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Comic 989 - Not Christmas Without You, Page 34

7th Feb 2021, 11:00 PM in 26. Not Christmas Without You
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7th Feb 2021, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
Yeah, more just sweet reconciliation stuff with Alex and Xandy; it's cut short by Alex needing to get back to Dorothy's family, sort of underscoring the overall conflict that's kept them apart so long as it is by showing how it's still an intrusion, but at least Alex has their daughter back in their life. Tried to really put over how much that means to Alex even in the face of it still not exactly being the ideal in the moment.

Sort of a weirdly appropriate metaphor for how Xandy'll be figuring into Wright as Rayne going forward; while we'll be revisiting her in due time, she won't actually be in the next chapter since it's really not about that. Really it's not even as much a chapter about Alex themselves (though is prominent in it), though we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. One more page left to go in this chapter and then we'll be taking a break before getting into the next one.

I was a little iffy on the flower and rain thing in practice but I think in execution it works pretty well; in general I like Xandy's flower motif, it fits well with the whole Rayne thing and makes it easy to tie things back around to her. It is a pretty appropriate power for her that gives a lot to work with.

Having an appearance from Alex's actual body I think also helps to put things over; during the last few chapters I've been largely making a conscious effort to keep Alex's body from actually appearing directly and trying to build up a bit of distance from it, the only real exception in recent time being the tenth anniversary doodles since whatever, have a little fun with a momentous occasion. This felt like a good time to walk back on that since this is Alex really regaining the most important part of their own life, even if it's still not exactly ideal circumstances.

As said the next page is the last one in the chapter; we'll be doing something a little different with it and then we'll be kicking up chapter 27, Claim My Kingdom. That chapter is going to be a big deal so hopefully everyone enjoys it, and thanks to everyone who's been reading this one.
8th Feb 2021, 12:10 AM
Adam C.

Took a surprisingly/embarrassingly long amount of time to find a good GIF for this....

But yeah, this is a great moment. ^^ Really huge emotional punch to the gut, reuniting Alex with someone extremely important. Feels for days, boys.

Personally loved the flowers and rain myself. Think the rain in that one panel adds a lot to the scene; contrasted against the snow in all the other panels it looks so.... happy. ^^

Seeing the "real" Alex sort of helps carry over what a great reunion thiss is.... Yeah, just love this bit and hope everybody else enjoys. There's been some sentimental pages in this chapter but it easily tops them all. ^^


10th Feb 2021, 3:36 PM
So many warm fuzzies.
11th Feb 2021, 1:59 PM
Martin F.
Heh, glad you enjoy.