I didn't quite get the panel flow right on #5-7. We're meant to see the insta comments, then Jane's reaction to them, then Mar's photo. If they're read in that order it's just a happy accident - trust me, I am at fault for this one! But anyway,
This was specific to a feeling I had at the time, that everyone was speaking in hyperbole, everyone was screaming at jokes, literally crying at memes, desperately in love with their friends and industry acquaintances, and it just didn't seem possible to me. Not that those things aren't possible, but that anyone could sustain that kind of energy scrolling through these feeds, in an endless state of dull stimulation. I wanted to show Jane's icy acknowledgment of that, even as Mar's photo pierces her heart.
I wanted this to be a moment where Jane's love is stronger than her insecurities. She couldn't possibly hate Mar, even if she IS being rejected. In the face of the worst possible scenario, it's easier to imagine going through with it. At that point, it's just a question that begs an answer.
The last roommate panel has a shout-out to Dog of Wisdom, my brother Joe's YouTube cartoon that people are still shocked I have a connection to. The titular dog of wisdom is my terrier, Heidi.