For those tempted to be disappointed at lack of gratuitous violence, let me assure you that these very same wolves do a satisfying bit of evisceration at some point. I just, y'know, can't give details about how far in the future that happens. This is the first book in a long series that gets progressively darker.
Puppy: Nah, bruh.
So glad we're here! I'm excited to see Medwyn.
And congratulations on your persistence in the face of real-life obstacles. I hope the sailing gets smoother for you going forward!
I'm excited to get to Medwyn! Planning on something a little different for him, breaking the mold a bit - hope it'll work.
Yep....just like Ol' Bullet. I can relate to the view from that perspective.
Ha! Yes, so can I.
In fairness, that can't be comfortable for Taran and Fflewddur, even aside from the paralyzing fear and the confusion that they aren't dead. It hurts when my rather large cat stands on top of me. All that weight on a small center of distribution is *painful*. The dudes might have bruises.
Oh yes. I have a 40 lb dog that enjoys this trick, and it can be excruciating, depending on where the paw gets planted. Taran gets points here for even /thinking/ of trying to defend himself while a 100-lb wolf stands on his chest. We'll assume Brynach is smart enough not to put all his weight on that one foot.
I had a 125 pound (not fat, just massive) German shepherd who though himself a lapdog. Those he liked, if weak on the whole discipline thing, would find him crawling into their laps ... in kitchen chairs and barstools. Yes. It could hurt ... but as my now wife still says, "it made him SOOO happy."
They can smell the weak-willed, can't they? Ours is a brat whose favorite trick is to leap over the couch like an antelope scaling a ravine (if you look at my other comic, the first strip addresses this habit). Once, after a particularly somnabulence-inducing Thanksgiving dinner, I was lounging there with a drink, which landed on the floor and shattered when he came sailing over and grazed my shoulder on the way down.
That was an ugly scene. Mama doesn't care much about the sofa but we do not waste a good martini in this house.
FFLEWDDUR, YOUR SPEAR'S POINTING THE WRONG WAY!
He was completely unprepared!
I like the depth of field in the first frame and focuses you on Taran without excluding all the rest of the action! When I saw wolves up close and personal (at a sanctuary, thankfully, not in the wild from Taran's perspective!), they seemed much leaner and taller than I think they appear here, though that might just be my poor memory (and surprise at how lean and tall they were).
I was amazed at how enormous wolves are when I was looking up references for this page. And you might be right, because I still think I didn't draw them big enough - though leanness, or lack thereof, could simply be attributed to the presence of a winter undercoat, depending on time of year and geographical location. We'll assume it's been cold in the Eagle Mountains!
Funny you say that about winter undercoat. I saw the wolves at a Colorado sanctuary on New Year's Eve - so definitely winter... and they were still quite lean looking. And Timber Wolves' coats are enough to keep them warm in temps dropping to -35F (oh those facts that you pick up at wolf sanctuaries that you never thought you'd actually use in conversation!)
Hm - well, I plead ignorance, then! References online show wolves both lean and fluffy, and I went with fluffy because it was more fun. ;)
The "average" wolf in the wild IS big, both in stature and weight, so your memory is likely correct. Timber wolves (Northwestern/Gray variant) in particular are somewhere in the neighborhood of 90-135lbs for adults and up to three feet tall at the shoulder, which makes them the largest wolf sub species in the world. There are a surprisingly large number of sub species of wolf spanning the globe, but if I had to guess, the model used for the ones depicted here is a similar variety, probably the Eurasian Wolf (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subspecies_of_Canis_lupus), which ranges all over Europe and Asia, and is particularly well known in Russia.
Whatever breed they are, they seem to be well trained! :)
They are Prydainian wolves and can shrink or grow at the artist's whim - or her lack of attention, as the case may be! XD But yes, well-trained. Brynach brings my coffee and slippers every morning.
"Prydainian wolves." I like that. :-)
Here's a question - how do you think "Prydain" is properly pronounced? In my head it's always been "Pree-dan" but maybe if you look at Welsh it's "Pry-dane" or something else?
in my head, I always thought "Pry-dane" with an emphasis on the first syllable. But I thought I read that it might actually be more like "prih-dane" (soft I) with the emphasis on the second syllable. (Of course, I pronounced lapel like label for a long time because I had only read it, so what do I know?)
I've always pronounced it phonetically (in English) as "Pry-dane", but I'm not familiar enough with Welsh syntax to know if that's correct. Hard to override 30+ years of memory though, especially without a definitive alternate pronunciation. :)
The film actually gets this right, if you can believe it; it’s Pri-DANE, short “i”, long “a”, and accent on the second syllable. This was, at least, how Alexander pronounced it; I don’t know how authentically Welsh it is. It’s the ancient form of “Britain”, which you can see/hear, but you have to kind of say it sideways, so to speak, so either the Anglo-Saxons butchered it or he did.
When I worked at a liberal arts school in Texas, we took a field trip to a wolf sanctuary, and we got up close to a dog-wolf hybrid. By "up close" I mean, we got to pet her as one of the sanctuary workers took her past on a leash. It was wonderful.
Beware wolf-dog hybrids. Wolves ae in many ways smarter than dogs, but cannot intuit human intent very well at all, and that can make them more than a wee bit bitey, as Sean's mother said of the zombies.
I expect the sanctuary chose it's petee carefully.
Dang, I caught up to you again. Too bad reading goes so much faster than drawing. Great as always!
Phew, it was too close.
Aside of the matter of weight: The beast bites Taran's wounded arm! Ouch, that won't make it any better. And what did Fflewddur say about wolves sniffing out the wounded the night before? Here we thought he was referring to Gurgi.
I don’t think he actually bites him. That’s just that firm grip any canine knows how to do without actually causing damage. The terror of it would be just as effective though!
At any rate, that wolfish grip right on the wound will be most unpleasant, even if unintentional. A little detail that Alexander passed over.