Morty’s lab-grown catgirl assistant. She’s slowly learning about the human world and her place within it.
I tried to make this scene as not-cheesy as possible. The “and they all get along now” ending trope is difficult to get just right without the writer coming across as a Pollyanna. It was, however, important to me that the students come together for a common cause despite the bad acts that had just been done.
It took an embarrassingly long time to think about which characters should inspect the transformation ray. I think my first instinct was to have Noah direct some random student how to tinker with it, since the ray is technically Noah’s invention. But of course, it’s Morty’s build. He and Thirteen are the most qualified ones in the room to inspect it. Thankfully I remembered that before drawing the panel!
After making this page I read up on first aid for a broken arm and one article said you should not elevate the head. I assume this has to do with keeping blood flow to the arm to a minimum. Oh well! Ash is just trying to help.
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.
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 half the time. 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.
Jen explained Walker’s electrical horn in the last chapter. I deliberately established it back then so I wouldn’t need to shove in a quick explanation during the big battle.
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.