Photo of Quincy libraryAnd here we have a straight-up photo as the background! (Took it myself, just for the occasion.)

I never liked it when comics just plopped an unedited photo in the background, not even trying to keep it from sticking out like a sore thumb against the hand-drawn cartoony rest-of-the-strip. So here I at least posterized the colors (reduced them to big flat blocks of the same shade as much as possible) and pushed the values (lots of bright whites & dark darks).

These days, of course, Clip Studio can just magically convert these things into perfect manga-style lineart. 2011 was a simpler time.


Bianca: When did you get the new clothes?

Patrick: I didn’t. I rearranged the old ones.

Bianca: Oh, cool! Can you do that with any outfit?

Patrick: Only mine.

Bianca: Oh. That’s much less useful than I was thinking.

Patrick: Sorry, Master.

Bianca: Don’t be! Let’s get you set up with some books.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for ones I think you might like. But if you don’t, it’s fine. Plenty more where they came from.

I’ll check up on you, like usual. But this time, if you need anything, you can ask for me at the front desk.

Patrick: I…

Bianca: Oh! The bathroom is–

Patrick: We don’t need those either.

Bianca: Well, I wasn’t going to ask.