So. Much. Text.
Panels 2 and 3 are a bummer. The rest of this page is solid, but those two are a text heavy mess.
I wanted to make this comic as short as possible, which required packing the speech balloons in like that. It doesn’t work and it looks ugly. I really should have broken this into two pages.
What’s The Point of This?
As mentioned earlier, I wrote this short comic to grapple with my misgivings about Shield’s curvaceous design and prominence in this comic’s advertising.
In the first commentary for this issue, I stated that Shield’s design was always meant to be a hook to draw in readers with the hope that they’d stick around.
As of this commentary, I’m still using Shield in advertising. I don’t think that will stop anytime soon, as it’s just so darn successful.
Tig ol’ bitties make great clickbait.
However, now I’m just perpetuating a problematic trope in an industry with a deep history of misogyny. This isn’t good. I need to do better. I’m not planning on changing Shield’s design, so I need more, and better stories that highlight what’s inherently wrong with what I’ve done.
Overall, I think this is a solid little story. Out of place at this point in the comic though. One or two more issues with Shield to get to know the character more would probably would have been beneficial.