I’m excited for this arc. I think you should be too.
I mean, I’m excited for every arc. I’m excited for every crazy thing Jimmy and I come up with that I get to draw. The Merchant and that armored fish person from our Merchant chapter? Super fun for me. Some crazy stuff that happens in this chapter? Super fun for me. Some EVEN CRAZIER stuff that happens in the next chapter was so fun I wanted to spoil it for you guys right away. But I didn’t. Because that’d be silly.
But the thing that makes me the most excited is that this arc opens up the larger world we’re creating. Our first two chapters function as self-contained stories. There’s not a ton of character development aside from “This is a samurai, he has a bunny and he doesn’t like bad people” and then hijinks ensue. Conflict and resolution. They each have a beginning, middle and a definitive end. Our Merchant chapter showed you the first hint that there’s maybe another world within this world that we’d be exploring and this chapter will build on the world even further.
Jimmy and I don’t really collaborate on the broad strokes of the story. This is mostly because I want to be surprised about our story too and I think it works well. We talk about where it’s going a lot. but I leave the story details up to Jimmy. All I really ask Jimmy to do is let me know if I should design a character who’s going to be around awhile. I tend to design throw-away characters as I go, but I’m designing more and more long-term characters these days, and it feels good.
There’s cool new stuff-a-coming and I can’t wait for you all to see it.
p.s. I’m excited.