I wasn’t sure what to title this one since I’m pretty sure “…” would not make a useful permalink. Also, this is the LAST PAGE of Chapter 2! I’m also trying out just putting the full page image on Facebook instead of the teaser image thingy that links to the site. I don’t know how useful it is to have a single page update on Facebook though. My thinking was that you wouldn’t want to see an update if you were behind or something, but then I realized that I frequently find new comics by seeing a page somewhere, liking something about that one page, and THEN I go follow the links and read from the beginning.
So… feel free to share your thoughts on that! I’d love to know what others think. I care less about having page hits on the site and more about more people finding and reading the comic.
Slow clap for Amanda, bein’ a real friendo rn. Good job reading the mood. Also, I lied last update. There’s one more page in this chapter after this page, then we’re on to Chapter 3.
There’s only one page left in this chapter! Not counting this one! Chapter 3 takes place in a new setting sooooooo… I’ve got some backgrounds to draw, y’all. It’s outdoors, but I don’t know if that makes it easier or not. I haven’t decided how much city background you’ll be able to see which is the biggest factor. While I don’t want to be lazy, I also don’t want to spend 20 hours creating scene backgrounds you won’t actually be able to see properly anyway.
These darn emo kids and their darn poetry, amiright? What’s funny to me is that Amanda, while mocking Kevin’s lit knowledge, doesn’t even like poetry. She likes being smart, successful, and well-educated, though, so if she’s expected to learn poetry then by god, she’ll learn the poetry. Doesn’t mean she’ll like it, though. And unfortunately for her, it does mean she probably won’t really get in depth with understanding it either. Welp. Can’t be good at everything. Deciding you don’t like the things you aren’t good at is way easier anyway.
Here, have some links for further reading.
Little Red Cap, by Carol Ann Duffy
Alice Walker’s Official Website
To Change the World Enough, by Alice Walker
I Will Keep Broken Things, by Alice Walker
Going Out to the Garden, by Alice Walker
You don’t need to read each poem to understand the scene or to get anything coming up in Tomodachi Forever, not really, but there IS a reason each character is drawn to each poem they’ve chosen. Pretty much any time you see a specific song, poem, etc mentioned, it means something. Plus I just can’t help sharing the things I like with y’all. <3
I’ve been fighting a migraine all day, so nothing witty down here. Carry on, friends.
Fun note: I had learned the E.E. Cummings styled himself as e e cummings, but I double-checked for this page and GUESS WHAT? He utilized decapitalization extensively in his work, but apparently did not extend that to his own name. Here’s more info, for the curious.
Some background links on the name drops in case you’re curious:
E. E. Cummings, poet
Todd Melicker, poet
Josh Ramsay, of pop punk band Marianas Trench
Alex Gaskarth, of pop punk band All Time Low
Max Bemis, of punk band Say Anything.
P!nk, aka Pink, US pop star
What’s-his-name, of hey, there will be always be some new pop star or child actor whose messy transition into adulthood with fame and money is publicly broadcast and we’ll all watch their meltdown, shake our heads, and indulge in copious amounts of judging people we don’t actually know.
I’ve also now broken the 1-word page naming pattern because I try to pull from dialogue on the page and this was worth it.
Oh, Maddy! You’re too gosh darned cute.
After I had the entire page done, except for backgrounds, I had to redraw Kevin in panel 3. He originally looked rather sheepish, which is so not Kevin. He’s an ambitious kid, but that’s when it comes to things like his music (hence acing the poetry journal). The rest of it? Fuck it. Perfect is the enemy of done, and the time he spends on homework he’s not working.
Ms. Singh is pretty cool. Good sense of priorities.
Hi, Professor Singh! Ms. Singh is the 9th-12th grade English teacher at Westlayan Upper School and I suspect she’s quite acquainted with Kevin’s antics by now.
Fun note: my kids have watched a lot of Magic School Bus, so when I wanted to shorten Biiku’s dialogue (she previously mentioned she went to a private parochial school, St. Francis) there was really only one choice.