Last time I posted a comic here I talked about working at a large scale and trying to think about the comics page as a painting or poster as well as a storytelling device. Creating something that works on a visual level when you look at it from far away as well as read it up close. This story was a perfect opportunity to put some of that thinking to a practical purpose: I actually made it for a gallery show, at a bigger size than I've ever worked before. A lot of the inspiration for it came from the Greek vase paintings on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York, though Rodin's erotic watercolors still hold as powerful a sway over my drawing as ever, maybe even more of one since I was trying to see if I could make fine art as well as comics with this strip. Frank Santoro's comics, as ever with these, were also a big influence. Most of the drawings here are from life in some roundabout way or another: the female figures are copied from a few life drawings I did back in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, and the male figures are yours truly, posing in the mirror. The flat color seems to be everybody's favorite part of this one. It's not often that works in painting, but then again these aren't quite paintings -- so there you have it, I suppose.