“Hey, wasn’t Sundar supposed to be in makeup during the protest?”
“Aw, shit. Well, we’d better address that in dialogue, see if we can get some laughs out of it.”

Gotta love Frigg in panel 3. Funny that she and not Bandit is more eager to take Byron to task for “fucking up everything AGAIN,” considering Chapter 8 and its fallout. Guess Bandit is still pretty warm to Byron after her election.

A little defensive pessimism can be important when you’re facing an uncertain outcome. But you’ve got to balance that with motivational optimism. And if that sounds a little contradictory, well, that’s life for you.