In all honesty, creating the comic was pretty much a product of shaving a good idea down for deadlines. I started this quarter without a clue what to base my anthology piece on, since the theme was so open ended, I could pretty much do anything, as long as I don't use words!
But then I doodled up that cyclops monster, and fell in love with the design, and the story basically wrote itself around him. Originally the story was supposed to be 8 pages long, and the cyclops had an accomplice, an older version of Brightleaf's people who kept the cyclops as a friend/quard dog and the people had built up rumors that the monster was truly evil.
Due to time constraints, I ended up writing that portion out, but I kept the folklore, since it the Mayan-inspired art tells a fun story without any words, which obviously fit the criteria for the anthology.
The biggest triumph in the comics is, in my opinion my use of backgrounds, I think I finally gained a new plane in my work, and that I really pushed myself to the limit. Sadly, I didn't get into the Anthology, but I still have 5 really awesome pages to show off.