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Comic 986 - Not Christmas Without You, Page 31

28th Jan 2021, 11:00 PM in 26. Not Christmas Without You
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Author Notes:

28th Jan 2021, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Yeah, this is a long sequence so it's a bit hard to comment on, but at the same time something I've been eager to get posted. This is one of those bits where the script was just so great to read for how built up this moment ultimately was.

I remember struggling with the expressions quite a bit on this page, with Alex constantly seeming to come out like he was about to start crying, and needing to repeatedly tweak it. This is supposed to be a happy moment, so needed to keep framing it as such. The last two panels in particular were my favorites for that reason; the way Alex kneels down to talk to Xandy directly, bringing back the voice-patches, the nod to the non-binary thing, just a great little moment.

This being the first page of this discussion makes it a bit hard to talk about though; keep thinking of other stuff to say but it's more relevant in later pages. Will get to it when we do, then.

Actually, on looking, I like Alex's expression in the sixth panel too; the sheer determination. Like the events of A Girl Named Dorothy really lit a fire under Alex, and they're not gonna back down. Like, "I got the proof, just you wait."
28th Jan 2021, 11:04 PM
Martin F.
Is the snow too much? That's something we waffled on a lot. Not opposed to going back and retconning it out of both this page and the previous one if I'm being honest.

This is sort of a weird one to comment on for me because I've been very sick the past few days, though am on a definite upswing presently. Kind of overshadows everything else about it to the point that the idea of coloring this one seemed like I might need to relegate it to Adam on paper, though in practice I was able to handle it and do some pretty substantial tweaks and most of the shading along the way.

Eh, neither way, yeah. This whole scene kind of has a lot of callbacks to events prior; good few right here to the filler that first established the patch, the Europe phone, and Xandy being blue-blooded. There was one minor retcon from that; in that sequence both Alex and Melissa's phones were black, but I decided to change hers since it made it look like Alex passed the phone off keeping them both that way. Guess at some point she got a new case.


28th Jan 2021, 11:10 PM