I'm embarrassed that it took so long to get this one up, but I've been a bit occupied lately with other interfering influences. I'll be able to speak more freely about them once they are behind me for good.
This was a challenging page, to be sure... but I'm fairly pleased with the outcome. Barring a sudden change of heart, this is how the page will basically look (albeit more saturated) in it's final form.
The bottom panel marks where the special lighting of the old coot's office area intersects with the rest of the outside world... a sort of transition between two differing zones.