As for the page, I'm rather glad to finally do this one, particularly because the thought of Noriko's mother scolding Junko tickles me.
I also need to apologize for such a lack of transition, or explanation as to how Noriko's mother got here aside Junko saying "Noriko-chan sent you." It's things like these that remind me I need to become better at writing, scripting, and planning these things. I assume that these things I find are little details that everyone just picks up on/assumes...but they aren't. And these "gaps" of information confuse people. So Sorry about that.
On that note, I had to add an additional page to my planed chapter in order to make the very last page a little more clear and hopefully easier to grasp. So yeah, I'll shut up now.
Go read my post on the forum and help me damnit XD
Unfortunately I've got no idea about the pens. Were it me, I'd throw them out and get another brand out of frustration. ;sticks to digital;
Don't worry about the sudden transition, because of the nature that webcomics are uploaded in, it didn't read so suddenly to me. It might be a bit more sudden in print format, of course.. But you could break it up by a filler page~.
I entirely agree that she should have gone to a doctor. < > hopefully that will help...