As originally storyboarded, the first panel on this page was deeply detailed, with tears and dust, and the barkeep gently touching the young man’s arm.
It was too much.
Sometimes it’s important to cut a shut down to its bare essence. Anika’s defiant stride, the boy’s slumped shoulders, and Trey’s respectful distance said everything that was needed for this shot. It’s a visual representation of one of the most important rules of writing: Less is more.