When Akio and his mother move across the country to live with a mysterious acquaintance of his dead father, it's an adjustment. When they learn that the man's wife is dead and his son hasn't left the house in years, it's a shock. When the son starts letting Akio in on the rest of the family's secrets, things really start to get weird. It's going to be a long winter.
I'm happy with this page, all things considered. And I don't think I'll be super busy this week, so I'll try to get some extra pages done. I need to pick up the pace if I'm going to get this story done within the next ten years. xD
@Mavi: Wow, thank you for commenting so diligently! It warms my heart. x3 And yeah, the stuff on the wall takes extra time to draw, but I think it's especially important for a story with a historical setting (or fantasy, or anything unusual like that) to have backgrounds, so I'm at least giving it a shot.
Maybe I'm over-analyzing, but I get a real sense that you're being wisely selective on what's your panel chooses to focus on: not giving too much away, but enough to keep things interesting.
For instance, the slow progression of last four panels truly adds to creepy atmosphere of your character's words (not to mention, how you choose to space out the dialogue helps the emphasis, too).
Hmm... one can only wonder about the odd figure in the last panels. O_o; The comic's usage of stark whites and blacks really helps with the atmosphere too, methinks. It'd be interesting to play with kinds of dramatic/atmospheric lighting...especially with a storyline like this.