So Sarah is a new character I introduced to UnCONventional this year. She's become an unexpected success, and easily risen through the ranks to fan favorite alongside Lynn and Awesome Roy. Frankly, at this point, I'm considering promoting her to "main cast."
Sarah wasn't a part of my original plans for Chapter Five. I came up with her only days before her first appearance, and she wasn't on the roadmap. But in January I was at a convention, and there was one particular staffer (whose name I never learned) who was so positive it reminded me how negative the comic had gotten. I needed to introduce some optimism immediately.
Tara originally served that role, but her arc made her more cynical. By Chapter Four she no longer served that role, and no one new had taken her place.
So Sarah has become a breath of fresh air. In her design, I've tried to make her more expressive. I also want to vary her outfits, as one day I will hopefully break the "Everyone always wears the same thing" trap of comic strips.
Okay, probably not with Max. But at least the rest of the cast.