This is Chapter 8’s transformation sequence! I was kind of tickled to do one Keris-style, which meant no actual genetic manipulation. It works thematically, and the nature of her transformation separates her type of character from the other Attic High students.
The book the teacher is reading in panel 4 was originally a parody of “S.”, a book I was reading around this time. To parody, I drew a gothic “T” on the cover instead of an “S”. While coloring this page, I changed my mind and went with a real book (“Breaking Dawn”). I figured this would be more recognizable, and that readers would still find its placement here humorous. It also provides a more appropriate explanation for why she’s so focused on a book rather than supervising the students.
In my college days, an anime music video was making the rounds on campus (this was pre-YouTube) that used a clip from Neon Genesis Evangelion showing Gendo shooting someone, with the word “GENDOWNED” appearing afterward. My friends and I thought it was the funniest thing and we’d say similar “____OWNED” phrases for months afterward. That’s why the title for this page is “Pillowned.”
If you’re still confused, you are going to have to look up “owned” on Urban Dictionary.
I’m gonna say for the record that this sort of situation is one of the reasons why there aren’t a lot of girl science students at Attic High.
This is the first time UTC uses a flashback. I thought about how to create the effect and decided to use the traditional rounded panel corners. At first I wanted to make the panels monochromatic, but the reveal of Keris’ natural hair color is an important visual in this page. I came up with giving every panel a gray gradient on the background to give it a little bit of an ethereal feel.