If I expected to spend the entire rest of my life making UTC, I would have made four or five more chapters before “Class Warfare” all about each students’ experiments and building up more ancillary characters so that this story arc would have more weight to scenes like this. The only such character here is Tony, a friend of Jack’s who got one page of dialogue and then turned into a were-jackal. Who are these students, what makes them so inclined to obey Ken’s orders, and what are their experiments?
Unfortunately, those questions may remain unanswered forever…MAYBE somewhere down the road I will find a good chance to use one of them in a pinch to fill some role in a future story.
Update 11-22-2017: I slipped in a panel above the final 2 panels to better show how Katsuko is confusing the teens and stalling for time until she can get to her locker.
The first two rows of panels were written for the previous page, with the end panel being the stunned silence of the two students. However, we don’t see Dr. Attic disciplining students much…the only time she did, she was super angry because Morty had turned her own daughter into a giant poodle. So the punchline wouldn’t have come off as strongly as the one about Thirteen pointing to a chameleon on the ceiling, being the only person in the room who even noticed.
UTC has reached a point I’d been waiting for for a long time. With so many different transformations and plots going on, it’s become more natural to write situations where characters can use their “powers” in productive ways. Instead of reworking the story to create an advantage for the main characters, I was able to figure out a way for them to solve the problem that already existed. I had created a problem where nobody could see this girl on the ceiling and I looked through the UTC roster to figure out who could help the most. The answers were Thirteen and Noah. Bam. Pages written.