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WORLD OF HURT – The Thrill-Seekers – Episode 32: “…And Then I’m Gonna Kill ‘Im”
I really thought I was firing on all cylinders with this strip, but the response far surpassed by expectations. This was by far one of the most popular episodes in the series’ run. There was a whole lot going on in this episode and, in hindsight, it was one of the rare moments where the balls labeled Plot, Art, Characterization that you’re juggling all stay suspended in the air in one beautiful moment. Some of it is pure happenstance and good fortune. We get a nice peek into Pastor’s past, a bit of humor, some tough guy dialogue, backstory for Ned Belmont, and a dramatic reveal by the lovely Mrs. Belmont all in the span of three panels. The line “…And then I’m going to kill i’m,” wasn’t the original line of dialogue. I forgot what I originally had, but I remember changing it at the last minute. I’m glad that I did, because readers absolutely loved that line, and I still get comments about it today.
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