Well that's going to go over like a ton of bricks.
Sorry about last week. Things are likely to be a bit erratic over the summer. Just the nature of my life.
Oh Flewddur. There is nothing better than a man who acknowledges his faults, and especially, his lies.
Anyway, Flewddur's face in the last panel makes me squee. He's so adorable.
A man who acknowledges his faults? Is there such a thing? (I kid, I kid, no offense, fellas.)
That look between Taran and Eilonwy in the second panel, I just love it.
T: "Are you catching on? Is this not hilarious?"
E: "Why are you being all charmingly conspiratorial when I am still furious with you? Stop that."
I've already lost track of the times Eilonwy's lost her temper with Taran this chapter.
Of course, if he asked her to come, he'd get some idiosyncratic remark about needing her help after dismissing her so easily. (I don't know, like, "That's like trying to glue hair to your head after you've shaved it all off!")
Right? Poor boy, it'll take him a while to learn diplomacy with her. ;) (And it'll take her a while to learn patience with him.)
He's trying to do the right thing, mature, wise thing as he sees it. (At least, in part. Not sure there's no spitefulness in sending "this girl" away, with her silly magic sword that he couldn't care less about, really.)
How sad it would have been if he succeeded.
Indeed! I've never seen it as spitefulness really, though - more like just a cavalier, sexist assumption that a girl has no place on a Great Quest. It's no accident that he doesn't use her name here - underscores the point that he's talking to the Other Man about Big Important Manly Events and anybody who's not a Man doesn't need to be involved here - but I don't think he means to insult her directly. Doesn't make it better, but he'll learn.
*lol* he is tying them back together =P
...does that work? is the tension not too strong for the knots?
Uh-oh... Eilonwy's rage coming up in three... two...
I'm not sure, really - the text does say he ties them up, though, and I got in a whole heap of trouble from certain fans for elsewhere suggesting that constantly tying knots in your strings would negatively effect the sound and he should just re-string them instead. So consider this a concession to textual accuracy! lol
I suspect that the functionality of stringed instruments was not one of Lloyd Alexander's areas of expertise. It's a pretty minor goof, and a writer who tried to get every single detail like that right would probably spend so much time on research (especially before the internet) that he'd never finish so much as a short story.
Very true - though he did own, as a curiosity, an antique celtic harp he'd picked up on his travels that DID, in fact, snap its strings periodically due to weather! He never learned to play it if memory serves, but I wonder if he ever tried to tie up the broken strings...:)
Nice perspective with the harp's eye view!
Thanks, yeah, these dialog-heavy pages challenge me to come up with interesting things to do to shake up the composition. Unusual POV shots are good for that but man they slow me down. I need references for a face from that angle and even with them I don't love how it came out, but...at some point you have to just move on.
Last panel got me. Fflewddur knows that this is in no way going to go down well...
Also, Taran's about to get his butt well-kicked.
lol Yep. Fflewddur might be prone to flights of fancy but he's no fool.
Poor boy. He means so well.
Road to hell paved with good intentions.
I like the splatted dialogue balloon for Eilonwy's "what?!" It's like Batman (1966)!
Oh gosh it does look like the bat symbol! LOL that was not intended!
Fflewddur looks on that last panel like he is uncomfortably aware the back of his head might mean an obstruction for the next right hook flying at Taran.
I like it how Taran's arm is still wrapped with that piece from Eilonwy's dress. Many other artists would have forgotten about this detail by now.
I got so tired of that, haha. He loses it after Medwyn’s valley, though literally no one has noticed that!