So – first thing’s first: this is number 33.  In the twelve years since Jeph Jacques mentioned it, the number has probably gone up a little (or a lot), but still and all, I’ve always had in my head that 33 was the magic number I needed to get past before I was seriously telling the story.  So hoo hah and all that.

Secondly, the background for the ‘tunnel to the outside’ panels (3-6) is what the background for page 3 and 4 should have been, if I’d had some idea of how to do that then.  Amazing how much you can learn in a couple months.  I probably will go back at some point and put the background into those pages, unless some purist tells me that’s cheating or something (and then I’ll probably do it anyway).