We'll see about that, bucko.
She could burn that whole house down.
😂😂😂 This page is hilarious! I never thought about Eilonwy's heightened emotions being manifested in "higher light output" until this story came along. And boy, she looks a little demonic in the light from the fireplace. If Taran could see her from that angle, he'd be scared to death. I love the braid down the back of Eilonwy's hair, by the way. Now I can't wait for Taran's visit to Flusteredville! Another wonderful page, this is so delicious. I'll take another helping please. 😋😋😋
She does look a little “firestarter” doesn’t she? Appropriate in more ways than one. 😅 If she hadn’t burnt that spellbook, who knows what she might be able to do here?
Amazing and hilarious as always!
Taran: "I don't think that's getting any hotter."
Eilonwy: *..that's what you think..*
By the way author, I think within the bounds of your comic you've done a better job of depicting mounting sexual tension than most are able to do with wordy novels or drawn-out movie scenes. I'm impressed.
Wow, this is high praise indeed! Thank you! It’s a tough line to balance, when my honest intention is to push that tension without descending into anything beyond tasteful boundaries. So I am happy to hear this assessment.
This is hilarious - the blinding bauble, the towel to the head, the endless stoking of the fire. The sequence between the "tap tap" panel and the "crish" panel is the best!
Just when you think she’s done....
“ Hey, little girl, is your daddy home?
Did he go away and leave you all alone?
I got a bad desire
Oh, oh, oh
I'm on fire...”
This chapter had me grinning ear to ear! Sooooo much to love! Flustered Eilonwy is every bit as amusing as flustered Taran. 😁 I agree with Michasarah, that dramatic pause before she resumes frantically stoking the fire is EVERYTHING. You do such a great job with pacing throughout this comic, and that is yet another example of it. Oh, and I adore Taran’s wry little comments along the way. Marvelous!
He’s much more of a wiseacre in this than in the original, but somehow it works. 😉
He he! Fabulous!
I really like the pacing of your story telling. It's all in the small details. Well done
Thank you! It’s nice to have the breathing space to do it.
It may be cold outside, but that's definitely not a problem inside - with or without the fire!
No it is not!
I've gotta say, as fantastic as all of Eilonwy's reactions on this page are, the panel with Taran's face peeking out from under the towel made me laugh outright. Am I correct in supposing that he is struggling to hold back a smile?
In all honesty my intention was that just for this second he is honestly bewildered about her reaction. Ya'll are giving Taran too much credit for being suave. This is a different time period. There's no mirrors around. He hasn't been around a lot of young women to gauge his own attractiveness by their reaction. He might have had at least a little sense of mischief about walking in there shirtless, but he was definitely not expecting her to be this flustered, and it takes him a second to realize what is actually going on. So yes, there might be a little bit of a smile there, but it's more of a baffled one that quickly changes to a smirk as he catches on to all the stuff she doesn't say.
Oh...well, I guess that does just as well. What really got me was that he looks for al the world like a lovable puppy about the eyes--er, eye.
It looked to me like Taran first started catching on when he saw her blush, and isn't convinced until the last panel that her anger is not exactly honest.
Love the first person Expressionist effect in the middle two panels. It's like she's seeing shards of glass in the fire she's trying to focus on as her perspective tilts.
Trying not to think about him washing up from the waist down.
A full body wash is a subject best left to individual imagination. 😉 They’re not there...yet, and I have to draw with the possibility of my kids looking over my shoulder.
And a rather different audience, if you went that direction.
Lol yes, quite true. 😋
By the way, I read Sunrise the other day, and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful stories I've ever encountered.
I was just getting into the sequel when I noticed it hasn't updated since 2018. Will you be continuing with it soon(hopefully!)? 'Cause I find I like you style a lot better than Lloyd Alexander's.
Oh, I’m so pleased to know that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much!
If the sequel you mean is the one for The Black Cauldron, I have every intention of returning to it as soon as I finish the prequel I am currently working on. I am within a few chapters of the end of Daughter of the Sea, which is about Eilonwy’s parents, and if you liked Sunrise I can almost guarantee you would enjoy it. But if you’d rather not tackle something that long, I recommend Hundreds of Words, which is a collection of very short stories.
Erm--I started reading the Daughter of the Sea, and, well, to be perfectly frank I was rather put off by the fact that it surrounds a fertility cult as the central "religion", if you will. Personally I found that to be a bit too sexual in nature (pardon me if I sound crude) to have as the over-arching backdrop.
The only mythology I am passably familiar with is the Silmarillion, which, if you don't already know, is very much influenced by Western Christianity; to me, that is the best kind of fantasy genre, one that is grounded in the ultimate virtue versus the ultimate evil.
That said, I found the story arc to be very intriguing as far as I got (the fourteenth chapter, I think )and the writing was spectacular and tasteful. And everlastingly humorous! The way you developed the characters and the relationship between Angharad and Geraint is very skillful, and certainly fleshes out the original tale in a very believable manner. I'm sure I will finish it, if for no other reason than that I have an insatiable craving to know how the story, any story, turns out. I just like Sunrise and the Black Cauldron better.
Um...that didn't sound too curmudgeonly did it? :)
Ha, fair enough! It did kind of take over the story. My philosophy is that a pagan culture is going to have a pagan religion, and though there is nothing in the Chronicles to indicate much of a faith system, the references to Belin, Don, etc seemed to me to point to a pantheon. While I defined the mythology of Llyr as a fertility cult, i didn’t intend for it to carry the baggage of debauchery or lasciviousness that such of the Greek/roman cultures bring to mind...despite at least one certain character’s overactive libido being a frequent point of comedy.
I hope you’ll finish it, but - to each their own! If it’s not your thing it’s not.
Ahem, yes, well, the overactive libido made me laugh and cringe at the same time.
If you haven’t got a little Eilwen in you somewhere....you wouldn’t like this comic. 😉
If you think Daughter of the Sea is a little risqué, try reading some Harry/Ron fanfic.
Better, look for phallic symbolism on this very page...
Also....😳 Believe it or not that symbolism did not even occur to me. Lord, even my subconscious is trashy.
I'll believe it if you say it, but I think that is the most erotic thing I've ever seen that didn't show any skin (none that I care about, anyway) - down to that moment of virginal hesitation before the act.
Eilonwy's expressions in the last two frames made me wonder if you were intentionally portraying an Ecstasy of Saint Teresa moment, but I wasn't going to say anything in case I was right.
I'm afraid this will sound ridiculous, but...I seem to have missed something to do with the previous comments. Would it be too crass to ask for enlightenment?
Not crass, but if DotS makes you uncomfortable, you definitely won’t like the answer here. 😏 Let’s just say Pumpkin’s interpretation runs well beyond my intention, and if you value your innocence, leave it at that.
Oh, it doesn't make me uncomfortable so much as just taking away from the story (in my opinion, that is!). And while I hate to say this, I've definitely seen and heard things that should make a sailor blush.
Innocence indeed. Heh.
Hm. Actually - from my perspective - it's quite crucial to the story. The joining of opposing forces - dark/light, water/fire, joy/sorrow, male/female - is a motif I use over and over. Their central deity may be a goddess, but the key to the mythology is balance, because only when you have both forces present does life flourish. It's fertility that's the focus, not sexuality (Eilwen's nymphomania is a running joke because she's actually celibate). Wild orgies are not part of their worship practices. It's just understood that sex is, you know, a crucial part of the fertility equation, and ideally happens within the context of a loving partnership (NOT, ironically, the arranged marriage of strangers that happens within the royal family, a cognitive dissonance and hypocritical practice that causes some of the central conflicts in the story - the rulers, by adhering to the letter of law rather than the spirit, have lost sight of the matters which made them so powerful in the first place). I don't ever spell this out so plainly in the story, because this kind of straight exposition would not be good writing in a narrative flow, but the overall theme should become more or less apparent as you read, or else I didn't do a very good job working it in. Ultimately, the story is a romance, on a larger scale than Angharad/Geraint, from beginning to end.
And maybe I should point out that I am not pagan or dualist or zoroastrian, so I although I borrowed bits from all these, the end result is entirely unique to the specific world I built, and my goal was to make it internally consistent within that world, not to make any sort of statement of either adherence to or rejection of any actual earthly belief system. I prefer, personally not to compare the merits of a fantasy religion with those of a real one...it's not really fair to either of them.
And, to sum up, most of the idea sprang from a much earlier bit of contemplation on the barrenness of Prydain, a country with a conspicuous dearth of women and children (if we judge the books at face value). To really push the symbolism, we have the anti-pairing of Achren/Arawn whose relationship produced nothing but death, the land left ruined and wasted after their deprivations. By the time of the Chronicles it is struggling to survive even under the benevolence of the Sons of Don, ruled by a King with no children and an unmarried Crown Prince. There is more stability but still no balance and no fertility.
And then we have the end...a new era, with a new king and a queen, at last, and what we know of their relationship already tells us that they are going to rule as equals. A nation, once more, in balance, with leaders that are appropriately young and in love. Eilonwy is more than a token love interest - her inclusion marks the return of Prydain to appropriate balance of male/female energy.
And thus my headcanon that they will have at least half a dozen kids and the Red Fallows will bloom again and Hen Wen will continue to throw giant piglet litters as long as she lives. XD
Wow. That definitely goes a lot deeper than I thought---serves me right for just reading in bits and pieces around my work schedule!
And, to be honest, I didn't realize that Eilwen was celibate; that does make her behavior funnier though.
I have a bad habit of skimming over what I read, tending to focus more on the action of a story than the philosophy; hence I find that when I go back and re-read, things jump out at me that I didn't notice before, and the whole experience becomes richer with age.
I do sorta wonder what Alexander would make of your overall take on Prydain. Seems to me it all makes sense; though, of course, you take it beyond the limits of a children's book. And when I said I thought it took away from the story, I meant more that the inherently blatant nature of sex kind of obscured the finer nuances of love and the spiritual joining which is so crucial to any intimate relationship. Not that your writing was even remotely lurid; its just in the nature of the thing to obtrude, even from the background.
But your explanation definitely throws a better light on the subject. I like the conclusion you come to regarding Achren and Arawn; good epic backstory, that!
That was most definitely not intentional. The poker really is just a poker, and she really is just stoking the fire to expend some nervous energy, and stall for time, before she turns around. 😂😂 This is all from the original story, and it’s meant to be humorous and nothing else, but I find this a rather fascinating expose on the unexpected things that happen when you adapt something from text to visual.
Whew. 😅😅😅 Well now I’ve ruined my reputation completely. Maybe I should put a warning label on this strip. 😬
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Ha. Ha.
I'm headed to the steam room with my wife. Don't wait up. CRISSSH...
That is an interesting potential solution over at the fic, pumpkin, but it neglects to account for the fact that Angharad is already secretly producing an heir, as she and Geraint have been trysting for some time. Thus the urgency of her wedding, necessary to legitimize a pregnancy before anyone finds out.
Achren is nobody’s aunt. She is definitely already cued, but she comes on no one’s schedule but her own. 😉
Oh, I know anyone could poke holes in that plan (even Gildas!). 'Twas a joke.
Waiting eagerly for Geraint's coup, even if there is no Achren/Grimgower 'ship in the making. I bet it would be quite short anyway.
P.S. If you think that comment reveals too much, I won't be offended if it vanishes.
I'm afraid to ask...
Hey Saeriellyn...just thought I'd let you know i've got a comic strip started now. Jes' click the ole' profile pic and sneak a little peek at the cover of two lovers!
...and here's looking forward to your next page!
LOL yes I know. An apt comment. Sorry, I've got another children's book under contract right now and it's taking up all my time. Work before pleasure.
Ok, great. Good that you've got work coming in!