Alice is intensely jealous that Charlie, at least, gets to carry out her life long wish of being a monkey on the chandelier (Charlie’s wish, not Alice’s).
I’m not convinced that it isn’t Alice’s dream too
Monkey? No. Swinging from chandelier? Maybe, but only partially. It would have to end with using said swing to kick in someone’s teeth.
So far, this is my best birthday present! Looove this page! Especially the last panel! Although Philo’s comments were pretty good too. Nice to see that he will, on occasion, give Alice some lip.
Happy Birthday, and many happy returns!
Happy birthday! Congratulations on being one year closer to death 😉
I suspect that he’s only willing to give Alice lip due to his expected impending death, which negates his normal fear of Alice killing him for giving her lip.
Of course, in the UnEarth, impending death is just around every corner, so there may be hope for him yet.
Perhaps I am giving him too much credit, but I think it is in large part because he is in his element and even Alice won’t completely throw him off as much as she would, say, while he was still building the thing.
In this, her running away comment has some validity, I agree with Philo it’s more an inverse, he running to something.
Friends you can choose. Siblings not. By the way, where is the bed of the chamber?
It’s in a wall alcove which is slightly out of the current camera view, I believe: http://unearthcomic.com/chapter-2-page-48/
Ikwig is correct. We’re seeing the room from the reverse angle… Imagine the cameraman is sitting on the bed.
Oh dear, I do believe that I am beginning to like Philo more and more; he’s really starting to assert himself as a main character. Good for him!
Of course, Charlie has been asserting herself as a main character from the very beginning, and it’s obvious from this page that she is not planning on giving that up any time soon (impending horrible doom in a stalled steam-driven drill not withstanding). Being able to banter while doing acrobatics on a chandelier should be a requirement for any main character!
I demand to see Philo do this before he becomes the main character.
Philo’s a different kind of main character. Stoic characters can be main characters too, and he at leans more that way than Charlie. Rather than banter, he may yet quip, in a very targeted way, at just the right moment.
Of course, if the banter is FOR SCI…err, over science, then he may engage or even initiate!
This page is very tee-heeable. The only spot I see room for improvement would be to have Alice say, “Oh, do shut up, Charlotte.” I feel that one extra word adds to the Victorian feel.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Thanks for the suggestion. Done and done!
Sounds like you may need to instituted a Co-Writer Award.
I think this counts as copy editing 🙂
Technically, according to my pal The Internet, the intransitive usage of the phrase “shut up” only dates back to 1840. Alice is just a trendsetter ahead of her time. Everything else here is, of course, entirely accurate for the period. 😉
I loves me my anachronisms. Next time I’ll go for broke with the crowd pleaser: “Shut your pie hole!”
“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet” – Abraham Lincoln
Let that be a reminder, Number Six! Only trust Number 2!
…said number 4
Philo, delivering a speech to the dials isn’t going to stop the drill!
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