I hope all my American friends had an excellent Thanksgiving, and the rest of you had an excellent week.
Special thanks to everyone who’s continued to kick in on the Patreon. You’re a huge help and I hope you're enjoying your extras.
Happy Thanksgiving! I love the refraction effect the glasses have on her face.
The plot thickens!
Incredible work as always; love the eyes in the insert panel.
*Obnoxious French mode*
Unless this stunning brunette is a transvestite, it’s “cherie”, with a final “e”. Or “chérie”, avec an accent, for the purists – although you would need a French keyboard for this.
*obnoxious mode off*
Everybody can go back enjoying this fine comic, like I do.
Yeah that’s a big whoops; you’re correct and I’ve fixed it.
(Also you can do é, with an accent, with our silly English keyboards but it’s a little trickier.)
Looks like Véronique Dauterive wants payback.
Also huh Hunter in panel two looks uncomfortable. Is it because he knows he can’t get in a stable relationship? Something else?
I suspect he can smell/sense the threat of a trap, he has been through this before and can likely sense the “lie” in the way she had to “get pins”.
The vast majority of people can not play actors as convincingly as a genuine person in same role, that is why good actors are well paid, and cheaper movies have horrible acting.
(Hunter has been burned enough by girls that hormones/charm doesn’t dull his senses in same way as a more naive person. With practice, a sharp person can almost sense what other person is thinking though voice tone, body language, etc)
I was just wondering the other day if Miss Dauterive was ever going to make a return.
I mean considering the number of folks hurt by both Hunter and Vane one would think they’de be looking for payback.
I’m still expecting the burn victim Bordello girls to try and get some payback.
So many lovely details this week! I love the emotions on their faces – a lot told in just a few gestures and expressions. And her hands are also so expressive.
The light in the fourth cell, both reflected in the mirror and off John Henry’s back, and the dimming towards the back of the shop, work so beautifully to create space and atmosphere. He’s in the light, and she’s walking back into the shadows… I feel like I’m watching classic cinematography again… You really pay attention to light!!!
The small inset of his eyes does so much to tell us the state of mind of this justifiably suspicious man. And it is just enough of his face to let us into his head.
The agitation of the tape measure, the tools leaping up in her apron pockets, all show the strength of Eliza’s stride and passion as she enters the back room, jerking the curtain closed behind her. Even the angle of her body in that cell is in contrast to the relative stillness of every other pose on the page.
And particularly the pose of Ms. Dauterive, keeping cool with her tiny lace fan. The hearts on her bodice and gloves (or, rather, the hearts missing from her bodice and gloves) are brilliant symbolic touches.
I did not expect to see VD again, actually. I figured she was so completely outclassed in the first chapter that she would not come after JHH. I wonder if John Henry has also underestimated her – or if this will be no surprise to him.
Glad you like Ms. Dauterive’s new getup; I’m generally having more fun with costuming than I used to.
Thanks as always!
Hope you had a great Turkey Day too!
Love the weight of the clothes. Bunches, creases, wrinkles, all where they need to be. Who can make a panel half taken up by someone’s back interesting? Erin Mehlos can.
My_Little_Annie – I missed all those perfect wrinkles and edges in the stripes of Eliza’s dress! Thanks for pointing those out!
Thanks much, Annie, and I hope your Tday was most excellent.
I like her and don’t want her to get scorched because VD has determined she’s ready for payback. I hate the idea Cherie might have been really misled as to who this is and what he can do to her.
I like her too, Karyl!
I don’t think Cherie is her name. VD seems to drop a lot of French into her dialog and I think this is just cherie like “ma cherie/mon cheri” endearment type deal.
I think it’s funny we’re calling VD VD, especially when everyone is talking about revenge and payback. I wonder if Erin is tickled or rankled.
You’re right actually; her name, as Arnly mentions above, is Eliza. It’s not actually in the comic, though, I’ve just realized (whoops!). I took out the line that originally had her name in the process of streamlining their exchange some. I mentioned it though to Patrons when sharing my sketches of her, so a handful of folks are in the know.
Re: VD it wasn’t really apparent to me until the comments on this page but now it’s sort of hilarious.
Actually, her name is the last word on page 3.
Oh my. Embarrassingly, you are correct, sir.
Welcome back, Ms. Dauterive. But how is it you come to be in Broken Sky, I wonder? Unless you knew all along where your lost pendant would lead?
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