183: Rats

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The Storm arc is a lot more high concept than anything I've done before. All 11 strips (12 if you include the initial power outage one) involved a lot of fussing in Photoshop, which is probably pretty obvious. On top of that, you'll notice a high volume of strips marked as 'fiction' and the humor is a lot more text based than image. I pretty much attribute all of that to the character of Mere. She is the least fictitious of all my characters, except maybe Mallorie and Abner. I amped up the budobaka angle and gave her a unique character design, but aside from that left her personality intact. She's like comedy gold and thankfully self-aware of herself enough to be a good sport about it. However since Mere is based on one of my best friends and we're best friends because we share a lot of the same view points, Mallorie's usual role of straight man would not work in an arc simply about Mal and Mere. Mei, who is good at freaking out about everything, seemed like the perfect character to take on the straight man mantle, but this then required me contriving a reason that both Mere and Mei would be over at Mal's house and thus The Storm was born…