I was fortunate to get PowersWithin to write fake dialogue (with no context other than the prior chapters) for FUNSIES, which I will post on my freetalk blog later! I laughed a lot at the interpretation she had purely based on the visuals.
In the height of preparing the book for print and pre-press, I actually forgot to write a freetalk right about finishing these pages; I went straight on the drawing chapter 11. Hope you are all doing as well as you can during the COVID-19 situation. Take care!
Fake is actually a very very old original character of mine, as in, pre-2003 old! His origin story was a bit of a joke, and then he was in a very serious comic/story, and now he's back. Back then I was a foolish teenager writing stories about characters much older than me, when I had no adulthood experience or emotional maturity! Looking back at this character in my much older state, I feel as though he has become much more complex, with more beneath the surface than this trolling attitude. I had a hard time nailing down his look because I drew him a certain way in my youth, and that's not how I wanted to draw him anymore (haha).
My favourite scene is the one where Fake leans down lower to get closer/shame Jake about his avoidant behaviour.
I cooked brussels sprouts as reference for this chapter. I wondered to myself if the food was even recognizable as brussels sprouts in black in white drawing, since the gradient of colour always felt like a prominent feature of any vegetable. Whenever I see brussels sprouts or mac n cheese on a restaurant menu, I usually want to order it.