I’m not sure if there’s a lot of Petunia in me. I try to prevent my characters from becoming too much like anyone, especially myself. Still, I think it’s impossible not to add a little of yourself into your stories and characters.

When I outlined Petunia as a character a while ago some of her defining characteristics were: motivated, loyal, and serious. I guess I would also add romantic and damaged to that list now…

I really wonder how other people interpret these characters. I don’t think I’m really pushing a lot of their traits town your throat, am I? Someone told me once that they all seem pretty normal, despite the weird stuff going on. I suppose that’s good! I want them to be relatable, but I also don’t want them to be boring. Let me know if you have any feedback.

OH, and I really want to know what people think Petunia’s eye and hair colors are. I heard one interpretation and was very surprised. I guess that can happen when a comic is in black and white.

3 thoughts to “Pushed”

  1. Fun questions, Chris! I’ve always pictured Petunia with dark hair and brown eyes, in the same vein as Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, or any other heroine you’d expect to see in a Tim Burton movie 😀
    Incidentally, you might enjoy this list of Burton’s favorite tropes:
    You’ve done a nice job of conveying personality and mood through subtleties like body language and facial expressions, not just through pithy dialogue. I love learning about their histories, and how they came to be the way we know them now!

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