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We believe that the boundaries of narrative and illustration for webcomics can be pushed beyond what anyone currently expects.
There’s something very special in a narrative when you finally put all your main characters in one room, as it were. We’ve seen this conflict build and reverberate and now the first blow hangs in the air. But where will it fall?
And who will strike it?
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In a real surgical setting, there would be so many more people, a veritable hive of activity so difficult to render realistically in the context of composition. A crowd is made up of individuals, but these individuals only need to be present so readers can count them subconsciously. We decided to streamline instead, and since we weren’t including a “cast of thousands,” we put secondary character, Dr. White at the helm.
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Writing the snatches of song in this scene was one of Rachel’s favorite parts of TRO. It’s all about the little touches, when building a world, and the interconnectivity of characters from different walks of life is better presented against a backdrop of flavor and detail.
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In Constellation, we’ve deployed mostly newspapers as our world documents, but we do have plans to do one book using mostly recipes to express the greater world context. This scene also references the prologue, in its hint at who amongst the family has carried on the Novoteny heritage.