Adventurous junior high schooler and brother to Cass. After being turned halfway into a flying squirrel, Flint pushed his mutation further in order to be able to glide.
As you can see, I’m still shading the characters even in normal light. This is the first time I’ve done this since page CVI. After the last few dramatic pages, going back to flat color seemed to ruin the visual flow of the story. As the plot has matured, I wanted to continue visually showing dimension on the characters. After comparing the shaded and non-shaded versions of this page, I feel this version is much more compelling and worth the extra touch.
Cass and Noah are running because they played it safe and took a detour to a staircase to get back down to ground level. I had a line for this in the script, but this page was dense enough already without that insignificant detail thrown in.
Flint flies (glides) so rarely, I like to make sure that, when he does, it’s a big event. He gets page space.
Drawing Ken’s tumors gave me the most unsettling feeling of anything I’ve drawn in UTC so far (including Dr. Mitchell’s graphic snake transformation). Cancer is very serious, and creating something that looks grotesque but also clean and toony adds an uncanny element.
Scenes like this come about because I find myself with no clear way to move the story to its next intended point and then realize I have two or three plot threads that haven’t been acknowledged in a while. Imagine you’re building a bridge out of Legos but the pile of bricks you’re using runs out of long pieces to make a span, and while wondering “can I build this section with a bunch of little pieces without it collapsing?”, you remember there’s an old Lego kit in a box in the closet you haven’t played with in years, but you know it’s got a bunch of those long pieces you need.
Maybe that’s not a great analogy, but anyway, Noah’s regret for his role in Flint’s latest transformation hasn’t been brought up since Part I; Flint hasn’t flown in two chapters; and Cass and Flint haven’t interacted AT ALL in this entire story arc. It didn’t take long after realizing all of this to come up with a way for the three to come together and formulate (or at least argue over) a plan. (Personally, I think Flint makes the best point, and he doesn’t even say anything.)
I was really excited to finally focus on Cass’ hooves. There are certain obvious features of the characters’ transformations that are just “there,” that don’t get pointed out or utilized often. I went out of my way to create a circumstance where Cass would need to climb something really difficult so that we could see her put her cloppers to use.
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.