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.
You see, I had written a panel showing Cynthia swallowing the aspirin, but I wanted to give Flint’s flying panel as much space as possible, so I made a mental note to myself to move the final panel, showing her gulping down the pills, on page CXXVI. At some point that week, I forgot that mental note, and drew the page straight from the script.
Write everything down, is what I’m saying.
Drawing Cass from so many different angles resulted in a very uneven design for her face. Throughout Phase Two I struggled with exactly how to draw her half-goat muzzle. (I had come to dislike her dogish snout from Phase One.)
Noah’s troubles were meant to happen in Chapter 3. In my first script for that story, Cass asked Noah to come with her to Morty’s mansion, and there he would go through his blood-shifting. It got cut because it got in the way of the story, and I figured that making Cass AFRAID of Noah seeing her in her goat form would be a more interesting plot.
Here, Noah’s blood-shift proved to be a great opportunity to keep him from helping Cass and the others with the solution to the shrinking problem. I wanted to show that Cass was capable of solving problems herself. In Chapters 4 and 5, she played a significant role, but Noah was really the one to come in and save the day.
In the first few drafts, only the characters themselves shrank, and all of the action took place in this one lab room. When I decided to change the method of shrinking, the fact that the building itself would also be affected allowed the action to play out on two levels: the second floor lab and the first floor records room. That made it much easier to prevent the “big” characters from helping the “little” characters, so we could watch Flint and company fend for themselves and make the story much more interesting.