Their discussion takes place in the priest's chambers, amid some pretty lavish period decor and tricky camera angles I had to come up with to cover up the fact that there currently exists no examples of 12th century Imperial court taoist priest's chambers anywhere that I could find. (If anybody knows of one, please let know...)
What was I thinking when I wrote it, anyway? Not what it was going to be like to draw it, that's for sure. Why do I get myself into these situations? Writing this stuff that I have no idea how to draw? Truthfully, I don't want to think about it too much.
If I only created stories that were made up of the things I already knew about, my version of that cool sequence from that cool movie or comic or storyteller or whatever that I liked, then I don't feel as if I'd improve much as an artist. I might be faster, or more commercial, or even more well-known and popular. But that's not really the same thing as good, and never really was.
Still, it was worth it, I think...one more scene that's never been done before in American comics, at the very least. I can now add some massive Chinese furniture to the repetoire. And the next time such a sequence comes up in this paper Song Dynasty World I've dreamed up for the series, I'll be that much more ready.
And, perhaps, better.