Comic 585 - Tangled Up In Blue, Page 47

18th Oct 2016, 11:00 PM in Tangled Up In Blue
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 18th Oct 2016, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Like with Decay Conductor's exit, I tried really hard to make Vespi's return tantalizing; want folks to be eager for when she shows up again, and excited when she does so. Again, be a while, but think you'll be pleased when she shows back up. ^^

I really enjoyed writing her relationship with Jake; get the feeling there's a lot of weird history there. When she first showed up I was afraid of her being a (literal) Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and had to get advice from Martin on how to avoid that, pointing out that she has some odd depression under the surface. Helps that when you think about it, Jake doesn't really need a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to shake up the monotony of his life as his life is already pretty insane to begin with.

One odd touch is that while I think the kids know but don't point out how Jake feels, Vespi prods at it. She acknowledges he's got a lot of bright spots in his life now, and when he gives her a stoic good-bye, she goads him into something (slightly) more heartfelt. Even then she recognizes that "You can keep the jacket" is as warm and caring as he's gonna get.

I really, really didn't think it was natural for Jake to quote that song, but I really wanted to bring it back as Vespi left. Was a good lyric that I felt summed things up. Also turned out to be a rather timely reference; the song, once again, is "Tangled Up In Blue" by Bob Dylan. The man recently became the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Who knew, huh?
Martin F. 18th Oct 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Martin F.
And that's that for Vespi in this chapter. She'll certainly be back down the line though, if that wasn't clear.

Is kind of a hard one to comment on, partially because of what all's going on it and partially because Adam already said a good bit. I do really want to explore more about these two together though, we have a lot of stuff in mind that this chapter really barely scratched the surface on.

One thing I do like that this chapter's drawn a good bit of attention to is how Jake tends to be pretty non-forthcoming with things, and just little things from him can say a lot. Would be something it'd be nice to get into later but I think just little things like the jacket here, and things like saying, "You look nice," and referring to Vespi as a friend like he has along the chapter are a lot coming from Jake.


Wolfintina 18th Oct 2016, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
This is neat, looking forward to learning more about this.
Adam C. 19th Oct 2016, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
Heheh... Hoping you'll enjoy. ^^