Sorry about the late update on this one. Holiday season rips my schedule into bits and chucks it out the window. But we're wrapping up this little spat now and moving on to the morning, and even adolescent angst doesn't last forever. Onward.
I must admit I'm glad we're past this part of the teen angst (though honestly enough I'm not sure who to root for out of the two of them...)
That is one hell of a huffy walk in panel 5, by the way. Very well done.
That walk took several redraws, so thanks for noticing! It was surprisingly difficult to find any references for that pose and I wound up winging it - so I'm happy it turned out well.
Not generally a fan of drama myself, I'm typically *more* on Taran's side than Eilonwy's. Like, seriously, Eilonwy, let it slide! However, I'm not *entirely* on Taran's side at this point in the series, as at this age he really is often an idiot (though you couldn't find a more well-intentioned one). Later, if Eilonwy didn't grow up, too, I'd be entirely on Taran's side, but she does grow up and takes sides out of it altogether as they both become entirely admirable individuals.
Sariellyn, gorgeous night scene.
looks like she can't take a compliment either.
She can; it's just not what she wanted.
This is such a great scene, but I'm just over here dying at the little snort you added from Fflewddur.
"'There you go again!' Eilonwy cried, so heatedly that Fflewddur choked on one of his snores."
Textual accuracy FTW. ;)
I completely forgot that part.
I love the whole scene, and the stars and Milky Way in the last panel. If Disney ever makes the movie, they should hire you for the animation or as creative consultant. All the characters are so close to what I always saw in my head. I'm really looking forward to visiting as you progress.
More likely they'll demand I take everything down as a violation of their copyrights. Which it isn't - it infringes on the book publisher, who either doesn't know or considers me free advertising - but I remember how Disney went after anyone using the word "Narnia" in their urls back in the day, and when your choice is to fight Disney's lawyers or quietly give in, most people opt for the latter.
But I'm not terribly worried about them at present. With no news on the film for over a year now, and similar complete silence even from some "inside" folks I know, I suspect they've pushed that project to the back burner.
I'm very much enjoying interpreting my own vision, and always gratified to hear that it satisfies others as well!
Disney is trying to get their own streaming service going. I'd put good money that they're saving Prydain to be a TV series for when they launch their new streaming service looking to make it the family friendly Game of Thrones.
That’s interesting- and frankly I would welcome a miniseries, if that format enabled them to tell the story more faithfully.
I just saw a trailer the night before last for Disney's version of A Wrinkle in Time. I suspect they won't be releasing any adaptations of Alexander's work until they're finished with however much of L'Engle's they decide to film, since they wouldn't want their YA fantasy movie franchises competing against each other. I would guess that unless Wrinkle is a total flop (like The Golden Compass) we'll at least get A Wind in the Door. I'm not so sure about A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which is both a weaker story IMHO (although I will say that its villain, a tinpot Latin American dictator with a nuclear arsenal and a grudge against the norteamericanos, actually seems more plausible today than he did when it was written -- you could think of him as a hybrid of Kim Jong Un and the late Hugo Chavez), and would require them to either recast the lead characters or wait a decade to film it, since in that one Charles Wallace is fifteen, and Meg and Calvin are married and expecting their first child.
All true I'm sure. I wasn't implying Disney would actually make decisions with any artistic integrity, but just that it would be nice if they would...and have some folks involved who actually understand and appreciate the material. But as you are thinking, I don't think they will do anything with the rights until someone convinces them they can make another Hunger Games or GoT series out of it that makes $$$$. So it's probably better they never do....they may have just bought the rights to prevent anyone else from making a movie.
Oh, I know - and I don't even mean to sound overwhelmingly negative about them (though let's face it, the track record isn't great). Nobody wishes more than I do that they would move forward with the film and do it right, and I'd give my left arm to be involved.
I second that if these movies ever get made, Disney absolutely needs to hire you as a concept artist or consultant! I really hope it ends up happening. Part of me wonders if 5 feature films would be the best way to do it, or if a TV series might make more sense--there might be a market for a family friendly Game of Thrones type series. I think I lean towards the feature films option, given how each book is pretty self-contained, but I just want to see some sort of well made adaptation come to fruition.
I think the total word count of all five Prydain novels together is less than that of A Game of Thrones alone, never mind the rest of "A Song of Ice and Fire." You'd have to pad it an awful lot to have a viable TV series, whereas the books are just the right length to adapt as feature films without trimming out anything very important.
I’m ecstatic that you’re making this comic with the level of care and quality that you are. I’m very greatful to TV tropes for sending me here!
I didn't know I was on TV tropes! I feel like a proper legend now. :)
*lol* poor Eilonwy - but I guess it is just a misunderstanding... =P
beautiful nightsky... <3
She is prone to misunderstanding! But then so is he really.
When she's in a bad mood she tends to jump to the least charitable interpretation of anything Taran says, whether or not it's really plausible that that's how he meant whatever it was.
Saeriellyn, do you take requests? I'd love to see a picture of Eilonwy from The High King when she's about 18 and it describes her as putting her hair in braids, dressing for battle, and grabbing a sword and dagger in her belt.
Plenty doable my friend! I’ll work on that some time over the holidays.
I’ve been wanting to do a cosplay of that actually. Maybe I’ll get around to that too. ;)
I remembered the line about Fflewddur ;-) and was so glad you included that. I love that line. Funny how you can remember things you loved when you were young, and more recent books I've read I can hardly remember at all. Of course LA being such a wonderful writer probably helps.
I’m sure it does help, but I’m certain it’s also that we read certain things at pivotal, defining moments in our lives, and those are the books that become a permanent mark on our psyches. Certainly that was the case for me with the Prydain books - I found them when I needed them, and don’t know whether, if I’d read them at a different point in life, they would have made quite the same impression. I am sure a different book at the same time would not have done for me what they did, though.
That was very well put, you put your finger on it. When I read the Prydain chronicles as a boy, I was going through a tough time...I definitely found them when I needed them. I think they may have imparted a certain wisdom that I think all of us lovers of Prydain may quietly share.
Good gravy, that's an excellent read on teenagerdom. You must have experience.
They, teenagers, really do seem mentally ill if one forgets their age, don't they? That said, if you ever want parenting advice, most teens could write books about how everyone should raise children. Then, they become adults and become stupid, at least if they grow up in attitude as well as age.
Well, I do know a few. Lol. My own have not achieved that coveted status just yet, but we are heading that way soon. Our family doctor actually does literally liken adolescence to a period of temporary insanity - which is, no doubt, why none of us remember our own well enough to have much tolerance for its effect on our offspring. :D
Just chiming in to agree with Joey -- that is a PHENOMENAL stomping off.
I’ve done it a few times. I remember what it feels like.
Merry Third day of Christmas, and may your holidays be storming and flounce free.
I know you said that you put more work into the storming off pose than you wanted, but it definitely works...unfortunately, for me it was the THUMP and SWOOSH that set me to laughing. Sorry to be an uncooperative fan. :D
Hey, I’m not picky! I laughed at that one too! ;)
Ah, THERE'S the I'm-not-speaking-to-you.
You see, I'm always true to them in the end. :)
I am on his side here, or in fact on no one's side for his quest was doomed from the very beginning. It is quite a stretch to interpret Taran's words in the way Eilonwy does but she is grabbing for every straw to slash at Taran while meaning Achren. The girl is unable to recognise that she is the destructive component in her chosen "family" - still, leaving the group is no option. At least she can abuse someone else for once.