Ze’s lonely after all the time isolated in ze’s bottle; touch is a good thing. Also, now Alice has absorbed life from chessies and power from a Djinn. She’s like a metaphysical sponge of sorts.
I think Pannie (That’s my official name for zim now) just sped up the clock on Alice’s chessie-power. (It strikes me that this is a rather odd sentence) Zhe didn’t give her any djinn-power.
Hmm. I had interpreted it as transforming Djinn power to chessie-power; but your interpretation makes sense too.
He said ‘the magic of my world’ which make me think he merely means the general ethereal matter that Alice was recharging on anyway.
Sorry, I’m a bit confused, when were we told that the Djinn’s name was “Ze”?
Ze is a gender-neutral pronoun. There’s a number of them out there, and people can use any particular one they want to for Paribanou, since ze is androgynous. You can see a list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender-specific_and_gender-neutral_pronouns
Oh, okay… Is there any particular reason why people don’t use “they” or avoid using pronouns? That article had a whole list of different pronouns, and I don’t really see the point of making up a whole bunch of little-used pronouns considering the fact that pronouns are meant to be impersonal…
I think a lot of languages are developing their own gender-neutral pronouns as time evolves. There’s even an official one in Sweden. I think like with any new word, it just comes into use over time with the hopes that it will be adopted for widespread use.
Specifically regarding Namesake, we want people to be comfortable here referring to characters in a way that means something to them. For you, it might be using “they” or avoiding pronoun use, which I use the latter in the comic for now. For another person, it’s “ze.” For someone else, it might be “zhe” or “hir” or “zim.” We want everyone to feel welcome here and that it’s a safe place to express themselves. I hope that clears it up some.
I still think it’s a bit strange to make up a word when there’s another word that works perfectly well, but it’s not like it’s hurting anyone or anything, so okay.
I really hope that the Djinn doesn’t choose to double-cross Alice somehow later — he’s so cute! “How quaint!”
I feel like Alice is more likely to do the double-crossing; she agreed to those conditions awfully easily, didn’t she? (Which in no way changes the fact that I love her to pieces.)
I don’t think either of them intend to double-cross each other. They’re decent folk.
I love the cat eyes and pointy teeth on Alice post-power up.
Also: Namesake has to be made into a game. I’m thinking an RPG.
I’m thinking a tv series X333
Okay, now you’ve started it. Who would be cast in your dream Namesake TV series (or movie!)?
Yes. Just yes! A million times yes!!
Ha! That’s amazing! If we’re going down this route, I’d like to offer Kiruna Stamell to play Agha. And I totally had people to play One and Mr. Lewis Carroll.. I’ll have to find them again
She would be awesome.
Kitteh Alice is amaing…
…and it would make for a great tabletop setting.
*the RPG and LARP geek immediately begins playing with power balancing and setting* Sooo…IsaMeg, say someone /did/ happen to create a system based on Namesake for tabletop…what would yall’s opinion on that be?
It depends. Can I play? ^_^
But of course! I’m actually gonna start sketching out stuff as far as structure and mechanics, though it’ll be super rough since we readers still don’t have a very good grasp of what types of people exist and what’s possible for whom so character types won’t be able to be finalized. *grins* You’re gonna get an email in a month or two, whenever I finish organizing the info that /is/ available, after you’ve forgotten all about this, with the beginnings of a tabletop game and an overly enthusiastic geek attempting to bounce excitedly via text. *grin*
Cats and Namesake creators have long memories! <3 Are you going to any cons this spring or summer?
You are my FAVORITE.
I want to play, too! Though I will inevitably convert whatever system anyone comes up with into FATE…huh. Come to think of it, FATE would work remarkably well for a Namesake RPG. FATE characters have aspects that define who they are, and those aspects can be used both to help them AND to compel them into dangerous situation. Seems like a pretty good representation of the power of names to me.
Lauren, are you in my brain? Because I was just going to suggest the Exact Same Thing!
Well, I only play like.. .the occasional point and click… so I don’t think I have much to contribute to this conversation.
Going off topic here for a sec, have you ever played To The Moon? It’s available on Steam for around $10 (less, if you hit a sale), and is a really excellent non-action adventure with a great story. (Warning: you’ll blub.)
Oooh, that looks good! I’ll add it to my Steam wish list.
Oh, I don’t know that one! Thanks!
Yes, Alice is a bit catty now, isn’t she?
I’m totally loving her cat look in the last panel… is it…
is it wrong if I find myself starting to ship this despite myself? >…<
Not at all, I’m kind of liking that ship, now that you mention it. A lot of sparks on those sails…
She is now bound to come back and finish the story. The story finishes…when she does. *gulp* Do we have succession planning in place at Calliope?
I can’t decide if Paribanou’s delight at that handshake is Fred-level adorable or kind of worrying. Is this an “OMG weird customs ” or a “bwahahah sealing the deal further” type of happy?
Also I just had a random worry- what if it turns out ze cannot keep Fish captive for as long as they need? That could bite all of us in the butt later— Calliope and co because for the obvious reasons, because Fish is plainly dangerous and mad (in at least two senses) and Paribanou because…well actually, Alice might still keep her end just for helping them in the first place.
He just boosted a cheshire’s magic with his own. Kind of badass?
Ah, fair point. I just have to be paranoid I guess ^__^
Also I am a lot less worried now about this deal in general having read the authors’ comments about what he meant by “finish your story.” On occasion one must be reminded that not everyone one meets has nefarious intentions.
Since Alice didn’t hesitate to say she’d come back and finish her story, I’m wondering exactly it means to “finish the story.” Do the Djinn and Alice have different interpretations of that phrase? What does the Djinn get out of having Alice’s story finished? Or are they talking about the Djinn’s story somehow?
at first I was worried about the same thing- when he said finish your story I immediately thought he meant for her to stop going to wonderland. but the more I thought about it, I remembered that he was so interested when she was explaining things, and wanted her to go on. so I’m pretty sure they’re on the same page.
She’s a cat. She’ll wiggle her way through.
alice ….. you didn’t say WHICH world or define ‘finish’ :/
Something just dawned on me.
She’s a lady, so she has some genetic predisposition to be crafty and inventive [all for the best, I assure you], and she’s part Cheshire Kitteh so you KNOW that even though he plays on words, she can play on them as well.
She ain’t dying.
I was thinking more along the lines of captivity, a life sentence trapped in the bottle.
More like three lives but I get the point.
Shouldn’t Elaine be tagged since she’s in the last panel?
why is Alice so happy to “finish her story”?
The Djinn meant “Finish telling your story”.
so are the evil isameg telling us mortals that all Djinn wants is alice to finish telling her story, not finishing anything else, no little second message in tiny writing, no treachery?
I’m afraid this time it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Panibanou wants Alice to finish telling her story about what happened to her in her childhood. Though the theories have been fascinating!
Oh thank goodness, I really thought this might be going in an ominous direction. Thanks for clearing this up!
I think the dialogue seemed double-meaningful because of the break between the two sequences. Sorry about that guys!
I have to admit that it’s kind of refreshing. While some djinni are really tricky, others are a lot more moderate, and so constantly having people make them all evil and all treacherous can get tiring. Having a straight forward djinn like Panibanou once in a while is nice!
I think it’s a good deal. It was a good story, after all.
THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW ARHHHH
Phew. I know that makes more sense than the “go back into Wonderland and have another highly dangerous adventure” theory, but one can never be too careful with deals and Djinni.
Ooooooh. Ok. I was wondering why he’d want her to loose her powers…
I love all their expressions. The ‘crap’ the ‘oooh’ and the ‘this is gonna be fun’ … and then you have Cheshire-Alice which is the best.
Alice is truly my favorite character.
Alice looks a little amused/relieved that all he wants is the ending to her story.
I love how excited he is about a handshake!
“Why are you grinning at my hand, djinn?”
“Oh, well, you see, that’s how we djinns make baby djinns.”
And that’s why the djinn is so pleased.
Alice never ends surprising me…
hahahha tho, love the graphics <3
I’m curious where you got the spelling Pa*n*ibanou. I’ve always seen it Paribanou or Pari Banu, right back to Galland, who introduced the tale to the Arabian Nights corpus.
Apparently, it’s been a miscommunication between us. The linked story in the last comic is Paribanou and that’s what the comic originally was before I changed it. I’m going to speak with Isa and ask which one we’ll keep.
I love Alice’s tiny little fangs they are so cute
Anyone else shipping these two?
YES. I mean, yes.
Well, I AM now!
She really should have asked for clarification on the last condition. Djinn are tricky creatures and very particular about wording, like lawyers.
I recall hearing that the handshake originated as a way to demonstrate you were unarmed.
Yup! Upon greeting each other, people would grab each other’s forearm, instead of the hand, to check for weapons. Not sure when it evolved into a “seal the deal” custom, though.
I agree…Thing is…with the whole, “finish your story” thing…that would be like….well, she could no longer make portals right? She’d loose all her powers. Isn’t that what happens when a Namesake completes their story? So maybe he wants her powerless…or unable to interfere?
Well, in other comments Megan says that it’s exactly what it says on the tin (trope); so there shall be no double cross on either side, I think.
LOL, the look on Ben’s face as he realizes that they have to travel through another portal!
And won’t this throw a monkey wrench in Nose’s plan when he discovers the bottle is empty… except for Fish.
Oh, those teeth!
I love the fierce look on Jack’s face.
Please tell me I am not the only one that find this guy ridiculously attractive?
You are not alone. :3
Someone please make this into an animation! *w*
I wholly agree with you. I want to see Namesake animated as well. This series is too good for it to remain solely as a comic. *lol* I wish some big name animation company would ‘discover’ it, fall in love with it, and offer Meg and Isa the chance to animate it. Or better yet make it into a live action movie.
Panibanou looks cute when he’s speculating on what the meaning of why Alice was offering her hand to him. I guess nobody’s ever done that to him in all his years. *lol*
Panibanou is awesome and adorable! Ahaha I can’t wait to see him again when Alice returns for him!
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