Chapter Twelve Page 18

posted 5th Feb 2018, 4:00 AM

Chapter Twelve Page 18
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5th Feb 2018, 4:00 AM

Saeriellyn

Earlyish upload, because I can. Two pages this week so tune in on Thursday!

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5th Feb 2018, 1:53 PM

Ragnar_Deerslayer

Great facial expressions here! Fflewdur's excitement in panel 2 (I almost get a since of Doc saying "Great Scott, Marty!"), Eilonwy's (pretend-grudging?) admiration with her arms akimbo, and the intensity of Taran's look at Melyngar in panel 3. Also, interesting perspective on Eilonwy's face in the first panel, angling from the top down. I don't remember seeing that angle before.

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5th Feb 2018, 5:16 PM

Saeriellyn

I don't do top-down angles much as they are really difficult for me. But in this case it just happened to be the way it worked out to show her looking back over her shoulder - also a weird and hard angle to get right, if you intend to show any of the face at all.

I like how character-specific Fflewddur and Eilonwy's reactions are to Taran's unexpected brilliance. Fflewddur's just completely on board and Eilonwy's like...wait, did you just do something clever?- I don't even know how to handle my admiration so I'm going to pretend it's not there.

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5th Feb 2018, 2:41 PM

LMS

Already hinting at events in the next chapter with Taran's characterization here, I see. Five books, and unless you count Gurgi (who really falls somewhere in between a person and a creature), Taran really doesn't get to show off the affinity for animals he developed under Coll and Dallben at home. To say it like Eilonwy might, "For an Assistant Pig-Keeper, you really don't do much pig-keeping, do you?"

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5th Feb 2018, 5:20 PM

Saeriellyn

Well, presumably she gets to witness that particular skill once she's living at Caer Dallben! If not, his title is really the biggest joke in the entire story. XD But yes, I do love his understated affinity with animals. I mean they don't even HAVE horses at Caer Dallben yet, but he seems to take to Melyngar just fine in the story. There's something very instinctively appealing (to me anyway) about guys/men who are good with animals...maybe because it brings out a nurturing/gentle side they don't often show in our culture?

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5th Feb 2018, 6:37 PM

LMS

Well, I was making an Eilonwy-ism, not saying that she could actually say that. Of course SHE sees his pig-keeping. WE just don't--except in moments like this.

You're very right, though, that there's something powerful in showing a guy who is good with animals (and in TW, with kids). I actually think it's very crucial to characterization in this sort of story and plays into the same thing you were discussing earlier about the healer king. The best leaders in this type of story aren't necessarily the best warriors (though they may be excellent ones). Ref. King Smoit in books 2 and 4. The best leaders are the caretakers, people that you can trust not only to protect a home but to heal its hurts and judge with compassion. Taran aspires to be a more conventional action hero in Book One--he wants to be the macho, mighty war leader with bulging biceps and songs written about his awesome defeat of terrible enemies. But his male models (Coll, Dallben, and Gwydion), whether he knows it or not, are all of the first type, and readers actually get to see his definition of what it means to be a man and a leader shift over the course of the series--to a model he's actually much better suited for and is hinted at in his treatment of animals.

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5th Feb 2018, 4:04 PM

The Doodler

So many webcomics have otherwise good drawing and then totally phone in the horses, but not this one!

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5th Feb 2018, 5:21 PM

Saeriellyn

With how many photo references there are online, there's really no excuse.

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6th Feb 2018, 12:20 AM

joeyballast

I can imagine the horse thinking to itself "Dudes... We're totally going the wrong way... Home is THAT way" all the way up until this point.

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6th Feb 2018, 1:07 AM

Saeriellyn

But like any well-trained horse, she's just following along waiting for the humans to come to their senses.

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6th Feb 2018, 8:26 PM

CM

The only thing I have to add is more praise for the Taran/Melyngar soul staring panel.

Good on ya for that.

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6th Feb 2018, 8:56 PM

Saeriellyn

Soul-staring! I like that. I'm going to use that in conversation now.

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7th Feb 2018, 12:10 AM

RhymesofhteRenegades

RIde Melyngar! Show us the meaning of haste!

That was the first vibe I got; the second was a reference to the movie Warhorse.

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7th Feb 2018, 6:57 PM

Saeriellyn

You know your movies. Panel three is straight from a War Horse screencap. I cheat sometimes, don't tell anybody. O.O

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7th Feb 2018, 5:46 PM

Rob S.

Poor, slumped, tired Gurgi -- you're on your way to safety soon!

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