The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they don't seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box.
What's going on right now:
Grace and Simon are exploring the Rialto, which is the theatre on the other side of the passage.
They've found something to eat, but now they need some of the niceties of eating - like plates and cutlery.
About the page...
If Purina ever made a "Teenager Chow", I'm sure it would involve chicken nuggets.
If you're having some confusion about the hot water situation, homes in Otterstow do not have hot running water. Simon mentions why in a page or two (fuel costs, basically).
My production time is improving. I'm drawing the characters faster and I'm learning how to make Blender* render pictures faster and easier. However, I find that I keep having to model rather simple things for props - like a can opener.
*Blender is the program I use to create CGI. It is very sophisticated (i.e. difficult to learn) and is available, completely free of charge, here .
Drawing completed - 10 JAN 2011
Rialto Living Quarters
Abandoning the lower section of the refrigerator, he explored the freezer and found some white plastic bags covered in frost. A little wary after his last experiment, he pulled one of the bags out and was relieved to see a clear label along with an embellished illustration of the contents.
"Chicken nuggets?" he read out loud.
"Didn't know chickens had nuggets," Grace responded looking up from a drawer that was devoid of openers. She opened another drawer. "HA! Result!" she said, holding aloft the opener. "Now for some spoons."
"Bet they're all in there," Simon mentioned, pointing to the basin of self-dirtying dishes.
"They'll need cleaning, then," Grace said. "At least there's running water."
"I see a second tap, and it's got an 'aytch' on it," Simon observed, "so obviously for hot, but I don't see the heater or a switch or a burner or anything."
They stared at the sink for a moment in silent deliberation.
Without saying a word, Grace grabbed the knob labelled 'H' and gave it a spin.