UTC fan Sam Rodriguez made this guest comic to help fill in the summer gap between Chapters 10 and 11.
The original title for this page was “Go the Flint to Sleep” as a reference to a children’s book of a slightly different name that I won’t type here. Given the mood of this scene, I didn’t want to add that kind of humor to this page, so I came up with a different title.
I added this scene at the same time I added the earlier scene with Flint and Scurry, at the very end of the scripting phase. It was a challenge coming up with a satisfying ending to this chapter, since Flint’s future is left up in the air. This scene doesn’t necessarily tie up any loose ends. Its point is to reassure readers that a setback in the present doesn’t have to mean bad things for the future.
This is the first silent page since page CVI.
This was the first scene I wrote for the chapter. At first this was going to be the very first time readers would see what Mr. and Mrs. Calloway looked like and I was worried that the revelation would steal focus from what was actually going on in the scene itself. I conceived the dream sequence at the beginning of the chapter so the readers would already have “met” them beforehand.
This is the last page in Phase Two to have full cell shading on the characters. Doing the shading added 60 to 90 minutes of work per page. I just couldn’t keep putting that time into the comic with the schedule that I had. I did miss the little extra bit of life it gave to the pages, though.
One year after this was published I had the opportunity to see Dave Matthews Band live in concert, and by chance they actually played “Sister”. This story flashed through my head during the performance. It was pretty sweet.