ATP, Episode 7

The penultimate page of this story was a bit of challenge. Recall that on page 6, there is a big scissor protein with its blades open in the center of the page. My original plan was to have the reader turn the page and have the scissors drawn the same size but now with the blades snapping closed. Unfortunately, the silhouette of a pair of closed scissor with the blades pointing down looks like a big set of manly naughty bits. After my inner middle schooler stopped snickering like an idiot, I redesigned the page with a sequence of close-ups. I hope it still reads well visually.  Poor Wilbur. For those that have read the photosynthesis story, you can see that this is becoming a theme for our fly hero.

UPDATED: Page 6 and 7 have been modified at the suggestion of my lovely wife and primary editor. Lisa pointed out two visual sticking points she thought could be improved. First, it seemed to her that putting the phosphate right at the hinge would block the blades from closing completely. Second, she didn’t feel there were enough positively charged amino acids in the handles for the phosphate to pull on. At first I resisted the suggestions. (Frankly, I didn’t want to do the work.) But, she was spot on. It is nice to be married to someone with good visual literacy. I have included the updated version below the original.

The story can be read from the beginning over at the ATP post.


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