08/13/12 Scars


@Ronald, hopefuly panels #2 and #3 resolve the “living in secrecy in The Stacks” vagueness.

Thursday went to the little “Larac 50/50” show, that was pretty neat. Some lovely pieces. I also looked at an art studio space in the local “shirt factory” building. It would be nice to have the space, and to be able to “go to work” rather than feel I never leave the house, and it’s really very affordable, but I’m fearful of committing that amount of money for a year lease. Ah, the life of a starving artist.

My dad, gram, and some good friends visited this weekend. It was SO good to see all of them. And although their visits ended up overlapping, it was a good thing, a hubbub of cheerful conversation in the house.

And then we flushed the hot water tank (which didn’t help the smell/taste much), and drove around  in the evening sun looking at a good place to watch the meteor shower (although the sky never cleared up enough to go back out and do so).

Oh, and those in upstate NY, I’m going to be in Plattsburgh for the 1812 Bicentenial thing September 8th and 9th tabling for a book Mike Peterson wrote and I illustrated. More on that later, but just so’s you know.


  1. Scarlet letters aren’t always deserved. She’s punishing herself unnecessarily and unjustly, and falling into a destructive codependent relationship. No matter how much they love each other, the constant “I’m a monster!” “No, you’re not!” exchange will lead to resentment and further pain. She needs to forgive and heal herself for both their sakes. if not for herself, then for him, if that would convince her.

  2. I, for one, hope you’re able to get that studio space. I think there’s a lot of value in being able to have that process of getting outdoors and meeting the world on your way to work. 🙂 Good luck.

  3. Corpore Metal

    Well, Martina might change her mind if she feels she’s repaid the debt somehow. Although knowing what we do about her character, I don’t think that’s likely. She’s one to carry a lot of guilt even over things she doesn’t really have any control over.

    Besides, I think Mr. Zorilla’s face is perfectly fine! Great for laughing and being flabbergasted with!

  4. Christopher

    @Coyoty, well… yes. I do see your point. And as general advice to someone, maybe even her, I would agree — but that it is perhaps still too soon after events to expect it. Moreso, I think it leaves out three significant factors.

    1. It’s not just some bad choice she made, it’s just (in here mind at least) that she recently slaughtered over a thousand souls.

    2. In the times I have shown her since, she has not harped once on it, and in fact has been trying to live a normal life. She has not said, “I’m a monster” until when when the issue was brought up.

    3. As @Corpore_Metal said, it’s in her character to carry guilt. And (as stated in point 2), she doesn’t go complaining about it. But as she states in this strip, right now bearing that guilt inside-herself-by-herself is too much for her to bear on her own. I actually think it’s one of her healthier actions, in that she realizes she needs to lean on somebody — something she wouldn’t normally do.

    Anyhow. As you can tell here (and in my dialogue) I think WAYYYYY lots about this stuff. 🙂

    @Matt, So true! And it would be a shared studio, so I’d have something almost akin to occasional co-workers who WEREN’T CATS. 😉

  5. CompaniaHill

    Maybe when Martina has had some more time, she’ll keep all the outward burn scars but allow Keerdy to rebuild her right eye and missing right arm. You know, just for practical reasons. She could give Luunock proper two-armed hugs. And I’d hate to see her falling off of any more ladders.

  6. Erick

    Ok, I don’t mean to hate on the comic/or artist, or mean what I am about to say in an offensive way whatsoever, because I love this comic, and can’t wait or monday’s and wednesdays to check the update! Really, it’s a great comic

    But. I am absolutely sick of martina. I hope she just goes and dies soon. I’m tired of the melodrama, the moping, the “I caused all of these problems thus I should be punished” Just hurry up and go fly into the sun already. God.

    Seriously, I get it, you’re sad. Either do something about it, or gtfo.

    Anyway, I love everything else about the comic though.

  7. Muzhik

    “Living in secrecy in The Stacks…” As a former librarian, that phrase conjures such lovely images. It must be wonderful. (At least until I break my glasses in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion…)

    @Christopher, and what’s wrong with having cats as co-workers? I imagine they are quite helpful when you’re sketching, stretching their paws to help you move that pencil to just the right spot; adding nose prints to make those aliens truly exotic; and what color scheme isn’t improved with the addition of cat hair to the wash?

    And @Daniel, just two words regarding keeping up her spaghetti straps:

    Duct tape.

  8. Christopher

    @Erick, if nothing else, you can enjoy the fact that you know her death is “theoretically” imminent. After all, this is half-way-ish through the last book. 🙂

    Maybe I shouldn’t have used Luke Skywalker so much as a role-model. Ha! (kidding. Really. I didn’t.)

    @Daniel, now, why didn’t I think of that. it would have been a lovely background action. 🙂

  9. Christopher

    @Erick, yeah, it’ll be all too soon. :-/ The plan is for it to end early next year. But, I will take as long as I need to to finish the plot, which might be more like the summer or even autumn (I’m actually working on cleaning up the plot today).

    But yes, which is why you’ll see some of the characters changing their tunes, because it is a story rather than a serial, which means a lot of the characters will change and learn something. Maybe. 🙂

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