Oh look, it’s a baby Isaac. Magic isn’t kind when it decides to screw up.
Monster Bones was fully funded this weekend! If you haven’t read the story yet, click here to go check it out! I’m really excited about it! Sfé has a lot of great characters and stories and designs and I am thrilled to draw them.
Hey guys! I’m going to be at Emerald City Comicon! I won’t have a booth and I’m not exactly selling anything (I didn’t plan ahead), but I’m going to be hanging out with Magnolia!
Yay! We may finally know what happened! 8D
Loving this story! And I guess that’s why he’s got bandages wrapped around his tail…
Aw man, Ike transformed in June? He had one month left before summer break!
Out of curiosity, what exactly differentiates those who can get or have pendents and those who don’t? I mean, why can’t those not born human get pendents? (Sorry, I might’ve missed this somewhere before…)
The only thing that differentiates them, is whether there were medallions made for that species or not. So if you are a type critter that there is no existing medallion for, then, well, no medallion for you. Certain species don’t have medallions (Harpies and Manticores for example), and magical screw ups are typically random, so the chances of there being an existing medallion are minimal to none.
I see. I had wondered why they could not get one of the blank medallions and activate those to disguise themself as human. Perhaps that might work, but I guess that has already been pointed out as being lost magic. :P
I don’t think the blank medallions are unattuned, though, just unadorned. That is, though they are plain-looking they will still only work for a specific magical creature.
Yes, I like Ike. His mother on the other hand just seems to get worse every time she’s talked about.
Poor Ike, having to go through life being named Petrus, all his mothers’ other bad choices, those eyebrows.
I hope his mom shows up to defend herself one day, or further disgrace herself.
This page is looking pretty spiffy, I’m glad your computer got fixed so you can keep on being awesome.
Huh.. I was wondering why the bandaged tail on Ike.. now we know.
I had thought it rather obvious after we first knew he was part manticore.
Aaah, that’s gotta be a bit of a comfort to Tony. Sounds as though Ike went through exactly the same kinda beasty puberty he’s going through now. If I were in Tony’s shoes (metaphorical shoes) I’d probaby be wondering if I was a crossbreed right about now.
Also, shit, you can really only see it properly in the close up panel on deviantart, but crazy stuff going on with Ike’s fingernails when he’s transforming. Poor chap. It looks sore. Though I’m sure he had waaaay more important things on his mind at the time, all things considered.
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Ahh this is really nice side to see. ^^
Its always refresing when someone else in is similair shoes as you :) And luv it how easily after a while… “it” (transformation) blends itself out. As in if i look the charecters as human or mythical beings, i STILL am able to see the same person in there :D
Thats not an easy feat so accomplish Kory ^^ :dance:
I hate pink usually, but for some reason… I like it on Ike. It makes his blue eyes stand out. Ike seems like he can be a nice guy… when the timing is right and someone needs him to be.
Nothing wrong with pink fur :)
Yea! What’s wrong with pink!?
I don’t even really see it as pink, I see his fur as a lighter shade of the red of his hair. Pink to me tends to have more magenta in it than that. He’d probably think I was teasing him if I said he had light red fur, though. He gets a lot of crap from people.
I love the little details, like the crumpled page under young Ike’s paw and the chewed-up pencil. Every page is just a treat to read. Thanks Kory!
Hey that means that Tony is same age as me!
Though he looks older.
Woah, Tony’s only 16? I thought he was older, like 20 or something! He’s the same age I am.
Britains legal drinking age is 17, and Tony was granted a drink on the house.
buggane… buggane… OH! Now I get it…
Is it just me, or does Ike’s transformation look a lot like Michelle’s?
I think your imagining things. Michelle had a medallion and turned instantly.
Or maybe I am imagining?
Screw it, I am going to go look again.
Okey, how on earth did Michelle not notice the fur on her hand the very first time she picked up the medallion?
How am I supposed to delete these comments? Even in my newbie days, I never made a quintuple post! *facepalms*
She didn’t have fur immediately. It was just hatching shading. For some reason, she didn’t start turning until she was back in her room, and then it happened pretty quickly. I guessed maybe it was sphinx magic protecting her from changing until it was safe to do so, or maybe she imagined/dreamed the encounter on the street to give her an explanation for suddenly having a medallion on her desk.
Didn’t Michelle start turning with the left arm too? That’s interesting; I wonder if that’s intentional.
Nope, it was her right hand er… Paw?
Oh damn poor Ike! that had to be rough~!
And then it turns out he isn’t a half manticore after all. He just has a REALLLLY bad rash.
“It’s the MOLE PEOPLE”
His transformation (formspring) reminds me of Logan.
Hey, he transformed in the year Tony was born!
Is Tony’s birthday in June maybe?
Or is it just a coincidence?
That means Ike’s about 32 years old?
Don’t forget that the comic takes place in 2004, not 2011. : )
Did you first start drawing the comic in ’04?
Oh I forgot this takes place in 1 month.
Thought it was in real time.
And this part actually takes place a bit before Orientations started.
Magic likes to screw with people.
eff yue! nao yer pink!
Maybe it has a flair for the dramatic.
Now I’m just wondering what triggered Ike’s transformation.
Must be natural like with Merial.
Didn’t Merial find a medalion like Michelle and Greg ?
Shitty luck… I man, being a half manticore with oink fur and no medaillon… shitty luck.
It’s better than being a (thought) non existant species.
THAT must have been followed by a very awkward conversation with Ike and his mom
What does eff you mean?
It means the same as a certain four-letter word starting with the letter ‘f’, ending with the letters ‘ck’ and followed by ‘you’ (by sheer coincidence, there’s a ‘u’ as a second letter in the previous word as well. ;-)
‘eff you’ or ‘F you’ is a slightly more polite way of saying ‘fuck you’.
Note: Seeing as it’s got swearing in it I’m curious to see if this comment will get posted.
Atleast we know why he wears a bandage on his tail: Poisonious Barbs
Yeah… I honestly do not know how no one knew this as soon as Ike was introduced.
This does raise a couple of interesting questions – namely, what kind of medallion would a crossbreed use? Does Ike use a Buggane one or does he just shapeshift? And – this has been bugging me forever – besides Harpies, Bandersnatchs and Manticores what other species don’t have them?
All this while I wondered about that bandage – I kept thinking this whole time that Manticores had a club of spikes on their tailends, not spines – it just never clicked until now. xD
Crossbreeds don’t have medallions. Ike is lucky to inherit the ability to shapeshift.
Western Dragons, Cecaelia and Hippocampi have all been confirmed to not have medallions.
Just thought of something. Im assuming Jim will have to go through a metal detector when he goes to the airport and this would mean he has to remove his medallion which will expose his identity unles the medallions are enchanted to fool metal detectors or they have a special queue for mythical creatures.
You’re also assuming his medallion is made of metal. It could be made of stone or some other material that would not go off.
Metal detectors don’t pick up small things. I’ve worn my own metal necklace and rings (not to mention a jaw-surgery’s worth of metal in my face) through metal detectors and have never had them go off on me. I think Jim is okay.
I just saw this reply of yours, Kory.
The walkthough ones would pick up the small items of metal just fine.
Winter evening flight Sydney to Brisbane in July 2010. Metal zip slide on my jacket, nylon teeth. The slide set off the walkthrough.
When the security staffer ran the wand over me, it peaked on the zip slide. Lesson learned.
If he can shapeshift, could he transform completely into human or at least remove the spikes from the tail?
He can become completely human, but doesn’t do it very often.
As for the tail, the poisonous spines probably grow back every time he shapeshifts, which makes removing them painfully pointless. Just bandage them to keep them from stabbing anyone.
Hey Kory are their any other avalons beside the liverpool one and the wonderland one in the UK like a london one or a manchester one?
The Liverpool one is the only one that is city-sized, but there are various small Avalons (like Eustace’s shop) scattered about. Most don’t grow too large since the Liverpool Avalon is relatively close by.
Okay for manticores, they aren’t trusted so aren’t given medalions (who decides this anyways ?) but what about hapies, are they considered un-trustworthy too ?
It’s not that they aren’t ‘trustworthy’ enough to have medallions. Manticores just aren’t trusted for the characteristic nature. They don’t have medallions because the art of making medallions was lost and the species that don’t have the medallions are out of luck till someone (coughTimcough)figures out how to make them. Without medallions species are classified as ‘monsters’ but how they are seen by the community is based on their general actions. QED manticores are a dangerous species. Harpies, while I’m sure they could be dangerous, don’t have those tendencies.
Evidently I read too much Honor Harrington. every time someone in this comic mentions the word “Manticore,” my mind tries to tack on “Star Kingdom Of”.
Honor Harrington, YAY!
Actually, Ike’s room seems to be rather clean
That is exactly one year and one month before I was born.
Has no one else noticed that Tony is 16 and is drinking beer?
Yes, but it doesn’t matter. I doubt the Avalon has to abide by human legislation of alcohol. Even if it did, in England, someone as young as 16 can drink beer, wine, or cider as long as they don’t BUY it. Since he was GIVEN the drink (it’s “on the house”, which means that technically Abigail bought it), he’s old enough.
Is… is Anthony looking at Ike’s word balloon in the second panel?