A little break in continuity so I can have some fun.
Explanatory tidbit: though mistletoe was a sacred plant to the Celts, and surrounded with all kinds of druidic ritual and fertility symbolism, the kissing tradition came to us from the Norse, and it's unknown when, exactly, that began to be passed around the neighboring cultures.
I'm not taking December off or anything; I just could not resist a chance to play with my favorite 'ship.
Tune in Monday for your regularly scheduled update. :)
Wish I had more to say about it than that, but really that's the reaction that hits me.
"The artist is trying to be festive". And perhaps "arrange" a certain encounter?
Haha, well. That ship doesn't sail for a long, long time, but since, in these off-shoot strips, my T & E are aware of their own identities as characters separate from the series proper, who knows...
Though it's much more fun to dance around the possibility of such encounters than actually commit to them.
If anything it's our duty as creators to never ever commit to those encounters. Partly because it IS much more fun to dance around them.
Truth! Tension is fun. Resolution is boring. See: any sitcom, ever, where the will-they/won't they couple finally do.
LOL, you really have captured these characters because this is *exactly* what would happen in that situation.
hahah right? You know this is how it goes down all the time.
*lol* nice one =D
...at first she is angry at him for trying - and then she is angry at him because he did not... =P
...too great... *hugs Eilonwy*
Typical adolescent crazy! I remember scenarios like this so well!
Yup. If she'd really wanted a kiss, she could have had it in frame seven, but first she has to make up her mind what it is she wants. (It seems like she wanted Taran to have hung it so she could get annoyed at his presumption -- I sometimes suspect that she likes hearing him apologize.)
If you want my insider opinion, I think she's hoping he hung it up because she'd love to think he wants to kiss her, and be pleased by the thought, if not necessarily up for the reality as yet. Thus she's dissapointed by his dismissal and unwilling to admit why, even to herself.
Wanting to be wanted, separate from actually wanting someone else, is, I suspect, a distinction more on the feminine spectrum of romantic development...but I could be projecting here from my own youth.
Ah, that makes sense. What would we call that feeling of wanting to be wanted... meta-desire, perhaps? I think it is more of a feminine trait, as you say, but boys aren't immune either.
His expression in the last panel suggests that he does know what the mistletoe means, whether or not he hung it there, but since her first reaction was to get up on her high horse about it he's not about to admit it. She's obviously not in the right frame of mind for kissing even if he wanted to, especially if it would be their first kiss.
Wonderful!!! Enjoying the depiction of one of my favorite series. (Currently reading Taran Wanderer to my son, as a matter of fact).
I'm sure you could just write/draw/create adventures of Taran and Eilonwy outside of Lloyd Alexander's works, and no one would be upset with that. :)
Thank you! :)
And...I do, and have. I have reams of fanfiction, though I tend to stick firmly within canonical boundaries; not adding to the works as much as just digging further into characters. But I've had a lot of fun over the years with it. :)
Best Merry Xmas card ever!