And so we wrap up this episode! This is one thing I for sure have in common with Honey Hart (and the majority of BVB characters): there’s no “might” about whether I’ll have fun wearing some over-the-top costume accessory if the opportunity is presented.
Also: while I was working on this, I just constantly kept thinking about the Letters From The Princess in Super Mario Bros. 3, and I eventually had to do this:
Thoughts on this one:
1. Oh my god, this one took forever, mostly due to lots of dialogue. Oh well.
2. What interested me most about this brief relationship between these characters (in addition to how it fit into this little story episode) is that I think it’s in a real gray area about whether it’s a good thing or not (relative to how you even define good.) It’s like there seems to be both strong compatibility and unsustainable incompatibility, and both dysfunction and some actual affection.
3. At least half the reason for having this exchange happen onscreen was that I’ve wanted to have some scene that showed Arsenic’s room ever since I included it in this floorplan. It was kind of like having a level on some video game that you can see on the map but haven’t visited yet.
Aw, Honey Hart, making progress.
Man, this story arc has had a lot of relationship stuff and People Being Introspective In Their Bedrooms. That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed doing it (I totally have!) — but whenever I get close to wrapping up a multi-page stretch, or get a little serious, I start dying to shift gears for a while into sillier stuff and one-shots and stuff like Mailbag and PSAs and Activity Pages and weird little forays starring side characters. And then, when I’ve been doing a few of those in a row, I want to do stories again. It’s the circle of life. I think there are about two more pages left in this one, in which we see one additional semi-introspective bedroom.
Also: for all you cat fans: meet Lily, who, in my biased opinion, is the greatest cat in the entire world. She’s been with me through a lot.
To her credit, I think she did pick up on that prior to literally observing him making out with a guy. She’s just way less perceptive about the ladies. Coco must not talk much about herself much, with the band…and Honey, as she realizes here, is pretty inclined to not really notice that.
This may not be a universal phenomenon, but it’s definitely a thing for me:whatever gaydar you have is significantly worse for the sex you’re actually interested in, because it’s clouded with like subjective personal identification and projection and second guessing and false hopes, plus weird bonus paranoia-insecurity if you’re not out. I’m awful at identifying other lesbians, unless it’s stated in no uncertain terms, or like at a specific event or venue that’s 98% us.
You guys know by now how much I love in-universe drawing and writing within comics. A LOT is how much. I felt like this whole sequence needed another quiet moment here before we move on and resolve the bassists-got-switched-around stuff.
When I was first making up these characters, I remember writing out a list of a bunch of facts and traits about each of them — and one of hers was “fills up a lot of crazy-looking notebooks”. I think this might be, in general, one of my all-time favorite traits for a person to have.