Making a few changes to dialog flow in Eiddileg's scenes, because he is an insufferable monologuer in the text, which is super uninteresting in visual format. I debated on whether he might be actually levitating in fury on that last panel, but decided to stick with the idea that only winged fairies can fly.
I hope that's a crown he's wearing and not crystals growing out of his head. ouch ;-o
Maybe it’s both?
I kinda like that idea. It goes with the crystalline eyes you've given him.
So THAT's what those little guys under the table can do. Nice (and surprising) touch!
Eiddileg's expression is decidedly more dangerous here...especially in that third panel. He looks like a Norse conquerer. Taran and Fflewddur should have kept their mouths shut...
Also I wanted to mention I really like the silhouette panel...Eiddileg has an interesting silhouette.
I don't know about the lads (and the expert with them) keeping their yaps shut. Even when I read this in the book, I was reminded of how a defense attorney once alerternately infuriated my clients, and then charmed them, to get them to babble on and on and agree to things they'd just been contradicting and to misremember what had just happened and what had happened some time ago.
I agree, this ain't Eiddileg's first rodeo...he's been duping mortals for millennia possibly.
Indeed, this does sound exactly like stuff he would do.
I like it too...because I didn’t have to paint that throne for the fifth time.
Maybe you got a little case of bismuth poisoning.... :-)
HA! Just by listening to Taran speak he gives away that he can barely speak coherently right now, let alone lie convincingly. :D
Masterfully manipulative...if a little bombastic about it.
Oh, they're alive!!!
you did a wonderful job capturing the humorous frustration of Eddileg!!
Thank you! I’ve got great material to work with!
I can attest to the insufferable monologuer description, after reading it to my kids a few years ago. I tried doing different voices for all the characters, and while Eiddileg's voice was a lot of fun to do, it took a bit of stamina to keep it up for a sizeable portion of the chapters he's in. The kids couldn't help but laugh a little uncomfortably at the intensity with which I was delivering his lines.
Aw, witty! I’ve not heard from you in ages!
But yeah, same. I’m sure uninterrupted ranting comes very natural to a king, but it’s exhausting to depict visually - or auditorially!
Well, in the Beeb version of Pride & Prejudice, the uninterrupted ranting of le grande dame was made sufferable by focusing on the reactions of those around her, and that of a certain painfully awkward priest (I actually know one who resembles him quite painfully) by accentuating his cravenness. Characters like Cronk (Gronk?) from The Emperor's New Groove can be bearable by the sheer popmposity of actual auto-interruptus or those of naturally occurring audience thoughts that do the same, like the "I knew it!" in the latest Star Wars film that stopped a good half of the people in the theatre from saying the same thing out loud to someone nearby who would surely resent it.
I love the deep blues and purples, and the . . . fairy lights? twinkling like stars in the background. You'd hardly know you were in a cave!
Also, the octagon shape on the floor is pretty impressive. Is that a Celtic symbol, or your own design?
Nah that’s a sorta runic symbol I adapted from some clip art. I take shortcuts when I can.
I had a sneaking suspicion those table legs might be more than they first appeared... How did you come up with that fun idea?
I needed the table to move out of the way in order to make Eiddileg more visible. My first thought was to have some creatures come carry it off, and then I thought it would be funnier for the table to walk itself off. So it just evolved.
That's a great idea for the table. I've been lucky to be super busy for the past month or so, so I just got to read all of these pages all at once! A rare treat for me -- I usually check out your updates as soon as I see one posted.
And oh, so gorgeous! I love the crystalline caverns and throne room. And I love how many different types of creatures you've populated the Tylwyth Teg with! And, oh, MAN, the king's frustration with "the Little People" is a joy!
Wonderful work, as always!
Eiddileg is just frustrated with the world in general, I think. I hope for his own sake he gets to hole off in some nice, velvet-cushioned and crystal-lit cave with his faerie harem and just chill periodically.
The thought of Eiddileg having a faerie harem is terrifying...
Some things are better left to the imagination!
Great job here! Eiddileg is quite funny here. I envision him constantly keeping tabs on the outside world but having a policy in place whereby the FF only get involved when things are dire. As such, most of the time things are at the level of "not dire but super annoying," so he's taking out his frustrations on this particular group of humans who, ironically, are trying to make a positive difference in their own small ways.
Also, thanks so much for the work you've done on the comic this year and have a wonderful holiday season! On a personal note, I always associate Prydain with Christmas since I received books 2-5 as a gift on Christmas morning years ago, so it's especially nice to see a pre-holiday update!!
Aw what a nice and sweet association! They’re just right for a cosy book by the fire, for sure.
These are amazing! I read these books when i was a kid (they were my first novels) and now I am listening to them in audio when I discovered this beautiful art. I absolutely love this!Thank you so much!
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you discovered it!
I have to say, in addition to your amazing art, your sense of comedic timing is also impeccable! The last three panels, Taran and Eilonwy's comments, then Eiddelay's rising anger, followed by Fflewddur delivering the most insulting line, are just perfect!
You know, I think it’s the closet actor in me that helps out on pacing. Comics are like being director, actor, editor, costume and prop designer all at once in addition to artist. No wonder I’m exhausted at the end of each page.
I can't say how glad I am I finally decided to sit down and read your comic! The Prydain Chronicles is one of two fantasy stories that I've so wished to see a decent visual adaptation of that I've dreamed forever of trying to get the rights to do an animation myself, but I don't have the time or the skill yet. So how did I find your comic? I stumbled on your Eilonwy-not-impressed-with-my-Disney-counterpart sketch while I was doing research to put my own frustrations with the Disney version into words. Hahaha, so spot on! But I still thought your project might be some commercial thing and was afraid of being disappointed. Now I can see that it's a true passion project, beautifully brought to life. So excited to see where you take this!
I’m so glad you found me! Nothing commercial here, nothing in it for me but satisfaction, but I get plenty of that for sure. Thanks for commenting and I hope you continue to enjoy!
please don't stop ... i'm loving it! your art is fantastic! here in Brazil it is difficult to find these books, almost nobody knows this collection, so I am very happy to see something like this! Xoxo
Welcome! Don’t worry, I haven’t stopped! Just had to take a rest over the holidays. I’m working on the next page now!
This begs one question: Since Eiddileg finds it so exceptional that someone would fall straight through to Tylwyth Teg, what was the Black Lake's actual purpose and why didn't Medwyn warn them against it? If, say, Eiddileg maintained reconnaissance in the upper world, that's an awfully unpleasant return way for his own people as well, isn't it?
"Now, guards, as for that blighter who forgot to switch the jacuzzi off ..."