The Shadow Demon sent in this guest strip to fill in the three-month period between the releases of Chapters 5 and 6.
Cass needed some kind of victory in this chapter, no matter how superficial. Cold-cocking Morty was the least she could have been allowed to do, given the circumstances. It’s my hope, if someone in the distant future makes a list of The Greatest Moments in UTC, that “Cass Knocks Morty the F**k Out” makes it into the top five.
For about the first two years on the website, the sound effect of the punch was “BAM!” I changed it to “POW!” shortly before making the trade paperback because I really, really didn’t like how “Bam” rhymed with “plan”.
I hadn’t given Thirteen much to do in this story, until this opportunity presented itself. It seemed like the perfect chance to add some humor into the situation.
The transformation scenes are still shorter than planned, because now there is a larger plot. At this time, I felt that glamorizing the transformation process ran the risk of cheapening the overall story.
Transforming Cass a second time was motivated by my dissatisfaction with her character design. I wanted to make some noticeable alterations, and because the series focuses on physical transformation, the look of the characters is at the forefront of a reader’s mind. So I came up with a story reason why Cass would look so different.
This is still one of my favorite pages of the entire series, even looking back on it six and a half years later.