Daughter of Principal Jen Attic. Her inclination toward science took a hit early in life, but she’s trying to bounce back. She was also turned into a giant poodle once.

CCXLVII: What We’re Stuck With

Posted by on May 3, 2019
Production Code: UTC247

CCXLV: Like Daughter, Like Mother

CCXLI: The Attic is All Right?

Posted by on January 16, 2019
Production Code: UTC241

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.

Ken revealed Jen’s “predicament” and made his threat on page CCX. Katsuko witnessed Jen faint there.

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.

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.

CCXXV: La Résistance

Posted by on January 31, 2017
Production Code: UTC225

I like having a varied pool of background characters that can develop into contributing characters. July started as a friend of Keris’ to fit a single scene in “New Tricks,” and over the next few chapters she’s had a supporting role in establishing Ken’s plot. Obviously she’s gone from being somewhat supportive of Ken’s group to being so against it that she’s helping to thwart them. And she’s only had three pages in total devoted to this across four chapters. These types of storytelling tricks are still new to me, but I realize I should have been using them far earlier.

I hadn’t intended for Jen to be wearing pantyhose, but this felt like a great way to show how much she’s shrunk. From what I’ve heard, women sometimes wear hose under pants for comfort or insulation, and considering there is a full-on winter storm outside, it seemed pretty plausible.

I was a bit iffy on Keris’ self-defeating attitude here. It feels almost like a step back from her growth in “New Tricks,” but given the crushing circumstances and the fact that she doesn’t have an invention that can be used against Ken, I believe her decision to stay out of the fight is appropriate for this stage of her character arc.