Donna is our protagonist. She’s the normal girl who dreams of a life less ordinary. To emphasize the boring sameness and total control of the Gloom, we put Donna in a school uniform. This strips away her individuality, but once out in the free world of color, it helps her stand out from the ostentatious denizens of the camp.
Comfort designed and drew Donna in her grayness. When she entered color, Adam took over. Though she eventually became as colorful and wild as the rest of the band, she had to maintain some of her nervous awkwardness because she still had to be the entry point for the reader. She’s the one who doesn’t always understand what’s happening and has to figure it out. Her big, expressive eyes were a way to show wonder, curiosity, and finally wisdom as the series reached its finale. Donna had to walk a line between cuteness and intelligence. We don’t believe the two to be mutually exclusive, and building her as a “Girly Sage” made her a lot of fun for us to write and draw.