I’ll tell you a secret. I’m very, very fond of Gideon Lykander. His relationship with Iowa is one of my favorite things to write about, and I think I’m getting better at drawing it too. There aren’t an awful lot of people who would scratch a transformed werewolf behind the ears like that, particularly if he is her boss, but Iowa has always been a lot more intrigued by the Professor than she is afraid of him. That’s one of the reasons he likes her so much. She also is brilliant at her work, a loyal and hardworking apprentice, and she has more than a bit of a crush on him, which he is unbearably smug about. (This doesn’ bother Jack a bit– he knows it’s one of those intellectual things, and when it comes to the boyfriend stuff, he’s the only guy in her life.)
Artistically, this page is all about the transformation. If I keep drawing these characters for the rest of my life, I will never get tired of trying to figure out new ways to draw werewolves changing forms. I’m especially interested in just how far they can go before they stop being able to talk. I’m pretty sure by now that it varies by person: Gideon, who is highly educated and loves nothing more than the sound of his own elegant, snarky voice, doesn’t shut up until the very last minute.