There’s no background detailing this week, which actually frees me up to experiment a little with colour and such. I’m trying to portray the mood in each panel, but there’s no knowing if I’ve succeeded. Still, it’s a little more dynamic than the repeating backgrounds we’ve had on some other pages.


Chihiro was an interesting character to design. We’d always intended the character to be a vehicle for Japanese pop-culture jokes, hence the magical-girl vibe she’s got going on. When we designed her I was concerned that she might look a bit too much like Athena from ‘King of Fighters’. Hopefully we’ve hit the right balance. There are a lot of good jokes to come for this character so I look forward to drawing her again.