The story gets a little weird here. But if Dumbo can have a whole sequence devoted to imaginary pink elephants, I figure we can do a page. The look of the spirit is an homage to those pink elephants in Dumbo. Those guys had a loose whimsical quality I like, mixed with a nice degree of spookiness.

Personifying the idea of “spirit” seemed like the right way to go for this story. To me it’s not just a story device, I do think there’s a voice inside us that lets us know if we’re on the path of courage and love. Maek, like the rest of us, just has to learn to listen to it when times get tough.

Of course he’s just catching a glimpse of it now. It’s good to know it’s out there.