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Prologue: Page 16
See, here’s a new page, right on schedule. I didn’t renege on my promise, nor did I get hospitalized again! In my life, now, that’s a success.

If you’ve ever had a 9-to-5 job before, you’ll know this page isn’t really an exaggeration. Helvetica and Futura are friends, which is why (despite herself) Helvetica starts airing all her complaints about her other co-workers. I’m aware this page might seem a bit boring or slow, but that’s mostly because this whole sequence is laying the foundation for important characters and plot points to come.

Designing Helvetica’s office was a collaborative process. I knew I wanted her to have houseplants, but couldn’t find anything that felt right. Lucky for me, one of my really good friends is a botanist, so I gave him free rein. He chose the sedum plant, and I drew two different varieties: in the extreme foreground is “Sedum T-rex” and in the background is “Sedum Thunderhead.” Thank you so much for your help, Matty!
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