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Cue Queen.  Ok, looking back, I left out a detail that Juju couldn’t use magic in doll form, and that’s why she couldn’t change herself back.  You need a living body as a channel for magic in this universe.  That is explained in a later chapter.  I was kind of forgetful early on.

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Another random sketch as Agent Wesson chambers a round.  I haven’t drawn him in a while so I took this opportunity to update his design.  His ears go straight up now, and he’s lankier and pointier than before like a hare should be.

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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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Like most of the cast, Penelope has been through several design changes over the years, and evolved as my art style evolved with her.  One consistent piece of her design is the distinct forehead lock, which has stuck through all the revisions, and once included retained the right side curl.

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Assorted art of Euclid and Juju that I’ve received over the years from various artists.  Key thing here is that there seems to be no question amongst other artists as to what Euclid should look like, but interpretations of Juju got more creative.  i had a tough time redesigning her later on to fit with the current visual aesthetic.

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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.