This matchup, naturally, filled me with an insane, primordial panic. Not only was I up against one of the most ridiculously talented artists in round one, the round two gimmick was now “battle royale,” in which all hell has broken loose and in addition to the rules in round one, your comic had to feature at least one crowd shot with multiple contestants present. As you can probably imagine, I was completely terrified and fell back on the one reliable thing I’ve learned as an artist over this tournament: how to transform panic into art.

This is also the beginning of a character tic that carried on into every other round: Fei giving people nicknames.