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I'm Alan, a comic artist interested in psychology and speculative culture whose work focuses on queer narratives in psychedelic sci-fi and horror settings. I have a degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz and have recently called the Wild West home. When not drawing comics, I can be found playing Irish fiddle, bike touring, rockhounding, and blasting doom metal to my cats.
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@mambos monster: never the wrong time to tell your guy he does a good job lmao
@guest: Haha, heck yeah, glad you remember! Thanks so much, y'all say the kindest things <3
Not to break the dramatic mood, but check back tomorrow for a special holiday post!
"What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!'"
--Aphorism 341, Nietzsche, "The Gay Science"
@grahamm: Man, I really appreciate you taking the time to say such nice things. I've been dreading doing this page for at least a year now and hearing that it works for you gives me some confidence that I pulled off what I was going for
@grahamm: Hindsight is definitely 20/20 for me in terms of story editing, haha. It's almost frustrating how obvious the right choice seems now and how long it took me to come to it, haha
Content Warning
The next batch of pages are still covered by the content warning. Nothing graphic, but dialogue concerning suicide/self-harm.
*slides into home plate at full speed two hours after the game has ended* Page is up now! I forgot to sync files to my computer.
**Content Warning**
The next page is the closest to graphic it will get, but the following scene deals verbally with suicide/self-harm. Please read with discretion and be kind to yourselves.
@Guest: Haha... I based this on my very limited experience with lipstick where I used super expired stuff and couldn't for the life of me get it off >_>
Updates for the rest of the chapter will be covering some heavy content re: suicide/self-harm. Please read with discretion. Thank you
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Hey! Here's the spread:
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@Chirurotsu: Hahaha thanks!

I guess it's fun to get a glimpse into the process. I always like seeing just layouts or pencils of comic pages
@guest: Thank you <3
(all the better to break yer hearts with, my dear)
--Kidding. I'm a bit snowed-in right now so I don't have access to the scanner I regularly use for pages. Enjoy this quickly-edited photo from my phone! (Expect the usual scan tomorrow or with Wednesday's update)

**UPDATE: Page has been scanned and updated!
@guest: Thank you T_T I originally sketched this page showing their faces, but that way seemed to give the wrong sort of impact... more corny and over-dramatic.
@cornchipwarrior: Ah hey, thanks so much! I was a little afraid the leaves wouldn't read right, so I'm glad to hear it worked!
@IronDog: Hahah oh man I spent a good minute looking at my old response to you here and wondering if my account got hacked or something... but then I realized I was making a cigarette joke about the second panel and I believe you were asking about the last panel.

Damien's holding Quin's lipstick. I would like to redraw the boys' panels at the same scale as Dr.L's so that is more apparent, because I don't think it reads clearly as lipstick either.