Hello, Goodbye 7: Smile, Dammit!

Oh snap, Ike! You done been Free Drink’d! Don’t get too freaked out here. I know you’re not used to it. Hey look, it’s that girl we saw two years ago at the start of Exchanges. Welp. That’s finally paying off! I wish I could draw faster.

It should be mentioned that Ike, the Bohemian Lion (her name is Rhonda, if you care for Fun Facts), and even her little lamia friend next to her and the black-haired satyr were all originally created by Sheana Molloy. And Anthony, as always, was created by Sfé Monster!


Eeeee look at Ike’s silly faces and his ears just add to it all. Oh man I can’t wait to see his smile because if Rhonda’s smile is that creepy Ike and his shark teeth must be wonderful. Oh the faces, they’re so wonderful!
This page makes me smile and that smile is full of happy derpieness.

Ike’s expression in Panel 4 and Rhonda’s in Panel 8 are just priceless. The entire page is a study in expressions, but those two just crack me up!

gahahahahahaha. The expression on Ike’s face is priceless. Rhonda that is the creepiest non-bugbear smile I have ever seen.

This should be interesting, a smile from a insecure (half) manticore, second prize winner in the scariest teeth awards.

I am so tired, I misread ‘lamia’ as ‘llama,’ and that produced VERY strange mental images. Even by Skin Deep standards.

Ahah, oh, no. I can’t stop laughing. I agree with everyone on the expressions. Also, I want a poster of this.

Maybe I’m reading too much into the precise wording of the request, but the word is “smile”, not grin. Ike doesn’t have to show his teeth. Not that this would scare Rhonda – she must have identified his ancestry. Now, we have to ask ourselves, does Ike swing in her direction (he certainly doesn’t look overcome with desire), or will things get awkward? We haven’t seen anything relating to his romantic preferences (or even if it’s “n/a”). Come to that, we haven’t actually seen him smile yet… might he be out of practice?

“Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz smiled very slowly. This was done not so much for effect as because he was trying to remember the sequence of muscle movements.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Then again maybe Rhonda has no amorous intent, but is simply having a laugh.

Rhonda: That manticore fellow there, is he, like, part centaur?

Abigail: Buggane. His name’s Ike, by the way.

Rhonda: Does he ever smile?

Abigail: Well, now… …now that you come to ask, I don’t ever recall it.

Rhonda: What do you think might make him smile?

Abigail: Um… Guinness?

But where would storytelling and fandom be without the tangle of relationships, so:

Rhonda: Who’s the feathered fellow with him?

Abigail: Name’s Tony. He turned earlier today, spontaneous, like. We’re not sure what or how.

Rhonda: Hey, that’s it – I saw him with his friend, the stag who’s drumming. Hmmm, I wonder what being held by those composite wingarms of his would be like.

Abigail: (to herself) Like having a tacky drag artist attached to you. (to Rhonda) Don’t get any ideas, love, he’s still pretty shaken up with everything.

Rhonda: (to herself) Says you. (to Abigail, fishing in purse) Alright then, a pint for the morose manticore on condition that he cracks a smile.

Ike’s expression in panel 5 was my favorite from this page…until I saw Rhonda’s in pnel 8. XD

Kinda funny how Ike just gets done saying that people pre-judge him and think he’s scary, then this happens. I love irony. This page made me LOL. Love the expressions, especially panel 4 and 8.

Is that the lamia who works at the biscuit shop? and if it is if ike and rhonda get together will Ike get free biscuits?

Oh man…Ike’s “Wha…?” face and what he is wearing for some reason just reminded me of my neighbor, Fish. (Who is actually a person…not a fish). I kind of imagine this is what my neighbor would look like if someone bought him a drink.

Well, this comic sure made ME smile! Love the expressions on Ike and Rhonda. It’s a toss-up which I like more! :)

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Art and Story © Kory Bing 2006-2015
Anthony Gillis, Blanche Noir, Rupert Burton-Fitzgerald, Pheonix, and Royce Carmikal created by Sfé Monster.
Alec Hyde, Ike Sanford, Sam Hain, Rhonda Phelton, Dermot Ainesborough created by Sheana Molloy.