CVI: I, Accepted

Posted by on April 17, 2012
Production Code: UTC106

This was the first scene I wrote for the chapter. At first this was going to be the very first time readers would see what Mr. and Mrs. Calloway looked like and I was worried that the revelation would steal focus from what was actually going on in the scene itself. I conceived the dream sequence at the beginning of the chapter so the readers would already have “met” them beforehand.

This is the third silent page in UTC, not counting page LXXXVII (which had a dialogue box during a silent scene) and the “Sister” mini-comic.

This is the last page in Phase Two to have full cell shading on the characters. Doing the shading added 60 to 90 minutes of work per page. I just couldn’t keep putting that time into the comic with the schedule that I had. I did miss the little extra bit of life it gave to the pages, though.

CV: Returns

Posted by on April 10, 2012
Production Code: UTC105

Flint’s pose in panel 2 is one of my favorites. Everything just clicked for that one.

While ballooning the page, I put a fourth point on the “ReinWHATment?!” balloon pointing to Demetrius. It took a minute to realize the mistake.

CIV: Diplomatic Victory

Posted by on April 3, 2012
Production Code: UTC104

In the computer game Civilization, one of the ways you can win is by having all of the other civilizations vote to declare you the winner. This is called a “Diplomatic Victory”. Considering the Roman numeral for this page, I decided to reference the game. (As to what got me started down this train of thought: the fan abbreviation for the Civilization franchise is “Civ”.)

CIII: Class Dismissed

Posted by on March 26, 2012
Production Code: UTC103

Look how blank that cork board is. I neglected to draw anything on it in previous pages, when it wasn’t so obvious. Now it just sort of stands right out to me. Man, this is one boring classroom. Then again, this is Dr. Mitchell’s classroom we’re talking about.

CII: Getting Under His Skin

Posted by on March 20, 2012
Production Code: UTC102

I wanted a bit of dialogue explaining that Cass and her friends worked out a system where, if one of them was caught in an urgent transformation crisis, they would alert the others for a quick assist. It was part of my attempt to write Cass as more of a proactive character rather than being helplessly in danger and having Noah come defend her. In any event, the Noah rescues are cool but I did not want it to become a trend.