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.
I wouldn't say so. I've found it's almost always better to have more black. It just somehow adds "weight" to a page. As Wally Wood said when asked about his inking advice (I'm paraphrasing - probably quite badly), "First, go though and make everything black that needs to be black, then go through again and black in anything that perhaps should be black, THEN go through one last time and make a bunch of things black that probably shouldn't be black at all!"
Sounds crazy but it often works. Anyhow, keep up the good work!