However, Sarah's pathos isn't just there for the sake of humor or the proliferation of dirty jokes. Her honesty reveals truths that can also be painful to fully discover. Not only does Sarah have a more realistic idea about what makes her happy, but she also has a very deep understanding of the sources of her life's woes. An abandoned storyline from Existentia detailed Sarah's struggle to quit smoking. The drama of that story didn't only come from that struggle, but also from Sarah's attempts to explain it to Ellison.
In all her appearances, some readers have persisted in telling me how they see Sarah as a monstrous archetypal projection of femininity and feminine sexual power. In response to this, I say that, if Sarah comes across as monstrous in some way, I think it makes her seem less intimidating. You see, unlike the people we see in our day-to-day lives, cartoon characters like Sarah have their quirky traits integrated into their visual designs. The "monster," in effect--the avatar of a person's fear or anxiety--lives on the outside.
Next week, I will share some forthcoming examples of my fledgling talent with Illustrator's Pen Tool.
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