Senior at Attic High who specializes in taking big leaps without thinking ahead and making dramatic entrances. His imperfect genetic formula is gradually turning him into a salamander.

CCXXXIX (Top)

CCXXXVIII: The Ascent

Posted by on December 5, 2018
Production Code: UTC238

CCXXXVII: Mouths Open, Everybody! Got to Make It Look Thrilling!

Posted by on September 26, 2018
Production Code: UTC237

I learned a lot about coloring with intense light sources from making this page. There’s a video about the coloring process that subscribers of the Catomix Patreon campaign can check out.

Drawing and coloring Ken in these panels made my gut twist in knots. Cancer is a horrible thing, and rendering a visually exaggerated, grotesque version of it had an effect on me. Still, I let the drawings take shape hoping that if it was having an impact on me, it would have an impact on everyone else too. Don’t mess around with science irresponsibly, kids.

CCXXXV: Zap Telican

Posted by on August 2, 2018
Production Code: UTC235

This page’s title alludes to Zapp Brannigan, the Captain Kirk expy from Futurama.

I didn’t want to drag out the battle any longer with explanations for why things do things, so you are probably wondering what Swanson is doing to that poor cat in panel 3. It has something to do with using the hive mentality of bees to get them to swarm at a specified target. The device Swanson is lugging over his shoulder is able to direct the bees in such a way.

It’s rare that I use color for emotional impact. I’m not a “color thinker.” (See anyone’s comment about UTC’s cartoonish palette.) Color theory was my worst subject in art school. I count myself lucky I can pick colors that are at least not offensive to the eyes. Still, I’m at least aware of how effective color can be. This moment marks such a massive shift in tone, I thought I would try going for a stylistic color shift to convey it.

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.