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2nd Jun 2015, 12:00 AM

A Tight Squeeze

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C. Glen Williams 2nd Jun 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete
So, here's a fun behind-the-scenes thing that is a lesson in self-censorship. I was drawing this strip late last night, and when it came time to draw Sherri's dress, I proportioned the dress out correctly to how it would fit Nan.

As you may have noticed in a previous strip, the top of Nan's head comes up to about the height of Sherri's navel. (Actually, a tweak to the character sheets since then brings her up to about the height of Sherri's underbust, but it's still a significant size difference). That's on top of the fact that Nan is proportioned differently, with a shorter torso than Sherri (two heads to Sherri's three). This meant that, in borrowing one of Nan's dresses, what would have been a modest, mid-calf dress on Nan turned out to be a late-night Saturday clubbing outfit on Sherri.

At the last minute, I decided that the cheesecake factor of the dress might distract from the humor of the moment and make the strip seem a lot more exploitive than I intended. So I made an adjustment to the artwork, adding some additional material to the front of Sherri's dress to make it look less like Sherri was in danger of bouncing out of her top. I also added the bit about sewing two of Nan's dresses to pacify my own distress over the proportions now being out of wack.

This morning, when I awoke and re-read the strip, I realized something. By making the outfit more modest, I actually detracted from the joke. Simon's reaction seems out of line for what is now a decently modest (if somewhat brief) outfit. It's nothing that you would want to wear to meet the Queen, certainly, but definitely not deserving of the eye-popping, "We're all going to die" reaction that it provokes.