Comic 278 - Blue Guardians, Page 1

23rd Nov 2013, 12:00 AM in Blue Guardians
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Adam C. 23rd Nov 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Don't worry, it's not a flashback chapter. After this one page, we flash forward. .... So.... Not entirely sure why I showed this.

I do sorta wanna go back and explore the first day of the center, where Valerie, Grant, and Heather were some of the first kids enrolled. Since this episode does feature a lot of focus on Val and Heather's friendship, thought it'd be important to show a glimpse of how they first met, and do really like very brief looks back like this.

Getting to see the kids and their parents I think does quite a bit, particularly love showing Heather and hers. I don't recall now if their names are mentioned anywhere in the chapter now, but they're Drake and Ashley. I was a little nervous about the puns, since Heather is one herself, but when I asked Martin about them, he said they were subtle enough.

I meant to show the faculty too, since I don't think Su was here the first day either. Still, can only cram in so much. Other details like Grant having his hair combed will probably come up again next time we get any flashbacks. One thing that I DEFINITELY wanna do at some point is a flashback chapter about the kids all getting their powers for the first time; Cutie Mark Chronicles style.

Y'know, that hat Stickset's wearing was one of the Medic's hats from TF2, specifically the German Gonzila. I don't have it myself because it looks too feminine for my loadout, but on her, it looks masculine. What the hell? I must not've drawn it right.
Martin F. 23rd Nov 2013, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
Martin F.
Oh, hey, Grant's parents actually get to show up in the comic proper! And they don't look any more happy than they were in that cover appearance.

In either case, that last panel does pretty heavily set up sort of the focus of this chapter; a whole lot of this is about Valerie and Heather's relationship. Which is actually sort of something we're still figuring out the exact specifics of admittedly, but the basic idea of how they connect and what their bond is is pretty set in stone and we'll get some idea of that throughout this one.

Liked getting to do some of the diversity of colors here, getting to see a good bit of what the parents look like. One nice plus to that, gives a possible hint as to what Guy might look like if you could see him. Of course, would probably need to see his dad too to get a more clear idea and he's hiding teasingly just offscreen presumably.

Funny thing about this chapter, it occurs to me, it's in a way very similar to Skeletons in the Closet in WaR; it wound up being a pretty late addition into the middle of where things were planned to go, it directly follows up on the payoff chapter to the first arc of sorts, there's a lot of jumping around between various people talking as it goes along... Some similarities there.

I do sort of wonder how quickly students poured in after the school opened. I'd have to figure they likely had more than just ten lined up at the time that they set the school up and there are clearly many more than that at this point just over a year later.

Comments:

Wolfintina 23rd Nov 2013, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Wow Grant looks so different I didn't even recognize him at first, and he looks completely miserable at that, and Val's got her angry face on.
karma chameleon 23rd Nov 2013, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Val has a face besides that one? ;D
Adam C. 26th Nov 2013, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh. Ouch. ^^
Adam C. 26th Nov 2013, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Yeah, Grant looks pretty odd with his hair like that. ^^ Sorta a neat but distinctive change.