Shaenon: As long as I’m scanning old sketches, here are some early drawings of Violet. I knew how I wanted her to look, but it took a while to get it right.

Oh, and hey! This is not technically Skin Horse-related, but Jeff and I both have stories in this anthology:

Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die is, er, a collection of stories about people who know how they will die, edited by the remarkable Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki! My story is “Prison Knife Fight.” Jeff’s is “Torn Apart and Devoured by Lions.” The book makes a warm and uplifting holiday gift, so please order copies from Amazon and enjoy.

Channing: I desperately want to talk more about these sketches and how they fit into my developing understanding of the overplot, but, y’know, spoilers and all. For now, suffice to say that the strip thumbnailed here is one of my favorite Nick moments, because we so rarely get a chance to see him being all playful and such.