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Maggie & Co take a stroll down Quinpool Road…

This kind of makes sense, direction-wise in Halifax, as the house I designed Maggie’s house from is in the South end (so maybe they’d walk down Robie Street), and the house I drew for Lucy & Alistair (you’ll see it later) is in the poshy area close to Point Pleasant Park. A very nice area to jog in, if I so say so …

Anyway! Tomorrow there will be a guest post! I’ve been saving it all week for just the right moment. XD

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  1. Ryorin says:

    I love the looks Alistair and Lucy give Maggie in the fourth panel. “Caught you geeking-out and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

    • Vanessa says:

      Ditto! I was going to say that I love how unimpressed he is with the other two’s antics throughout all these pages, lol.

  2. Ed Sizemore says:

    That’s a great moment, when people you know go from being acquaintances to being friends. That moment when you crack open the armor and let them take a real peek inside.

    • Faith Erin Hicks says:

      Oh man, I know. It’s the best feeling in the world when you slowly realize you are really going to be friends with this person, that they totally grok you. XD

  3. clemon says:

    I can’t wait to see Lucy & Alistair’s house.

    I sort of know where that area is in Halifax.

  4. Maritza says:

    Ah DO declare, I have been thoroughly enjoying this sequence. I completely mirror Maggie’s feelings on Alien. I consider it to be one of the best movies ever made, I loved Ripley to death, I saw it when I was fairly young. The NOSTROMO is my second favorite ship ever, and so on and on.

    It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that Maggie is finding true friendship. Being alone in high school is hell.

  5. AndyW says:

    While I agree Alien is the better film in terms of scares, story and characterisation, I have to admit I enjoyed Aliens more. Less scary, more exciting, and (dare I say it?) better paced. Plus, it didn’t make the awful mistake of revealing, at the end, that the monster was a guy in a rubber suit – it was a guy in a very expensive business suit :D

    Brilliant graphic novel, loving it lots. Thanks!

    • Faith Erin Hicks says:

      I think Alien and Aliens are both great, and for different reasons. Personally I prefer the story and characters of Alien, but Aliens is really fun. I love yelling “GAME OVER GAME OVER MAN!” and inopportune times. If there’s anything I don’t like about Aliens, it’s that it’s followed by Alien3, which was just horrible. I saw it once and probably won’t again. Newt dying just destroyed me. :( All that sacrifice in Aliens, for nothing.

      • AndyW says:

        I refuse to believe that any such movie as Alien3 was ever made. It was just a bad dream I had, I’m sure of it.

  6. Jill Fogarty says:

    That is the view from the bottom floor of the building I lived in! It’s amazing seeing these places immortalized in your work. =) Fantastic job!!

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