I try to learn something new every day. And one of the things that this particular section of the story taught me was that I should never again do another night scene--I think this page illustrates the principle fairly well.

     It's just that, from the very beginning, I've wanted each page of Terebinth to look like a wood block print. I don't know where I got this idea; all I can guess is that it must be another George Herriman/Krazy Kat thing.

     See, 'cause as Herriman got older, he started getting arthritic, and the last couple years of the strip, he would sometimes have difficulty working with his pen. So he would paint his piece of Bristol board completely black with ink, then use a knife to carve out the white spaces. And something about the look of these pages just makes me very happy.

     Now, I wouldn't trust myself with a knife, but I made the decision early on that I wouldn't use a brush anywhere on Terebinth. I wanted it to look rough and scratchy like it was carved somehow. Which makes the figures a little hard to make out when the page has been scanned in and shrunk to fit the screen and all.

     But that's OK. I don't mind if you don't....