February 7th, 2017
Comment by Tama
Jonan's squinty face in the last panel gives me life
posted at 12:09am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Kiri
I was gonna make the exact same comment.
posted at 12:13am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Tama
posted at 12:16am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Shazzbaa
omg i'm so glad
posted at 8:11pm on February 7th, 2017
Comment by Ely
Jonan, you stop those sneaky eyes IMMEDIATELY.
posted at 12:19am on February 7th, 2017
making displeased faces is all he has
don't take this from him
posted at 8:12pm on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Glew
We won't take his displeased face from him. Can't speak for Sev tho. (Too soon?)
posted at 8:44am on February 8th, 2017
Comment by Himochi
Jonan's face is perfect, and Xira's explanations are... less so. <:D
posted at 12:32am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Himochi
On a reread, I need to edit my statement. Jonan in this page entirely is perfect.
I love that Jonan has gone from "grump who doesn't care what happens to the gang" to "protectively pulls Tareth away from a Scary Thing". Beautiful.
posted at 11:26am on February 7th, 2017
"grump that pulls tareth away from a Scary Thing but is still going to be grump about it and thinks you're all idiots" aN IMPROVEMENt???
Comment by MagpieM
The alt-text is perfect. As are all the various shocked and annoyed expressions on this page.
Impulsive teen + secret you can't reveal to people you just freaking met is like the perfect disaster recipe, though. Like, of course this is going to go poorly, but it's still painful to watch.
On the other, less sympathetic hand; Jonan, when are you going to write "He's a witch" in all-caps on a piece of paper and hold it over Xira's head? I know you kinda want to. (Maybe just go over your finger-spelling notes and do that instead, if you wanna be subtle about it?)
posted at 2:18am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by TheOtherDibbler
The alt-text is the best. XD
Also, I am really feeling for Æmber here.
posted at 4:28am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by MagpieM
Totally! Even if she's pretty dang sure her box is aberrant-proof (and I'm willing to bet that's very much a "Maybe??!?") it's super uncool of Xira to shove Æmber into a mass of tentacles with no warning! (And Sev doesn't seem particularly keen on this either.)
posted at 12:37pm on February 7th, 2017
I MEAN, ITS A WIN-WIN SCENARIO, either it's aberrant-proof and works, or it's NOT aberrant-proof and BOX PROBLEM SOLVED, RIGHT????
æmber would like a warning tho, yes,
Reply by Heather
But if he does that to Xira, he loses the ability to be all 'I know you're reading my mind right now, do this thing I want you to do or I'll tell them.' Jonan is 100% down for blackmail.
posted at 5:21am on February 7th, 2017
Tbh, I'd be good if he goes the blackmail route. Jonan just seems the type that, even if he keeps Xira's secret for whatever reason, would be kinda frustrated no one else had figured it out when Xira's not reeeally being all that subtle.
posted at 12:41pm on February 7th, 2017
for this rendition of Aladdin the role of Jafar will be played by jonan of rusanne,
posted at 8:13pm on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Meggyc
OMG, YES. This thought made me laugh so much! Having trouble breathing now.
posted at 9:43pm on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Shweta Narayan
'k Jonan, time for you to sing the reprise!
posted at 4:38am on February 8th, 2017
Comment by Kira
I honestly think that if ANYONE is going to understand Xira's situation (having an ability that carries with it some negative connotations in their society) it's going to be Jonan. So I figure he gets /why/ Xira hasn't outed himself and is waiting to see his true colors before he does anything about it, if anything at all.
posted at 5:13am on February 7th, 2017
I probably need to do some re-reading, but do we have reason to believe Jonan has definitely clued in on Xira's abilities before now, or is he just now putting everything together and realising that Xira's keeping something back/what that is.
posted at 7:27am on February 7th, 2017
He's at least already highly suspicious- Xira had to modify the memories of the lady who rehydrated Jonan because she's the one who usually deals with Jonan's victims, and usually there's no way she'd not remember him, let alone help him.
posted at 8:18am on February 7th, 2017
Yeah, their experience with the elemental is probably the most suspicious moment from Jonan's point of view, and Jonan himself has pretty strongly implied that he knows something's up.
Thanks for the reminders! :)
posted at 2:43am on February 8th, 2017
Comment by Glew
Is there a trope for "this is horrible but somehow still comedic"? Because that needs to be added to RW's TVTropes page :D
Poor Sev. he is so utterly, and mercilessly splorched.
And poor AEmber, she must be freaked a bit, even tho impenetrable forcefield.
And poor Tari, she is so shoced, and understandebly.
And poor Jonan, he is surrounded by idiots.
And poor Xira just wants to help but this is getting out of control. SO out of control. He didn't sign up for this when he volunteered to help a cute girl lost in the crowd.
We really need those blankets and tea someone was offering in the previous comment section :3
posted at 5:29am on February 7th, 2017
Lightmare Fuel, perhaps?
posted at 11:25am on February 7th, 2017
Reply by Asterai
Best name! Make it so.
posted at 2:33pm on February 7th, 2017
I love it
posted at 8:14pm on February 7th, 2017
I think it's safe to say that Xira was not prepared for anything that happened since that moment.
posted at 8:16pm on February 7th, 2017
re vote incentive: Xira, do you even lift bro? XD
Sorry, couldn't resist.
posted at 5:31am on February 7th, 2017
Comment by Meggyc
Sev is killing me on this page. He looks so taken off guard on page one Like, "Why did you bring her?" and on panel three that one eye just makes me think "OMG, WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!" And he looks so annoyed in the fifth panel. An annoyed mass of tentacles and eyes. (And that's not to mention how ticked off Æmber is.)
Also, Jonan's expressions are great as always. I think it's nice how Jonan looks like he's stepping between Tarri and aberrant-Sev in panels three and four. Jonan can be a gentleman!
posted at 7:54am on February 7th, 2017
I don't know about GENTLEMAN, let's not get carried away here...!
also I'd just like to share that in my first script, panel 5 was written as
"Sev: [offended gurgling]"
Oh no, he's certainly still a jerk with a heart of jerk. But maybe with just a smidgen of chivalry. Not much, but... Congrats, Jonan! You aren't a -complete- jerk!
Offended gurgling is just perfect. Poor Sev.
posted at 9:41pm on February 7th, 2017
re: Sev -- right? All the expressions are great but the wounded expression of the splorched eyes seen through the forcefield in panel 3!!!
Though I'm having trouble seeing him as offended so much as going haaaalp in panel 5, maybe i'm reading the eyes wrong?
posted at 4:37am on February 8th, 2017
His eyes seem to show a wide range of emotions. In panel 5, The bottom-most eye (the one closest to Xira's hand) looks like "I am so done with this." The one above that seems to have more of the "Haaaalp!" expression. The one closest to Xira's face seems annoyed. The smaller eye that's in the middle of all these make me think of a shocked, or in pain expression. That's just my interpretation though!
posted at 10:05pm on February 8th, 2017
Comment by KatieM
Suspicious Jonan is suspicious! XD
posted at 10:09am on February 7th, 2017
Comment by Random Passerby
Xira's going to get the brunt of the Aladdin jokes for the rest of the comic XD
posted at 1:09pm on February 7th, 2017
Comment by Khend
Poor Æmber gets zero warning when stuff happens. just suddenly shoved into the pile of eye tentacle putty with no explanation. Not even a 'Hey, I'm gonna see if facestealers can eat force walls'
posted at 1:15pm on February 7th, 2017
say what you will about the priests and their dubious parental skills but they never shoved her into eye tentacle putty without warning
posted at 8:17pm on February 7th, 2017
Comment by mythee
Did a squirrel just pop out of the tentacles and enter the box?!
posted at 12:01am on February 8th, 2017
Reply by ashendawn
Nah, he's been there since the beginning. Remember when we first met Æmber? She said he's stuck with her
posted at 1:30am on February 8th, 2017
Reply by mythee
Ohh, thanks. I somehow forgot about it.
posted at 10:43pm on February 8th, 2017
Comment by Toanovu
Jonan is SO DONE with Xira's "lol totally nothing special about me!!!!" routine, he's gonna rat him out any second now.
posted at 7:08am on February 8th, 2017
I just realized how we never seen if Xira ever read the suspicious thoughts in Jonan's mind.
HOW CONVENIENT FOR THE AUTHOR HUH? :D
posted at 9:47am on February 9th, 2017
Comment by Jade
The last panel is almost ridiculously shippy.
...and I love it.
posted at 2:37pm on February 8th, 2017
Comment by reynard61
Sev & Æmber like ">:-("
posted at 4:34am on February 9th, 2017
Comment by Shweta Narayan
This is more relevant to the previous page but... IJWTS that I'm now checking how many fingers EVERYone in EVERY webcomic has EVERY time their hands are shown. And double checking.
posted at 5:20am on February 11th, 2017
Comment by TheOtherDibbler
I am doing a spot of re-reading and have rediscovered page 11, which seems suddenly very relevant.
posted at 8:18am on February 11th, 2017
I just posted a comment and it's awaiting moderation and I realised I made an error in it. Page 1.6 seems relevant, not page 11. *facepalm*
posted at 8:21am on February 11th, 2017
Comment by Alia-Mael
I just read all of this comic and it's pure gold. Thank you so much for sharing it ♥
posted at 1:12pm on February 13th, 2017