Panel interview with J-pop group AAAWe’ve talked about all kinds of ways in which I put personal experiences into all the characters, but with Sparrow here, it’s even more direct than usual. I applied for a lot of jobs, from the Subway-style ones where I got turned down because I guess I was overqualified, to the intellectually-engaging ones where I got turned down for not having 3-5 years of prior experience.

Mini-flashback: senior-year Sparrow with a Star Trek T-shirt, and Bianca still with a teeny-weeny Afro. Their individual flashbacks come in two different styles (sketchy lineart for Sparrow’s, sparkly overlay for Bianca’s). For the combo here, I went with Bianca’s.

Finally, Sparrow figures out how to give Jany some encouragement and validation. Hooray for the magic of shared fandom.


Sparrow: I’ve sent out a dozen applications in the past month. No luck so far. It’s not like — I mean, I got my degree, here, you’d think I’d be qualified to work at Subway. And I’ve been volunteering and stuff in the meantime, not reading fanfiction all day. At least, not just reading fanfiction.

Jany: If you didn’t have a job, and your mum’s willing to support you, why did you move out at all?

Sparrow: Well, Bianca got a job in the area. So she needed someone to rent with, and it would’ve been harder with some random stranger than someone she knew.

Hey, don’t let on to her that I told you this, okay? She’s got enough money worries of her own; she doesn’t need to stress about mine. Let’s talk about something happy! How was your con? Do anything exciting?

Jany: Nothing much. I got an autograph from this Japanese guy who sings. That’s about it.

Sparrow: Wait, are you talking about the J-Pop Guest of Honor? With the insanely long line? That’s serious dedication. What was he like? Tell me everything!