I'm starting the countdown to ep. 3 with the most detailed layout thumbnail I did for this episode. In fact, as you can see above: I even did two. I chose to upload this because I think it illustrates my working process well. You can see the corrections I made, and the progress from first draft to final page ( http://ad1997.smackjeeves.com/comics/72839/ ).
The two possibilities Naomi's considering here as an explanation of the black orb's origin are more or less improvised, meaning they didn't appear in the script (which wasn't as detailed as ep. 1's script to begin with). In the script I set a storytelling-"goal" for each page and when scribbling layouts I would consider ways of how best to achieve that goal. This page is somehwhat a digression from the main storyline, but since it's really the ONLY digression in the whole pilot (I like to call eps. 1 & 2 "the series pilot") I thought I could take this chance to confuse the readers a bit...
The first possibility Naomi's considering is a spoof of Green Lantern's origin, which is rooted in my then-recent reading Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontier" miniseries (which I highly recommend). The second is my stab at a somewhat Marxian oversimplification of a manichaic (simple good/evil) scheme. The following panel is Naomi's recalling what happened between eps. 1 and 2, Motes telling her she could (or rather should) leave.
awhhhh even your sketches are great XD hehe this is great
Thanks so much *bow*