Strip #851 was the first time I've ever drawn Kira with puppy dog eyes. She isn't in a "pleading for forgiveness" mode very often, obviously. More often, she's wanting someone else to plead for forgiveness.
I referenced photos of sad puppies in an attempt to get this right, but I don't think I did. I think she looks more like she's about to pass out. Anyway, after all these strips, that was the first time I'd ever attempted that sort of expression for her, which I thought was interesting. After 851 strips, you'd think that I would already have given her every possible facial expression. But no.
I guess we all compartmentalize to some extent, but for Kira to say she never does anything to hurt anyone ... wow. Let's see, she's blasted a wide variety of people and monsters, she's intent on ending Toby's career, she rained down thunderbolts on her old schoolmates, and don't even get me started on her relationship with Ulf. Her talent for compartmentalizing is even better than her talent for magic.
Her conscience sure has plenty of material to work with.
Sorry I missed the Dec. 10 update. I got a new PC and I'm having trouble getting the file-transfer process to work. So I couldn't upload that update. I hope and expect to have it resolved in time for the Dec. 17 update.