CCXXXVI: Deetle-Doooo

Posted by on August 8, 2018
Production Code: UTC236

Believe it or not, the first drafts of this story dropped Keris and Jen into a plot hole until the end of the story to focus completely on the fight. We weren’t going to see them throughout this entire climax. Eventually I realized that absolutely shouldn’t happen, and when devising the substance of this scene, I realized it was a golden opportunity to give her something to do that only she could do to assist the outcome of the fight.

I think I drew Jen too large here. I couldn’t see the proportions clearly through all the CUTENESS.

CCXXXV: Zap Telican

Posted by on August 2, 2018
Production Code: UTC235

This page’s title alludes to Zapp Brannigan, the Captain Kirk expy from Futurama.

I didn’t want to drag out the battle any longer with explanations for why things do things, so you are probably wondering what Swanson is doing to that poor cat in panel 3. It has something to do with using the hive mentality of bees to get them to swarm at a specified target. The device Swanson is lugging over his shoulder is able to direct the bees in such a way.

It’s rare that I use color for emotional impact. I’m not a “color thinker.” (See anyone’s comment about UTC’s cartoonish palette.) Color theory was my worst subject in art school. I count myself lucky I can pick colors that are at least not offensive to the eyes. Still, I’m at least aware of how effective color can be. This moment marks such a massive shift in tone, I thought I would try going for a stylistic color shift to convey it.

CCXXXIV: Super Smash Students

Posted by on June 13, 2018
Production Code: UTC234

Jen explained Walker’s electrical horn in the last chapter. I deliberately established it back then so I wouldn’t need to shove in a quick explanation during the big battle.

CCXXXIII: Not on Her Watch

Posted by on May 1, 2018
Production Code: UTC233

When I started Phase Three, I wrote down a few “rules” that I should follow to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell into in Phase Two. One of those rules was “no pages with more than 9 panels.” This page has 19 panels. Oops! Looks like we have a new record holder.

I looked through the catalog of background student characters I built up over the past 10 chapters to select a few to join Ken’s team and made choices that were both obvious and unexpected. Gareth fought on Cass’ side against Keris, but I decided to put him in Ken’s corner. Conversely, Toho was all for inflicting punishment on Dr. Mitchell in Chapter 5, so he seemed a natural choice to go along with Ken’s plan.

CCXXXII: Just Get on With It, People

Posted by on March 11, 2018
Production Code: UTC232

Lookit all these already-transformed characters we’ve never seen transform.

Just look. No backstories. They’re just appearing for flavor to add to the diversity of the looming fight sequence.

*sobs* What am I even making this comic for.