Teehee, I made a PBS masturbation joke. I'm so proud.
...but you probably care more about the delay in getting this posted.
Well, I spent several days rewriting this scene -- of all the scenes in the original script, it's probably the one I was always least happy with. With the recent rebranding to SwordCat Princess, I finally had an angle that was less generic than what I did originally (which was a sort of Buffy "let's arm up for battle" scene).
...the downside of working from such a freshly reworked version of things is it didn't have 13 edit passes under its belt before I got to the lettering stage. I adjusted the hell out of much of it, most notably Julia's dialogue; she has a River Tam-esque way of speaking, which can be fun to play with, but very hard to narrow to a focus that balances the plot, the character, and the dual goals of revelation and obfuscation.
I also took my wife on a trip to her hometown between pencilling and inking; that was a bad time to interrupt the flow. By the time I got back to work, I was a little lost as to which of any given four lines anywhere on the page I had been intending to ink. This led to a LOT of mistakes to clean up in Photoshop (I was also running out of usable markers, so I had to go over most of the pools of black several times).
The omega breastplate was a last-minute invention in Photoshop; the original art has a line drawn in the metal belt thing to place the omega there like a buckle. I'd struggled previously in my sketchbooks to find a way to make the omega a Power Girl-esque boob-window breastplate, but couldn't make it work. I'm really excited about finally working out that bit of design.
At the conclusion of this arc, I'll set aside a little time to come up with a costume that melds the best of the SwordCat and the Artemis costumes into one extra badass outfit. The SwordCat costume is heavily based on the first costumes I designed for Kathryn, back when I was still a teenager full of verve and excitement, and back when comics were a little more fun than they tend to be today.
I loathe the dry, bland, ugly militarization and depressingly practical trends which have plagued formerly fun characters for the last decade and a half or so. I've let it influence me, but now, I give a hearty "Feh!", and boldly return to the mindset of insane kickass fun first, practicality second. I'm going to sell so many books in 1997...
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