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They Should Have Called Her Princess PR

December 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm

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After years of concentrated effort and discipline, Chroma finally got that cowlick under control.
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Reply melaredblu, November 8th, 2014, 2:34 am

One last load of cameos for this chapter! We have Vael from Kyria, Jane from I, Mummy, Terry from Blitz Phoenix, and Princess Hana from Princess Retribution hanging out in the convention crowd. And if you look baby's bib, you'll also see Goomba from Bowser Baddie Revolution.

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Reply GroovyKinda, December 10th, 2014, 2:07 pm

The Many Faces of Princess Chroma @melaredblu: This is such a sweet page. That first one (with the crosses in her hair, no less) has a very 1940's feel to it.
Then the Anime Chroma, Chroma the Celebrity Author, Baby Kissin' Chroma, and finally that older, Teen Chroma with the rarely seen Smilin' Leopold.
I love the tinting on that page. It makes a lovely contrast.
And that last line is so perfect.

Reply schlissel, December 10th, 2014, 3:47 pm

is she washing bedpans? and kissing poor confused babies

Reply Delta-v, December 10th, 2014, 7:37 pm

I love the colors in the montage, with the subtle shadings I had to look twice to see (no, not a contrast problem).

I didn't recognize Terry at first even with his hairdo because I've NEVER seen him smile. And are those marks on Hana's cheekbones from the excitement of the moment or are they left over from the fight?

Is that a Chroma doll I see? And the last image with Leopold's wing cupping Chroma protectively--priceless.

Reply melaredblu, December 10th, 2014, 7:37 pm

@GroovyKinda: Her outfit in the top panel is a Candy Striper jumper. I'm glad you like the tinting. I wanted to invoke a sense of passig time, but not go full sepia.

Reply melaredblu, December 10th, 2014, 7:38 pm

@schlissel: Yep, those are bedpans. Hey, somebody has to do it.

Reply melaredblu, December 10th, 2014, 7:39 pm

@Delta-v: Poor Terry. He's even more abused than my cast and I wanted to make him look happy for once.
TriaElf usually draws Hana with those markings, I noticed. I think they're meant to emphasise that her face is more rounded than the other ladies'.

Reply NitztheBloody, December 10th, 2014, 9:04 pm

This propaganda machine strikes me as a thoroughly elaborate means of enabling Chroma's poor decisions, however innocently intended they may be. Then again, having a magical girl figurehead is a boon for Elysium, at least in the short term (June is feeling the consequences in the long term).

Reply melaredblu, December 11th, 2014, 12:25 pm

@NitztheBloody: Oh, the story will go into the consequences, but regardless, only Chroma's magic will get the job done. In the meantime, it wouldn't exactly help matters if everyone knew the truth and feared and hated her for it.

Reply Hjels, December 11th, 2014, 4:24 pm

I think you've managed to tap into how the best suspense writers compose their stories. Divide the action into two, and stick with one arc just long enough for the reader to care only about group 1, then switch to group 2, and build up their arc, until they now desperately want to know what happens there instead.

Repeat. :)

A while ago, I just wanted to know what was happening with June's crew, but damn, the story of what happened to Chroma is so dang enticing.

And I love the vintage look of this page. And how you aged her on the last panel.

Reply JDPftw, December 11th, 2014, 9:18 pm

A cameo from my comic?! YOU'RE THE BEST :D

This is a really awesome and well-developed backstory! I love it!

Reply melaredblu, December 11th, 2014, 10:34 pm

@Hjels: Don't mind me, I'm just measuring the increased circumference of my head over here.

I'm very happy to hear this arc is working out. I worried people would get sick of all the backstory and want me to get on with it already, but your comment is very reassuring.

Reply melaredblu, December 11th, 2014, 10:37 pm

@JDPftw: Consider the cameo my way of offering a little "thank you" for all the support. Plus, I always love Bullet Bill-related hijinks.

Reply GroovyKinda, December 12th, 2014, 9:41 am

I'm with Hjels. While I really want to see how Cordelia's gang is getting on, I'm loving this storyline.
Not only is it full of twists, turns, and surprises, but it's bringing out your best art ever.
If anything, you've got two great stories going at once, and no matter which one you're on, we're going to enjoy it while wanting to know what's happening with the other one.
And the bigger hat size is richly deserved, in my opinion.

Reply melaredblu, December 12th, 2014, 11:09 pm

@GroovyKinda: Have I mentioned you are all the best readers a person could ever wish for? Seriously though, I'll just have to keep working hard to meet your expectations. I'm glad people like this story!

Reply ErinfromDEGAF, December 13th, 2014, 10:19 am

Everyone else has said this already, but this is a super-interesting spin on the magical girl genre, and I'm really interested to see how this back story is going to effect present events with June. For example, whether or not she will be able to use black magic...

Reply melaredblu, December 13th, 2014, 9:57 pm

@ErinfromDEGAF: Knowing June, she'd probably prefer the black magic.

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