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"The key that holds the power of darkness. Reveal your true form to me. I, Alphonse, command thee under our contract. RELEASE!"
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Blitzkrieg1701, April 23rd, 2013, 5:31 am

See, THIS is why I said I needed to research magical girl shows before doing these comics. This page was fun to draw :)

Rather than gush about that, though, there's some business I want to go ahead and get out of the way now. While I HOPE it won't be necessary, there's a chance I'll have to cut back on updates over the next month or two. There's a convention coming up next month... actually, there's a LOT of conventions coming up. For whatever weekend, every con on the East Coast seems to be trying to happen on the same four weekends, so I'll have a lot of trips piled right on top of each other. And quest what I'll be doing right in the middle of all that? MOVING! Yup, for the third summer in a row, I'm pulling up roots, and no, I'm nowhere NEAR used to it. Obviously, I'm gonna TRY to get enough of a buffer built up to cover all these absences, but this is your advanced warning that I MIGHT not manage to pull it off..

Meh, that stuff's depressing to talk about. QUICK! Somebody start an amusing conversation about today's page!

(OH! And there's a new Voting Incentive too! Go see that!)

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Seros Senric (Guest), April 23rd, 2013, 6:20 am

Alphonse can't talk, so he couldn't do the whole magical get power thingy lyrics incantation whatever.
There is the title text though, so :)

I find Bridget holding the screen up to the communicator amusing. It's such an inefficient way of getting the data over, like filming your TV instead of pressing record, but it's exactly the kind of thing a mad scientist would do.

I also like how Avatar's attitude of "why doing useless stuff?" contrasts with Layla's (and presumably Tabitha's) reactions/thoughts/opinions/etc.

Incentive: Yeah, I saw that coming. :)

Blitzkrieg1701, April 23rd, 2013, 6:34 am

Yeah, Bridget holding the screen is something I'm weirdly proud of. You think if Tabitha could put her voice into Alphonse's mouth, she could figure out how to swap the video feed on that monitor, right? But then, I also like to think that Tabitha deliberately picked the most physically complicated method so that Bridget wouldn't feel left out ('cos let's face it, physical is pretty much all she knows how to do)

And yeah, the Avatar/Layla contrast continues to amuse, especially since, in most cases, LAYLA would be the one to question the weirdness. :)

Antonio (Guest), April 23rd, 2013, 9:18 pm

Nnnnope, Layla would question the weirdness that is gratuituously weird, which is to say, that which you introduced from outside the story. This one was introduced by a character from within, and for a very obvious reason. It's admittedly not a very good reason, which is why Avatar or Ichabod are perfect to point it out.

Also, that incantation always weirded me out. Why does Sakura (and later, Eriol) call upon the power OF DARKNESS? Later, when the anime starts the plot that it does not end, she starts calling upon "her star", which just feels better.
And now that you've hijacked that incantation verbatim, I can question you: WHY DARKNESS?

Blitzkrieg1701, April 24th, 2013, 12:04 am

Layla's reality is very selective. She objects to things she doesn't like, but will tolerate the weirdest weirdness if it pleases her (or is an adorably little boy, apparently)

Also, I've wondered about the "darkness" bit myself. Maybe in Japanese you can say that without it automatically sounding "evil"? I dunno...

Seros Senric (Guest), April 24th, 2013, 4:06 am

Pretty sure Japan, etc, got the light=good and dark=bad from 'Western' countries.

Antonio (Guest), April 24th, 2013, 6:53 pm

@Seros Senric:
Nope, pretty sure every culture has that. We're diurnal animals after all, our eyes are pretty much crap*, so it would be very rare for a culture to not codify some manner of "light>darkness". The only reason I can think of would be that they develop in an area with such a ridiculously high luminiscence that they repudiate it, but I don't think that can happen in this planet.

*Actually, we're rather good, as far as mammals go. Not in night vision, as noted, but in detail and distance and I think also colour. Just about every single bird still hands us our ass, though.

Seros Senric (Guest), April 24th, 2013, 9:27 pm

Distance and detail, pretty much every bird does beat us if I recall correctly. But, most of them have a lower colour-range (Also, a different colour range, but don't most things have that?)

Concerning dark/light, well, it's not as if I've actually researched it at all...

Antonio (Guest), April 25th, 2013, 8:31 pm

Nah, most birds do the whole "if these feathers aren't bright don't breed with this bird" thing, so obviously their color vision must be pretty good. I guess monochrome-ish birds may do that with a single colour, but at least brightly-coloured ones have correspondingly good colour perception.
And yes, at least prey birds have got to have better reach. I know eagles sure do.

Detail, no idea honestly, but I'm going to go with "probably better than us", also.

Stick (Guest), April 26th, 2013, 2:53 am

Palm, I just faced. Enough said.

Anyway, looks like an intermission of the intermission before the story develops.

Plain filler, maybe. Fan material, most probably. Character development, potentially.

Now to see how this goes...

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