Throwing this one up a couple hours early so I don't give myself an excuse to get on the computer in the morning. Enjoy! This week /may/ be a two-pager. And yes, book purists, I did add that punchline at the end...felt like it needed something, and served as a reminder that they're going on over 24 hours without food, running most of that time.
I’m glad you put it up when you did or I might have missed it!
Love the colors and shadows from that fire.
Edit Ugh forgot to five star it and now I don’t have the option
Thank you! no worries on the rating, ha. Votes are nice but comments are everything. :)
Have to say, I loved the addition, actually. It fit naturally and fluidly.
Glad it works for you. I've been fanficcing these so long I am frequently tempted to add and adjust a lot of things, and have to control that impulse to remain truly faithful to the text. But every now and then, particularly with Fflewddur's comic relief capacity, something fits without being a serious departure.
"Oh they won't bother us. Not yet." *shudder*
Being attacked by a pack of wolves is one of those things where I'm almost certain I wouldn't survive. They're scary efficient predators.
Then again the likelyhood of being eaten by wolves is probably on par with being eaten by sharks.
Yes that's not really something we think too much about in this modern age, is it? Particularly in the states where we've nearly driven them to extinction. :(
The wolves in question here do, in fact, prove their lethal capacity at some point...I just won't vouch for how far in the future that might happen...
Probably lower than the odds for sharks. IIRC, there is not a single confirmed instance of non-rabid wolf attacking a human in the history of North America since colonization began. The really dangerous land carnivores on this continent are feline and ursine, not canine.
I was so curious I had to look it up! There’ve actually been two fatalities in recent years, one in Alaska and one in Canada; in one case the wolves were desensitized from having hung around and scavenged at a work site, but they were healthy animals. There’ve also been a fair amount of non-lethal attacks, many involving children - again, mostly in Canada, so fair guess that a Canadian has some tinglier wolf-radar than your average American. We are all exponentially more likely to be mauled by domestic dogs however.
Still, that is today and a far cry from traveling through the woods while lost, hungry, and exhausted, and with a wounded party member. I think the sense of foreboding about these wolves is plenty warranted in this context!
That line about wolves not preying upon people sine colonization began or since the Constitution or The Civil War (it's put in various forms) is a commonly believed falsehood.
Farley Mowat, like the guy who described "The Mediterranean diet" by looking at what Sicilians and Greek islanders during their respective Lenten fasts instead of normally, was willing to lie for his cause.
We'll see some of that in the book/comic, too.
Still, with all this wolf talk, if might be a little harder to actually get any sleep.
Love the lighting on this page.
That's true! Though I think any of them should be exhausted enough at this point to sleep through just about anything.
Soldiers in some battles of the American Civil War fell asleep while firing across fence-posts. Sleep's a funny thing.
I love the little addition. The line may not have been specifically included in the text, but it's something the characters very well COULD HAVE said. The books are quite concise (generally a strength) but sometimes they do leave you wanting a little more, so I think small additions like this are welcome. And as always, the panel looks great!
Glad you like it! It makes it fun and personal to me to interject little things like that.
It's always fun to deflate Fflewder's impetuous "A Fflam is ______!" proclamations.
I didn’t consciously connect that in my head until now, but I think you’re right. His proclamations demand a punchline.
Gorgeous lighting, and a nice, moody setting.
And given how you're using them to close out the the scene, I guess they're button mushrooms?
That was like a Horatio Caine moment. (puts on sunglasses)
Well now I've got Roger Daltry screaming in my ear...!
I just discovered your comic a couple of days ago, and have been playing catch-up. It's perfect! Frankly, I came for the T&E drawings, and stayed for the T&E character analysis. I only have two criticisms: 1) you seem to change how old the characters are from one picture to the next. Like, T&E could be anywhere from 14 to 19 depending on the page. But you've already mentioned that, so I know you're aware of it. 2) You made Taran's eyes green! I know there's no physical description of him anywhere in LA's writings, but I always imagined him as blue-eyed, since Eilonwy mistakenly embroiders Hen Wen's eyes as blue instead of brown, and in my headcanon it was because she was thinking of Taran when she was doing the embroidery.
Also, I got about halfway through the comic before I realized that you're CompanionWanderer from the LA section on fanfiction.net. It's been a decade since I last went down the Prydain fanfic rabbit-hole. I found an old “Prydain fanfic” doc on my computer (from 2009!), where I had a list of the six stories I liked the best and had adopted into my “private canon.” Your stories "Princess Diaries," "Reminiscence," and "Resolution" were on the list. So great to see you still doing Prydain stuff! What Prydain stories are you proudest of in the last ten years? I have some catching up to do!
Welcome! Good to be found again! And yes...I know T&E change constantly; unfortunately it just happens because I'm horribly inconsistent. As far as Taran's green eyes, I've ALWAYS thought of them that way and even mention it in my stories. In my head I connect him with a palette of earth and life colors, all brown and green, in homage to his farm-boy, salt of the earth sort of characterization and in contrast to Eilonwy's bright elemental fire-and-water symbolism. As Eilonwy's embroidery goes, I think it's her own eye color she was putting on Hen Wen, probably purely from artistic license.
As far as fic...wow, it's been a long time since I started Princess Diaries. I love all my drabble work and that collection contains the highest quality bits in terms of writing craft. But I'm also very proud of the fact that I actually finished a novel-length fic that retells The Book of Three from Eilonwy's POV. Doing that allowed me to delve so much into her characterization, along with enriching the details of the larger story, and many things I came up with there have influenced design choices on this comic. I'd like to give the rest of the books the same treatment, but my time is pretty limited, so...we'll see how it goes. I look forward to hearing your opinion on all the stories that are new to you! :)
HOLY CANOLI YOU WROTE "THE BOOK OF THREE: EILONWY EDITION"!!! Well, I see I have some reading ahead of me.
Yay! I love new readers! And old readers returning!
Now look at Eilonwy's pensive face in frame 3 and read it: "Give up his life for Gurgi, he says - but he would not say he'd give it up for me! He values that creature higher than ... Oh, if I wasn't already not speaking to him, now I definitely would!"
LOL well. My thought was actually that she's pensive because Taran's tone about Gurgi has changed so much and she's actually a little impressed and touched, but won't admit it to herself because she's still miffed with him.