Possibly the smartest senior at Attic High. He’s made it to the top of the class despite a language deficiency. Prefers to stay silent.

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.

CCXXX: Just Starting

Posted by on December 24, 2017

The further I developed Ash’s character, the more extreme I made his emotional responses to things. This is just about the pinnacle of what he’s willing to do in a charged situation.

When I wrote Page CCIX, I got it into my head that Demetrius’ reaction to his trashed sweater was as strong as it was because it was a gift from Ash. That started me thinking of a way to allow Ash to get retribution for Demetrius’ sake, and from there it was easy to decide on upping the stakes by writing in a direct attack on Demetrius.

Kestrel’s camouflage color is completely unrealistic given that glass is actually transparent, and that if you were standing on the upper floor looking out, you would clearly see this big blue chameleon woman, but I claim artistic liberty so you all can understand she’s supposed to be in camouflage mode.

CCXXIX: He Fell for It II

Posted by on December 11, 2017

This is UTC’s first two-page spread! I have to find some way to display 228 and 229 on the site in a way that doesn’t break the site format.

Normally when an artist draws a two-page spread, they lay out the entire thing at once. I didn’t. I actually stumbled onto this format while drawing page 228, which was supposed to be a regular page like all the others. I realized the arcing panels at the top could be continued onto the next page to follow the trajectory of the animals, keeping that part of the action distinctly separate from what was happening elsewhere in the cafeteria but still easy to read. Demetrius was falling, so I knew his panel had to be the lowest one spatially. That left me with the question of what to throw in the top-right, and I came up with the blast to the face for poor panda guy. An unfortunate side-effect is that the extension of the final panel on page 228 leaves the bottom-left of this page pretty bare when broken off from its counterpart. But, like I said, this was a haphazard spread. I’m surprised it turned out this decent.