December 2001: Pen and Colored Pencils.
Caption: “That was the third time you fell apart. I think you need some more coachin’.”
Explanation: Bill becomes annoyed at Ivy’s inability to stay on the ground while playing basketball. Ivy’s not too pleased about it herself. From here, Bill attempts to give her some pointers on achieving her natural rhythm, but it seems that for Ivy, “natural” is synonymous with flying.
IVY TRIVIA: If Ivy faced a professional basketball player, it is unlikely that she’d be able to win a game of one-on-one, even with her energy. She has to try her best to beat a high school star athlete in THTIB 2; she would be unable to outsmart someone who has professional-caliber advantages of strategy as well as strength and speed. It might be close in some instances, but perfect control of the ball is still no match for a seasoned player’s spatially oriented mind. (This is assuming Ivy would have to make all of her playing look physically possible.)