For that last panel, I had this scene from an otherwise forgettable Disney movie bouncing in my head. In The Emperor’s New Groove, a bunch of the villain’s thugs get alchemically transformed into animals. One turns into a cow and says, “Umm, excuse me, I’m a cow, can I go home?” Don’t know why that stuck with me, other than the sheer absurdity of it.
Got the proof of Book Two in my hands and… hoo boy do I have a lot of mistakes to fix, not least of which is the cover, which got offset by about a quarter of an inch. Come hell or high water, this sucker will be available before Thanksgiving!