Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Janet (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Todd Faber, the writer and director of the play Typhoid Mary Blues, decided to quit the performance because he is scared.

Janet, one of the actors in the productions visits him on the night he decided to leave. She wanted to talk about her thoughts of how Mary felt to be on the island (but what this is referring to we don’t know since we do not get even a glimpse the performance in the comic).

Todd tells her that he is leaving the production because he is scared. This visibly upsets Janet.

The following day Janet is about to tell the rest of the crew about Todd’s departure, but he arrives for rehearsal rejuvenated after his dream where he encounters Morpheus who inspires hope. Todd tells Janet that “Someones you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes when you fall, you fly.”

Fear of Falling originally appears in Vertigo Preview # 1 and was later collected as the opening story in The Kindly Ones. Janet appears on pages 1, 2 and 10 of this story.

Anna really enjoys this story and so I wanted her to draw Janet. She did an excellent job with this portrait and with this character. I like the shape of her face. It gives her a sense of friendliness. I also like Janet’s hair. The line work within the hair gives the impression that it is incredibly wavy and it definitely complements the Janet from the published story. This is a fantastic portrait from Anna.

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