Words and pictures of Amelie Wikstrom 2019

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Due to a lack of understanding of Rachel's model combined with trying to figure out what a person closing a door behind them looks like, the first draft of panel 1 had her in a boobs & butt pose. This was one time when redrawing a thing entirely was worth it.

And yes, in a surprising twist the Hearthstown sky at night turns from the color of a dead television channel into the color of a dead television channel. It's not exactly pleasant to be out in, especially if you don't like being rained on, but it's at least survivable for extended periods of time.

I've been rereading "Wapsi Square" and noticed how much it has in common with what I want to do here. There's character driven comedy and drama. There's a cast of women with some various shall we say idiosyncratic physical attributes (just wait until you see Ellie the bartender) who're working to survive and/or express themselves apart from or in spite of the limitations those attributes impose on them. And there's a bunch of magic stuff going on in the background.

There's a difference in that the plot of "Wapsi" is mostly about the characters solving the mysteries of this magic while "Some Girls" inhabit a world that is inured to mystery. Nobody's trying to keep anything secret, and nobody's going on any grand quests to figure out why, for instance, Hearthstown is encased in a bubble of air that makes the sky look incredibly strange from inside. The characters tend to be, perhaps, scientifically literate enough to figure out how this stuff affects them personally without great difficulty (keep your head down if you have to go outside during the day in the city), and to acknowledge there are other people out there better equipped to explore the big questions.

As I believe would be the case in a world like this.

Anyway, it's funny to me. "Wapsi Square" is maybe in my top twenty favorite webcomics. Barely. I mean I like it, but it's never been what you'd call an inspiration. And the way I converged on this comic over the years, out of the many stories I've wanted to tell but found prose insufficient, I don't think I spent even one thought about Wapsi. (It is a hard name to remember, you know.) I've basically independently invented much of the same collective of tropes. Probably comforting to know it's a model that works.