(Two updates this week, so be sure to read the last page if you missed it.)
I so loved all the conversation on the last page that it was almost hard to move on. Folks, please feel free to leave critique and/or complaints, if you have them. I'm not thin-skinned, and those reactions are just as likely (sometimes more) to spark discussion and fan community, which I love. As long as things stay civil, of course.
I'll let Taran regain some dignity now and get these refugees on the road...
That last panel is hysterical. And thanks to this comic I finally have a good mental image of Gurgi.
Sometimes Lloyd just sets me up so well for a good punchline. :)
I have a whole character sheet/treatise on Gurgi and why I am confident that he is mostly a big, sentient, bipedal dog, because he is the character I get the most flack about. People tend to have very clear ideas of him or no idea at all. There's no middle ground, lol. Glad you like him!
It's fun to see different artists' interpretations of the characters. I have my own mental image of each of the characters and creatures that feature in the books, and sometimes artists have an idea similar to mine, and some don't. One thing that I always seem to imagine differently from other artists: the cauldron born. They're always depicted as being rather zombie-like, with rotting flesh and ragged clothes and such. I always imagined them as being, well, recently dead. Like someone at a viewing. Still completely intact, but with no expression (when you think about it, it would be really creepy to see someone like that walking around...). I'm not telling you to change how you depict them, I just thought it would be fun to share my interpretation of them :).
Your interpretation is actually more in keeping with the text; certainly LA doesn't describe them as rotting corpses, just pale and silent, with livid eyes. I went with the zombie thing because it seems to fit with the comic genre, and also because it makes sense to me that, since Arawn raids barrows for his army, he'd be finding bodies in every stage of decomp. So some of them are near-skeletal, while others are just recently dead. Death-wounds might be obvious, given that most of them were slain in battle - so you'll have the occasional missing arm or gash in the head, that kind of thing. Possibilities are endlessly gruesome!
Two updates! :D
You know how to make my week.
This page really supports my Taran-the-natural-leader theory, you know. Who else do you yell at all the time and burden with your presence than the leader of the party? Poor kid. He looks like a weary schoolteacher by the last panel.
And Gurgi! I was wondering where he'd got to. He was sniffing around in the background for a while, but then he kind of disappeared. Ah, well. He does that, this first book.
Indeed! If Taran manages to be sympathetic despite his depicted stubbornness, then I succeed in this endeavor.
The more characters are added, the more difficult it is to fit them all into every scene in ways that don't destroy the composition. I'm thankful that Gurgi's always skulking around in this one so I have an excuse to dispose of him when he's not directly involved in the action.
Love Fflewddur blocking Eilonwy's punch. Obviously she does not "hit like a girl". Then Gurgi reappears. Taran looks like he feels that he has inadvertently gathered a band of lunatics. He hasn't a clue they will all become the dearest of friends.
Right? He's so put upon, poor boy. :)
To be sure, he has gathered a band of lunatics. But in the best possible sense.
Also, I desperately want to get an incredibly scruffy and doofy yet loyal and sweet dog and name him Gurgi.
That is precisely the effect I hope for! His personality is very much modeled after every dog I’ve loved - particularly the current companion, who combines both his loyal adoration and his sly mischief. And a penchant for stealing food whenever he gets a chance.
How hard was it to draw Gurgi upside down?
As easy as flipping the canvas 180 degrees in Manga Studio.
I was wondering where Gurgi was.
You drew that panel very well: I can almost see the motion of him popping out, and the leaves sort of gently floating down as Taran sighs.
I very much love your rendition of Gurgi. It seems to me that it is an accurate portrayal of the creature as described by Lloyd in the books. He's very cute, but in an awkward, sudden way.
Also, please keep up the good work! This is the first time I've commented, but I've been following your updates for a month now. I was/am very impressed with your comic. It's just what I hoped somebody would do for the Prydain books.
Thank you so much for commenting! I'm so thrilled to hear you're enjoying this and hope I continue to meet and surpass expectations. :)
*lol* Eilonwy <3
Well, Taran seems (at least a bit) contrite =P
*lol* that Gurgi... =)
This is a great page. I love Taran's expression in the last panel.
I derive this sadistic pleasure out of tormenting him, really.
You know, he's treating her as he's been treated, and as he himself has recognized is appropriate ... with people trying to keep him safe and only exposing him to danger if they must.
It would be, however, unnatural if she too saw it that way.