CXCI: The Squirrel Has Landed

Posted by on November 24, 2014
Production Code: UTC191

Flint’s size was something of a tough matter. He needed to be obviously smaller, but I didn’t want him to get to the point where he’d be close to the size of other squirrels. Here he’s the size of an average dog.

CXC: Out, Out Darn Spot

Posted by on November 17, 2014
Production Code: UTC190

The page’s title is a reference to a line in Macbeth. There’s no deep meaning behind it, I just liked the pun.

CLXXXIX: Out of the Running and Into the Fire

Posted by on November 10, 2014
Production Code: UTC189

If I had more space in this chapter, we would have seen Mike and Ainsley in their own subplot, involving the way Flint behaves around them and Mike’s bid for the council seat. Ultimately, I could only bring them back into the story toward the end.

Because parts of this subplot were inspired by my high school experiences, Flint’s junior high looks a lot like the one I went to.

I had named the black-haired kid back on page CLXXIII. Mike calls him Kyle. That was done at the very last minute (while I was making the word balloons) and was not in the actual script, and I never went back to add it TO the script. By the time I got to this page, I had completely forgotten he already had a name, so I named him James.* I failed to fix this mistake before the comic was printed, so his character officially has two first names: Kyle James.

* I named him James because, if this comic ever had a character named after me, he should be someone with qualities opposite mine. After years of self-inserting my own character into comics, I figured it was about time to turn that on its head.

CLXXV: The Fast and the Furry-ous

Posted by on July 28, 2014
Production Code: UTC175

This page’s title is a reference to the film series The Fast and the Furious. I had once considered using the title for the chapter itself, but I felt the joke was too cheap, especially as Phase Two already had its share of movie-title-inspired chapter names.

This chapter draws from my own experiences as a kid who stuck out awkwardly in school and how poorly I handled my enormously delicate social position. Panel 4 was inspired by an incident where I embarrassed myself in front of my best friend and some friends of his and, according to high school rules, made him look bad by association. (Which I didn’t even understand at the time, as Flint doesn’t here.)

Rameses was originally going to already be half-cheetah for the entire first half of this chapter, but I rewrote it to give him a gradual, visible transformation as a treat for readers.

Panel 4 shows a fire drill evacuation. I didn’t include a sound effect for the alarms because the panel was already cluttered. Hopefully it still reads as intended.

CLXXIII: Squirrel Days of Autumn

Posted by on June 23, 2014
Production Code: UTC173

This is the first time the storyline has skipped backward in time without using flashbacks. The first panel occurs the day after Flint’s party in Chapter 6. The entire second row of panels happens concurrently with Chapter 8. (The “giant foot” incident was seen on page CLXII.) The final row of panels brings us to the most recent point in time we have seen thus far.

Aside from Halloween, this is a rare chapter where specific dates are given in the series. I realized that the audience was going to have trouble figuring out how much time is passing without specific reference points, so that begot the calendar gimmick seen here.