• Read Sorcery 101 writer notes Chapter 37

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    Chapter 37

    Title pages
    So this might be the title page I’m the least happy with. I don’t really know what I could have done instead. But I feel like I could have done something more interesting. This chapter in general is a lot of setup and exposition. My original plan for Sorcery 101 basically wrote me into a corner and made a chapter like this necessary. A lot of folks asked me if I had more Sorcery 101 planned and I didn’t but this sorta fumble near the end makes me other stand why someone would think I originally planned to slowly get all the info in this chapter out.

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    So this is mostly set up. I wanted to remind folks of just Brad’s parents and Ally’s feelings about them. There’s a little back story to Brad being adopted. Ally not drinking is just to a short hint about her being pregnant before Danny finds out.

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    Danny finds out the Ally’s pregnant. I fiddled with how to break up congratulations in this scene. I wanted it to be clear that is starts as a statement but ends as a question.

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    Pat not knowing how to turn on a computer is because I was thinking about symbols and certain ones become universal. I think I looked up why the power symbol on a computer looks the way it does (answer I found is it’s a combination of a 1 and 0 so it’s on and off). And while we all know what that means now, it wouldn’t be immediately clear to someone like Pat who has basically been a hobo since the 70’s.

    Asagi’s password is basically the numbers that match the letters from the center of the keyboard and make a circle outward. I wanted it be something Asagi could remember but wasn’t attached to him and would still be hard to guess.

    Kayla probably doesn’t think anything bad will happen to Pat. She doesn’t know Asagi’s rep and he is very affable. Pat however knows better since he lived with Suryu.

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    I did like writing this scene. It’s the closest we get to seeing how Asagi’s mind works. Him shaving is to make it tense without Asagi having to pull the getting too close intimidation tactics that Seth pulls. Also Asagi is very concerned about how he appears so his nightly beauty regimen would be fun to use to mirror what he is talking about. He is wielding a straight razor while talking about threats and he is doing his hair while talking about getting people to like him. I also like the bit where Pat accidently wastes a question and is annoyed with himself. Also, one of Asagi’s reasons merely being that he wants Pat to like him is Asagi in a nutshell. He wants everyone to like him.

    All through Sorcery 101 people asked me why Seth grabbed Danny as a blood bond. If anyone figured it out they didn’t say so in the comments or in any emails to me. But all the info is in the comic before this point. Over all I liked this scene. I maybe should have taken the time to design a more elaborate bedroom for Asagi though.

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    More exposition. A lot of this exposition is mostly to make it clear that stuff with The Lady wasn’t going to bite Danny in the ass during Sorcery 101. I tried to make all the info drop be short and somewhat relevant. I thought of more info about The Lady but it really wouldn’t affect things and there are only some make angle I can use to keep this conversation visually interesting.

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    Damien walks into a set up. Frost cuts off his tail because I wanted to show a werewolf getting injuries back and him having been shot in the head means it’s easy for Frost and Mr. Tamura to fake a suicide. Frost is shooting himself in the head to make the blood splatter match Damien’s injuries.

    And this has been Frost and Mr. Tamura’s plan for Damien being openly a werewolf for while. Lucy has been using magic to make him mentally unstable and erratic so something like suicide would be better believed. I had the news mention it to remind folks about the general public thinks of Damien. Also the new makes a nice transition to Cassia who knows the news story is a load of shit and that Brad was at the party.

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  • Read Sorcery 101 writer notes Chapter 36

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    Chapter 36

    Title page
    I wanted something unsettingling. I asked for Andrew to use mostly purple since that’s the color I use most associated with The Lady. Then I asked for a green because that usually makes people uneasy.

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    I was orginally going to show Danny’s dreams. I decided against it because the point isn’t the specifics of the dream just that they are unsettling. Also he doesn’t tell Trish to show that he’s pulling away from her even before finding out she is sleeping with Seth.

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    As the lines get worse under his eyes, he can’t focus on anything and only half listens. Also these dreams don’t even let him finish a 15 min nap. So only fair that he shouldn’t drive. Also, I wanted Connor to be the one to mention Seth because he’s not as buried in everything else but still had a very recent bad run with him.

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    I thought a Danny and Connor trying to make small talk would be fun. His only real connection to everyone is through Jeff. He the closest Danny is gonna get to an outsider perspective on everything that is going on. He’s supposed to be texting. While drawing this page I realized it’s still 2006 for them. I had to look up phones that were out at the time. Since Connor’s a senator’s son and goes to a fancy boarding school gave him the most expensive, a blackberry. But we don’t get a good look at it, so kinda looks like a DS. Obviously that apartment Jeff and Connor are getting is gonna be stupid nice and paid for by their parents.

    I liked drawing Connor’s reactions to seeing Seth and that he IMMEDIATELY removes his tie. Also I had fun with Seth responding to things Danny didn’t say.

    Pat’s state is because I wanted it clear that he doesn’t heal as fast as Seth but can still recover from most things with time. So you can see some of the scars from where Suryu cut him up as well as the obvious eye patch.

    Pat’s advice to see a doctor first is mostly because I didn’t want normal stuff to get ruled out by characters who know what’s going on. PTSD isn’t out of the question when it comes to everything Seth put Danny through. Also that’s far more traumatic than just touching a weird knife so I figured Danny would also focus on that. Danny glances at Connor when he gets extra vague about his dreams and says they’re personal. He probably would have told Pat solo but Connor doesn’t get to hear about Danny’s personal demons.

    Lucky for Danny, Asagi knows exactly what’s going on. Lucky. Also, in a lot of fiction vampires are just naturally amazing looking. I wanted Asagi’s character to be someone who puts a lot of effort into certain look. So I thought it would be fun to show how he looks before his early evening prep time.

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    This is of course a lot of not giving Danny a straight answer so he will finish the ritual. Their dialogue is also to show that even though Danny doesn’t know many spells, he does know theory. Or at least enough to have some good guesses about what will happen. I wanted this spell to be something that is fairly easy to do. Asagi who doesn’t know sorcery needs to be able to do it. Really anyone could do it if they know how. But most don’t know about The Lady so they wouldn’t even know what the spell is for. It is so much easier then a healing spell or a fire spell.

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    I had so much fun drawing this whole scene and the shadows on the walls. The Lady gets a black speech balloon because I wanted it to be clear that despite the shape shifting, she was also the dragon who spoke to Mr. Tamura. Asagi gets called a cheater because Danny was supposed to figure this out for himself.

    I wrote The Lady in that she knows everything about any creature of darkness, but since that is so much information she needs to be given context on what’s being discussed/what to focus on. So she always knew about Danny and everything about him, but touching her knife was a LOOK HERE beacon. So every time she turns to Asagi it’s to get that focus. That is also why The Lady refers to characters as titles rather than names. A lot of those she knows the most about change their names or have several alias. So Asagi is General, Mr. Tamura is Guardian, Seth is Thief, Frost is Boy-King, and Danny is Prince for obvious reasons. You can make guesses about everyone else based on what she calls them.

    I also wanted her to seem alien even when in the form of a human, hence the purely purple eyes and how she floats around. She also keeps circling Danny the way she circled around Mr. Tamura as a dragon. She also doesn’t understand what is and isn’t acceptable human behavior. But just because she doesn’t understand humans doesn’t mean she will disregard their feelings.

    Also, The Lady’s mind messing hurt Seth too. He is bleeding from his nose, ears, and tear ducts.

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    Danny needs a moment to take in all the correct memories. And I like that Asagi gives Seth a manners lesson and then scolds him for not paying attention.

    Danny’s fight with Seth starts like Lope’s fight with him. But Lope didn’t stop between spells to yell at Seth. Seth’s neck is broken and he’s fixing it while saying he is harder to kill. I thought that would be a nice display of power while he chokes Danny. Danny listing off how Seth affected his mind, I wanted mostly down shots with a clear look at his face. Then Seth once again towers over him in a shot that is the same as right before he threatened Danny at the end of Enemies.

    Seth isn’t playing around with Danny like when he killed Suzanne. So he just dodges once before hitting him hard enough that he won’t get back up.

    Pat and Danny have a nice moment, which Connor ruins.