I always knew I wanted to have a comic where Chapel is working on her math homework and really, really enjoying it! Although it’s not explicitly stated in the comic, I always knew I wanted math to be Chapel’s favorite subject. Are you surprised, especially considering that she’s an art-and-fashion type of girl? That’s exactly my point! In all types of fiction, it’s rare to see a girl who likes math and doesn’t fall into the “nerdy girl” stereotype. With Chapel, I try to break all sorts of stereotypes: she loves fashion and dressing up, but she also adores science fiction and math. In real life, nobody falls perfectly into any one stereotype, and that’s exactly how I’d like to present Chapel.
I also wanted to change up the background in this strip a little! I don’t often show Chapel outside of her house, so I decided to have her doing her homework at a coffee shop downtown. She’s the kind of girl who would like to spend time at a coffee shop just to people-watch, so I think it’s perfect.
There are two Doctor Who references hidden in this comic…can you find them?