Something wicked this way comes...
My thanks to JoeyBallast for the "throw the sword" idea, which was brilliance.
Yeah! He totally threw his sword!
I influenced something!
Page looks awesome, by the way!
Thanks! It was such a great idea!!
I just screamed, "He threw the sword!" so loud it probably woke half the apartment building, but it was totally worth it!
Love the sword throw! These are the kind of elements that make adaptations so fulfilling to read.
And even more so, the blood splatter over Taran's chest. It makes it very palpable the danger he was in, and that he's seen the awful reality of something he's romanticized for so long. A great choice.
I'm surprising myself at my willingness to deviate from the text with elements like this, to be honest. I'm always such a book purist, but finding it true that a visual medium is just a very different animal, and opens up such great opportunities for this kind of moment.
Props to you for noting the significance of the end of Taran's innocence re: bloodshed. Those are the kinds of things that go through my mind when I work on this, and it thrills me when others turn out to be on the same wavelength. :)
The depth and perspective. The start of the rain--makes everything more tactile. You've become much more adept at the use of onomatopoeia. Fast learner!
Ha - not really that fast; the work up to this point took well over a year. ;)
Thank you so much for all your comments, Kevin. It thrills me when people take the time to engage so fully, and interact with the material and with me. Hope you continue to read and enjoy.
I’m pretty sure that somewhere on the Evil Overlord’s List there’s some rule about making sure that your minions know that swords are NOT ranged weapons.
Luckily for Taran (not to mention us readers) Gwydion is a hero and therefore those rules don’t apply.
The fact that heroes break the rules is probably on that same list! And while swords are not long-range weapons, when it's the only thing you've got handy, you do what you gotta do.
Okay, everyone else has already commented on the deviation from canon (if you're gonna do it, do it to include something awesome), the loss of innocence of Taran, and the rain - but I just have to say that the best part of this page was Melyngar's "SNORT!" at the end, which, coupled with the horse looking at the reader, seems to be a fourth-wall-breaking "I'm a warhorse, and THIS was supposed to be a CHALLENGE?!" type of comment. (Of course, I realize Melyngar is actually looking into the distance at something yet to appear, foreshadowing the next page - but that wasn't my first thought when I saw the panel.)
LOL sometimes the horse provides the best commentary. As much as I love the relationships between human characters, every now and then an animal does something humorous and telling. Melyngar is always their danger-alert, come to think of it. I think this snort is repeated later on when the cauldron-born get too close - but not, tellingly, when they're being tailed by Medwyn's wolves.