Oh man! This one should have been in color…
*laughs* Yeah, I would color all of them if I could! I wish it wasn’t so time consuming…
Surprise! Instant evil character!
… Assuming you’re a member of the majority who like to put that label on acts of random stabbage… sure.
Personally, I’m totally cool with random murder. =D
*gasp* – defines my reaction perfectly O_O
Good! I was going for shocking.
oh, hey. comments enabled. i dont know whats going on. but its awesome.
Yeah, we went for the “throwing the characters in the story” approach, so things are still a bit unclear, but everything will be explained in the following chapters.
Stabbing a cripple in a wheelchair. Oh, that’s classy. For punkgirl’s next act is she going to kick a puppy into the street?
You have succeeded in making me loathe this person.
*laughs* Yeah, after I drew this page, I decided that stabbing cripples was pretty low on the “evil acts” scale.
Not as low as kicking puppies or eating kittens, but not high either. Bad punkgirl, bad!
Eating babies WHILE putting puppies in the microwave.
And what IS it with the stabby-stabby this week? You stab what appeared to be a main character, and the Foglios just stabbed Zeetha. (which appears to have been a Bad Move on Zola’s part).
Whereas the same move makes me like them.
Euthanising the suffering ftw!
Nasty piece of business, yes indeed.
My question: where’d Grouchy!Gothette get the sword/dagger (and how did she get it through the library’s security system)? That outfit does not have a hiding place sufficient to hold that weapon. [If this were Highlander, she could be an Immortal, although with that attitude probably not a long-lived one. This not being Highlander, however, one suspects that other paranormal forces are in play....]
[thwaps self on forehead]
Aha; I had for some reason completely missed Grouchy!Gothette’s shoulder bag/backpack at first glance; the detailing is such that the straps don’t look like straps at certain angles (and occasionally disappear from one shoulder or the other, as in the first panel of the second row above). OTOH, while that’s a potential place for hiding a dagger, I’d think it would be hard for Grouchy!Gothette to get said dagger out of the pack without Karen’s noticing (let alone any random library patron who might be wandering past that aisle).
Which puts us back in Highlander or related territory, most likely.
Ah, I’m guilty of not making the straps clear all the time! Points off Griffindor for bad arting! *laughs*
She pulls out the dagger from the bag’s bottom pocket (bags nowadays have those for lunchboxes). I tried doing the action a few times to make sure it would be quick enough to surprise Karen. Patrons are currently assembling at the front desk since the library is closing soon. Of course, Gothette really lucked out. She also doesn’t really care about being discovered for reasons that will be explained later.
Thanks for the critical comments by the way! It helps us figure out how to make the pages better.
Also, i’m also a Highlander fan. Pleased to meet you!
Meg makes a good point below about library security systems being book-oriented rather than metal/weapon-oriented. And while she’s also right about budget cuts, I think a couple of the branches in my (large and very heavily used) local urban county library system have actual human security guys who will search one’s backpack if they feel it’s warranted.
Clearly, though, the point of the present exercise is not how Gothette gets away with this, but that she manages it in the first place. I sincerely hope that Karen turns out to be rather more durable than the wheelchair would suggest. Or, alternately, that the narrator-gods have an appropriate karmic reward in mind for Gothette after that stunt….
Narrator-gods have plans indeed. No worries about that. Not in the first chapter, but gothette comes back a few times.
I think a few libraries have security guards. The story takes places on Canadian soil for now (the location is identified as Toronto in a few pages) and the library this is based on had never had a security guard. Thankfully, nobody ever got stabbed in it either.
A good many libraries, especially smaller ones, don’t have metal detectors – the security systems are actually keyed to the barcode tags inside the books to detect people trying to shoplift books and DVDs. You know, they’re like the ones you see at places such as Best Buy, Borders, etc. I’ve bounced around the country a lot, and I don’t recall ever going into a library that had some sort of metal detector.
Unfortunately, library funding has been cut in such a way that any sort of high-tech security system is just not affordable. The year after I graduated high school (1998), I was back visiting the school librarian following a gun being smuggled into the library. I asked her the same sorts of questions and she gave me a sad look and said it just wasn’t possible with the lack of money.
Got here via Yu+Me. Looks like gothette and karen know each other, and i admit my first guess is intimacy, possibly something to do with the wheelchair. Be interesting to see how this develops.
and lovely touch, I had to look up who alice liddell was. I am all ready intrigued
I’m glad you are! Intrigue is important.
And yeah, the wheel chair is pretty relevant to why and how they know each other.
*blinkblink* I did not see that coming. Good choice in weapons, though. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out. …And if a minor hunch I have might be true. *shrugs* I suppose we’ll see.
I like to test and see if my readers are psychic.
oh geez. gothette is a cutie. cripple-stabbers are generally bad dating material, though, so maybe i should tread with caution. there’s also the fact that we have the same hairstyle, ‘cept i’m shaven on the opposite side. we can press our skulls together and make a full head of hair!
anyway, pretty psyched for the comic – particularly as a torontonian, noting what you said to somebody a few comments back.
There are so many better choices for Goth Dating than people who stab wheelchair-bound girls in libraries.
I mean, she might get bloodstains on the BOOKS!
NOT THE BOOKS!
The evil industry is never good for dating material (though they make some damn fine looking people). I’m happy to count some fellow Canadians among the readers.
Never if that isn’t what you’re looking for.
However, there are some things that can be sought for which it is ideal… and for which reality is sadly lacking.
Gosh! I want moar!!!
*looming voice* sooooon.
I am a fan of libraries, the printed page, Highlander too, the tv series not the movies. Only thing good about the Highlander movies was Sean Connery.
You’re allowed to say that about the second movie only. Any other, and you’re lining yourself up for decapitation.
uh oh…in the library of all places…
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