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Comic 1039 - Four Weeks, Page 9

1st Aug 2021, 11:00 PM in 28. Four Weeks
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1st Aug 2021, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
Feels weird the next page won't be until next Monday. Guess WaR was on a weekly schedule before pre-merger with Black Princess but it's been so long that it still feels fairly foreign to be scaling back for a little bit. Speaking of Black Princess though...

The name Masina Malulu was chosen in large part due to kind of trying for a theme-naming thing - I was wanting to do a thing of names ending in 'rena' or 'rina' being common with magic-users, and wanted her name to be similar but not quite the same to signify how she isn't actually a magic user herself - but it was eventually decided that between Sareena, Harena, Marina, and Martina (and Ana being short for Serena for that matter) that there were too many redundant names and it was getting kind of confusing. Given that decided to deemphasize that and just go with the name Lulu for shorthand for this character. ... What's funny is that originally this was written with Sina as the shorthand name instead but it sounded awkward to say out loud as a wrestling fan so Lulu it is. It bares noting that as said here Masina Malulu is indeed just a stage name anyway.

We also get a mention of Nine Eyes; I've been wanting to stop and take the time to elaborate on some of the threats run into over the course of Black Princess for awhile now, but at this point the Twilight Minister, him, and Gwendolyn are the only crew we haven't really seen figure into things so far post-merger that's particularly relevant anyway so it kind of just hasn't happened. That whole situation will be clarified and probably flashed back to to some extent when that crew's actually about to enter into the story, though for now the reference is just to something that happened within Blue Blood Heroes.

Designing that coin was kind of interesting. Wanted it to be very eyecatching but didn't really have anything specific in mind, so Adam drew something fairly basic with it then I just kind of did some improv to figure out how to spice it up a bit. Probably could've been better with the benefit of time to really think about it but hey, the slowed down schedule is kind of happening for a reason and all, this page was pretty last minute to come together.

It does probably bare noting that while I think Lulu's only in one more page in this chapter she will be prominent going forward with this arc so I would definitely try to keep her in mind.
2nd Aug 2021, 3:26 PM
Adam C.
Heh. Sorry about the late comments, folks. Came in from work last night dead tired. Slept nonstop.

This page is a bit weird for me to comment on, since as the artist I didn't honestly contribute much. I did enjoy trying to put some personality into Sareena, Ana, and Misty's feedback to Lulu, though. Sareena is trying to take this seriously, like a superhero, Ana is just nervous about all these people talking about God attacks in her kitchen, and Misty is barely paying attention. Misty playing her switch through this conversation was something I just threw in as a minor character note, before I realized she had almost no dialog. It actually worked out perfectly, implying she's barely paying attention. Though given she's the strategist of this crew, she's probably pretty good at multi-tasking.

Hm. Sareena should've had her hands on her hips Superman-style in that first panel instead of letting them just dangle by her hips like a zombie.... Eh, me and Martin are going to be trying to use the soft-break to improve our artwork, so little micro-nitpicks like that are sorta at the forefront of our minds.


3rd Aug 2021, 12:36 AM
Very interesting.