In case anybody’s wondered about Varony’s “slasher smile” before, it’s not an “I’m going to enjoy murdering you” face, it’s an “I’m a scary predator, be afraid of me” face. Generally tree creature expressions translate reasonably well to human, and Varony’s observed enough to have a pretty fluent handle on the nuances that don’t, but that one’s kind of sticky. It seems to have the bonus of making humans think he’s ax-crazy, though, so more or less the same result…?
Unfortunately at this point it’s looking like I’m going to have delay the next page update till next Tuesday. I’ll do my best to get it done for Friday, but between the labor-intensiveness of the scene and things going on at my day job, I don’t think there are going to be enough hours for it. It’s a lousy place to delay an update, I know… sorry about that.