I had a little trouble figuring out how to handle Question Mark’s exit. I toyed with the idea of doing the classic Batman-style look-away-and-he’s-gone kind of thing, though in retrospect, that’s become kind of a cliche. I also had an idea where he starts to reach for the door and Max says “Wait, I have to unlock that,” but then reveal that Mark has picked the lock easily. In the end, limited space required that he simply walk out the door with a total lack of mystery or badassery. And actually, I think that’s best. We don’t want Mark to become a parody of himself.
Also, I really like the way the last panel came out. I was pleased with the concept, but I wasn’t sure how well it would translate to the page. I needn’t have worried, though, because Al pulled it off beautifully.
Denver Comic Con begins this Friday. If you’re going to be there, please come find us in the “Artist Valley”. We’d love to meet you! We’ll be taking a two-week hiatus after the con, so our next page will be published on June 17th. In the meantime, we’ve got some great guest and fan art lined up for you, so be sure to check it out!
Finally, happy Memorial Day, for those of you who observe it. We hope you have a safe and fun holiday!
Oh, one more thing. Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to determine which artwork to use on Hartmann’s character page! The “photo” version won by a wide margin, and Hartmann’s page is now complete! (Also, an even wider majority agreed that slightly longer arms are no match for raw savagery, so it’s a good thing — for Al — that this conflict didn’t have to get physical.)