When I started this page, I was really unsure about it. I wanted the trees to look like symbols here. That way, when we finally see The Heart of the Forest for real, it will still make an impact. But I’ve never made such a dramatic break with the style before and I was afraid that this page would conflict with the rest of the art work. In the end, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I’m also becoming a fan of having few or no gutters* during character narratives or flashbacks (The last page didn’t use gutters either. Did you notice?) I’ll probably call on this device again, but not for another couple of chapters. I doubt I’ll use it every time either (Snakey’s flashback in Chapter One still used gutters.)

*In comic terminology, “gutters” = The white space between comic panels.