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February 26th, 2014, 2:00 pm

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This is kind of like the royalty version of being called into the principal's office.
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Reply melaredblu, January 27th, 2014, 12:20 am

Things were getting just a bit too serious there for a second, so I asked myself what could be the stupidest, most petty complaint anyone could have regarding a Monochrome attack.
By the way, the results of the survey can be seen here on Facebook!

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Reply schlissel, February 26th, 2014, 6:28 pm


Reply NitztheBloody, February 26th, 2014, 10:32 pm

It really can't be that much of a utopia if they're actually considering executing a little girl to sate the public, no matter what the consequences of her mistake.

Reply melaredblu, February 26th, 2014, 10:38 pm

@schlissel: Thanks, I'm glad you liked that joke.

Reply melaredblu, February 26th, 2014, 10:45 pm

@NitztheBloody: First: You're right and the idea that Chroma might be executed is a serious matter even though the reasoning for it is absolutely ridiculous. I'm going for dark humor here. Second: That fanfic is non-canon and I never claimed Jens was right about Elysium anyway. Third: This is centuries before the reign of Queen Juno.
I'm glad you noted that, though. Whatever happens next, it's gonna be big.

Reply NitztheBloody, February 27th, 2014, 12:46 am

@melaredblu: I'm looking forward to it. Though I'm an adamant believer that utopias are impossible, unless you have a fascist state where contrary opinions aren't allowed (a status quo which historically never lasts), or a populace so simple-minded that they don't have any needs or wants beyond food, shelter, and comfort. (That said, I did enjoy the insinuation in your excellent Juventas story that there might actually be a place that's good through and through, and not just a candy coating over the usual treachery and violence.)

Reply GroovyKinda, February 27th, 2014, 1:36 am

The king said the people would want her executed, not that he did, or would.
He looks like the kindly sort-after all, he's concerned with matching footwear. He'll try to find a way to make things right.

And Leopold, of course, will be the one to pay.

Reply melaredblu, February 27th, 2014, 10:22 pm

@GroovyKinda: If you look up Leopold's birth certificate, you'll see his middle name is Acceptable Losses.

Reply melaredblu, February 27th, 2014, 10:26 pm

@NitztheBloody: Utopia, to me, is a hyperbole. There's such a thing as a good place, but not a perfect one, because places are shaped by the people who live there. People are not perfect, but they can be good.

Reply Delta-v, February 27th, 2014, 11:47 pm

I smiled and snickered happily until I got to panel 6 and saw Leopold's drooping ears. Oh, my aching sides! Apparently, his ears are the only ones with that much mobility. Great contrast with the others.

Reply Hjels, February 28th, 2014, 12:47 am

That's a great look of horror on panel 2. Shading, colour, hard shadows and details. Very well done.

Reply melaredblu, February 28th, 2014, 1:19 am

@Delta-v: I'm surprised the ear thing was even noticed! But actually, they're all able to do that, as other pages will show. Truth be told, it was while I was in the process of inking this page that I realized there was no reason not to give them expressive ears.

Reply melaredblu, February 28th, 2014, 1:20 am

@Hjels: I'm glad you think so! I do wonder if I could have gone even bluer, though. I'm still working on my mood lighting.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 28th, 2014, 4:05 pm

@melaredblu: I was going to compliment you on that face too. It's really well done. And the one in panel 4 too.
I think you made the right choice in the color intensity. Grey means horror/trouble in this world, and having Leopold's face and surroundings look monochrome is perfect.

Reply Delta-v, February 28th, 2014, 6:07 pm

@melaredblu: SERIOUSLY? Do you think I don't scour each page so I won't be embarrassed by missing something obvious or clever as I used to do so frequently?

And I was mostly talking about this page, since everyone seems equally stressed, but Leopold is the only one wearing his ears on his sleeve, so to speak.

Reply melaredblu, March 1st, 2014, 1:20 am

@GroovyKinda: That's a good point. I'm just so happy to play with color again that I want to avoid grey as much as humanly possible.

Reply melaredblu, March 1st, 2014, 1:23 am

@Delta-v: Believe me, I appreciate very much that you take the time to observe those details.
Yeah, Leopold doesn't make much of an effort to conceal his emotions. But then again, he'd be a lot less fun to draw if he did.

Reply GroovyKinda, March 3rd, 2014, 1:18 am

@melaredblu: "And shut the door behind you."
The six little words that spell the difference between "this might go okay" and "You're in soooo much trouble."

Reply melaredblu, March 4th, 2014, 1:38 am

@GroovyKinda: Considering what King Brunswick just said to Leopold, "trouble" doesn't begin to cover it. But did Chroma overhear all that? I'll never tell...

Reply GroovyKinda, March 5th, 2014, 1:47 pm

@melaredblu: Yes you will.
Besides, that's her, peeking in the doorway in panel 4. She probably heard something.

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