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Drawing this comic has really weird rhythms. I took this page from script to finished in three days, but there’s a page before it that took something like an entire week.

I try to make a habit of turning as much as possible into reusable elements. All those little fairy bells, for instance, are drawn with a handful of graphic styles – one for the stem, another for the leaves, and another for the actual flower. I can just pick that out of the style palette, make a quick dash with my stylus, and there it is. It’s coming up with all these things in the first place that takes ages, sometimes.

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This page took seventeen forevers and I think it was worth it.

The musical notes coming out of the plants came in at the very end and really tied it all together with Noa’s whistling in the first panel. This whole fairy garden hums and chimes; I imagine the overall effect as being something like the bridge of the Enterprise, with all its reassuring little bloops and bleeps and wibbles. You don’t notice it after a little while – but you sure notice when it stops, or when a dissonant note intrudes.

I do not think it is a spoiler to say there will be dissonant notes intruding on this before the chapter is done.

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My, there sure is a pattern set up in this page that the last panel breaks, isn’t there? I can’t be foreshadowing anything. I’m sure absolutely nothing is going to happen, and that Noa will not be watching his boyfriend die for the sixth time in this trip. They’re just going to sit here and do their gardening and maybe find the meaning of life on this ancient space station.

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