Also, I thought I was following you all this time. And I checked you out this morning thinking, "I haven't seen Joe update forever," and that's when I realized I wasn't following you. What a dick I am! And after you took me bowling and everything.
i totally agree with you. i keep looking at that panel trying to figure out a way to add some black to it. i did try a black BG in photoshop to see what it looked like and it didnt feel right. i may just make the bar all black at the bottom of that panel to try and fix the problem.
Well, in that first frame you've got a big square of light illuminating the bar, like there's a door or skylight or something. It might be cheesy but you could follow through with that by framing the three figures and the bar in a diamond of white and then fill the rest with black.