Yes, this page showcases that bizarre hybrid of humor and sadness that I use in many of my stories. I hope I can maintain a reasonable balance between the two, without the story getting too grim or too goofy.
i'm loving this series, man. funny as hell and your drawing is tight, especially the facial expressions. only crit i have is maybe give the moms some more lines on their face, right now they look like they're in their 20s rather than 30s-40s
right on man....i love where you are going with this......i love one man operations on story books, i derive inspiration from your work. do NOT stop....!
every story out there is the result of mannnny attempts.....cheers
The layout of this particular page gave me no end of trouble. I really worried whether it was going to be clear what was going on in this page, particularly since the dialogue of each boy describing their mothers was separated from them by an image of their respective mothers. But I thought it would be funny to show the disparity of the third mother from the first two, that she's a real sexpot (so busty that her "plumage" even pops out of the border of the page) while the others are more average in appearance.
Thanks! I did think about putting in a background in the middle panel, but didn't include it for the reason you've noted. There's too much going on in that page, anyway.
I also like to add little fun (but obscure) things to my comics. One of them is to name characters after famous people. On this page, the mothers are named after famous musicians (with the exception of Candy). There's "Chrissie", named after "Chrissie Hindes", the lead singer of "The Pretenders". And there's "Tori", named after "Tori Amos".
The kid with the punk hair shares your first name, but he's named after the lead singer of the "Psychedelic Furs". The curly-haired kid is named "Stan", and is named after "Stan Lee". The third kid, who kicks Opey, is "Jethro", named after "Jethro Tull". The actions of all of these characters do not reflect my opinions of the famous people.