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A word to the wise, Red. Appearances can be deceiving.
It’s a paradise for trees, at least, being sheltered from wind and supplied with water or whatever else it takes to flourish here.
It does appear to be an elevation spawned oasis. It does make me wonder how far it is to the edge of the desert. It could be a safety buffer due to the isolation.
Think the Lorax live’s there.
I thought the same thing.
So did I.
It’s beautiful. But I’m not sure if there’s food for pipples there.
Trufulla Trees! Well, if nothing else, Red can make a living making thneeds.
I suppose she could, but does she really thneed to?
Those trees do look very Suessian. Judging by their colors I’d have to call it local autumn.
Well, this is where we stand a good chance to meet the locals?
Seuss was certainly an influence for the valley, but if you guys look close, you’ll see a little Walt Kelly in those trees as well. I wanted the valley to feel familiar to an Earth kid, yet alien and wonderful as well.
Honestly, being a child of the eighties, I’m reminded more of the Whispering Woods of Etheria. Of course, I did dress as steampunk She-ra for Halloween this year…:)
Well, it looks like they’re set if they need any sweaters. `
Time to meet the Whos!
If you say “I know what you’re thinking” to a guy who never talks, chance is that what you claim he’s thinking is what anyone would have thought given the situation. If Red was truly confident in that her explanation holds up, she would not have assumed Tawee hadn’t reached the same conclusion on his own.
She might just be trying to convince herself. It can be difficult, facing a situation knowing that there is nothing you can do and feeling that you ought to be able to do something.
I think you guys are on the right track. When someone says “I know what you’re thinking” it never means they actually know what someone is thinking. I most often a defensive statement, basically “before you call me out on the obvious…” Red isn’t as interested in Tawee’s opinion as much as she’s making excuses.
Great job with the lighting AND the shading on those mountains/cliffs!!
Wow! Nicely done!
“Trufulla trees” was my first thought as well when I saw this page. Then “wow, very Seussian”.
Now all it needs is a couple of Sneetches desperately taking stars off and putting them on again.
Don’t forget an empty pair of pale green pants running around.
And a stack of turtles with a little one, prone to burping, at the bottom of the stack.
Congratulations!!! This reveal reminded me of the very first “Land Before Time” movie!!! Best movie ever, BTW…(too bad we can’t say the same about the sequels~!)
She and her little friend discovered where Whos live!
It’s the garden of Eden.
Either her conscience will get her or Goose will. But I’d prefer this beautiful valley to any gorge full of blue critters too.
Beautiful work, as always. I have one small quibble though – I really wish you’d left off Red’s comment balloon in the last panel. The impact of the beautiful valley is lessened by her saying it’s a paradise. The image of the valley over their shoulders tells the reader that by itself.
Thanks, Tadasimha. You might be right.
It’s one of those times when I have weigh all the options as I’m finishing the page at 5 am and then take a gamble. That’s the chance you take when you’re the one making the decisions. In this instance I felt I needed to call back to something Red said in Chapter One and through her words we get and understanding what the valley means to her; without it, it’s just another pretty view.
Still, there are always many ways to tell a story. I can only make a choice and go with it and hope it works.
For what it’s worth, I think if you *had* left Red speechless in panel #5, you would have needed her to say something like “Whoa! Will ya look at that?” in the last bubble of panel #4. “Whoa”, all by itself doesn’t quite convey all that she was thinking.
It seems right for her to make that observation. It’s going to take more than a breathtakingly beautiful panoramic alien paradise to make Red speechless.
Hey, really love your comic! Is it on hiatus right now?
I’m not too concerned about that. The last “hiatus” was a several-months-long descent of the spacecraft to its crash landing on this planet, but the comic eventually continued. Just hold on a little bit and it’ll be back.
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