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<3 So we're home from WonderCon, which was lots of fun, and now we're nearly over our con crud. Hooray. I'm behind on everything and Emerald City ComicCon (Seattle, WA) is coming up. Whee! --Kaja <3
Heh—"About this falling business...."Hey, where's Vole when they start actually flying?Edited at 2012-03-26 04:34 am (UTC)
Prob'ly lying in the bottom of the cockpit, moaning softly to himself? He doesn't appear to have splatted on the ground...
I thiinnnnk if you look off to the side there of that second-to-last panel you can just about see Vole's mouth and chin behind the blur of the machine's wings
I love how the minion trying to kill you just happens to give you the tool/chemical you need to get the job done. Special trousers!? I could have used some of those.I have the feeling Tarvek gets motion sick.
Yeah, that bluish face in the last panel kinda clinches it. Love the way the machine starts flying just before hitting the ground.
Always in the nick of time.
He doesn't get nearly enough chances to spark. I love how he transfers his grumbles about Gil to Gil's work, and he knows better now too--must be habit. And the parallel with Bang getting Gil what he needed is too cute for words.And how do trousers protect your upper back and spine from breakage? Springs in the cuffs?
...they are Very Heroic!
Well, Gil's more of a mechanical Spark with just a little biology, while Tarvek's definitely more of a biological Spark who does some tinkering on the side (some of it rather inspired, I admit--Tinka & Moxana, Anevka, etc).Given that, I was wondering how they were going to get out of that and if Tarvek was going to be able to pull something out of his...hat.
Well, habit...but also getting shoved out of Castle Wulfenbach in a not-entirely-working flying machine while chained to Othar Trygvassen and then getting dumped with Vole, too, by a rather smug, irritating Gil. Circumstances can color your sense of another person quite a lot, and Gil's final grin and nabbing of the lab notebook can't have cheered Tarvek up in the least.Gil IS quite a bit like Klaus, as when he's at his best he's often also at his most annoying to anyone but the audience.Edited at 2012-03-26 05:46 am (UTC)
If Gil ever finds out about Tarvek's motion sickness you just know that he's going to start coming up with excuses to force the group to zip around all over Europa in cute little bug shaped flying machines. Especially since it seems like bug themed things may be Gil's thing. This could be good!
Panel 2: "for A adventurer" rather than AN adventurer....
Just because Othar Trygvassen is a Gentleman Adventurer (and Spark) doesn't mean he's immune to confusing "a" and "an" when speaking a language other than his natal tongue.(In the German that the professors have translated for our convenience, "für ein Abenteurer" when "für einen Abenteurer" is more correct.)
"Geoffrey! Fetch me my fighting trousers!"
"No, those are my time travel trousers."
'Those are my tea trousers.'
Talk about just in the nick of time...
Well, he pulled it off, after all.Good show there, Tarvek.
Quite literally. Apparently Gil's flying machine has a lawnmower-like pull start...
Indeed. So how again did Othar help? Seemed he was more of a hinderance than helpful.It is as I thought, Othar is merely lucky, or at very least (most likely), under plot protection. That is a problem, sadly. I mean, how can you really be concerned for a character if they are seemingly invincible? I wager Othar could be fired into the sun, and not even be slightly burned. Even worse, he is not the only character like that. If the Foglios need a character to survive, they will regardless of the punishment they go though. As a mater of fact, the more important the character, the more likely they will be put though the ringer, as if to mock the reader.I hate to say this, but if the Foglios actually want to inject some tension or empathy back into this story, they are going to have to kill some characters off - and I mean important characters. Otherwise, this comic loses a lot of credibility.
Now, now, you're sounding like a pissy high school English teacher (barf!). Othar isn't a sympathetic character, he's comically repellant. The fact that he's basically a talking racket ball is part of the game. Polonius isn't a sympathetic character, either, he's a tiresome windbag. That doesn't make him unimportant.
Just wait a handful of months, you can be as morbid as you like from what I've heard.
"put though the wringer", please.Now, a sword might be put through a ringer, but do we have any here? ... Mmm... who rang the Bell of Doom, again?Respectfully,Dr. WhomConsulting Linguist, Orthoëpist, & Philological Busybody
Well no shit Othar is under plot protection - he is a Hero. The Foglios have lampshaded this repeatedly. It's a joke which is supposed to be funny, because this is a comic that mixes seriousness and levity and likes to affectionately parody the cliches of old-school science fiction.Again: this comic is not Game of Thrones and is not supposed to be. You are assessing it by the standard of an aesthetic that the Foglios have never been aiming for. It's not a purely silly comic, but it isn't meant to be a hyper-realistic, super-serious political drama either. It's something in between, which combines elements of both. And I like it that way. The darker elements draw me in and make it possible to suspend disbelief, while the light elements keep it fun and not depressing. I can't stand stuff that's unrelentingly dark and gritty.
Interesting that it seems that my theory is proven right--Sparkiness does indeed involve getting mad--or at the very least, very very irritated. Seems GlaDOS was right--'Get mad!' :-)