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If you wonder about the fireworks, then you're not familiar with Beirut, LOL. And I type this during the World Cup, which demonstrates like nothing else and for a month nonstop, how crazy the locals are about things that go boom. As for the old VW vans, I saw them a while ago in some war photos and they stuck with me. Even in the midst of rubble and half-consumed by fire, they keep on looking absurdly cheerful. They fit the Brigade, whose every component is patched together of whatever can be found – men, uniform, equipment and vehicles.
The composition of this page gave me an enormous headache, as I simultaneously wanted Malaak's figure to dominate it and needed to fit the following three frames in, that could not be reduced to a single row. So there was a lot of moving things around in my photoshop file before reaching a satisfactory arrangement. This happens even when I'm sure of the page layout, so in order to stay flexible, I apply a habit picked up in my animation days: I work in layers. Backgrounds are drawn separately from characters, and groups of characters like the procession above are similarly deconstructed:
This saves me a lot of tearing hair out and redrawing, when I have to revise my layout decisions!