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Torino, January 25th, 2018, 11:05 am ( Reply )

Happy 7th Anniversary, Southern Cross! - Hey look, it's a whole load of lore for a character -literally no one asked for-! So then, if you haven't been imagining the narration being voiced by a gentle old man, you've been reading the comic wrong all this time, and now you have to reread it.
This concept was actually going to be done a year ago, although the tone of the comic was a hell of a lot sadder, and is the main reason why I never got around to it. You can see only touched on it briefly in this version, but the older one centered much more around the number of butlers Sydney has gone through and the fact that he kept forgetting they would change with each new generation - and why the others try not to get too emotionally attached to their own. Obviously, that is depressing as hell, so I didn't end up doing it (plus I had no time to anyway).

Anyway, this has been an episode of 'No one on earth thinks about the logistics of gijinka harder than Torino does'. It was mostly born from me wondering who did this and that for Sydney, because its unlikely he would have done it himself, and eventually the concept of some mystery elite family who get to know about the existence of anthropomorphized cities took shape.

(And yes that does mean that he called Brisbane a slob, but Sydney probably told him to say that.)

Next arc starts on Valentines Day!

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  holy heck this is such a cool concept ( Reply )

I absolutely love the idea of a mysterious family that serves and knows of the cities. It makes me wonder about the different sub-clans of the family worldwide, and about their lives, and experiences--can they perceive the city-genius-loci, or recognize them as not-quite-human, when others can't? if so, what are the implications for if one of them, someone who isn't in the direct line of inheritance to be a butler or servant and thus can have more career-flexibility, decides to become an archeologist and ends up on a dig which turns out to be a millennia-abandoned city in the middle of the desert--will they be able to see or find what remains of that city's anthropomorphized soul? (this is the concept that filled my mind as soon as I read this comic on my lunch break eheh)

Also, the character design of Syd's butler is amazing. Even in just a page, he already comes across as a full person, and a person of whom I would very much like to see more. The last panels are very well done, too.

Last point, I'm very happy to see the term genius loci, because I am a bit of a nerd about words and it's a term of which I'm very fond and I think I've only encountered one other person who used it before ^__^

All in all, this is a super great page, 10/10.

posted by L (Guest) on January 25th, 2018, 8:53 pm





 
Sweeeeeet ( Reply )

I am not quite as eloquent as the commentor above (or below) me but I agree with their comment wholeheartedly. I love that you have given yourself a mouthpiece in the form of gentle old man (I read him with a British accent) and it is not something we see often.

Your creativity is amazing and I cannot wait to see more :)

posted by mistress_overlord on January 26th, 2018, 4:41 am



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I have to admit my first thought was to assume the old-fashioned gent was London. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to imagine London looking like this.

But he is not as he points out. Instead he claims to be human and certainly I will grant him that. I do wonder though if he is quite human like you or me but rather the human embodiment of those historians and chroniclers who have over the years written down the story of the cities as it happens.

posted by Kim (Guest) on January 29th, 2018, 3:52 am



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