Getting today's comic just right was incredibly important for numerous reasons. I wanted to showcase how strong Luna has become without trivializing her infertility. It's not something to be taken lightly and I want to treat the subject with respect.
I'm happy with her in today's strip and hope you folks are, too. Those of you who weren't happy with the price she had to pay certainly let me know it yesterday. I was originally going to make a punchline out of a particularly angry statement someone had e-mailed me, but I opted not to go for a funny comic today. Shame, too. It was a funny remark in an otherwise outraged e-mail.
Every writer will tell you that, after a while, your characters write themselves. That's not totally the case with me, as I often struggle with dialogue and getting it just right. Instead my characters let me know when the time is right for them to say certain things.
Today, after many years of writing Luna's development, was the right time for her to shrug off potentially self-esteem shattering news and focus on all the good she's accomplished. It was almost revelatory for me to write her dialogue and say to myself, "Yeah, she'd totally say that. She's strong enough now."
And here's just a tiny spoiler for you folks, since you've been with me for this long journey and through this year-long storyline.
The dragon said she'd never be pregnant.
He didn't say she'd never be a mother.
That's all from me for now.