Also, freaking pronouns. So much confusion. Who’s ‘we?’ D:
You always post the really confusing ones on Saturday. Just to make us sweat til Tuesday. I’m on to your nefarious scheme. (:
Well, we need some form of entertainment for the weekend.
all i kept thinking was “gollum”
We are Ermac! We are the souls of many!
…oh dear. I’m reminded of Hexadecimal.
Not the numbering system, the Reboot character.
I suppose it’d be useless to tell Emma to run?
Agreed! Someone mentioned Hex on a previous page and the resemblance just gets stronger in this one, what with the rapid and extreme expression changes, and the overly-dramatic temperament.
Definite Hex vibe! I was going to say Noh-face (from Spirited Away) but the antics on this page are very Hexadecimal.
I actually read this in Hex’s voice. It couldn’t be helped.
I too read then re-read then screamed HEXADECIMAL at the screen. So very happy my preschooler and DH are out for a walk this morning.
I’m not sure if that influenced Isa or not, but I never got into Reboot. I saw an episode, maybe two, when I was in 7th-8th grade and didn’t like the series, so I have no clue who you’re talking about.
In short: Villain, nature of chaos, face was a frozen mask that she swapped from expression to expression on a whim, and absurdly powerful. Just easily bored.
Hex was a big influence. Not for the few panels, but then my boyfriend said “hey, it’s like Hex” and it just got really, really influenced from there on out. I love Hex’s voice. It’s a good voice to read it in!
Hex was a chaotic virus (as opposed to her brother, Megabyte, an order virus) that at the end became a vaccine to stop a super-virus. The complete series is out in a five disc DVD collection. (I do hate that the series ended on a cliffhanger…)
oooh, yes. Hex! Now I know why I like this lady.
I was just gonna say OMG she’s like Hex. I loved Hex so much, she was truly epic
Intriguing . . .
I love the mask design, it reminds me of the claymation adaptation of the Mark Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger (it was pretty freaky).
i thought the same thing
Link? I’m so curious now!
If it’s the one I think it is it’s from “the adventures of Mark Twain”
Ooooooké. Visiblement, Madame Le Fantome n’est pas aussi calme que je le pensais. Personnellement ses expressions me rappellent les masques de tragédie et comédie antique… Pas que ce soit rassurant, ils sont flippant…
Y’a trois format : Tragédie, Comédie et neutre
Ah? J’ai jamais vu le neutre. Je vais mettre ça dans ma liste “trucs à goggler un jour que je m’ennuie”
Part of me feels like this might be Emma’s mother, though I can’t for the life of me put my finger on why…
I know Hexadecimal has been mentioned before both, zer face looks like the tragedy and comedy masks that you occasionally see in art. (I take it they took the idea from that)
Though, it’s still pretty creepy. Granted, that is the reason why I read this webcomic! (Also, for the plot and wonderful character designs :D)
I was totally thinking of the comedy and tragedy masks too! At first I was thinking that she just had one facial expression but then those last three panels were a really drastic change. That’s definitely what those panels look like though.
It’s a mix of Hex and the Tragedy/Comedy masks. I had fun
Well, here’s a theory:
This is the spirit/energy/witch who’s the source of the Poppies. Emma’s protection spell doesn’t allow her to actually TAKE Emma, but now she’s being forced to act more directly because Warrick poses a clear and present danger.
I don’t know who Hexadecimal is, so I can’t comment there.
Hexadecimal is a semi-villain of the CGI show Reboot which ran on ABC Saturday mornings for two seasons (there were four seasons in total). The show didn’t take itself seriously, spoofing any number of shows, games and films.
Now we know where she went the first time. I wonder how quickly time passes by here, and how abruptly she might be taken out. So somehow, the spell confines her and protects her… Sounds like the ghost might also be hiding from something trying to destroy her. Either way, I’m too lazy to search for the meaning of the rapier in religions, but the tree somehow reminds me of Yggdrasil, or the World Tree of a couple of religions. Always imagined it bigger though.
Wait, now I know what she reminds me of! The lady who changed heads from Return To Oz! Somehow that is the personality she gives me if that queen lost her power and her heads. Maybe there is something she feared more than the Nome King?
The lady who changed heads… the princess what’s-her-face?
I’m not sure exactly what is the ghost talking about, but I’d say a good rule of thumb for Emma is not to listen to people who recently threatened to eat you.
So that’s why there wasn’t mention of this place last time – because she doesn’t remember afterward.
When the ghost says “he”… the only “he” I can think of is Warrick. but maybe she’s referring to someone outside of the Oz world… Also, she seemed a little eager or happy to talk to Emma here, but if she forgets each time it happens, then what’s the point? What’s there to accomplish?
I just keep thinking about the Namesake paradigm…and the significance of poppies, and death. The most significant use those images in literature (and one with a nod to Canada) is “In Flanders Fields”. It’s a poem of remembrance for the dead, the poppy being the symbol for this remembrance.
Death has been denied in Oz due to the actions of Ozma. So those who died before that happened…who remembers them? The dead are no longer honored, remembered, because people don’t die anymore in Oz. Only now they do. And now there are poppies everywhere, fields of them. And Ozma is missing, the one who held back death.
” If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
That line is the one that caused me to think of this. Is failing to remember them “breaking faith” with them? Is the literature of “In Flanders Fields” intersecting with the literature of Oz?
This tree with a sword in it reminds me of the Branstock Oak, in which the sword, Balmung, was placed by Odin and later drawn by Sigmund. The sword conferred great power to the wielder — protection in battle — and eventually became the symbol of the king.
Very interesting (and creepy) thoughts…which matches the page….
Sadface was creepiest face. :c
I have been reading this comic for a while, just not commented any. Interesting, inventive and sometimes very creepy. I like it a lot.
So now we know where Emma went the first time they traveled through the portal. But if she forgets after every time, why is the ghost still talking to her? Wouldn’t that just be a waste of time? And the comically creepy faces are totally reminding me of the tragedy and comedy masks. I was just expecting her to have the same straight face the entire time so that came as a bit of a surprise. This page is also giving off a more “ghost” vibe than it was in the previous pages.
I have no clue who ‘he’ could be though…
Maybe the ghost isn’t referencing what happens each time they talk so much as every life time. If Emma is like a Namesake, or whatever she is works in a similar fashion, it could be different people working under one name. Each is Emma, but each Emma is different. So ‘Emma’ always forgets.
Well, geez. That’s not cryptic at ALL! And that mask still freaks me the hell out.
He could be a ‘Ripper” as Wendy and others have called them. Or “He” could be one of many doctors the Original Dorthy was sent to when they thought she was mentally unstable??
I came back at a very fun time… Emma has a relationship with the creepy ghost! Who… when whole wears a mask instead of faces.
so if emma is still in oz, what part of her left? probably should have asked this on the last comic, but, ah well :/
I usually keep my big yap shut and enjoy the ride that the Ladies are so wonderfully giving us, but every now and then I feel the need to let the hamster run a few laps on the wheel….
We already know that this is a pocket dimension. The “ghost” is trapped here, she can’t truly leave. By inference from her own (quite likely insane) words, this place serves as a refuge from something (or someone) seeking her destruction. But it also serves as a prison.
Emma (and possibly others before her) have had contact with the “ghost” but every time she leaves, she quickly forgets most of what happened. What she does remember the spell keeps her from mentioning.
These stories are supposedly OLD…. I mean ancient; Worlds that have existed for as long as ours has at the very least.
One would have to wonder just how long the “ghost” has been trapped there, and how long, with no one to talk to, does it take to go stark raving mad?
Ok, the hamster has officially had his exercise for the week. He now demands a bag of potato chips, and tomorrow’s page.
She looks sort of like a kabuki player.
Others have guesses? Guesses about what? About the protection? About who she is? But they guess and they forget? Ahh, too many questions!
June 20-22, 2014
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