Yeah, hurting the commissar is some next level stuff for Boone. A great and terrible rage.
Don't worry about having other things to do. Life is busy and your comments are always worth waiting for. I hope that lifes not getting you down. It's hard to balance obligation and sanity sometimes. Keep at it.
I wanted to make it clear from the beginning that Sapp was actually a fairly attractive person, physically. Many people (myself included , big time) tend to cheat with their villains and heroes. Evil is ugly, good is pretty. Sapp's repulsiveness comes from her personality and the disdain for all besides herself that is always visible on her face. She has fooled people for years and gotten her way. But the combination of warp based drugs and the agitation of anyone defying her is cracking her veneer. An average looking person can have a smile that lights up the room because of the heart behind it. Sapps scowl and her petulant snarl is who she is, and Boone is showing that.
Originally, Boone was meant to punch Sapp in the groin or stomach, with Sapp making a goofier face. The result is basically the same and it would have been easier to draw. However, I worry that such attacks are, by their nature somehow more comical and less vicious despite hurting just as much if not more. I did want Boones attack (and ongoing interruption of Sapps bad guy cliche dialogue) to be funny and satisfying but with more dynamism anger and power. Funny, sure. But mostly angry. It's a really loud kick in my head. Like a small car crash almost.
In the end I was okay with how the kick looked. Sort of a spinning back kick, I guess. I wanted to make it clear via the arc of Boones psy energy and, as you say the strain on the fabric. I initially panicked about the angle of her legs resulting in kind of a fanservicy shot. I like fanservice, and want to get better at it but again I worried it would detract from the panel. Time and place. I was really glad her leg didn't look too weird.
It was really fun drawing Boone, still obviously meaning to have the same facial features but in a different, more serious style. My recent (largely unposted) attempts to draw various characters with more realistic or detailed faces has been helping me understand how much I can change while still being on model. Boone has the advantage of having a fairly simple face and one that I've had to draw semi serious close ups of before (because both cultist and wissil, who she shares a face with, have had those). Basically though, yeah I was as happy as I could be after the initial rush passed with the final panel. Boone is sweet, hopeful and kind but she is no longer as naive and has developed a better understanding of the choices people have in life and how they react to adversity. She's seen a lot. Through her eyes and other peoples. She knows no one HAS to be like Sapp is. She is officially sick of her shit.
Boonequest is very much Boones story. I think subsequent character focused quests will be fun and flesh things out for the universe and that character, but will fall short of this. Boone's not a combatant, and has more flaws than most, so her arc will be more interesting than most. At least that's the idea. Ha ha.
Boonequest started on the 27th April 2011. Absolute madness. I had basically just met my fiance. Still in university. Man that's crazy. MAN I'M SLOW.
I don't know how much of this Conrad is taking in, but hopefully she knows on some level.