Only 9 more pages until Page 1400…ha!
Wasn’t it just last month we hit 1300????
Oh, Alex…you really do have a short memory. And an even shorter temper.
I just looked back at their prior visit to the merpeople. He was unconscious when he was kissed by the mermaid and no one ever explained how the mer-spell was applied.
He was totally correct in being upset I think. I know *I* would be really upset if I were in his place.
Some one else remembered that little detail! I am not alone in thinking “Yep, he feels justified with that. It was extremely stupid, but he doesn’t know that.”
Alex new number is 1 800 jelous bone head.. operators are waiting now….
…deja vu? Was there a preview of this page (and a few coming afterward) somewhere? Because this seems very familiar to me, and this didn’t happen the last time they went into the ocean.
Oh right… it was on Facebook a while ago in text form, IIRC. I won’t link to it here, as it has spoilers for the following pages and their punchlines (and it would take a while to find it again). 😛
Punch…line? My, you ARE hilarious!
Good god, what an idiot.
Well to be fair, he didn’t know what the kiss did at the time. Or that it was mandatory.
(Which I BET it is not, but they say it is, anyway)
I’m siding with Alex on this one. If this was some mandatory custom, she should’ve had the common sense and courtesy to warn him in advance. Besides, he’s the King. He can clobber anyone he wants. Kissing the King’s Consort requires his prior permission. A medieval King would’ve slain the merman outright and asked questions later.
She probably forgot he didn’t know–and is she officially his consort, or even fiancee? But the overreaction is funny!
“Is this a kissing book?”
Princess Bride! That is one of the best, most quotable movies of all time. Gotta luv it
“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… ”
Is this the “fighting” or the “revenge” part? Or perhaps “fighting because of true love…”
Not sure “consort” is the right word. Perhaps fiance, or betrothed?
consort! what, dost thou make us minstrels? an thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords: here’s my fiddlestick; here’s that shall make you dance. zounds, consort!
Alex! How dare you punch my husband! ~Zing!~ Welcome to the Nightmare Realm! Muahaha
The minute I saw the first three panels, I was so hoping Alex would freak like that. Stupid or not, it’s comedic gold.
I don’t remember this from the earlier goings into the ocean, but I’m guessing this is a prerequisite to being able to breath underwater?
Sure enough, it was in the earlier parts of the comics. I thought so.
See pages 374 and 375 for context
To be fair, he was unconscious last time, so he probably doesn’t realize what happened back then.
My thoughts exactly, still super funny though, and that merman can take a punch! It’s easy to forget how much power Alex has with that armor on (plus his own innate ability, enough to knock the horns off a dragon!!! O_O)
I almost feel sorry for him though, man is he going to feel stupid now. >_<
aaaaaaaaaaah alex, you keep making me laugh each time
I forgot the previous pages, but I’ve worked with a lot of Brazilians (gotten the cheek kiss by more than a few strangers) and my first reaction was “Merpeople kiss greeting! … Alexander OVERREACTION!”
Cheek kissing is actually a custom in a lot of countries. Also where I’m from. And people mean nothing by it. A kiss on the mouth is an entirely different thing, however.
My question is, is it an obligation that a merman/mermaid of opposite gender must kiss the land people. I’m sure Alex wouldn’t have thrown a punch if a mermaid was going to kiss Staj
I was thinking the same thing That will probably be the solution however, since the merman will probably not want to try that again, and his jaw is likely very sore.
Although it certainly would’ve given him pause!
Understandable, but I think there’s going to be some fast talking nd a few apologies from various parties…
I noticed in the last frame that Nats hair goes into her paldron. I know things like that are hard to avoid because the hair is so rigid at times. I’ve always found it hard to find good hair that has good spines so they are more flexible.
Curious since i’m new… Is the strip drawn with a animation “poser” type program, Scott? The textures and 3D characters seem to indicate that it might be, and Dursagon’s hair comment might confirm that. I’ve been wavering thinking it was or wasn’t… you get so much expression out of your characters that I have had doubts.
Is there a methodology page that i’ve missed?
I don’t know much about such things myself, but I think #2 on the FAQ might answer your question.
completely missed the FAQ (since remedied) was looking for “behind the scenes” or “About” links… lol.
What I wonder most is how he managed to land a left hook, _WITHOUT_ hitting Staj in the face in the follow-through? Look at his pose in panel 5, right after the impact.
Ah, maybe it was just a super-sonic blow?
Straight punch or right hook wouldv’e been more logical choices there, imo. I guess its for the scenic after-strike pose! 😉 😀
Alex has to have the shortest memory of all time. Still good for a laugh.
Panel 2 is perfectly done. Expressions, body language; it has it all.
Oops I meant the 3rd (or 5th if you consider the second as three separate panels).
May I just say, Bwahahahaha. And to be honest, I didn’t remember that part about how they breathed underwater, either. Still, the look on Alex’s face is priceless.
Oh my. ow. Now he’s going to feel like a complete ding-dong isn’t he.
Should have let him get kissed first or at least offered a word of explanation. Still, Alex overreacted. He hasn’t even given her a ring yet or whatever sort of promisary thing they have in the dreamlands.
Yeah, I’m with Alex on this one.
Sha la la la la la my oh my, look like da merman cry,
He tried to Kiss the Girl!
Sha la la la la la aint dat sad aint it a shame too bad,
Dont Ever Kiss the Girl!
Wow… just wow… That’s stuck in my head now. ^_^
bwahaha, that made me laugh out loud.
Interesting. I hadn’t realized Alex was that jealous. That stupid, yes; but not that jealous.
This is going to throw a kink in Elf / Dreamland / Merpeople relations.
Jeez Alex, he was just going to blow air into his or something merman-ish. It’s no big deal!
“What we have heah … is a failure to communicate.”
To those of you who said you’re siding with Alex on this one — did I miss something? Is he king of the Neanderthals now? “Ugh. Me Ogg! Me walk on knuckles. Grrr! Ogg sees the woman that Ogg owns as his property being touched by another man! Aagh! Ogg will not ask his woman what she’s doing, because woman is not smart and cannot be trusted. Ogg must instead see other man as threat and must hurt other man! Bam! Pow! Now all men know that woman is property of Ogg! Now woman will know that she has no power over her own body! Now woman will know that Ogg does not trust her. Now other people everywhere will know Ogg is harsh tyrant and will be hurt if they do something Ogg doesn’t like!!! *stands and pounds on chest in fury”
What Alex did was stupid and disrespectful, not just to the merfolk to but the woman he loves so very much. It showed Staj that Alex thinks of her as just an object, and not as the incredibly intelligent woman who knows her people and the land around her in ways he could never imagine. In one fell swoop, I’ve lost so much respect for Alex today it’s unreal. Somebody as backward as he is and so closed minded toward other cultures has no business being king in such as wonderful place as The Dreamland and imposing his narrow-minded values on their culture.
With an attitude like yours, Alex, the kingdom will crumble into a shambles of obscurity halfway through your reign. For the good of the Dreamlands, Alex, either wisen up, or let Staj run things .. or just stay home.
He just watched the girl he has kind of been crushing on, and is finally kind of dating, for most of his life, almost get kissed by some strange guy. Last time he was in the Merpeoples area, he was knocked out cold so he doesn’t remember the whole kiss requirement. Add in that as far as he knows, Nastajia was planning to do some thing more than just kiss a merman so she could breathe underwater (we know she wasn’t) and he makes a lot of sense. So your argument that those of us who are siding with Alex are all neanderthals is not only wrong, its so wrong that I am suggesting you go back to page one. This saddens me to have to tell some one who obviously is reasonably intelligent, and (as far as I know) has decent memory of the story so far.
I can’t imagine anyone seeing the one they love kiss another person not having an emotional outbreak, usually the violent kind. Alex was unconscious the last time they transitioned into merpeople and has no idea what is going on. It has nothing to do with “owning” her but rather his intense love for her. Don’t try and turn a genuine human reaction that ANYONE male or female would have into something as pithy as this. In fact I imagine that Staj, even knowing full well that the kiss is necessary, is going to feel mighty uncomfortable when it comes Alex’s turn to be kissed.
No, I have to agree to a certain extent with Eris Lobo. If you guys actually think that commiting a felony assault is justified by your significant other kissing someone else (especially in what clearly looks to be an ambassadorial situation), you are totally wrong. Worthy of an explanation and a fast one? YES INDEED. But worthy of assault? Not in a million years.
That said, in the writing, story structure and character arcs that Scott is building in Dreamland, Allex’s reaction is not surprising. That doesn’t mean it is excusable. It’s not.
Guess today hit’s a nerve Eris? To be fair he did try to ask her what was going on but they kept going in. He’s young, Nastajia is at least in my understanding probably the first relationship he’s ever had. I can forgive him for freaking out a bit. I think a very sincere apology is coming and probably a thorough chew out from the lady as well. I don’t think you have to worry about this behavior getting repeated very much.
Guys and Gals…
SO glad you’re enjoying today’s page.
I promise you…this all works out.
Alex acts rashly. He’s young and in love and…while learning to be a better man…still has immature impulses.
He gets his in the end. I promise.
He gets his… stern talking to? Strongly worded letter?
Or would you happen to mean, he gets his own kiss, too? By a mermaid, or is the spell transferable from one spell-ee to another, so that once Nastajia is transformed, she can kiss Alex (aaaaawwwww 😀 ), and he gets transformed?
I am somewhat of the same mind as Month, in saying that it probably is NOT mandatory to kiss, to apply the spell, but that they say it is, so they get to enjoy kissing land people.
Do they have mer-kiddies come along, when a young landgoing person comes for the trip? How awkward do they feel about it? (I’m thinking that, training to be future queen of the Elves, Nastajia may have been brought along on diplomatic trips in the past, perhaps long enough ago to have been quite young…)
I see rumors of the KRAKen’s demise , are greatly exaggerated.
I’m wondering why this is happening above water… since as soon as they breath air, the spell is broken. (iirc)
The kiss has a latency period?
Perhaps the plan is:
1) touch lips
3) jointly, fall/jump into the water
I’m not saying the readers here are neanderthals, I’m saying Alex is acting like one. He’s not acting like a king. He’s treating Staj as property and not respecting her decisions and wisdom.
Saying that medieval kings could have done things like he did is like saying medieval kings could have their wives beheaded if they didn’t produce children, and clearly we don’t want Alex doing that with Staj!
I’m sorry if I’m ranting on my feminist soapbox this morning, but, seriously, Alex has been acting like a male bimbo throughout this strip. I’m sick of him acting like a dumb jock. Dreamlands needs to be run by somebody who rises above the frat-boy mentality Alex shows far too often.
I guess I’m sick of seeing guys like that run the world in real life, and I don’t want to see it happen in one of my favorite online comics. I want this to be a place of retreat.
For the period, I would think chivalry would be applied. Permission should have been asked to kiss – too many assumptions with Mr. Merman. Protocals should have been established, maintained and enforced.
Don’t think of Alex as a neanderthal, but as a gentlemen standing up for her honor. Is he jealous or shocked at the merman’s behavior?
It’s pretty clear that Staj is moving in on the Merman at the same speed–there is no honor to defend, she is not being attacked. The kiss is consensual. So there is no chivalry Alex’s reaction. He is young, insecure and stupid. If he wasn’t in Dreamland, he’d be charged with felony assault. Luckily for him (or perhaps unluckily), he has highly offended Staj. Woe be to Alex for what is sure to follow!
…and the only permission required for the kiss would be asked of Nastajia, not of Alex. She does not belong to him.
Yeah, true, but you don’t go snogging other dudes in front of your boyfriend without letting him know what’s up. That’s just disrespectful. xD I mean, I know I’d be pissed if it was the other way around.
I’m as feminist as they come, and I still see Alex’s behaviour as somewhat justified, if a little over the top. Yeah, a woman isn’t property, but that still doesn’t give her an excuse to suck face with every dude she meets. Same goes for men! Basic respect for your monogamous partner, people.
Holy suffragette calm down.
Its a comic for kids about a Guy who can’t even pick his major. And its a comic. I think your passion for women’s rights would be better spent protesting things like abuse and equal pay in the workplace rather than a comic about a young impulsive man.
And what if, crazy as it seems, a woman punches a man in the face for going near a loved one? I kick the ever loving daylights out of anyone who looks at my sister weird, and im her sister. Not because she’s an object who is to be owned, but because I love her. Perhaps Alex also loves his emo elf and the urge to protect is where he’s coming from. Merdude was looking pretty excited.
I hear and validate the complaint of men too often abuse and treat women as property, but I also feel like in this situation it should be violence, impulsiveness, and assumptions that is the issue rather then gender domination . IMO.
All I’m saying is that it is not an okay reaction to hit someone for kissing your significant other. I’m not saying it isn’t realistic that Alex would. I’m saying it’s not an appropriate reaction. No one is harming Nastajia. A more reasonable reaction would’ve been to step between them. But we’re talking Alex here.
Oh no dude, for sure. It’s pretty much not ok to walk around hitting people for kissing your significant other. Now people kissing my sister…. fair game (no, I kid. Mostly.) But to me, the whole gender thing doesn’t matter or factor into why him punching people in the face (with a metal gauntlet no less, way to try to shatter the dude’s face, bro) is not the best reaction.
Hm. I would like to see that sometime. ‘Staj, you are my woman.’ I think that would end rather poorly.
Wait a minute! Wasn’t the kiss done underwater last time? If the kiss is done above water will it have the same effect?
Also, when is a kiss just a kiss, instead of a ‘magic’ kiss to breath underwater? Is a kiss that meaningless to mer-people?
Let’s be honest, (if they didn’t know the reason why this was happening) any man, (or woman) would have raised some kind of cain about it.
Nice one, Scott!
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Lots of stories have it the other way… a jealous girl pours drink on boyfriend, slaps him, or damages his car when boyfriend is two timing. One very strong example is this song: Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
Part of life is many people *do* have tempers and react in ways they may regret later, people aren’t perfect.
dam, alex went all gangster! “my girl, betcoh!”
She used his full first name. He’s in for it now. *scampers for the blast shield*
k did they already kiss cuz you never know plus you cant see her legs……….
[Totally inaccurate prediction]
Nastajia balls Alex out for overreacting, then explains about the mer-people’s spell and its method of application.
Alex fumbles an apology.
Merman kisses Nastajia, while keeping a fearful eye on Alex.
One of the mermaids goes to kiss Alex.
Alex blushes, and tries to partake as little as possible in the kiss.
Mermaid then goes for the Dip and Kiss method on Alex.
[/Totally inaccurate prediction]
lol, Alexander. Misunderstandings galore! You’re gonna feel really silly in about 5…4…
Poor Alex. XD And poor Merman.
Hmm, while the kiss might be mandatory, I am sure the dramatic sexual tension implied by these scenes is not.
Can’t say I would have gotten mad. But I would have requested a fee from him 😉
“What? Man was outta line!”
How is it we’re the first to quote Firefly at this page?
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