Here’s the pumpkin I carved this year.
This strip, I’m not sure where the inspiration came from. I think I may have been carving a pumpkin and made a joke about how it seemed I was performing brain surgery. Giving Vachel the role of explaining this to Dee was the most fun route.
When I started drawing Little Dee, someone told me it’d never be big because too many people would think that it was horrible that parents might lose a kid, and scary for parents with kids thinking they could.
But there was something about the situation which kept intriguing me, like the little bit of spark and discomfort behind the entire strip. it is fun and happy and loving, but there is this background conflict which you know someday must be resolved.