Back from Phoenix Comicon! It was one of the best shows Cory & I have ever done, and we’re hoping that Denver Comic Con this weekend will top that record yet again! Fingers crossed!! If you’re attending DCC, please come visit us at Artist Alley table B7!
In my first draft of this chapter, I had Mizha the Younger (we’ll call her…Teen-zha…because I’m terrible with names) be this sad, truly oblivious, self-destructive character that Mizha had to rescue. However, from the very first attempt that felt wrong. As I dug into the issue and drew on my own experiences of these kinds of feelings, I eventually realized (many drafts later) that the two voices I had with the Fake Dream Eater (to continue our theme of terrible names I’m shorting that to Freater) and Teen-zha were actually the same voice. Just different sides of the coin. In the end, Mizha is caught in cycles of guilt, repressed anger, passive aggressive expressions of that anger, and then guilt again. Freater and Teen-zha simply represented different points in that cycle. When I recognized that, I was able to rework the script into a working state…and then with Cory’s brainstorming help rework it again into the final form you see now.
Funny how first impressions can change once we dig into the reality of a situation, isn’t it?
What first impressions of a story, character, person, situation, etc. have changed over time for you?