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Denying any responsibility for this is: Leon Arnott

The author writes:

As a celebratory bonus for reaching 100 comics, I now present concept sketches! Ready, set, go!

Gwenyth. Truth be told, she's also partially based on a character I wrote in high school - an anthropomorphic flower who grew out of a dud nuke lying in a paddock in Sussex. This is the real reason why, in her initial appearance, she still had leaves for fingers. The "side effects of heavy smoking" explanation was more of an after-the-fact thing.

Preston and Lenny. At first, I couldn't find any way to justify their ridiculous tall spiky hair. That's when I thought of the upside-down levitation boots.

Margaret, here seen swinging her katana through an ice demon's bloodied spine in a deleted episode from the street brawl.

If you were selling blades, you could possibly say of that sword, "It dissects! It bisects!"

Dr. Vladimir Dominus, M.D. A character that never was. He never actually made it into his scheduled strip...

...instead being replaced at the last minute by Brigadier-General Lily Peaceflora.

The coffee shop, when it was originally a giant twelve-metre-tall teapot that people climbed onto and scooped coffee out of for a fee. This idea was scrapped when I realised that the ambient heat of the coffee inside would burn anyone who tried to climb onto it.

The original roughs for the infamous squirrel episode. Nothing more to say about this!

I spent waaaay too much time drawing the Couscous Flufferiser, and not enough time drawing the desert surrounding it. Incidentally, I'm trying to counter the misconception that most deserts are lifeless, sterile expanses that are worth nothing to nobody. In reality, many deserts are home to a wide variety of unique animal life, the majority of which is nocturnal. And that's why most of my desert scenes take place at night - it gives me more things to draw in the background.

(And, for that matter, in the sky.)

And finally, roughs for yesterday's strip. Would you believe that my underline pencil broke halfway through? And all I had left in the tool drawer was a nub of green chalk? It's a wonder I didn't decide to just do it freehand.

Well, that's that. Gosh, time sure has flown. Here's to another 100!