I'm bummed about having to pull this comic from the archive because I rather like the story of how Eddie got, and kept, his car. I received a fan art
from TJ Baldwin of Karate Bears
that postulates Eddie's thought process as he purchased it. I really like this interpretation, not only because I love the way Eddie is drawn, but also because in the ORIGINAL original opening chapter of Loud Era (which I am too sensitive about to put online for all and sundry) there was a comic that mostly showed the same thing, minus the captions. TJ is a mind reader!
This strip actually isn't too bad in terms of quality. Although the last panel was clearly added in later and breaks up the flow o' similarity. God damn, did I draw big ol' eyes back then.
More atrocious coloring.
First two panels added in later. It's a bit of a shame that this segment was lost because it provides us with a view into Aggie's home life, but it'll get made up for later on. Plus, I don't think the way the inside of the house is shown here really depicts how poor I envision their family to be. That fancy-ass phone doesn't help much, they probably would not have a phone, and if they did it would be one of those boxy wall units, I would estimate.
Check out those silhouettes in the background to represent people. I get much better at that later on, don't worry.
Oh, this comic seems so anachronistic I can't stand it. I'm fairly certain that at that point in history, when you dressed up on Halloween, you dressed in a terrifying thing as opposed to just costumes like a masquerade party. Maybe I'm wrong. I'll admit I didn't do much research for this brief chapter, though maybe I should have and then I wouldn't have had to delete it from the archive.
Little not-quite-chibi Dr. Galen is the best thing about this whole chapter.
EXTREME CLOSE-UPS YEAH ONLY SHOW PEOPLE'S FACES DON'T SHOW TORSOS BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO SEE BODY LANGUAGE. YEAH OH YEAH. But here we have the introduction of the elusive Kelly Madison, who broke Cal's heart in a story that gets revealed during the third chapter.