Happy birthday, Mark!
What? Mark's birthday was weeks ago? Well, better late than never---which I should know, because I'm still waiting on Mark to make a comic for my birthday.
With this comic, Mark has now appeared in more of my comics than I have. And his mother is a close runner up.
Drawing Board This one took awhile to do, largely because I couldn't really decide how to lay it out. I'm still unhappy with the pacing. The set up takes too long (the first 1/3rd of the comic). I tried to shorten it to 2 panels, but it just didn't quite work. Because that took longer, I had to cut out some of the (admittedly weaker) panels, which truncates the "exploration" of other ideas. And then the final panel/ending is too quick, but it isn't really enough for two panels. So the whole thing seems mis-timed.
I attempted the checkerboard pattern that Mark suggested a few comics ago (alternating black and white panels), and it's not as distracting as I thought it would be. And I also added some grey tones to aid with depth as Paul suggested a few comics back (via thin black lines, since true grey tones don't reproduce well). The "greys" didn't work quite as well, but I think that's because I didn't use them as effectively as I could have.
For the longest time, I had no idea what to call this comic. I tried all kinds of plays on the word "death." It wasn't until I thought of "afterlife" that the title became obvious, as Why My Life Sucks is the name of Mark's infamous comic series.