The fighter Fei is punting across the arena is Ra’akshi, who ultimately went on to win the entire damn tournament. I remember messaging Magistelle, his artist, early on in round two and very nervously asking for permission to do harm to her boy, because at this juncture I was still just incredibly intimidated by pretty much every artist in the competition who wasn’t me.

One of the things I was desperately trying to get down pat was clarity of action and narrative flow, since that had nearly been my downfall in round one; I continued to experiment with this throughout the tournament.