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Comic 969 - Not Christmas Without You, Page 15

29th Nov 2020, 11:00 PM in 26. Not Christmas Without You
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Author Notes:

29th Nov 2020, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
So this might take a little bit of explaining for anyone not familiar with The Black Princess; the long and short of it is that one chapter had Sareena, Misty, and Candice infiltrate a daycare that was dealing in magical artifacts, being run by this person, who was in that moment using the alias Erac Day (which, as mentioned there, is only one of a number of aliases). He was only in a small handful of pages -


Yeesh, it took us entirely too long to figure out how to fix the way Manga Studio would grey out lines that were over top of dark colors on exporting.

His only other real role thus far was that he shortly thereafter sent Misty and Sareena the costumes they used for a bit before they swapped to the current blue ones in Loving Family.

So yeah, particularly enigmatic figure who hasn't done a lot thus far, and now suddenly here he is. Actually relatively spur of the moment; the idea came to mind fairly late into planning things out for this chapter, I think after a fair bit of it had already been written, and there were kind of a number of factors driving it. One that does bare noting is having figured out how to overhaul the plans I did have on Day, since in the process of other things that had gotten planned out over the years the idea behind the character had been rendered largely redundant; there'll be a lot more to go into with that muuuuuch later on but by now the character is going in a pretty different direction than what I'd had in mind previously.

So yeah, it seems like what Sareena did was more overwhelming for her than it initially seemed. I think the hair billowing out here kind of bares particular mention - I actually wanted that effect to be in place when she used the seed to start with, but didn't communicate it as clearly as I could have so it didn't really work out that way. More care was put into the matter here... and as we can see there are some other things going on beyond that at this point.

Funny thing, that last panel was pretty much done by me; I thought the original redesign Adam went with was too puppety-looking, and it wasn't at the right angle, so I used the silhouette as the basis for doing my own take on that panel, with the look being a mix of Day's mask as we've seen it before and the design Adam had gone with.
29th Nov 2020, 11:07 PM
Adam C.
Heheh... Yeah, I actually don't have much to say on this one, but I friggin' love the visuals here. The shot of Day standing in the door with the light coming off of him just looks great. Gonna need to do it in Blues at some point just because it leaves such a great impression. ^^

Sareena's design was something we'd spent a lot of time back-and-forthing and laying into, but Martin pitched this idea that using that seed had a visual effect and immediately had a lot of fun questions. Just a neat idea for it. ^^


30th Nov 2020, 2:54 AM
So that oddball finally makes another appearance, very interesting, wonder what's going to happen next.
30th Nov 2020, 4:26 PM
Martin F.
Heh, has been a long time, hasn't it?