This is a four-page minicomic I made during the hiatus between Phases One and Two. I was transitioning the comic to a more traditional format and wanted to experiment with the new 11×17 drawing paper I would use for Phase Two. As such, I decided to try out a short story that was kicking around in my head. From this point on, the rest of the series would use this page format.
The story was inspired by the Dave Matthews Band song “Sister”, one of my favorites. It always made me think of Cass and Flint’s sibling relationship, and I wanted to tell a little story about how much they mean to each other.
This is the first page I colored since page XLII. UTC was once again a one-man operation. I decided not to find a new colorist because I wanted to take a serious effort toward improving my coloring technique.
The purpose of this page was to put everything in perspective and ramp up the tension. I’d also been looking for another opportunity to do a silent page.
This page and the next were written to be the end of Chapter 3. I felt they worked better as a lead-in to Chapter 4 and so I reassigned them, which is why Chapter 3 has only twelve pages instead of fourteen. (At the time I tried to make fourteen pages the standard chapter size. This didn’t ever come to pass.) The order of events never changed, just the spot where the chapters were separated.
Cass’ goatee grows in really fast for comic effect. My official explanation for this is that Morty programmed the DNA to add insult to injury, forcing the goatee to grow faster whenever it gets cut.