Few things! This will be explained more in the next page, was just important to set it up like this. For those who think they know where this is going- you’ll find out soon if you are right! For anyone who recognizes who this man is a parody of and thus knows where Phil is- congrats! You are a super nerd and I love you for it!
Oh and finally, no the city is not on fire behind him. I was playing around with painting abstract blurriness with different colors based on the sun hitting buildings that are brown and stucco-white, was looking at some refs for old buildings like that by the water and there was a lot of blown out blurry images that looked kinda cool in the background. So I went with it! So it’s not fire! Just… very bright and perhaps too extreme on the depth of field attempt!. . .