Friday, August 29, 2008

Chapter 6, Page 3 Dismount

Not the most graceful dismount ever.

Ah the world of dreams. If that was reality Mary would be a splat on the pavement in a couple seconds. Of course, if this was the real world there also wouldn't be a horse with wings. ^_^

The boy who owns the horse will recognize himself, I think.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Chapter 6, Page 2 Some Dreams

Dream sequence start now.

Just to get this chapter off on a weird foot I'm starting with a dream sequence. I've actually had dreams start this way, though this particular one is a splicing of a couple different dreams and just made up stuff.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chapter 6, Page 1 The Other Side

Cover Art, Chapter 6

This is where MQC starts getting really surreal. Just remember that aside from dream sequences everything you read here is based on my actual experiences. That'll make it even weirder. (And even the dream sequences are likely to be actual dreams I remember having from that time.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 42 To love and like

We aren't allowed to hate people.

Christians are supposed to love everyone and not to hate them. That's not easy. In away, what Mom said made the concept easier to accept. But it's still difficult because the words 'love' and 'like' are so closely connected in people's minds. That and what usually goes along with 'love'.

I think the Greeks had it right in having different words for different kinds of love. So many people hear 'love' and think of romance and sex. But that isn't all there is to it. That idea of love falls mainly under eros. There's also philia, which is friendship. Storge is the affection usually felt among members of the same family. Agape is what we must feel toward everyone. It is general affection and has been used in ancient texts to describe anything from the feeling toward a good meal to the feeling toward a spouse.

It sounds like, well, 'like.' But it's also different, at least to me. I can be sad that a bad person has been killed because they've lost their chance at redemption, but I can also be glad that they can no longer do evil things.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 41 Mean people.

I hate mean people!

The chipmunk disappeared. Never did find out what happened to him, if he managed to thrive or if he got eaten or if some kid cracked his skull open with a rock. The uncertainty of it bothers me the most. On of the things I like about fiction is that all the loose ends can be tied up at the end. You know where all your favorite characters end up on the last page and just how thoroughly the villain got what's coming to him.

Real life isn't like that. I've started to appreciate fiction that reflects that. I still prefer stories with clear endings. Even if the ending isn't happy.

Okay, I'm done angsting.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 40 Greatest fear.

People can be cruel.

Sorry for the delay! But here's the comic!

Why was this so late? Well, a few reasons. One, I went home for the weekend and so didn't work on MQC for three days. Two, this was a really hard episode to work on. Three, I over slept. (I blame staying up watching the Olympics. By the by, Phelps is awesome.)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 39 Is it safe?

Anxiety over a creature's safety.

I've never been good at this sort of thing. Like Mary, I have a need to protect everything. Of course it's impossible, but that's our instinct.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 38 All right for now.

Everyone go home.

Now is this a good thing or a bad thing? How will the saga of the baby chipmunk end?

I need something cute and soft to hug. Where's my rabbit...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 37 Far out outfield.

I need to protect him!

That odd shaped thing between the back of the baseball diamond and the mid ground building is supposed to be a propane tank. A propane tank that I remember sitting and playing on a lot. (I know I wasn't supposed to, but that never stopped anybody.)

Sorry that this update is a little late. This sequence is hard enough to write without Photoshop eating my progress. *grumble**grumble**complain*

Friday, August 8, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 36 Not a rat!

Classic misidentification

Why do people assume that anything small, furry, with beady eyes and a tail must be a rat?

"Shave a squirrel's tail and you have a rat." No, you have a very peeved squirrel. And shortly you will probably be missing most of your face.

Not that I have anything against rats. I think they're quite wonderful and make good pets. (Pause for the groans and squeals of anguish to die down.) I do have a problem with people labeling the entire rodent family as rat=vermin=gross=carrier of pestilence=deserves to be destroyed.

In case you haven't guessed, I'm for live trapping and releasing creatures when they're where they don't belong.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 35 Avoiding pain.

Don't hurt the chipmunk!

This is one of the hardest sequences for me to draw so far. Partially because it was so hard living it.

I still don't understand how people can be so cruel that their first impulse on seeing a small, helpless animal is to throw stones at it.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Chapter 5, Page 33 Baby chipmunk!

Baby animals are cute!

I like baby animals. I like adult animals. I like all sorts of animals! Huggles! Squee!