Later on we’ll be getting into a Francis arc and I wanted to be able to set that up so when I decided that the bar would be burnt I could include a strip with a firefighter who digs muscly dudes and today’s strip was born.

I really like the way the firefighter’s jacket came out. The reflective yellow on it just looks pretty cool. It’s a simple thing to do but it really came out nicely if I do say so myself.

When I was designing him I had to think of a few things since adding new people to the cast is always tricky… I can’t have them feel too similar to someone already in the comic and I need them to feel appropriate for who they’ll be. I was watching an episode of Ballers, the Rock’s HBO show, andĀ Michael Cudlitz was in it. I thought he’d be an appropriate reference for this guy.

So yeah, sometimes I’ll base a character off of someone else and it helps me figure out their look just a little easier.