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This was the first time Penelope’s religious side was shown, and once again, plays for laughs a concept that will be taken seriously later.

By the way, panel 1 of #29 is just a little visual gag.  In this world there exists an energy drink called “Haul Ass.”  So you can literally open up a can of Haul Ass.

Wesson is a douche.

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Glass.  It’s like doors for action movie characters.

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Agent Wesson debuts here.  Once again I introduce concepts early playing them for laughs so I can do more later.  Wesson is just a walking John Woo parody at this point.

Yeah the whole Hare thing.  This was a story element that never really went anywhere later, but it somehow sticks around as a unique character train separating Wesson from the rest of the cast.

Juju seems to like guys who are forceful.

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Yeah, that changed pace quickly.  Don’t expect this chapter to take its self all that seriously.

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More of Chapter 2.  Funny enough, Juju was actually concieved of as the doll first, and the witchy girl later.  Euclid is uhm…he’s a special case.

I think early on people confused Euclid and Hannibal since both were spiky haired goth characters, but they have distinctly different personalities.

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The second chapter of Gritty City Stories.  Every so often I return to the magical characters for some lighthearted fun.  Ok and an axemurder.  not specifically addressed in this chapter, but explained in a later one, this scene doesn’t actually take place in Gritty City its self but in the nearby town of Haunted Junction, though the story will be shortly moving to the city.

Chapter 2 was home to a lot of experimentation, so the look may change as the story progresses before things finally start to cement in the next two following chapters.

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Concluding Chapter 1 of Gritty City Stories brings us to a close.  It was a rough concept, and very raw at the time, but it did the job it needed to of introducing the core cast, and concepts that would push the rest of the story.  Some day I’d like to come back and redraw this chapter.

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The whole reason I called Pooky’s gender into question was to build on the fundamental question of AntiBunny and that is “What is identity.”  It is neither an approval nor disapproval of transgender issues, only a means by which I could dissect the issue of identity by removing one of its fundamental building blocks, which is gender identity.  I don’t address the issue directly much after chapter 1, but later on most readers figured out what I was getting at is, that Pooky just plain lacks the mental construct of gender identity entirely.  Oh also Transformers joke.