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August 22nd, 2019

Moose River Gaiden – 6 – Fake Tears

Uh… I’m still here! Well, I’m trying not to set back into my old ways, but I’ve just been super busy this past couple weeks with work, and I barely have had much time to myself outside of resting up after doing tons of work.

Anyways… lol, I’m back to my old habits of disappearing for two weeks at a time between updates. Hahaha! Well, I don’t want this to be a habit, but life is today as it has always been: busy. In fact, this page has been on my to-do list for ten days… I had drawn it but never finished it into comic form until just now. That said, lemme share a few things about this page.

First off, since this takes place during high school, I based Shea and Anne’s clothing off their high school look in panel 3 from Page 50 (specifically Shea’s indescribable compulsion to wear a blue blazer). This incidentally was based on something similar that happened to me and my friends during high school as well; that said, I don’t want to get into how our classmate died, because that part is irrelevant, as it is to this story. If you need to know, then let’s just say Zack died in a car accident.

Secondly, I tried something new with this page; specifically, I drew everything on my smartphone (a Samsung Galaxy Note 4). Frankly drawing comics digitally that’s the reason why I got it way back in 2014, but this would be the very first time I would actually use it for that purpose, lol. It came out pretty well for a first try, IMHO. It gave me pressure-sensitive line thickness, as well as let me change the line thickness later on; this gave me the ability to select characters in the foreground and background and change their thickness to show their distance from “the camera”. Hopefully that shows.

That said, the lines do look a bit too smooth… it seems to lack a sort of “roughness” that I get if I draw on paper. I don’t know if I don’t like this or not… I’m gonna give this another couple tries before I know for sure. Maybe I’ll use it exclusively on an upcoming multi-part “Moose River Gaiden” episode coming up as the ultimate test run.

Finally, I’m not gonna saw this gives us a view into Anne and Shea’s friendship, because it makes Shea look awful for not exactly responding properly to Anne’s quite touching response. It is high school, afterall. However I only just noticed myself that Anne’s hairstyle hasn’t exactly changed at all between high school and her 30’s. I guess she has more on her mind than hair styles…

FUN FACT: Shea’s locker number is actually #667. The designers of the school deliberately skipped locker #666 (as well as #13, #4, #44 and #444). When Anne and Shea were choosing their lockers during Freshmen Orientation, Shea obviously tried to claim #666 but was obviously disappointed. Shea didn’t let that deter her though as she chose #667 and simply considered herself one better than the Beast. Anne, however, chose #699, which happened to be directly across from Shea’s locker, but also because it looked like “G 99”, which is the racing number and the first letter of the name of her favorite Motorball racer.

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