Gentlemen, admit it...
You're all Eiddileg right now.
That smile on Eilonwy though...
She’s got his number.
Seconded about Eilonwy's smile! I'm also drawn to the stalactites and the shimmery tunnel they seem about to go down.
Yes I’m looking forward to exploring a bit more of the realm on their way out!
She's nicer than I would have been.
This is so good it brought tears to my eyes. OMG, I can't even comment right now.
...OK, I've regained enough composure to comment. I love Eiddileg's slightly fearful look as Eilonwy approaches, and his total shock - how hard must it be to shock Eiddileg?? And her little half smile as she leaves, knowing what she did to him, haha, she's so dangerous to males. Fflewddur's little knowing smirk - well done my dear girl! And Taran's little look back - maybe a little jealous? And yeah, that's what fondling your head happily looks like.
I waffled on whether Taran’s expression should be bewilderment or disdain. It’s too soon for jealousy - except maybe subconsciously. The disdain won out, mainly so I could smugly think...boy, the day will come. ?
Correct decision. They are currently in a brother-and-sister-relationship with friendship just emerging; no place yet for hidden desires.
We may wonder how Eilonwy knew about this gesture at all. Certainly there was no one in Spiral Castle who would ever have shown her how it works?
Because she lived with her parents until she was kidnapped - yet another piece of evidence for my theory. ;)
Taran is thinking, "Poor fellow," and doesn't even know.
Give him three years. He’ll know. ?
I have to say, I read your "Princess Diaries" fanfic, and enjoyed it very much. It also gave me a deeper insight into your take on Eilonwy (and her relationship with Taran), and I think it is much closer to my own than I had been assuming all along. It was a little odd to get an older E's perspective on things--obviously, she comes across as much more vulnerable, less prickly, and more honest or candid.
And Diaries is really the oldest and weakest of all my stories. I don’t know quite what to do with it! But yes, Eilonwy is certainly, in my mind, far more complex than she appears in canon, and I hope that shines through a bit in my graphic work.
Oh, it does, and especially in all the discussion that happens here.
I've never thought of her as not complex, but even though she speaks her mind, since everything is from Taran's POV, we rarely see into the minds of others, unless they lay them bare (as, for instance, Gwydion does at points--and even there I am sure he says a lot less than he thinks), and, as I recall, this doesn't quite happen with her very often.
True! Which is why I so enjoy writing from other perspectives, but especially hers. So much untapped material!
I appreciated getting to see your take on [SPOILERS BELOW]
When it was that E first realized she loved Taran. I actually thought it came much later in TBC, though (obviously) with knowledge that he particularly vexed and interested her in a way no one else did.
I don't even remember exactly how I handled that in this particular story. It's so old, my views on it have probably evolved somewhat - IMO it wasn't necessarily a single moment's revelation as much as a gradual realization that took place between TBC and CoL, and by the beginning of CoL she knew it but was still sort of fighting it - similar to Taran.
Their expressions are perfect. Just you wait, boy.
Enjoy your air of superiority, Taran. ?
Taran has just one thought: "Girls! - Bleah!"
And now someone should go and find the fae who has stolen Gurgi's coat. It has last been seen on p. 248. :-)
It was magicked away by a cold river nymph.
Ladies and gentlemen, opening for Aerosmith, put your hands together for Cold River Nymph!!!
I know it has been commented on before by other readers, but just want to toss one more compliment on Eiddileg's eyes. Those "cat" like pupils and glittering irises do such good work at making him see otherworldly. Cheers!
I have wondered a time or two if those cat irises were the right call, but they seem practical in a guy who lives underground, haha. He's been a lot of fun and I'm sorry to leave him.
And now this! You captured /just/ the right expressions, and the frame breakdown paced the unfolding scene very well. I'm going to be a bit sad to see them leave the Fair Folk realm; it's been some sorely needed comedic relief. I'm sure /you/ won't miss drawing that bismuth throne over and over and over again, though...
That's the truth - I will miss the realm itself but not this throne room, which seemed such a great idea at the time! :D Next time I am going to be spending this much time in one setting, I think I'll just build it in miniature so I can photograph it at every angle for reference. I have enough little bits of crystal and fake moss to have done this in this scene and I wish I had, just for maximum cool factor.
This page is fantastic! And yeah, i might kind of like to be Eiddileg right about now. :)
By the way, in addition to the coloring page series I've started, I wondered what the legality of a collection of Prydain ones would be. Based on your work, of course.
What do you think? I mean I wonder if the copyright holders would have anything to say against that .
There's a reason I've never done that.
Disney owns copyright to all visual representations of the Chronicles. This comic itself exists upon their, and the publisher's, good pleasure. if they know about it at all, which is unlikely. I have been very careful never to profit from or even appear to profit from anything related to this work for that reason.
Lots of people get away with selling copyright violations, of course. But I recommend sticking with things that are in the public domain, for reasons both practical and ethical.
Huh. Well, okay; thanks anyway!
"Disney owns copyright to all visual representations of the Chronicles."
This made me a little sick to learn. I'm not so much concerned with their hoarding of rights to such a wonderful series, but it's been 35 years since the one animated film, and they're still just SITTING on it? Spoiled entertainment juggernauts and their toys, PFAH.
It's rather worse than that. From what I know, their re-negotiations of it all back in 2016 seem to have been done purely to prevent any other interested parties (there were some) from touching it, even though it is apparent at this point that they have no intention of doing so themselves. It's infuriating.
The hints have been there in film titles ... they're frozen into inactivity by cultural-political considerations.
Those in The Mandalorian don't attract enough fo the scolds who presently inhabit humanities faculties throughout North America to inhibit action, but Lloyd Alexander's! Heavens to Murgatroyd!
Since when has Disney allowed cultural-political anything to stop them doing what they wanted?
I mean yeah I can think of a couple mild examples of toning down implications. But I can’t think of anything in Prydain that should set off anybody’s controversy radar, except possibly the underutilization of Eilonwy as the books progress, which is fixable under skillful adaptation.
Great page! In Panel 8, it kind of looks like Fflewdur is holding out his hand for Eilonwy to give him five. He's like, "Way to go, girl!"
He's probably been in Eiddileg's shoes here a time or two with other young ladies, lol... knows the effectiveness.
This was great, Saeriellyn; thank you as always! :)
Also, I have another confession to make: against your advice, I started reading "The Princess Diaries" because I wanted to leave (what YOU called) your better story, "Sunrise", for last. And I've been enjoying the Diaries immensely! :) I suppose I might feel differently about them once I get further than 14 chapters in, and it becomes more evident that there's (again, what YOU said was) no real plot or ending, but if this is your LESS good work . . . ! :p
Ha! It’s Daughter of the Sea I consider my best, at least insofar as plot and story are concerned, but maybe that’s because it’s largely original and also gave me free rein to indulge the romantic tendencies I never quite can within the series. ?Sunrise is good but there are things I would change now, mostly minor. From a perspective of sheer craft, the drabble collection is probably the best since that’s where I have to edit the most ruthlessly.
But no matter what order you read, I am not going to tell you not to read! So hope you enjoy all of it! ?
Woops! That's what I get for posting a comment while I was still half asleep and in a rush for work--I WROTE "Sunrise" but I MEANT "Daughter of the Sea". :p I think I read "Sunrise" first; it was good, the drabble was good, it was ALL good! :)
You say that you consider "Daughter of the Sea" your best in part because it's largely original; do you do any completely original writing?
Not yet. I have written one children's picture book that is awaiting my time to finish illustrating it so I can pitch it to a few publishing houses. :P I don't know why it's so hard for me to come up with an original idea for a novel. But DotS is so far removed from canonical Prydain that I have some thoughts about changing names and a few details and passing it off as original. Later, though. I have to finish it first, lol.
Hi Saeriellyn! I just wanted to let you know that I finished reading "The Princess Diaries" (which I thoroughly enjoyed despite its lack of a complete ending) AND "Daughter of the Sea", to which I can give you no greater compliment than this: I just binge-read it instead of doing other things I really ought to have been doing, and when I fully intended to read it slowly to make it last. :p
Thank you again for sharing your talents for art, writing, and storytelling with all of us. :)
I don't know how I missed this comment yesterday but WHOOT! I'm so happy you're enjoying yourself, my apologies for pulling you away from your other duties. This is a struggle I know well, haha.
I also suffered withdrawal symptoms all last night because I had no new Saeriellyn to read, no more "Daughter of the Sea" universe to occupy my headspace. :(
I guess I should actually thank you for starting a new creative project instead of getting back to "Daughter", so I can actually get other stuff done now instead of spending all my time reading it. :p
It’s tough; I can draw in short spurts, and get a lot done over the course of a day, but writing requires hours of uninterrupted silence, and that has been nonexistent here since school closures happened. Hence, far more prolific output in the art category than the literary. I have finally just put my foot down and insisted on a couple of hours a day where I lock myself in my room with threats of dire consequences to anyone who comes in to complain of hunger, thirst, boredom, or any other problem they could solve themselves. ? And that’s when I’ve been able to write again. I’ll get there!
This is a fun page. I love Taran, Eilonwy, and Eiddileg in it. I was hoping you'd include this moment!
Everyone seems to be reading different things into Taran's face as he looks back at the scene. To me, it seems like he's laughing at Eiddileg's preservation of his image just like Eilonwy is, in his own way. In effect, "he's not so tough."Eilonwy's laughter is like, "He's ridiculous. It's adorable."
And Eiddileg still thinks he's fooled them.
Thanks for the sweetness here. I enjoyed it.
All interpretations are valid. ?
I'm not sure what Taran is thinking, but I have little doubt that it's just as likely a little bit of everything that the people who posted before me interpreted it to be. Disdain may be the 'canon' expression he's wearing (;D), but to some degree I think Taran might be a little bit amused.
As to your challenge in the author's note, Saeriellyn: darn right! A gentleman who doesn't like kisses from pretty ladies is no gentleman at all, and Eilwony is about as comely a lass as a maiden can be. ;)
Oh yes. I don't think Taran's emotions here can really be untangled. He's got too much going on at once.
It amuses me to think that a fairy king is just as susceptible to feminine wiles as a human one. Takes him down a peg, doesn't it?
It amuses me to think that a fairy king is just as susceptible to feminine wiles as a human one. Takes him down a peg, doesn't it?
Well, there's no fairy queen that we know of, so maybe he's not as pliable as we might think? Then again, I have no idea how the fae operate, only that they are beyond our understanding. As for taking him down a peg, I dunno, my reaction was more that he was responding to Eilwony personally than women in general. After all, she is rather a special case and a future high Queen. I am biased in her favor though, so take that opion for what it's worth. ;)
Heh, yes, Eiddileg is yet one more in a series of Alexandrian kings without queens. But in my mind, he’s got a harem. ?
In any case, I think he knows who she is and probably has some thoughts of his own regarding Angharad that make him particularly sympathetic to her.
But in my mind, he’s got a harem.
HA! Okay, talk about NSFW, that notion leaves me laughing and cringing at the same time! I'm glad I wasn't taking a drink when I read that, otherwise I'd have been scrubbing down my whole workstation. :)
Hey, man, the fae don't live by our rules. XD
Another great one. I love that look on Eilowny's face.
Impulsive and amused! I do too. It's so rare to see her smile.
I hadn't thought about it before, but actual events aside, it's slightly risky of Eiddileg to let her come that close. Most mortals are probably no danger to the king of the Fair Folk, but the daughter of Angharad who is also carrying Dyrnwyn could pose multiple possible threats.
Also, I love the artwork. Thanks for giving us so many beautiful illustrations!
Thanks for dropping in!
I think he probably knows who she is and wonders what she is capable of - hence that look of slight alarm in panel 4.
I suppose he could yet have her immobilized at an instant, like he did with Taran and Fflewddur. So she was no physical threat to him. Still, the names she had called him before have visibly shaken him, and he does not know what to expect - certainly not this!
And maybe Eilonwy is actually grateful? It looks like Taran was trying to thank Eiddileg and Eilonwy interceded because Eiddileg was having none of it.
I don't know much about the alleged traits of the Fair Folk, but I've noticed something consistent about them here and in Daughter of the Sea: they're children. They may have the cunning and even the desires of an adult (not asking about that...), but they behave like children. They even seem to have a high proportion of neotenous physical traits - big eyes, blue eyes, blond hair, and of course small stature.
Is Eiddileg the King because he throws such gorgeous tantrums, or because he's the only one mature enough to play the role at least somewhat consistently?
Oh I think she is grateful. She’s just also enjoying flustering him, after all he’s put them through.
That’s an interesting observation on the FF. While they obviously have adult responsibilities, their emotional expression could be said to be as...unfiltered...as children’s? Their standards of what constitutes civil discourse is different from humans’, their opinions and preferences more unapologetic and frank, and less tactful, by human standards, and their methods more likely to be justified by their ends. It’s a pretty good comparison!
Those questions are so good, we should call Jim Butcher in for a consult.
Naaah, we’ve got all the expertise necessary. ?
Hey all. Seems like this page has been kinda dead for a few days. Everything alright?
Hi Peter - I'm good, but my updating here is inconsistent. I have professional work , not to mention a host of other responsibilities, that take priority over this hobby, so don't ever despair if you see a long break here. There have been hiatuses of several months in the past. I try to avoid it, or at least give warning when they happen - but in any case sometimes I just fall behind and it can't be helped. I'm currently working on a children's book, so it's going to be a few weeks before I get back to this.
Sure, no problem; with all the insanity going on I just got a little concerned.
Sounds great about the book; let me know when its done!
Well, interesting update on a live-action adaptation of The Black Cauldron by Disney:
Yes we've been discussing this at the fan page on Facebook.
I haven't yet seen anything from a source I find credible, though. This article along with the handful of others spreading this seem all to be based on info from someone who claims to be an "insider" but whose information is behind a patreon paywall. There is no new information, just a reiteration that they plan a film (now a "remake" of The Black Cauldron which is an absolutely terrible idea), with even less information than the announcement three years ago.
In short, until Disney itself makes a statement, I remain skeptical!
So amazingly cute!
Holy cow! I stumbled upon your artwork on Pinterest and thought there were only a few pages! Wow! This is so awesome! I need it in print form!!!!!!!!! (I commented on another page, my daughter’s name is Eilonwy) this has been my favorite book since I was little! And I love how faithful you are to it!
Welcome to the fan club! I'm only sorry you're all the way through it now and have to wait for a new page like everyone else, haha. I'll get back to it soon - just have a pro project to finish up in the next couple of days.
I only found this graphic novelisation a few weeks ago, and I’m finally up to date. And my first reaction upon reaching the end was, “Nooooooo!” (which is a good thing!) ;-) I love the characters‘ expressions, Prydain’s beautiful colour palette, it’s all just awesome. Keep it up X 1000! :-D
??I’m so happy you’re enjoying it! I’ll be posting again soon - meanwhile check out my other comics (you can click my user pic to go to my bio where you’ll see all of them) because I’m currently working on a quick side project, also Prydain related.
Wow - so, I just discovered your Graphic Novel of The Book of Three last night! LOVE IT. Been a fan of the series since I was a boy. I am a children's librarian for the past 26 years, but have not been able to elicit much interest in the series from my kids - this would be an ideal way. Surprised that this hasn't been picked up by a proper publisher - I suppose that there are rights issues...
I also read your comment about how Disney isn't moving forward with a new "live action" adaption some years ago - but then I recently saw this: https://www.cbr.com/report-disney-developing-live-action-black-cauldron-project/
Welcome! Glad you found me!
I saw that most recent blurb but I have yet to see it confirmed by a source I trust - it appears to be based on hearsay from a Patreon artist who claims insider information. I also have a bit of insider information however and can confirm that there has not yet been any statement by Disney within at least its broader creative team that this is in the works. I don’t know how to feel about it all any more, except to hope that if all they intend is a “remake” of The Black Cauldron they will abandon the property altogether.
My understanding is that they own all visual rights to the material, so a comic would also fall under their jurisdiction. Sadly I suspect that means they are more likely to force me to take it down than come to a publishing agreement, but maybe I’m too cynical.
Well, it makes me all the happier that I found your wonderfully faithful adaption - I can imagine the "film" version in my head while reading your version. :)
That was my goal! :) It's definitely satisfied my own craving.
How does she manage to be so sweet and so ruthless at the same time like that? Astounding artwork as always!
It's a gift. ;) Thank you!
In some respects, Achren was a good teacher.
Hope you're okay, Saeriellyn, and the family as well!
We are, thank you! Just crazed with back-to-school-at-home, and I’m also working on a deadline project...plus just the continuing stresses of 2020 have me feeling a little creatively drained. I hope to get back to comic work very soon. ❤️
All completely understandable. No worries, and no rush. We'll be here when you get back.
has this work been abandoned? you really should continue. this is a masterpiece! the world must see it completed.
No!!! Never abandoned! I would never do that, so barring my untimely death, this will continue. I’m just blocked right now between schooling my kids remotely and some welcome professional work, so things are temporarily on hold, but I hope to get back to it soon...setting myself a goal to get some comic work done this month.
Good to know! Hope all is well. I had changed my head canon to read. "And Doli led Taran and his friends deep into the Fair Folk lands. They never laid eyes on Prydain again."
Omgoodness this is AMAZEING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your work and the Chronicles of Prydain! I hope to see more of it come to life!
Nice work. Added to my RSS, in hopes you continue.
I will be continuing shortly! Thanks for the sub. ☺️
It's been a while since I stopped in... and everything's still wonderful. Love the effect Eilonwy has on the king!
I hope you're able to jump back into this when the timing is right for you. Lord knows this has been a crazy year, full of unextected stresses. Good luck in all things.
I’m actually working on the next page now and will have it out in another day or so I hope. I never intended to be gone from it this long, but the break has been good for me. It’s really been sweet to hear from everyone who is missing this as much as I am - thanks for chiming in!