Keep poking the bear. Keeeeeeeeep poking the bear. He's about to blow.
Huge, huge thanks to everyone for all your engaging comments at the last page. You all have no idea how it's kept me going this week, to hear from so many long-time fans and know that this work has meant something special to you. I hope you are all still well, staying safe, and keeping up your courage. My best wishes to all.
Eilonwy coulda been a blacksmith. She knows to strike while the iron's hot.
This girl could negotiate peace in the Middle East.
A useful skill, given her future!
Man, that king reminds of a boss I used to have... I hated him. Becoming a webcomic creator/housewife was the best career move I ever made.
I have never been more miserable than the five years I spent working for a big corp. It was mostly due to being in a position I was wholly unsuited for, but toxic management did come into play a time or two. So thankful I was free to leave; though I still can’t call webcomics a career, maybe one day...
We can all relate.
Count 'till 10, Eiddileg...
Good to hear from you, glad you got over being sick!
Fae have to count to 1000 because of the time difference.
Whahahaaa sure thing!
@Skyboy91 - still busy with it, i started to work one day last week, but to soon. I have symptoms again, but still no fever. Mostly shorter on breath. Have to rest basicaly, and measure temperature few times a day. Takes time. I keep close contact with the doctor too.
This seems to take a very long time to get over. Praying for a full recovery for you!
Anyone who doesn't know, our friend NotTheHarp builds custom guitars in Amsterdam - check out his website to see some of his beautiful work.
If FernsGuitars had been in the Free Commots, maybe Taran would have become a guitar builder. ;-)
Thank you both that is very kind!
Thanks for the new page as a pick-me-up before heading to work this morning! :)
You are most welcome! My best wishes for courage and peace through the day. <3
Your’re a miracle worker! Where did you find time to do this?
I love Eiddileg’s face, eyes and mustache flying apart when he’s about to explode, and Gurgi’s expressions piping in asking for crunchings...and his nervous look leaning on Taran in the last panel.
Again I can’t believe you got another page out. Yay!
It’s a day for miracles. :)
The negotiated arrangement right now is that the Man gets the computer all week for work so I get it all weekend. This was yesterday’s work. After this week my access will hopefully be even better - one silver lining on his projects running out, anyway! Though we are both banking on getting some personal projects done that we don’t ever have time for otherwise.
"The" computer??? My wife has three on her work-at-home desk, leaving me with just four!
Might an older computer suffice for drawing?
Unfortunately not. We have only one with enough power to handle the video card and memory required, and only one Cintiq drawing screen, which we both need.
The reality is, his company should have sent him home with the machine he uses at the office if they expect him to do his work from home. But they didn’t, and he is reluctant, for whatever reason that is causing a considerable bit of friction between us, to ask. ?
Love Gurgi's expression in the last panel.
He can smell an oncoming tantrum.
Oh, I love this page! So many nice little touches. In the second panel, I’m totally seeing a preview of the power-couple to come—antagonistic dignitaries better look out. Eiddileg dabbing his sweaty brow had me chuckling. Fflewddur’s and Gurgi’s tense and wary expressions in the last panel are perfect, too. I’m so happy you carved out some time for this! It gives my spirits a little boost every time. ?
It does give me a singular little thrill to depict the two of them lecturing a monarch on kingly behavior - what delicious foreshadowing, lol.
We see that raised eyebrow, E!
“Is he actually...being awesome? I’m...not impressed, I’m not, I AM NOT...”
I also enjoy Fflewddur's "I don't know about this, lass. Is this really a good idea?" look in the last panel.
I enjoy the fact that CM notices everything that I miss on my first reading, so I get to go back and examine it more closely and pick up all the subtleties. Sort of like those “episode guides” on boxed DVD sets... :-D
And you even get the director’s commentary for no extra charge.
Someone’s directing this? ?
I just thought these pages flowed like magic from your fingertips, like Angharad starting a fire (or rather, how she used to start a fire) *
*(shameless plug for Saeriellyn’s/aka CompanionWanderer’s wonderful novel “Daughter of the Sea” on fanfiction.net).
?? If only! This is even more work than creating a human being. And it collectively takes longer too.
Eiddileg is so expressive with his clenched fist and suddenly wide eyes. Those ears! I'm also admiring his fur ruff under his beard. Really they're all very expressive. It's making me think about how to draw faces so you know what they're thinking.
This is always my goal. There is no escaping the occasional thought bubble, but I avoid them wherever I can. It’s much more effective to show thoughts via expression, IMO
Another great page! I love all of the different expressions you gave Eiddileg in his panels. In this scene, I liked how Taran and Eilonwy, with no leverage, were able to get pretty much everything they wanted in their negotiations with Eiddileg. I guess as formidable as the Fair Folk may be, they're no match for a couple of determined kids who won't take no for an answer. :) I'm excited to see your version of Doli!
It is humorous, isn’t it? I think it’s just another example of fae being weirdly contradictory and unpredictable. Impugning Eiddileg’s sense of honor was the right angle. Accuse him of being a jerk or a trickster and he’s unfazed. But accuse him of not following the code and he’s going to bend over backwards to prove He Knows The Code. He probably wrote the Code.
I'm living for Gurgi's expressions in the last panel.
He’s willing to make demands as long as he can hide behind Taran!
Does anyone else have the suspicion that Eiddileg is using his wit and guile to *teach* Taran and Eilwony on how to not only read a situation, but to take the advantage when they see it? It just strikes me as too easy that he'd capitulate to their demands, even if he *is* compelled to keep his word. I think he sees something in this pair that no one else does and he's doing what he can, without being obvious, to help prepare them for trials yet to come. :)
Who knows? He’s sneaky enough for that kind of backhanded trick.
Continued great stuff!
The line with Taran asking for weapons has got me thinking, I wonder if at any point Eiddileg or any of the other fair folk have noticed and/or realized what is strapped to Eilonwy's back? Food for thought.
Yeah I wonder that myself. They may or may not know what it is, but in my mind they can probably sense magic in all forms and she’s just reeking with it, one way and another. It may be why they backed off on trying to disarm her, even more than that well-placed kick of hers.
Was not expecting another page so soon! I always found it hilarious how the situation does a complete 180 here. Eiddileg was being so difficult in the previous chapter, but the moment he relents the companions refuse to let up in their demands, and Eiddileg ends up giving them everything they ask for, all while growing more and more agitated with each request. Almost makes you forget this is a guy who completely immobilized Taran and Fflewddur with a wave of his fingers just a few moments ago.
Your expressions are fantastic as always, and Gurgi in particular is adorable in how he's cowering behind Taran. I'm still in the middle of rereading the series (just started Taran Wanderer last night) and Gurgi really tends to do that a lot.
Although looking at that bottom panel in more detail, I noticed a ring of darker fur around one of Gurgi's eyes. It almost looks like a monocle, and now I can't unsee it. Brave and dapper Gurgi judges angry king from afar, to avoid frightful shakings and quakings!
I originally designed Gurgi with that ring of darker fur to simulate eyebrows, which are crucial for expressiveness, but of all characters he is probably the least consistent in design, and various things come and go at random!
King Flamm seems to have some sympathy for the other ruler in this scene, and seems to wonder if they're not pushing his wee Lordship a bit too far. I love that ... and Gurgi's enthusiasm.
May your husband read the comments and call his boss to get his work 'puter and avoid any coming storm. We got pasted on Easter, but luckily a towering hill (just short of mountains here) sheltered out house and we lost no power ... which is nice. Also, American Internet connectivity seems to be doing a lot better with all the remoting in than European is - looks like a score for the opponent of net neutrality, which surprised a lot of the folks who notice - which is a good bit of news for us here, and the relatives who cannot return there from here and are living with us at the moment.
Online working might be going well for those who can do it, but I fear for the rest of the economy. Interesting about net neutrality. Who knew what those ramifications would be? Of course, who could have predicted any of this.
Great artwork, yet again. I am not much of a "poster", but I thought I'd chime in again. I am an amateur digital artist, and your work is very much the style I enjoy.
Incidentally, I've noticed you seem to have a decidedly Christian atmosphere about your work. I highly applaud that, and I was wondering if, in all your spare time(ha ha) you would be interested in doing a comic presentation of an old allegory called 'Sir Knight of the Splendid Way', by Richard Cule I think. It's a personal favorite of mine.
Thanks for commenting! I can’t promise anything as I have not much free time at all, but I’ll check out the story. I’m not familiar with that one!
Yes, I think you'll enjoy it. It would make a great comic book!
By the way, I've been wondering what software you use for your artwork. I don't have much of a budget myself, so I use Krita: and the beauty of it is that it doesn't require much in the way of resources. I"m actually using a "pre-loved" laptop and a Wacom Intuos tablet, and while I myself am not super good, I have seen phenomenal artwork produced with Krita.
Just thought you might find this helpful.
I use Clip Studio Pro, which I bought on sale for something like $30. It is the best art software I have ever used, at least for my purposes - far better than photoshop and more stable than Corel painter. I haven’t heard if the one you mention, but I’ll make a note of it if I ever grown dissatisfied with CS.
Is it just me or are Eiddileg's rings magically appearing and disappearing? :)
lol that happens
Especially when he’s that riled up. I hear disappearing/reappearing jewelry is common side effect among agitated fae. Their invisibility powers go haywire. ?
Yeah. I'm gonna go with that.
That's as good as my Fflewddur-has-a-Norelco-hidden-in-his-harp-bag theory. ;-)
Still not recovered, 3rd time i feel again low on breath, but it is bearable. No fever, saturation is ok,blood tests are ok and lung x-ray are ok. Try to rest as much as possible.
Wow, my friend, I am so sorry. Glad you are still with us and please take care of yourself.
Oh no, I'm so sorry you are still sick! This really does take a while to recover. Best wishes and please keep us informed of your progress.
Oh, no, I had no idea you caught that awful virus! I’m so relieved to hear that you’re at least in stable condition, though. Best of good luck to you. I hope a full recovery comes quickly!
Thank you! Not sure I cought the virus (here only people in hospitals are tested) but big chance. And a very strange one as wel.
Beware, ye kings and lords of Prydain: When these two team up they will constitute a diplomatic force to be reckoned with!
Poor Fflewddur looks in the last frame like he was holding his breath in embarrassment. Maybe it was time that the adults took over the talking? Though strangely, Eiddileg seems to be more responsive to the kids. Maybe because size matters ...
So, caught up with the latest panel at last, having covered two weeks since reading and commenting from the start. Time to immerse into "Sunrise" while waiting for the next ...
Ah, I look forward to seeing what you think of it! ?
By the way, I just saw your Etsy shop today. It looks great!
If you like, you can chedck out my own Etsy shop, wondersofwulfdane. Appreciate it!
(Peter Wulfdane is my brush name.)
Finally caught up!I'm so in love with this graphic novel! I absolutely adore the chronicles of Prydain, and it makes me so happy to see someone bring it to life! Keep up the good work author!
Thank you so much for dropping in!
Oh, man, Eilonwy's raised eyebrow.
And get well soon, Nottheharp!