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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.

CCXXXVI: Deetle-Doooo

Posted by on August 8, 2018
Production Code: UTC236

Believe it or not, the first drafts of this story dropped Keris and Jen into a plot hole until the end of the story to focus completely on the fight. We weren’t going to see them throughout this entire climax. Eventually I realized that absolutely shouldn’t happen, and when devising the substance of this scene, I realized it was a golden opportunity to give her something to do that only she could do to assist the outcome of the fight.

I think I drew Jen too large here. I couldn’t see the proportions clearly through all the CUTENESS.

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.