To the untrained eye…

It might seem that James Allen, keeper of the Trail flame, relies on copies of previous images to keep his panels full of expressions…

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And certainly, if one compares the first panels of yesterday’s and today’s installments, there seems to be evidence of that…

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But look at the mouth.  Ever so slightly different…  so it would seem that he might start with a basic outline or template and then fills in the shading and the details?  Otherwise I would image we might be looking at faces that are nigh-on unrecognizable…  The way that Rusty and Cherry sometimes appear and you’d swear they were new characters!

But the story?  Rock salt?  I guess it’s a real thing, although not recommended by this fella…  He prefers more lethal rounds for home protection!  Castle Doctrine, anyone?

Anyway, the Sheriff sure seems to think it’s funny!!