Today, I’ll be posting the last two, belated pages of “Hibernate” in their rough form. First up is page 3 – where we meet the bear in question. She’s not super-interested in Vijay – but she was my favorite part of the story. I used photographic references to do the pencils and then let my imagine take over for the inking, which was mainly successful. It’s not photographic realism, but that’s never my goal…
I like the pacing of this page, and the weight of the bottom panel – as that is the moment where the protagonist turns back. And that is very much what this story is about – realizing that you’ve turned too far inward, or, in other words, turned into a person who is not so much true to yourself as to the narratives that we are given (but especially of superheroes). And so we move to the 4th page – where Vijay realizes some important truths about himself, his mom, the impermanence of existence, and the value of being ever-in-pursuit of a life that leaves this world a bit better than it was when you were born.