Guess what! Yesterday was the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which here in the U.S. allowed for the internment of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II (including my grandparents and great-grandpa!). The order and internment were both super unconstitutional and super shady in ways that are pretty relevant to current events such as Trump's Muslim ban. If you don't know much about it, this week is a great time to start learning! You can start with this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.
This is one of the most unnecessary pages in the comic, but I've always pictured Mr. Hyde with an umbrella. I've pictured him that way at least since highschool and as a result I . . . don't really remember why? It's from the same era where I decided to name my official portfolio site See Goat Run. Which it still is. My literal portfolio site, where I send literal recruiters if I am trying to get literal jobs, has a name that I thought was super funny when I was fourteen.
I think the appeal of Hyde with an umbrella is that it's a sillier version of the cane Hyde traditionally carries around. It can still do all the things a cane does, but it would be a lot harder to murder someone with an umbrella in a GrimDark Victorian Drama. You'd need a whole lot of smog machines and dim lighting to make up for the inherent silliness of an umbrella. Also I think I liked to imagine that Hyde was small and light enough for an umbrella to carry him up into the air, Mary Poppins style.
This may be the first time I ever drew Hyde with an umbrella.