Comic 342 - Blue Skies With A Chance Of Rayne, Page 5

1st Jul 2014, 11:00 PM in Blue Skies With a Chance of Rayne
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Adam C. 1st Jul 2014, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Heheh... Were there any other guesses for who was gonna be Xandy's roommate? I don't remember when we decided on this myself but works really nicely; they're both adorable and hanging out for the rest of the chapter gives their scenes a kind of weird cuteness-critical-mass. Plus I picture Lenore being really lonely sleeping by herself, and not having a roommate nicely explains why she went walking around at night in Blues In The Night.

Yeah, her last name's Blutzucker. I agonized over it for a bit, going over a lot of possible candidates, and Blutzucker fit the best. Naturally it sounds a lot like "bloodsucker" but if you actually look it up it means "Bloodsugar." Both the sound-alike and actual meaning get across the same aspect of her personality; comes off dark and disturbing, but once you get past that she's very sweet.

I imagine Stickset says it wrong; given her problems with Su's name, she probably pronounces Lenore's surname with an English accent ("Blut-zukker") instead of a German one ("Bloot-zooker"). The actual German word for bloodsucker is "Blutsauger" just in case you're curious and don't play TF2.

When Martin sprang on me the idea of Melissa having a Goth motif to her clothes, also suggested that she find Lenore really cute, which I liked. ^^ Had to work it in. Incidentally, we won't see Melissa for a while after this. I felt bad about that, but also really wanted to have a lot of scenes with Xandy being introduced to the group and getting to hang out with them.

Hope so given the chapter also lets us see a wide variety of characters, come to think of it. One of the family members of the main 6 kids, a villain who got name-dropped a while back, a semi-appearance by a different villain who got name-dropped a while back, a giant bear, and for some reason Jesse from Breaking Bad.

Also, something I noticed editing the page for fun that I can't unsee; the Cutie Mark on Lore's chest is slowly bigger in every panel.
Martin F. 1st Jul 2014, 11:30 PM edit delete
Martin F.
Did I color that blush? I really don't like how that's looking. Way too overtly blue, it looks unnatural.

Anyway, yeah. The hair detailing will look pretty amateurish and be pretty inconsistent for a few pages, but I've really gotten it nailed down now and using my seldom-used tablet to do it is making it way quicker. So, y'know, don't judge it based off how it looks here.

As Adam said, there is a lot that will be going on in this chapter. It's not fully scripted, but it looks like it's going to be the longest chapter Blues has had, and by extension the longest chapter in any of our comics since Best Served Blue ran longer than the longest chapters in WaR and BP. Whole lot of ground to cover and we've barely scratched the surface.

Oh, if you've looked at the cast page recently, you might've gotten Lenore's last name spoiled for you. Added it, Xandy, Alex, Dorothy / Starchild, and Melissa to the cast page, and we changed the main group's pictures to completely new art if you haven't seen that. Of course, if you're reading this on DeviantArt it's a moot point.


Wolfintina 1st Jul 2014, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
A hug that isn't a Jenny hug what a concept, and Lenore continues to be both extremely creepy and extremely cute at the same time. Wonder what Xandy's first impression of Jake will be and when are we going to see Alex again?
Junkymagi 13th Jan 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
they are blue bloods so blushes would be blue instead of red, right?
KAWAI, soo soo cute :)
great job