This is episode 140 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.
Shop talk: The last panel is one of those scenes which just got sillier as I drew it. I knew our hero would have an axe – and maybe an arrow – in his back. And then I just kept adding weapons. Poor guy. I’m super happy withe the drawing in that last panel – from his expression to his twisting figure to his hands down to the hints of toes inside the socks.
Also, in the last panel, you can see hard, black shadows – which I’ve rarely used because of how I color the comic strip. From the beginning, I’d used outlines to define the figures and added any shadows in the coloring stage. I’ve changed the process a little – adding a step because that’s what I just keep doing 🙂 This will mean more heavy black shadows – which I love.
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— Steve @theSteveConley