Not much to say here except that a search for "Esther the Wonder Pig" will give you a few minutes of delightful entertainment regarding my primary reference for Hen Wen.
Doli's frown, tho.
It’s an art form in itself
Gurgi looks like he was up to something. Munchings and crunchings?
Just excited about his discovery of Hen Wen, I think.
I would never have imagined Gurgi thus, but Saeriellyn has revealed a deeper truth of the beasty pal than that in my own imaginings.
Recently discovered during my study of welsh that his name really does mean “man dog” and I feel righteously vindicated.
The art is beautiful, and after all these years, the scene is still heartwarming. LIke waking up with the sun shining. ?
Wow that's quite a pose from Gurgi in the first panel! Oh the excitement.
Has Fflewddur's cloak changed? It seems a little different here, but maybe it's just because I haven't seen it in a while.
I also like Eilonwy's happiness and suppressed giggle here!
They’ve all taken their cloaks off, and underneath it he’s wearing the same cowl he’s had the entire time - I am pretending he shoved his cloak into his harp case, though I also forgot to draw that on the last panel, whoops!
Doli and Hen Wen make the group complete at last; every new character means another thing I have to cram into each scene and I’m bound to lose details on the way. ? There's going to be a lot more silhouette shots from here on out probably. ?
Excellent! So glad to see this page! I just found this graphic novel and tore through it in a couple days... what’s treat!
I love how happy Taran is to see her, such a sweet side of his character his fondness for Hen Wen and hers for him. You captured Gurgi’s eagerness and self satisfaction of having been the one to find her so aptly! And I love Ffleuddur and Eilonwy happily looking on. I really do appreciate how you portray them as so close in a father-daughter way.
Thank you! So many things to cover now in each scene - but all those little hints at the relationships are my favorite things.
Yes, they add so much depth.
This makes Fern's love for Wilbur look tepid. Such pleasant release from the tension!
Lol there is a bit of a precedent with pigs in literature isn’t there? Maybe because they are unexpected.
It's always a good day when there's a new page on this comic. Keep up the good work.
Aw, thanks, glad I could brighten yours!
Gs face is wonderful. You can see how excited he is to bring T to his pig
(I need to figure out how to turn off autocorrect bc it will not type Welsh).
Hen Wen's greeting. ❤
The whole gang together at last!
Hope they make it to the end without losing more clothes or this is gonna become a different book ??. JK.
I didn't think about the missing jacket and cloak. Just figured they left things behind bc they weren't needed in the warm underground.
Lol you should see me learning welsh in duolingo. Autocorrect has actually learned a few place names at least.
Welcome back! As always, very appreciative of your artwork and fidelity to the story! :) Love how Hen Wen looks at Taran in the last frame.
He’s her hero for sure.
Some interesting details to note: Eilonwy's hair is slowly getting back to her normal colour - drying, I take it? And this time she tolerates Fflewddur's hand on her shoulder which she had so harshly brushed off above the Black Lake. It's a visual equivalent to her "I'm not talking to you" routine.
Yes, they’re all drying off - note removed cloaks. And the affectionate contact is welcome - her rebuffing of his comfort in that precious scene had everything to do with Taran’s being a jerk, not with Fflewddur, but as teens and sometimes us older folks are wont, she was mad at the entire world at that point.
What a wonderful surprise! I love all the little details in that first panel - the sparkling gems in the wall, the menhirs in the background, and the table-like stone setup (and is that something/someone lying on top of the stone? I can't tell for certain), Fflewddur's expression of silent wonderment, Gurgi's expression of irrepressible excitement - the list goes on and on!
I'm also enjoying the expanded color palette here in fairyland, in contrast to the relentless grays of wandering in the mountains.
Loving people noticing my details...I do have some ideas about what’s on that table, but they’ll have to remain a mystery until the possible side story in my head coalesces. ? Until then, feel free to speculate away.
Ah finally, the companions together again! Gurgi's excited face in the first panel is awesome.
Also Doli better be careful or his face will get stuck like that sometime . . .
I think his face is already stuck like that. ?
This brought me so much joy today — the mutual relief and affection between Taran and Hen, of course, but also the little details like Doli standing there so blasé as he opens the gate, Fflewddur and Eilonwy’s smiles of delight, the /perfect/ sound effects for Hen Wen... Looks like Ester the Wonder Pig served you well as a reference. This is just great. I particularly like how buoyant Hen is — bounding along like she’s not some giant chubby pig. What a happy way to jump back into this story after a long break.
It’s a little bit hard to figure out where to land Hen between “cute/lovable” and “huge/awkward” so finding Esther, who manages to be both, was a real save. I have been surprised to see how mobile even full-grown pigs are, but I imagine she had to temper her enthusiasm so as not to trample poor Taran.
Oh — and is Eilonwy grasping her crescent pendant because of some twinge in her enchantress 6th sense as she looks off to the background scene? ?
Ow, beautiful takedown by Hen Wen; Taran will feel that in the morning!
I'm guessing the stone table is supposed to be someone's bower; did we ever get names for who the previous rulers of the Fae were?
It might be a bower. Until the story in my head comes to fruition, it might actually be Snow White for all anyone knows.
Wow...is it always that bright in the Fair Folk Realm?
Beautiful page as ever; I truly don't think I could find anything in it that has not already been commented on...serves me right for not checking CF sooner.
And I gotta say, I think Doli might be my very favorite character...
Lighting in the realm is provided by magical jewels and bioluminescent fungi and follows its own rules. ? Given the time-tricks generally played on mortals who visit there, safe to say their day and night cycle bears no relation to the earth’s relationship with the sun.
Love the page! I'm so glad you got time to make it.I love everything about the page, but the thing I'm going to comment on is: is the background of the fist panel supposed to be the place where Llyr was buried in Pentre Gwyllion (I definitely didn't have to look up the spelling of that) from The True Enchanter (and Daughter of the Sea)? Love your attention to detail!
Not exactly, since that was destroyed at the end of the story, but....there is a relationship there.
Oh right. Well, I'm curious to find out what that relationship is!
(In passing, am I the only one that's annoyed that the reply button is at the top of a comment right below the name? I always forget it's there and spend a little while trying to figure out how to respond to someone)
Lol it’s never bothered me before but just because you said that I had to hunt for for a second.
Don’t hold your breath on that background set. It’ll be a long time, if ever, before I use it, so meanwhile just chalk it up to oddities of the fae realm and leave it at that. ?
Awww. This is so beautiful to see, especially just now. So much innocence and love and happiness on this page. I love Taran's open, joyful, exuberant body language here; it's so different from what we usually see from Mr. Image, Duty, and Responsibility. He looks like the kid he still is, and his warm heart is on full display.
And Hen Wen is spectacular. The sound effects are great, and she's so affectionate it's impossible not to love her, despite all the trouble she's caused.
The characters secondary to this scene are in fine form too. Gurgi's excitement to be helpful just emanates from him, and Fflewddur and Eilonwy's affection and gladness for Taran is clear, as is the fact that they are sharing their joy in this moment. And Doli is so dour. "This does not move me. Humans. Ew. Whatever." Love it.
I’m honestly not sure yet how to draw a smiling Doli. He may break my software. ?
Love that you notice all these details.
I ain't gettin' the transition from panel 3 to panel 4. Where is the fence that Henwen had to jump over? Is Doli holding that gate open, or did he just fail to close it in time? If Hen came out of the gate, where's the fence between her and Taran?
Is Doli seeing Henwen on a sweet-n-sour platter with fried rice, like I am?
How many bowls did Fflewddur smoke?
Taran looks like he dropped acid, which from what I hear *2nd hand of course* is about how a mortal would react to a faerie/fantasy environment. Why is Flewddur so nonchalant? Either he's seen it before or he's as stoned as the Pyramid of Cheops.
I think I saw Doli's expression on my sixth grade teacher on a field trip. Not my fault, I swear.
In panel three she’s behind the stone wall, standing with her front feet on it so she’s looking over. In panel four Doli has opened the gate in the same wall, enabling her to run through. Is it really that confusing? *Doli-level frown*
The wall and gate in frame 4 aren't shown previously - and that wall is clearly too high for Hen to peak over; it had to be some other wall in frame 3.
If the high wall was in front of them, Gurgi is running toward it (not toward Henwen) in frame 1, and Taran is somehow further from the low wall on his left in frame 3 than he was before.
If the high wall in frame 4 was on their right, Taran in frame 1 is staring enraptured at the unseen (by us) wall instead of the spectacular vista on his left, and the wall that was on his left in frame 1 is conspicuously missing.
Of which vista speaking, the view in frame 1 looks kind of like it's seen through a lens or from underwater, with the sun (and maybe stars?) shining above the surface and right through what appear to be stalactites. A very nice dreamlike effect, and...
...I suppose Eiddileg doesn't answer to Euclid. The sudden appearance of the taller wall/building with the gate is confusing, though.
You're overthinking it, Pie.
The wall Gurgi is running on in frame 1 is just some random wall along the path as they make their way through fairyland. (and thanks for the nice words on the backdrop)
Taran's double-take in panel 2 is toward a new view, wherein they have rounded a corner and the cottage is before them, and Hen is standing on her hind legs looking over its perimeter wall. (And I checked to make sure pigs can actually do this, because I was skeptical. They can.)
That wall is the same shown in panel 3, where Doli has opened the gate. The wall is clearly shorter than Doli himself, so not too tall for Hen to peek over if she is on her hind legs.
I suppose I could have added another transitional frame between 1 and 2 to show their continued travel, but it seemed superfluous.
The greater disconnect is between frames 3 and 4, when Hen appears on one side of a moss-covered wall and then is seen emerging from a previously-unsuspected structure adjacent to a non-mossy wall.
I have to admit it made me wonder if stone fences in Faerieland only grow moss on their northern exposure, and if so, why?
And where is Gurgi after frame 1?
Overthinking... is a virtue in my profession.
Gurgi is cavorting around outside the frame.
And in a comic that now has five main characters plus a pig, that kind of thing will happen a lot, so I’m afraid you’re just going to have to use your imagination. ?
As for the walls, I don’t know what to tell you. It makes sense to me.
If she’s half as cute as “Babe”, then I’m in!
That first panel is appropriately trippy.
Another beautiful page! I love the way you depicted the reunion! Hen Wen looks so happy!
A boy and his pig