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This installment of Dark Places has just got me so completely enchanted. Not to say that the previous Dark Places segments weren’t just completely fabulous… but this segment just has that certain… this or that… kudos!
Thank you very much. 😀 It’s been fun to do, barring a couple of slight plot-hole headaches (but I think those go away if it’s accepted that things follow folklore/fairytale logic for this chapter).
Yay borscht! Yay knitting! Yay Aled! Yay Nana!
This segment has been really, really enjoyable; your art and the minimal dialog worked so well together.
Thanks, Steve – looking forward to what comes next!
This is amazing, Steve. Never stop. 🙂
That’s the plan. Thank you. 😀
What!?!?!? Why is there no boy soup 🙁
Because the boy in question was too clever and resourceful. Besides, he’s kind of stringy.
He might be stringy now, but if she kept him a few years he’d flesh out a lot – assuming it’s the same Aled as from the Tower of Thorns 🙂
Been one of those silent readers on your page.
But just so you know – this page made me smile so big I couldn’t keep my fingers away from typing my compliments for your amazing storytelling.
Altho this is only the start of another fabulous arc isn’t it? Surely the comb n washcloth not go unused.
Thank you very much for speaking up. 😀 I’m super-pleased with the reception this page has had, it makes it all worthwhile.
As for the comb and washcloth, they will have their parts to play – but in the best Scheherazade tradition, that is a story for another time. The next chapter will be something different. 🙂
My personal theory is that Aled survived the vampire only because he used the washcloth to his face the last evening. It was magical and repelled the vampire before it could drain all his blood.
Did I come close?
Kind of the reverse – the comb and washcloth have some minor enchantments that make people more well-disposed to the user, so it’s possible they made Aled seem extra-delicious. 😀
His survival at the Tower of Thorns was pretty much down to Evan’s just-in-time heroic rescue (and Kos’ firebreathing skills). Much longer and he’d’ve been thoroughly drained dry.
iv read your comic from the start and its amazing i love how ur story arcs progress u have amazing art and story structure i love it
Thank you very much! You’ll be glad to know there’s plenty more story arc stuff to come. I have plans. 😀
This is most awesome, most excellently wonderful. I must say I'm just in love with everything you've done so far. And now the old witch actually seems likeable… I'll just have to remind myself that she really does like her soups, and boysoup might make a grand change from all this root soup she's been having lately. 😛
Or maybe he was just too dirty, needed to look after his personal hygiene a little more if her gifts are any indication there. lol I want a Green Man comb now…. Anywho! Love muchly on the comic. Can't say it enough!
Yeah, she kind of flip-flops between “grumpy old grandmother” and “terrifying crone”. It’s part of her charm, I guess. 😀
“Comb your hair before you go out! And make sure to wash your face, too. Or I’ll BOIL YOU FOR SOUP.”
Aww, that’s a sweet old nana. 🙂
Makes me wonder what she was like when she was young. Did she always look at people and wonder what they would taste like in a soup? Or is that something that comes with magical powers? Or something that yields magical powers? Are there any stories that covers the background for an old witch? I guess it would be kind of interesting if a character ended up that way as a story proceeds, but unfortunately it would also be a massive spoiler if I was told in advance. So maybe it would be better for stories told through flashbacks, if the “old witch” thing is supposed to be a selling point.
Nana Asphodel’s enmity with the Lady Iris goes back quite a while, and is particularly bitter and acrimonious. Some might say personal.
Suffice to say, Asphodel was not always as she appears here. 🙂
She was once, in fact, a turtle…. 😛 Not.
This motivated me to buy the print chapters so far…