Could he be any more of a jerk here? The only excuse, really, is that deep down he actually blames himself.
Not likely to be a Thursday update this week - in fact, I will most likely hold to once-a-week updates throughout the holidays, as other commitments pull me away. I wish a very blessed Thanksgiving to all. <3
Honestly I'd be surprised if I saw any comic update on Thursday with canonical material, unless I know the author is from somewhere outside of America and/or the comic has a long buffer.
I should really create a buffer for myself on these, but I get so excited about new pages I can't wait. :P
and the rest of the comic is about Eilonwy right? i never did like him. please.. please?
LOL well. Unfortunately for this sentiment, it's Taran's story, but since Eilonwy is my favorite character ever, she'll always get optimal screen time.
If I ever adapt one of my own fanfictions in comic form, you'll get some Eilonwy-centric stuff for sure. ;)
Seconded, Cent, seconded - I like Eilonwy much more than taran - especially at the moment...
I think I actually facepalmed when I read this part of the chapter for the first time. But hey, that's what happens when YOU DON'T SPECIFY ABOUT YOUR "FRIEND" IN THE CELL.
If you order sushi, and the waiter says, "What kind?" and you say "The sushi kind," and then the waiter brings you avocado sushi when what you really wanted was cucumber sushi, you are NOT allowed to throw a tantrum.
Analogy time is over. Anyway, I love panel 3 and have a great Thanksgiving!
All true, of course, naturally. I think at this point he is too overcome with shock and grief to remember that he never told her who she was supposed to rescue.
But I have a lot of sympathy for him here despite his atrocious behavior. Recall that Gwydion would never have been captured in the first place if he'd not had to protect Taran. If you think that has not occurred to Taran, and isn't completely eating him alive right now, you don't know him very well yet.
What's really happening here is that he is, deep down, blaming himself for the death of not only a legendary hero, but his own personal idol, not to mention the second most important figure in Prydain. That is a lot to handle for anyone, let alone a sheltered farm kid who's had a harsh dose of reality in the past 48 hours.
So he's doing the very human thing - trying to pin it on somebody else. ANYbody else. Lashing out because he's in so much pain. That's why in panel 3 I was shooting for an expression of grief over anger. In my head his voice is breaking all over the place, but there's no way to convey that sound visually. :P
The book doesn't specify any of this, of course. It's purely my interpretation. But it made the most sense, to me, when coming up with his motivation here.
/end of emotive analysis. LOL
Optimal rational grateful behavior? Heck no. Understandable for an absurdly stressed kid? Yeah, sure.
I love the expressions.
Thank you! And yes. Very understandable, very human, very sympathetic.
And anyway she's gonna let him have it so it all evens out.
Yes, this is the place to really see everything well. Thanks for directing me here. BTW, you beautifully captured Eilonwy's hurt at Taran's accusation. Her facial expression is perfect. No need for words.
That's what I was shooting for.
All artists probably do this, but I actually /make/ the faces while I draw them. I don't think about it unless I know I'm being watched, but I had a live cam on this page, and I kept catching myself. I hope it was amusing for my audience, haha. *embarrassed*
Oh, Taran, you dope.
And yet, "What treachery is this?" is pretty much the perfect response to any unwelcome turn of events. "French fries?? What treachery is this? I ordered onion rings, knave!"
(So glad we're finally meeting my favorite character!)
lol I will totally use that now. It's right up there with "what sorcery?!" when confronted with new tech (or current tech that actually works as intended).
Wait... There were MORE people in the cells? HOW MANY PEOPLE DID SHE JUST LEAVE TO DIE!?
Though, yes, Taran totally could have perhaps gone a little more out of his way to make sure the right person got out.
Ahhh, you are assuming, like Taran, that Gwydion was ever in a cell to begin with.
I think he made her WAY too angry to be content with merely locking him up.
I feel like you are reaching for another word that begins with a "c" there.
Awwww... he made her cry... :'(
...poor Eilonwy *goes after her and hugs and comforts her*
I know right? Look at that face. What a jerk.
She'll give him a good piece of her mind in a minute, though. Never fear.
Panel 5 - the hurt on Eilonwy's face...just a stunning panel. Incredibly well done.
"You've been with Achren all along!"
"For sure. And at her bidding I've flung her stronghold at your scalp."
Oh, please, go back to the dungeon and fetch your brain that you've left behind there, Taran.
Grieving people are irrational. A tough lesson!
Bold of you to assume he had a brain in the first place...