Chapter: Part of the Circle
Page: Stay Back!

25th Sep 2021, 12:00 PM

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25th Sep 2021, 12:00 PM Thought I needed to stop putting Kat and Evan in a box so much
(。☉౪ ⊙。)

In all seriousness though—this scene is very sad. I hadn’t planned on this, and didn’t think of it till recently—but it reminds me a lot of the scene from Madagascar (I already mentioned this on social media) where Marty approaches Alex, telling him to come back home. Alex is so afraid of losing control of himself after discovering his wild nature that he builds himself a fortress designed to keep everyone away. But this doesn’t phase Marty, who is Alex’s best friend. When Marty refuses to leave, Alex lashes out at him like a wild lion would. But then his eyes go back to normal for a second and he pleads “I don’t wanna hurt you!”


For such a slapstick movie, it sure had a brutal moment there. I love how Marty stays with Alex even though Alex won’t let him come too close. In moments like that—sometimes solitude is the last thing we need.


25th Sep 2021, 12:08 PM Yeah, a good demonstration as to why (good/healthy) communication is so important.
If one person just runs off, it leaves the other person confused and maybe sad.
25th Sep 2021, 12:40 PM Totally! Even if you're just trying to protect someone, avoiding them without telling them why isn't fair.
25th Sep 2021, 12:39 PM wow... that's a major understatement, but wow...

I was not expecting this at all. It makes perfect sense in hindsight, but...

25th Sep 2021, 12:42 PM I'm glad it makes sense! And yeah, suddenly avoiding your best friend (if not only friend) is awful.
25th Sep 2021, 4:07 PM Let's traumatize the emotionally disturbed kid.

I think Kat has a reckoning coming with Kairo, something along the lines of "Remember when I accidentally knocked you across the room? Well, this is not accidental." *violence noises*
25th Sep 2021, 4:43 PM Yeah to us it may seem like that, but Kairo doesn't know anything about Evan's mother dying though. He wasn't given any specific details.

X') ohmigoodness she might at least threaten him if he really messed Evan up
25th Sep 2021, 5:57 PM I love Kat in that second panel, so happy :D , great poses here they really emote what they're feeling .

Madagascar was great, I remember 1 and 2 being so hilarious and light in tone lolol, but you're right they had some great heartwrenching arcs/moments too! Especially with Alex dang.
25th Sep 2021, 6:35 PM Aw that’s awesome, I’m glad they worked out! And it’s been great to draw Kat again :D

Yeah I know the original Madagascar is a classic in my family—I really like that arc with Alex and Marty of course, but the other thing I love is the dialogue—it just sounds like me and my siblings bickering, so it’s very relatable and easy for us to quote ;)
25th Sep 2021, 7:08 PM Oh no, poor Evan! 😰
25th Sep 2021, 7:23 PM Darn right! 😞
26th Sep 2021, 1:31 AM Kat's an artist too? Have we seen her drawing before?
26th Sep 2021, 4:43 AM I haven’t really had a chance to show this yet, but yeah, Kat likes drawing and is pretty creative. Evan draws more than she does, but Evan’s drawings are perfect specimens since his mimicry makes him able to draw anything he’s ever seen (perfectly) from memory. Kat’s drawings are probably mostly fun doodles.
26th Sep 2021, 10:44 AM Oof, not having him (or us) seeing the background for a second there is really effective.
26th Sep 2021, 2:06 PM Awesome, thanks! Yeah he's in his own head there
26th Sep 2021, 7:35 PM I gotta wonder what the following conversations will be like, could get depressing.

Otherwise, Evan might be overreacting to Kat's anatomy drawing. Can't be that bad, right?
27th Sep 2021, 8:39 AM That would be hilarious 😂
28th Sep 2021, 10:27 PM Though I'm now curious what she's drawing. Perhaps time to depict Sunstrike and Bluemist extra content or out of context panels, depending on how we can edit Kat's sketchbook.
29th Sep 2021, 8:15 AM Yeah that would be fun!
26th Sep 2021, 7:39 PM Ouch. He seems to have gone from feeling like he's the only one who can protect her to feeling like he's just another threat. Kairo isn't exactly the most fit counselor, is he? Though I'm not really sure who would be able to get through to Evan at this point.
27th Sep 2021, 8:42 AM Right? And Kairo is definitely not a counselor. He was trying to understand Evan's powers, not fix Evan's trauma.

And same :(
27th Sep 2021, 7:18 AM Awwww the way he scooted away broke my heart a little. 😢

And I love the detail of the characters sticking out of the third panel a little. Great job on this page as usual 👌
27th Sep 2021, 8:45 AM Same 😿

Thanks so much!!
9th Oct 2021, 12:13 PM Aww her face. This is a sad moment D: (and that was one of my fav scenes in Madagascar)
9th Oct 2021, 4:14 PM Mine too! (˃ ⌑ ˂ഃ )