This took really long considering the small number of panels! But there was a lot of work to do on the back/foreground in panel 2, and on the picture, which originally showed workers beginning the restoration work...
Designing the insignia for the Brigade was a challenge. My priority was to steer clear from any symbol that could seem to hint at something used by an existing militia, and let me tell you there are/were LOADS of those. As usual, I thought hard for several days to no avail and the final idea came when I gave up thinking
This, as I hope is obvious, shows an eye on a red shield the eye for watchfulness, the shield for protection. Ironically (and that only occured to me later), the eye is a popular talisman against jinn.
I went to the Museum to sketch my backgrounds for this page . The National Museum has so much baggage I don't even want to get into it it was something like the Berlin wall: get too close and you'll die. Militias encamped themselves in it, snipers, the works. I wanted that scene set there to give a glimpse of the inside, to which I have a personal emotional connection. You see, the large items in the collection could not be evacuated when the war broke out. The smaller ones were walled into the basement (the most precious taken to banks abroad), but the sarcophagi, mosaics and the rest were covered in concrete as they stood. They sat out the 15 years of conflict (and the few years of restoration) exactly as pictured above, before being brought back to light.
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