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Historically Speaking

May 14th, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Isn't it clever how she arranges her word bubbles just so that her face is obscured? She's quite the gifted one.
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Reply melaredblu, April 21st, 2014, 1:32 am

If she's trying to get on his good side, she might want to rethink her strategy.

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User's Comments:

Reply GroovyKinda, May 14th, 2014, 2:08 pm

@melaredblu: yeah. Leopold is famous for not suffering long-winded fools gladly.

So who is this Mystery Lady? She's an avid reader, not of royal blood, supremely self confident, and likes do drop word bombs.
It's Cordelia!
No, wait, too pale.

The skin tone and pink lips suggest that it might be Queen Juno.

Reply schlissel, May 14th, 2014, 3:54 pm

yay for sassy mystery lady

Reply NitztheBloody, May 14th, 2014, 10:29 pm

She does raise a good point about her genre, which tends to celebrate monarchies and nepotism by virtue of the setting. Then again, I echo Leopold's doubts about her own stability

Reply Delta-v, May 14th, 2014, 11:18 pm

Oh wow! And I thought the last page was good! The faces in panels 6 & 7 are even more three-dimensional than the things that impressed me last week, and I almost touched my laptop screen to make sure it was still flat. You've come so far from the lady who didn't draw convincing backgrounds, and drew characters with simple outlines. The dialog here really crackles, and contains my Recommended Minimum Daily Allowance of snark.

And I don't know who Ms Terious is, but I like her already.

Reply melaredblu, May 14th, 2014, 11:20 pm

@GroovyKinda: Well whoever she is, she's leaving a pretty lousy first impression.

Reply melaredblu, May 14th, 2014, 11:21 pm

@schlissel: She's got the sass and the class.

Reply melaredblu, May 14th, 2014, 11:23 pm

@NitztheBloody: I question the motives of anyone who has a closeup that manages to hide their eyes but not their smile.

Reply melaredblu, May 14th, 2014, 11:27 pm

@Delta-v: Oh backgrounds. That's always been a tough one for me, but I'm quite happy with this page. It took a while to make.
Pfft...Ms. Terious...! I really do love corny puns. Thanks for that one.

Reply GroovyKinda, May 15th, 2014, 4:19 pm

@melaredblu: Seeing as how she's so pale, would she be a monochrome of some sort? Some physical manifestation?

Reply melaredblu, May 15th, 2014, 5:32 pm

@GroovyKinda: Nope, she's no Monochrome, nor does she have anything to do with them. Perhaps I made her too pale. Should I add a little more color to her skin?

Reply Delta-v, May 15th, 2014, 7:54 pm

@melaredblu: Is the scene being lit by the moon or a maqelight? Or are there torches somewhere?

Reply Guest, May 16th, 2014, 9:17 am

@melaredblu: Nope. She's fine.
I'm just speculating.

And Ms Terious? She's pretty calm in the face of an armed plumber. More of a Ms Demeanor.

Reply melaredblu, May 16th, 2014, 1:40 pm

@Delta-v: There's a little light filtering in through the cracks of several boarded-up windows up and down the corridor. You can see a couple of these windows in the previous page.

Reply melaredblu, May 16th, 2014, 1:42 pm

@Guest: Either that, or she honestly thought he'd be okay with her just waltzing right in. She's clearly Ms. Taken.

Reply GroovyKinda, May 16th, 2014, 3:05 pm

@melaredblu: That Guest was me.

Naw, she did her homework. She just didn't know that Leopold would be there.
She's obviously Ms Informed.

Reply Delta-v, May 16th, 2014, 3:19 pm

@melaredblu: Low light levels make lighter colors lighter, shifting them--as you depicted--into the cooler end of the spectrum. Hence, you got it right.

If she keeps messing with an obviously annoyed and possibly grumpy Leopold however, the results might make her Ms. Rable.

Reply melaredblu, May 17th, 2014, 2:53 am

Well, after she just wanders in for some or other half-baked reason, at least he's nice enough to escort her out.

So if we know one thing for sure, she's Ms. Guided.

Reply Delta-v, May 17th, 2014, 10:21 am

I'll get back to the Ms. theme later, but I wanted to make some speculations about the dialog. The first thing I noticed, is that Leopold used "Monarch" not "King" or "King Brunswick" and "Monarch", not "Monarchs", and since we don't yet know the timeline it could be that Brunswick is no longer king. Whoever it is, is probably male, because the lady says "I could be Queen", not "I could be A queen",and Leopold's "Doubtful" is negating the possibility of her marrying the King, because she's a commoner.

The setting is also interesting. It's doubtful that Brunswick would put Chroma in a boarded up, gloomy place like this, no matter how angry he was. The possibility, therefore, is that Chroma is no longer with us, either, and Leopold has been set to guard something being hidden from the rest of Elysium, something that would give our brassy interloper power, possibly even the Kingdom. Arrogance....or self-confidence? It all depend on your point of view.

So many possibilities, and even if I'm wrong on all counts, speculating is FUN!

Reply GroovyKinda, May 17th, 2014, 6:09 pm

@Delta-v: @Delta-v: Man, that's a very good bunch of questions.
When does this take place?
What's behind the door? Could it be a monochrome "quarantine?" Something that didn't get quite cleaned out before?

And, was our mysterious woman sent by someone else? Is she, in fact, Ms Directed?

Reply melaredblu, May 19th, 2014, 12:04 am

I can't respond to either of you without risking spoilers, but I'm glad this page gets you thinking! Hopefully next page will answer some of those questions, but that's all I can say.

Reply Delta-v, May 19th, 2014, 3:58 pm

@melaredblu: I wasn't expecting you to comment on my speculations, for the reasons you cited. I just couldn't refrain from commenting on what I saw in your choices of scene and dialogue. Whether it's your subconscious bubbling up, or a careful crafting of these things, it doesn't matter, but you are very precise in your word choices and scene choices (if this surprises you, then it's probably your subconscious). I saw that these particular choices had several different possibilities, and I just couldn't stop myself. I get called to account for doing that from time to time (mostly by one creator who's a really Sharp guy, but there are others also) so I try to behave myself--of course I failed this time. Sorry (sort of).

And the comment earlier about your former struggles with backgrounds was to highlight just how far you've come, and how convincing your backgrounds now are.

Reply GroovyKinda, May 19th, 2014, 8:47 pm

@melaredblu: I think it's the sign of a good comic that we're asking all these questions and speculating so much. It shows that you've captivated us.
Just don't give us false information. Then you'd be Ms Leading.

Reply melaredblu, May 21st, 2014, 12:04 am

False information for kicks and giggles? That wouldn't make me Ms. Leading, just Ms. Chievous.

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