XXIX: The New You

Posted by on November 6, 2007
Production Code: UTC001

Readers are robbed of a drawn-out transformation sequence, as we’ve jumped several hours ahead. I fought with myself over depicting their changes while they slept. (Flint would try to stay awake but the changes are happening so slowly he’d eventually nod off.) For the sake of surprising readers with their final forms, I ultimately decided to skip right to the reveal.

This was the very first strip to be made. I wanted to pin down the aspects of Cass’ goat character design, and also to determine a comfortable format and style for the strip that would work for both comedic and dramatic effect. This was planned to be the first dramatic scene in the series. (After creating this strip I ended up expanding the introductory scenes into a whole chapter.)

This was the inspiration for the very first strip in the series, which I would draw next. Both have silhouettes of a character in bed leading to a reveal at the end. However, where Flint’s was a tease, this strip really does feature the end result of a transformation.

The Turtles on a Kayak poster was just a cheap gag, but ended up starting a running joke where all movies mentioned in the series with animals in the titles had those animals replaced with something else.

This strip marks the beginning of my first ongoing comic project to be made in full color. Certain strips of Evil Jim were tinted or used limited splashes of color, but the primary format of the comic was black and white.

When this strip was made, the concept of chapters was not yet established. As production went on and the early plotlines were being formed, I decided to subdivide the series. I chose this strip to begin the second chapter, since it comes after the falling action of the fundraiser events and kick-starts the first major conflict of the series.

This strip had two working titles: “The Worst Part of Waking Up”, and “Get Your Freak Out”. When I decided to make the “Freak” title the umbrella name for Chapter 2, I had to come up with another one on short notice, which ended up being “The New You”.