I think it was about here that I started drawing the skirts longer than I originally planned
(in the new final pages). The original idea was to
draw them the way you typically find them in anime or manga like Inu Yasha, but I couldn't
do it right and it always ended up looking dumb. I still have some variation of the short skirt
in the early pages but I never really liked it and started switching to the longer type. Although
you won't see it for a while, the skirts gradually get to be about ankle length (although I think
I might keep Rieko's the length of the final version of the page; it looks appropriate with
the long socks and I can see her wearing one that short for some reason).
Anyway, it was worth redrawing this just for the way I drew Mai in the third panel of the new page.
Also, I'm pointing out the obvious but these pages really look bad scanned at 600 dpi.