind of read as sort of absurd; I wanted the situation brought up here still just to force Sareena to think about it but it did work better speaking a bit more in generalities with it.


26th Jul 2020, 11:26 PM
Okay, very interesting.
27th Jul 2020, 4:34 AM
Just to clarify from prior comments I made about disliking the tone of these scenes, it's more to do with my fondness for the characters over the years I've been reading and seeing them suddenly give in to thier complexities over the situation sort of saddens and shocks me since there's been really no build to it over more recent stories...just takes one visit to the family and..boom goes the dynamite
27th Jul 2020, 10:25 PM
Martin F.
Yeah, is a very different chapter for us I'll grant, can see where that could be offputting. If it's any consolation this chapter isn't very long and the next one should be more conventional.
28th Jul 2020, 3:05 AM
That's great. Keep up the work, I'll remain a keen reader. Needs must for drama.