Of the 350+ comics I made in my life by this point, I only aped the composition for a cover twice. The first was with Unfamiliar Reflection #2K2, which drew from a publicity image of Neon Genesis Evangelion. This is the second. It’s based on the theatrical poster for the classic movie Them. I even threw in some film poster text to complete the look.

I had decided very early on in UTC’s development that I wanted to have a good Halloween story. This story was, in fact, brainstormed way back while I was drawing the first pages in 2007. From Chapter 8 onward, the plots for the series are “fresher,” being devised no earlier than 2012.