For the record, and because I know you’re all sitting on seat edges waiting to find out, I had a lovely birthday. I saw my Grandpa and watched Sherlock Holmes with my parents. I also got to see my sister a few days ago, which I’m counting as a present because I don’t get to see her very often. I also got my, I guess, traditional birthday image from a friend.
Since this is a present for me this image probably doesn’t make much sense to anyone else. These are characters from another series I’ve been working on for a while now. Two of many neglected persons from my brain… On the left is Maddison Lewis, the somewhat simple friend of Alexandria Melvil, on the right. Their taste in, and understanding of, books differ.
Anyway, the vision in this comic is kind of inspired by an old cartoon I saw many years ago. It was about a princess who had to pretend to be a prince for some reason or other. I can’t think of the name, but I’m certain it’s the brainchild of Osamu Tezuka. I only ever saw a couple of episodes, so I don’t know what happened, or what the full premise was. Strangely I think I could appreciate it more if I saw it now than I did then, but it must have left some kind of impression, as I can still dimly recall what little I did see.
I’m not thrilled with the top panel because it’s harder to tell that Jess speaks after Jo. I hated to slide the text around any more once I had an image I liked. If ever I think of a better way to depict the scene I may change it…