|The mainstay of my deviantart gallery work: Bomango! featuring my OCs Gogo, Didi, Andy, and more!|
In fairness to Stepmom, Pablo ought to know that he’s a little peculiar-looking, and that strangers might not instantly accept this gracefully.
...but still, that lady crazy.
Okay, remember how I just suggested a page ago that Cora May might have a somewhat ambivalent attitude towards her stepmother? It’s possible that it’s SLIGHTLY more antagonistic in nature, but the important thing is that you don’t need to worry about Pablo, because he got out of there safely.
Meanwhile, Pablo is out on the town, doing mysterious things that only Pablos can know, and so we find ourselves at Cora May’s house, where those things include greeting the nice lady coming home from her morning jog.
I’m going to bend the rules of “show rather than tell” here, because it doesn’t really need to be a mystery: the easily-spooked woman here is Cora May’s stepmom, and our little purple princess’s attitude toward her is such that...well, if stepmom is freaked out by little blue creatures, it at least makes breakfast interesting.
Aaaand part three!
As anyone in almost any field of production, creative or otherwise, can attest, you often put a lot of time and effort into something that’s wildly disproportionate to the time and effort it takes to consume it. Something as simple as a quasi-vaudevillian sketch like this looked like peanuts when I wrote it up and laid it out in thumbnails, but after a couple of days spent working on the actual pages themselves and pushing back the ETA of completion a LOT farther than I initially estimated, I have to admit, comic work can be one hell of a slog—even when you love doing it.
I began yesterday with one page in the bag, and figured I could knock what was left out of the remaining two by early to mid afternoon. By 10 pm, I was only just getting to the shading and highlighting, when it finally occurred to me that there was upwards of 40 individual character drawings with comparatively few repetitive shortcuts for me to have taken in rendering them. (Thank God for that restaurant counter, fixed camera angle, and lack of full body drawings or detailed backgrounds). It took longer to do this short scene than it did to render several pages of Gogojira in battle.
Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of doing this, but there are times when I’m slightly overwhelmed by how much I can miscalculate the potential workload I’ve made for myself. (I’m sure you other artists understand the feeling all too well). The amount of time you spend on something can also skew your own perception on the work itself. Spend enough time crafting a joke, for example, and after awhile you can begin to wonder if it was ever even funny in the first place (same goes for drama, action, etc).
But anyway, I do love this scene, regardless of whatever amount of work it took. It’s not truly a classic “who’s on first?” routine, of course, but sort of the same spirit, and if you’ll allow me to flatter myself, “Thank you, Hector” is personally one of my favorite panels I’ve come up with in recent memory. This whole scene felt to me like the characters found a real groove that hasn’t quite happened yet in this story. I’m really pleased with it, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!