December 28, 2009 - Snow Job Ch 02 Pg 09
Snow Job Ch 02 Pg 09

Snow Job Ch 02 Pg 09

Ooohh…mystery character!

I designed the native race (one of the cattle rustlers, the border guards, and now this mystery character) to look like goat aliens. It only made sense for a snowy climate to have aliens with fur, horns, and hooves. The only thing that bugs me a little (which I realized only in retrospect) is that the designs are a bit too similar to Grissom from the first story arc. They’re not totally the same, but they do share some similarities. Suffice it to say that the mystery person here is NOT Grissom.

Designing the mystery person’s clothing was a bit of a challenge. I only planned to show part of it here but also wanted it to be distinct enough that you’d recognize it again later. Originally, it was just a regular leather hide poncho, but that didn’t seem distinct enough visually. Once I came up with the stitched patchwork of hides and the fine fur collar, that seemed like a more memorable look.


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  2. For a second, I thought it was Grissom for sure.

  3. Sean Wang says:

    Yup. Thus the need on my part to dispel that suspicion early on. Maybe whenever I get around to coloring the “Bad Goods” arc, I’ll just make sure to color Grissom’s fur something other than off-white. While Grissom doesn’t factor into this story, I’m pretty sure she’ll be appearing in arc 3. At least that’s roughly what I have planned for now…

  4. Feroz Nazir says:

    The first person I thought of was Grissom.

    What puzzles me is why there was a need to dispel the suspicion right away.
    I mean there is nothing wrong with giving your readers ‘false’ clues, unintentional or not.
    It adds something to the reading experience.

  5. Sean Wang says:

    I really love misleading readers and setting up false expectations, so I’m all for that. In this case, I wouldn’t say I really felt the urgent need to dispel the suspicion, since I wasn’t really sure anyone would think of the Grissom connection anyway. The dispelling part just came about as I was doing the commentary for this page. But I can see the point that even unintentional false clues can enhance a story. In either case, I hope at least there’s still the suspense of who this mystery person really is…

  6. Feroz Nazir says:

    For me the suspense is in what this person will do.

  7. Fourth Master says:

    Eh, Grissom doesn’t have flowing white hair, and her horns point down instead of up. I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Just out of curiosity, though, what were the colors that you were planning to use on Grissom? I always pictured some combination of yellow and red, for some reason.

    • Sean Wang says:

      I honestly have not thought about Grissom’s colors just yet! I figured I’d cross that bridge when I got to it. Funny thing is David Petersen (of MouseGuard) had done a Runners pin-up that featured Grissom and he had asked me a loonng time ago what her colors were and I didn’t have an answer. That pin-up ended up being in sepia tone! It’s awesome, BTW, and can be found in the graphic novel collection of vol 2.

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