Last two days have had so much shit going on I'm totally scatter-brained and this is naturally a page that demands a lot of comments from us. Erm... Yeah, weird thing. ^^
Nnng... Yeah, can't think straight. Wait, lemme try... Idea on the Sci-Fi world Laura sees in that one panel is it's meant to be something like Deep Space 9, the station. Hence why Laura's sci-fi self looks like Odo. I even drew Riker and Ro (who yeah, I know wheren't on DS9 regularly) as cameos. The little boy's also meant to be a younger version of Q-Jr.
Funny bit is the sci-fi world wound up being very, very little Star Trek. When drawing, I realized "Yeah, Star Trek's not really known for it's visuals." So I just wound up going for other odd ideas. Riker wound up being a Wheatley-Gangster (because Robot-Gangsters are awesome), Ro became Bea Arthur from the Star Wars Christmas special.... Carla's a female member of Zorak's race, Ellen is some water-breathing lifeform....
Q-Jr. wound up becoming Ender from Ender's game (artwork depicting him coming from the comic adaptation, not the Godawful movie). That book was in retrospect a huuuuge influence on Blues so felt it'd be neat to throw in.
I think the reasoning on why Laura does this is left up to Martin. Still cannot think.
I think one of the primary themes of this chapter - which extends into the post-chapter filler arc we've got planned - is that Laura's a lot more nutty than she looks like on paper. Or at the very least really needs to get a handle on when the right time is to play pretend.
Yeah, pretty happy with this page given that kind of thing. Do really like writing stuff like that with her, and in general the mall leg of the chapter's probably been my favorite part of it. Though is a bit coming up that might be able to rival it depends on how it comes out on paper.
This is the last page in the mall, I'm pretty sure. Not the last of this subplot - we'll be coming back to it a few pages from now - but last of the actual shopping. Naturally given where we were with the plot last, next page will be turning back over to the fight, so stay tuned for that.