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One of the things I’ve been doing during my Watusi retool project is get a better handle on the role his large supporting cast plays, and these “Page in the life of…” strips help me figure out how those characters relate to my title character. I even considered paring the cast down to a “core four” like worked so well for Seinfeld and Spongebob, but realized that my larger cast functions in a different way. Polly, as someone who Watusi would likely see every day, was even in the running (no pun intended) to make the top four! While the next story won’t necessarily reflect it, I intend to make better use of her in the future. Plus, I can see where Watusi’s friendly relationship with his mail carrier would cause other dogs to question Watusi’s real “dogness”, which has some story potential of its own…
Is there any cast member you’d particularly like to see featured in a “Page in the life of…” strip?
*(This post’s title, by the way, owes a debt (and probably an apology) to both Haruki Murakami (whose own thoughts on running partly influenced Polly’s responses) and Raymond Carver.)
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I always like a large cast with supporting and recurring characters. I think the story possibilities are more bountiful with a large ensemble than being stuck with just three or four characters. I always have enjoyed Polly and her relationship with Watusi. How about shining the spotlight on Stilts?
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I’ve always thought of Stilts as a man of mystery, so haven’t wanted to overthink his situation (much like this week’s co-star), but I may just have an idea for him…