A side of Eilonwy nobody has seen yet. She probably learned this trick from Achren, but it's still not a bad tool in the bag for anyone with her future, and Eiddileg doesn't seem to mind. I can't decide if he's really taken in, or if he's just pleased to find that at least one of these clowns knows the Rules of Engagement.
I love Taran's transition from "what is happening" to the light bulb going off, along with Eiddileg's silly little beaming face. So much fun with all the expressions and interactions on this page, making up for my sadness at chopping out the song of the Children of Evening. The more I think of how much more of this scene I have to get through before they even leave the throne room, the more irritated I get with King Fairy McRant's bombast. I need him to shut up so we can move on with the story, but NO.
Eilonwy's expressions are the BEST
Elonwy would make a great business woman.
....or a...political leader...of some kind. Maybe.
She pokes the bear, then scratches him behind the ears. Who can keep up?
Not these guys, that's for sure. Although Fflewddur probably figures it out before Taran does. As a king, he's no doubt familiar with the fine art of flattery.
Ah... The revenge of Eilonwy, Taran gets silenced! Lovely top view! And expressions! ;-)
I hardly ever do top view because it's a pain in the neck, but I'm running out of ways to draw this throne room!
Hahaha! Yes it is a long and busy scene! But you are getting there!
I was really looking forward to how you'd visualize the song; but I get how busy you are, and your edits are impressively smooth!
It was a painful cut to make, but it would have doubled this page into two, neither of which had a decent punchline, and it ultimately just wasn't crucial. I hate to do it but I have to streamline somewhere.
Do I detect some of you in Eilonwy's excellent smoothness? Your authorial comment forestalled everything i wished to say, and then imitated the good King's style in discussing him.
Wheels within wheels, I tell you. I feel as lost as Taran, but as appreciative as Flamm.
I know not of what you speak. I have NEVER used feminine wiles to manipulate unreasonable men in my life, and any accusation of such merely confuses my natural charm and devastating wit with hidden ulterior motives. ;)
I love it! This is a great page and a slightly different take on this scene in the book, but one that makes a lot of sense and expands a bit on what LA implied. Again a perfect movie scene storyboard, to all those Disney execs out there paying close attention. :-).
I understand about being sad about leaving out the Children of the Evening song. That is a powerful mental image and one that I always think about when I think of this scene. And it actually shuts them all up - even Eiddileg - for a few moments. But I'm not sure how you would have pulled including that off without stretching this scene out even further, and I understand you need to get on with the story.
I have had a hard time with what kind of "take" to even run with on this scene, to be honest; both Eilonwy and Eiddileg do these weird contradictory flip-flops multiple times, and her throwing Taran under the bus is understandable, given that she's still ticked off with him, but also runs to the point of being obnoxious. That she is trying to butter up Eiddileg is fairly clear from the text, but her line about paying attention never struck me as being directed at Taran for reasons other than pure animus until I was creating this page. Then suddenly it fell into place as a deliberate alert to him, a subtle aside of "ARE YOU GETTING THIS" so that he has a chance to petition for their freedom while Eiddileg is in a good mood. It tickled me a lot but it also makes sense, and I'm pleased with how it reads.
It did really hurt to cut the song, but ultimately it would have just been all of them standing around looking dreamy for several panels, and it would have dragged a whole extra page in where nothing really happened. I just don't have time for that anymore if I ever want to get through this thing.
It was an inspired idea, I think it really does add to understanding and to the story. I understand completely about the song - but from my point of view, don't ever feel rushed. It's the journey not the destination that counts here, and I'm really enjoying the journey. I'll be so sad when it's over- and counting the days until you start on the Black Cauldron. :-)
Agreed, we all need professional help once it is done! ;-)
Whew, no pressure or anything. Lol
Oh, Eiddileg's eyes when he starts getting flattered are hilarious. Also, I can't help but think whenever I read this scene that the entire thing was staged. They capture the group effortlessly, but somehow let Gurgi escape, they forget to take away their weapons, the crowd of faeries and the singing happen right on queue, Eiddileg goes on his silly rant, the eventual conclusion to the scene, y'know. Also, that justification for the black lake pulling people in is nonsense.
And lastly, good thing Taran finally figured out what Eilonwy's trying to do. I sure hope he doesn't decide to bull through and do things the hero's way instead...
Lol! Hmmm. I never thought about it being staged by the FF. Though the author himself...I mean, what is writing but a series of staged events carefully constructed to seem like coincidence? It’s an interesting idea, that the Folk would play such a complex and contradictory sort of game, but such things are in their nature. Who knows?
And of course he’s going to bull through and try the hero’s way...but hey, diplomacy is an advanced skill. We’ll give him points for effort, next page.
Eilonwy has some positively evil expressions in this page. Hahahaha--ow!
Er, I mean, positively delightful, and totally understandable expressions. Very expressive expressions. Lovely, too. Not at all communicating manipulation in a comical fashion, but something I would take with deathly seriousness.
Quick learner, aren’t you?
E's reactions are fantastic as always, and I love the pointed look that Fflewddur gives Taran in the middle panel! you're doing a fantastic job on this scene - it may be long, but I'm really enjoying it while it lasts! :)
Thank you! I’m enjoying it too, barring drawing the throne room at umpteen different angles that all have to match. XD After wandering through the wilderness so long, the change of scenery is nice.
Ahhh, I just binged through these pages and now I have to wait like everyone else. I should have paced myself better, ha.
P.S. Each page you create just gets more and more stunning!
LOL well, stay tuned and put me on subscription so you don't miss anything! Thank you for the support - binge reading this thing in one go is no small feat.
I have been following your comic for about a year now, and although I am a habitual non-poster on just about any type of social media, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your work. Every time I see an update it brightens my day. The Prydain series is a favorite from my childhood, and to this day. I am truly impressed with your artistry and your seamless and faithful adaptation. Truly beautiful work. I am going to get off my metaphorical butt and share this with some friends right now.
Oooh, I so appreciate this! I know I have quite a few "lurkers" lol. Interaction on social media isn't everyone's thing but it's very nice to hear from the wallflowers now and then. Thanks so much for sharing! Much appreciated.
I'm only *kind of* a lurker.
So excited for the upcoming page!
Good plan, Good Old Doli, and if I may add a suggestion, Saeriellyn, might you include a link to your fanfictions andvothers you like somewhere on these standard background for your pages. They're really quite lovely and deserve to be shared.
This was recently suggested elsewhere, and I will start doing that. I feel like it would be a little ridiculously self-aggrandizing to do it on every page, but certainly I could begin to do so when I post a new chapter, or know of a story corresponding to whatever moment I happen to be covering. I tend to assume that followers of my comic already know about my fic and read it if that’s their gig, but I do get new followers from time to time.
Just a new reader, eagerly awaiting the next page. Keep it up.
Welcome and thanks for commenting! I'll have a new page up next week! :)
These pages are so beautiful!
AAAAAAAACK I'M CAUGHT UP D=
BUT I WANT TO KEEP REEEADIIIIIIIIIING =(
I'm shooting for next page early next week! :)
I wonder whether Eiddileg would have been impressed if she had brought forth her bauble. Plot hole?
That occurred to me as well. But I also think he knows exactly who she is even without it. He was well acquainted with her family.