Lovely sky and the colour saturation continues to be gorgeous. And I really like Hunter’s pose in 4th panel.
This is a chapter about people drinking coffee.
The most beautiful ode to coffee that has and will ever exist well done Erin. You are the best comic artist i have ever come across thank you so much for this amazing story
How in tarnation does Hunter keep managing to get his hands on such snazzy clothes??? What did he swap for this get-up?
Not that I’m complaining, mind you 😀
Best use of fire powers; drinks will always be hot. How does he manage to heat the coffee pot without damaging his gloves though?
Magic is only one of many talents, he is also a very talented designer and steamster/tailor
does the fire actually project outward from the surface of his fingers? I’m remembering there being a space, but that could be wrong
Love that I could pick out where Hunter is in that landscape.
…and I hope that’s foreshadowing…
Well, I’m trying to find him on the landscape, but can’t, I never was good at Where’s Wally 😛
I see some smoke in the red forest on the center/left but Hunter is on a mountain ledge, not in the forest. Could You tell me, please, where is John Hunter? (also, I’m going to check if it’s able to find him on the previous strip 😀 )
The smoke in the forest is probably from the approaching train (the tracks come from there, too). I can’t really make out Hunter either in that beautiful picture with the indian summer trees, but since he’s sitting on a ledge, I’d say that the first ledge on that mountain in the middle looks perfect for me to not only comfortably perch there for a while, but also is a good vantage point to overlook the valley -and- provides a good starting point if someone is insane enough to want to -jump- onto that train.
Yeah, I supposed it’s from the train and I tought that the middle ledge is the one where we can find Hunter, yet even the lowest visible ledge on that mountain seems quite high to jump from onto a train. And it seems impossible to me to find that mountain (to be sure it’s that mountain) on the previous strip, I suppose the “camera” angle changed drastically. Well, can’t wait to see how this beautiful scenery blooms with effects of Hunter’s (and probably Black’s) actions.
The smoke is from the oncoming train, yes, and this particular tract of country would not have been visible from the previous page, no.
This has quickly become my favorite comic. Although the author keeps crossing the line between “cartoonist” and genuine “artist” more and more frequently.
Thanks for another great strip.
Thanks so much for the kind words, although I’m not sure how I feel about the differentiation between “cartoonist” and “artist”…?
It’s when Bill Watterson draws a robin for the Sunday strip.
Just a well dressed man in the middle of nowhere with his well appointed coffee pot… Feels like magic. Beautifully arranged page – love the landscape. The light spots (almost like water spatter) in the sky add to the light and life of the air. And I grinned at the way the steam in the first inset panel escapes the inset’s frame into the larger panel behind.
Great composition on the close-up of Hunter’s waistcoat and watch pocket. Actually, your use of distance frame by frame is one of my favorite things about the comic. Like some of the best Western movies, driving the silent parts of the story, in particular, with great camera work.
The light spots (almost like water spatter) in the sky add to the light and life of the air.
Arnly, have you ever seen in movies when the camera does a long shot towards a bright sky the dust in the air will reflect that light? Do you think Arin is emulating that in her art? That’s what I’m getting. This so damn cool.
Do you mean lens flare? Ha. In this case it’s a happy accident with the texture.
Thanks so much Arnly; I’ve come to really look forward to your comments. Your analysis is always super well thought-out and complimentary and they’re always huge pick-me-ups!
What are you up to now John Henry? The wheels are turning.
Somehow the great pile of rocks and scarp on the right in the last panel remind me of a reptilian skull—and just adds yet another appropriately eerie aspect to an otherwise relatively benign Hunter scene. LOVE the fired up coffee pot! and the colors, the atmosphere, and………
…but can he make TOAST?
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And as usual, incredible detail. I love the way the coffee pot reflects some of the surrounding color.
I have to say, though, this simple scene makes me hate JHH more. He’s such a dandy. Who the hell can climb up a rock face, with a full pot of coffee, and not even displace his perfectly folded pocket square?! An evil bastard, that’s who. Look at him and his fancy-ass gloves. Just LOOK at his spotless spats, and his perfectly white shirt, and his pleased little smile.
I hate you, JHH. You’re too tidy to be human.
Easy Annie, easy now. Don’t let that john Henry get the best of ya. ;D
Along with the awesome fire powers, wherever he got it, threw in an aura of style as well so everything is in it’s place unless it serves to make him look cooler and more badass.
I know I’d ask for it along with super powers.
Of course he can make toast … and of course it would be evenly and delicately browned and crisp without; soft and moist within. And you’d hate it for its perfection. Outwardly. In your heart of hearts though you’d just want another slice of toast.
Dag, Erin, these last few pages have been kickin rad with the colors.
Thanks Eric. Almost no one whose color-praise could mean more to me than yours!
Beautiful art work, reminds me of fall in new England! As to Hunter I agree with Annie, This snake is up to something and I fell it ain’t good!
My painted fall invoking real fall is high praise! Thank you kindly!
love the scenery here
Although I love art in general, both painting and sculpture, I have had two artists which I have consistently called favorite throughout my life…the stark lithography and sketchwork of Albrecht Durer (not so much the oils in all honesty) and the riotous colors of Hokusai.
After seeing the last few pages Erin-I feel the need to apologize deeply and repeatedly to the late Master Hokusai,for watching you knock him from his perch.
(bows deeply towards the East)
Please don’t take up Lithography anytime soon-if you show as much talent and technique there as you do in color, I will have to learn to apologize in German… 🙁
H’oh my. Dethroning Katsushika Hokusai? Thank you kindly, sir, for the outrageously high praise!
Jesus, those are some dapper toe holsters.
Not pictured is the clothes iron he carries everywhere.
Apparently he not only crisps bread and warms coffee, he steam-presses collars and cuffs… and likely also can pull off a mean finger-wave.
Cos every girl crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man… who makes hot coffee by MAGIC… amidst gorgeous scenery… *swoon*
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