In this comic, a long-standing question is answered.
Subtitle: Мой хлопчык means “My boy.”
I had huge problems with the composition and palette on this one. I think ultimately it’s a problem of Notan–the value contrasts are not forming a “readable” space.
Much of the complication has to do, of course, with rendering the mangled flying machine, which was essential to the gag. If you can call it a gag–the tone ends up more serious here. I guess the narrative format here is similar to this comic, where rather than landing on a punchline, a visual gag opens the strip, and then the comedy is undercut by drama.
I also wanted the flying machine to be believable, so I took some time to design it. I decided Babcia cannibalized a bicycle, tractor, and canvas from a truck, and did some research on ornithopters. Here are a couple of my sketches, just for fun: