Ah, these two! They who must not yet be named because I make a joke about this later and even though I recommend not reading the commentaries the first time through the archives it would be a spoiler and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’s new but seriously if you’re new and you’re reading the commentaries and the comics it’s going to be nuts what are you doing you should probably stick to just the comics if you’re new I swear the art gets better!
Huh. The last paragraph turned into a run-on sentence completely lacking in proper punctuation. Well, I’m sure that’ll never happen again.
The hammers were inspired by a trope I’d seen in anime in which angry female characters would suddenly acquire weapons out of nowhere, usually in response to a man angering them. The anime that comes to mind is Ranma 1/2, which Is appropriate enough given future events which will occur in this comic.
As for these characters who must not yet be named, I came up with them long before I ever came up with El Goonish Shive. That PROBABLY explains why assistant who must not yet be named has enormous pigtails for a hairstyle.
Commentary added August 4th, 2014