The first piece is called Minimal-is-him .  It is a strip that I worked on for a long time before I could get across what I was trying to say (whatever that is).  The original thumbnails went on and on, about eighteen pages or so, and by the end it was so dark and so horrible that it no longer looked like the strip I had originally intended it to be.  I had the throw all of that away and start fresh.  In some ways this piece is about stripping down one’s art to get to its essence.