In which Vasheeva learns the identity of the one who has been causing all her problems. You know, aside from herself.
Great job on the colors as usual from Don “Stained Glass Window” Kuehn. Roll on, you crazy crayola.
See you in 7!
There’s something about the shade of blue on that spellbook that is hypnotizing in it’s blueness … like falling into a pool of midnight filled with werewolves. Nice choice, Don.
Frank — would it have killed you to lower your left ear … just a tad! (OKay, okay … maybe two tads, while I’m wishing for something that didn’t happen )
“But, I will return for you, my sweet lovebarian. To mete out even more pain.” I’m sure that is exactly the line of dialogue intended, had the final panel enough room for it.
There’s a swamp rat somewhere (I’m guessing) who appointed himself as the Dark Queen’s Apprentice, and who’s about to wish he got off easy. Like being slow-roasted in a lightening moat for three months while being waterboarded with hot molasses.
Up next: Princess Gina with her half-a-gown problems. I’m guessing she’ll be at least two tads more uptight about that situation than the Dark Queen.
Maybe it’s TARDIS Blue?
Frank has probably spent his whole life wishing he was just a bit taller. Now, many of us join him in that wish.
3X – I’m sure you have the right of it!
Might be a super-intelligent shade of blue (Hooloovoo).
Frank definitely is the brains of the dynamic duo.
Oh, by a longshot!
Down in front, Frank.
I’m sure you speak the wishes of many!
Notice that Bill hasn’t noticed her backside? A bit disconcerted by her conduct?
It’s like when a gorgeous woman acts horribly: a guy’s revulsion to the conduct usually causes him to stop slobbering over her in a hurry. (Note that I said “usually”)
While speaking of money, Han Solo’s disgusted quip “no reward is worth this” comes to mind…
Yeah, there are so many psychological things going on right there, it’s hard to narrow down to just one. But I think you have a pretty good grip on the situation!
Also, it’s Bill we’re talking about here. Not the best at noticing stuff to begin with.
*i* didn’t have any problem noticing.
I curse thee comic code, to the lowest depths of Hades!!!!
Bill the Lovebarian…is he starting to get a clue about how DQ feels about him? Then again he seems to have the same brainpower as Groo.
Curses, indeed! Man oh man. Yes I think Frank understands what’s going on. Bill, as usual, Is like he’s in some other room, watching some other show on TV.
Would the comics code even apply to something like this?
Back when I was a kid, a lot of the fantasy type stuff had full nudity on the covers and internally at the bookstores.
Having it all on display is not necessarily what we want here. I’m a great believer in intervening shrubbery, objects in a room, and other “tactical” visual blockages that leave stuff to the imagination. Frank’s ear/horn/antler is doing that job here.
Indeed, when dealing with fully nude characters, it’s fun to see the way that certain body parts get covered by objects. Arm gets in the way. Pack covers something. Other character is slightly in front. Frank’s ear/horn/antler obstructs the view.
Vasheeva with the book in front of her would work.
Nice dress, yer highness.
Bill, you should be a gentleman and cover her butt with your big hands
I like the way you think!
Careful, don’t give Bill any dangerous ideas. Knowing his questionable judgement, he might try that helpful move with the other lady in the room instead (who is having the same wardrobe malfunction), and then we end up with a barbarian with no hands!
Let me say it again: I love this! Great work, guys!
In panel 2, Bill is thinking — which undoubtedly is giving him a headache.
Bill reminds me of Anna Russell’s description of Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen: “He’s very handsome and very strong and very brave — and very stupid — a real ‘Little Abner’ type.” Dear Bill, our favorite doofus, you make the rest of us feel good about our intelligence and wisdom. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, Frank, move your ear! We hate to see DQ leave (even temporarily), but we love to watch her walk away.
I love this comment, thanks, White Caraboo, from all of us!
Steve and Don, this is beautiful as always. Bill is in good hands.
i am loving everyone’s comments, I read them all. I’m just buried in things, so I apologize for being so quiet these days. I am in fact behind the curtain here backstage watching the act and the crowd. Which isn’t at all creepy, right? I am the Phantom of the Comic.
And poor Bill… he’d totally look right at her butt cheek if there was a chocolate milk glass stuck to it, I promise you that.
Oh, dear. Oh me, ohmy! Chocolate milk and buttcheek … I so know what I want for my afternoon snack now.
Reddick is: the Phantom of His Own Comic. Wish I had the artistic talent to draw that up as a fan art. Already have three or four visions of how that could go.
Well, it took a while, but I’m caught back up FINALLY! Wow! Strip #430! And still as good as I remember! Nice work to all who are currently making the strip!
Sorry! Miscounted! Make that #440!
Nicholas, thanks! Our substitute teacher, Steve Ogden, is the mega talented artist that is doing an excellent job drawing the strip. Steve is also collaborating with David on the script (and I’ve had a little input here and there) and of course I’m still coloring it. And as you can see, David is still here, but is currently digging himself out from under a HUGE pile of side projects. Now, back to the story…
I love how “rat breath” was a good enough description for Vasheeva.
Khelatar, you definitely don’t want to be that “rat breath” guy when Vasheeva comes to visit.
No worries. He can borrow BoredFlak’s “wand of automatic missile fire” to protect himself from Vasheeva.
I love that the Dark Queen is so bent on meting out pain she didn’t bother to stop and get a whole dress from her wardrobe.
That’s true, but at the same time, she’s wearing about 10 times the amount of clothing than she usually does!
Here’s hoping she keeps the same outfit for the rest of the story!
One can have hope!
As opposed to a big weirdo who likes milk and cookies?
maybe we could … ahem.. “persuade” Don to leave such panels transparent in certain areas… run out of paint or something … Come on lets give him offer he cant refuse (or else)
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