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Carl Foxmarten
2017-02-17 00:25:58 
Oh my... =0.o=
Darc
2017-02-17 10:38:11 
Mercy is not a fan of the PG-13 rating.
Ron Bauerle
2017-02-17 01:10:57 
I had to google that: https://www.google.com/search?q=lilim
Darc
2017-02-17 10:38:58 
Yep, those are the Lilim. Mercy's also much older than she looks. :D
Brighttail
2017-02-17 14:18:37 
I wouldn't dare ever suggest or comment anything about Mercy's age. :)
TK
2017-02-17 01:43:57 
that's... not... better
Darc
2017-02-17 10:39:32 
It is for Mercy.
zophah
2017-02-17 05:35:45 
Making a potion effect from a cake is less effective. The strength of the potion would differ depending on how much someone ate.
Darc
2017-02-17 10:39:41 
It's magic.
Celtcath
2017-02-17 06:02:15 
Oh dear.
Darc
2017-02-17 10:40:07 
And she wanted Ruby to keep the cake all to herself.
Brighttail
2017-02-17 15:27:55 
That would be an awful lot of lust for Ruby to fulfill if she ate the WHOLE cake. Mercy never does anything small apparently. :)
Kaeto
2017-02-17 06:37:49 
Isn't Matti a little young for lust to do much?
Darc
2017-02-17 10:40:57 
Yeah. That's why he's just hiccuping hearts. It will make him feel a little loopy for a bit, but that's all.
Hartree
2017-02-17 21:57:46 
Perhaps he'll be lusting after more of that cake! *hic*
Lemurvid
2017-02-17 10:33:33 
I think it's interesting that these 'sketch' pages may be starting to form a slightly new style, with more emphasis perhaps on characters' expressions. And that first panel would have been quite different in effect. It's often the case that a change of technique produces new decisions in presentation. Just a thought...
Darc
2017-02-17 10:48:56 
Oh yeah, we'll likely see some subtle changes as we go. Part of it's that, since it doesn't take two days to do a page I have more time to spend on things like the expressions and trying to figure out the hand gestures. I also have more control with a pencil than I do working digitally. I do need to find a ruler that's slightly raised though. I keep getting some smudging when I use my old ruler to lay in the backgrounds.
Brighttail
2017-02-17 15:30:42 
I remember watching painter long ago. He had a long wand that he used went painting. On one end was a ball the size of a golf ball and the wand was inserted into the middle of it. He would then place his non-drawing hand on the other side of the drawing and let the wand rest on his hand. He would then place his drawing hand on the want to keep his hand from going into the paint. It was a very interesting technique.
Iron Ed
2017-02-18 00:47:12 
Brighttail: A drawing book I have calls that artist's stick a "maulstick". The one shown is made of a strong wooden dowel with a rubber tip instead of a ball. The author is shown "holding" the end of the stick instead of letting it rest on his hand. (He also has his paper on a near-vertical drawing board. ;-))
Brighttail
2017-02-18 11:05:21 
That is cool. Never knew what it was called. Yeah he was a painter so he was using it vertically. :)
mud duck
2017-02-17 22:52:23 
If I'm understanding the problem correctly, try running a line of scotch tape down the center of the ruler on one side. Helps to keep the graphite that collects on the edge of the ruler from smearing on the paper.
Naldru
2017-02-19 17:18:32 
As I recall, there were a lot of triangles in the art/drafting supply store that had raised edges. Of course, that was back when I drew graphs and flow diagrams by hand rather than using a computer. Some of the wooden rulers also had a metal strip embedded in the edge to serve the same purpose.
Brighttail
2017-02-17 11:38:27 
Poor Matthew. He'll be okay tho. I love that Mercy as absolutely NO remorse for what she tried to do. :) It is her job after all (in a way). I wonder if after everyone is gone, if Ruby won't sneak a piece. hehe. Either way it does have to be embarrassing for poor Max who seems to be trying so hard not to express his feelings for Ruby cause she is his assistant and for Ruby because of all the issues she has had with men in the past. Mercy was trying to get through all that mortal rubbish feelings and go straight for the heart/lust strings. Mercy's heart is in the right place. I can't wait to see how this pans out.
KC Jones.II
2017-02-17 11:58:40 
Oh mercy, dear Mercy. The political scandals that could sprout from that. Poor Matti. Frederick would have had a field day with the tidbits off of this one. Although, I think that Mercy has enough of a conscious that she'd have planned ahead for such emergencies.
KC Jones.II
2017-02-18 14:32:29 
A sobering thought occurs. What if dear Puck had his hands in the, ...um ..."cookie jar" and Mercy's cake was just a subplot that Puck cooked up as his plan B?
Celtcath
2017-02-21 15:46:01 
that is a rather terrifying thought.
Daetsmlo
2017-02-17 12:00:46 
Ooohh... I like her! Though, since I'd be considered lilim myself, that's hardly surprising... I'm really liking the monochrome art. While identifying the characters by shape and pattern is taking some getting used to, I can't see anything that could be considered a reduction in quality, especially given the effort you put into shading and texture. But then, even my favorite pieces from DaVinci are his 'sketches'. Oh, on the ruler, my mother has had good luck with a quilting ruler on her chalk work. I don't know if it'd work as well with pencils, but it might be worth a try...
Eric
2017-02-17 12:01:48 
Haha, oh god, Allen's expression in panel 5...
Kheetor84
2017-02-17 12:34:14 
Oh lord... The Prince is fixin' to go through puberty. Watch for facial hair. XD
Mujaki
2017-02-18 08:41:54 
Facial hair? But.. they're already entirely covered in fur.
Web_mst3k
2017-02-19 02:17:13 
The Prince in a furry. How could you tell?
Helios
2017-02-17 13:37:43 
oh dear....now how will Allen explain This to Mori?
Siraj
2017-02-17 14:02:15 
Oh... this is going to go funny places, and I so look forward to it
Spindizzy
2017-02-18 08:47:54 
Yup, GET THE BARREL RIGHT NOW, AND BRING THE CORK FOR THE BUNG HOLE! (The raising of children: Place in barrel and feed through bunghole until age 16, then drive in the cork.)
Archone
2017-02-19 06:39:28 
...I can't help but think of how this used to be considered not an overly big deal. Young prince feeling lusty... that wasn't such a problem. Especially once effective contraceptives became more freely available. Now, I'm not saying that I agree with that mindset (especially since the kid is... what, not even double digits yet? Oi). I'm just saying that Mercy probably sees absolutely no problem here. ...And I'm also saying that whatever happens next is probably going to be HILARIOUS. "Your Majesty, we have a problem with your grandson." "Yes?" "Uh, his... well... they dropped." "What did?" "...Er... whose job is it to give the young prince the Royal Birds and Bees talk, your Majesty?"
Bear
2017-02-20 03:22:20 
Impressive as always I thought the idea was for Max and Ruby to share teh cake between themselves
Arbithian
2017-02-20 09:12:55 
Contrary to what the Internet would have you believe, if the prince has not yet entered puberty, a lust potion should be more confusing for him than anything. Having actually studied human development and developmental psychology, someone who hasn't started puberty doesn't have a physical attraction to others (at least not a sexual one).
Darc
2017-02-20 10:02:09 
Bingo!
Archone
2017-02-23 20:59:25 
I thought girls were pretty and even fantasized about a number of girls in cartoons (enough to lay in bed and think about kissing them, anyway) long before I was old enough to know anything about sex, or even to understand that there was a legitimate difference between my grade school teachers and the aforementioned cartoon characters in regards to such things. I'll agree with you that things are likely to get confusing... but it's quite possible that this will kickstart his adolescent desires. (Which makes it even more problematic - and potentially amusing and/or tragic. Kids that young CAN achieve sexual arousal... and this kid is WAAAAAY too young to be exploring this sort of thing...)
Matt
2017-02-23 22:05:21 
Inappropriate and way too much personal information, dial the TMI ALL the way back please.