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Okay, so I am a bit of a tease… I couldn’t help it! Miss Muffet refused to get back in the comic unless I told her all my secret plans for upcoming strips and promised that, yes, she’d be in them! Sadly, the audience must wait a little bit for explanations but I hope you enjoy the ride as we get geared up for Chapter 4: Black and White, and of course more Shard Dust pages.
This is the epilogue for the BBW, as you won’t see him again in this chapter. I didn’t have time to do a full strip of this but I wanted to show what more was going on with him and in his head. Yes, he is reattaching his arm. It’s actually quite easy to repair himself. I wanted to show his brute strength, too, so I had him rip that tree off at the base just so he could have a sit-down.
Here see into the not-too-far past where Red got another shard for the Huntsman after he lost it to our heroes…
last panel, Red: “In a moment, you won’t remember what a scum bag this turned you into. You’ll be back to charming kids and rats. Should be thanking us… Ungrateful bastard.”
A funny lost moment between Jack and Scarecrow Dorothy:) I briefly shaded this one in color to see if you’d like the effect. Not sure how I feel about it. Maybe I should put up the normal sketch and see which you like better?
Also, look for another sketch this weekend, probably on Sunday!
Page 2 of 2. I left out Velvy’s disease bubbles this time to see if it made the page more clear. Here’s the dialogue written out:
Velvy: Oh, don’t be mad! I don’t think Jack knows how to make friends very well.
Humpty: Funny. I thought we WERE friends.
Velvy: Um… I’m pretty sure you still are. Want me to go ask him?
Velvy: Um… Humpty?
Velvy: I thought he said he doesn’t sleep…
Humpty: I don’t.
Humpty: But sometimes, ever since getting a shard, my body makes funny noises.
Humpty: I used to think it meant I was hungry but I don’t eat.
Velvy: Me either! We’re a lot alike!
The next strip is taking longer to make so I wanted to share something else with you to get the week going: Shard Dust. Every now and then I will be posting some backstory or sidestory piece in sketch format that gives a little more insight to the characters of the Shards universe. It’s all canon. It just couldn’t all be squeezed in to the story’s normal flow.
For our first Shard Dust, we have Humpty and Velvy having a nice little conversation. The reason I wanted to do this piece was to bring up some similarities between these two, and to point out that they don’t need to sleep. While only Humpty is characterized as undead, our living construct Velvy has found a special kinship with him anyway.
This is page 1 of 2. Look for page 2 of 2 tomorrow. Yay, double the amount of story this week!
Here’s the dialogue if it’s hard to read:
Velvy: *singing* Doo da doo…
Humpty: Well, hello there, Velvy! Nice night, huh?
Velvy: Um, yes. Everyone is asleep, though.
Humpty: I’m not. I never sleep.
Velvy: I don’t sleep either. It creeps out Cindy and the others…
Humpty: Doesn’t bother me any.
Humpty: If you’re lonely, hang out with me! … Unless it creeps you out to be near a walking, talking, undead egg-man.
Velvy: You’re really nice, Humpty. Jack shouldn’t call you half-baked and soft-boiled.
Humpty: He said WHAT?!