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!
heheh… someone has a little crush on ike huh?
I love his face. XDDD
Ike’s staring face is the best thing ever.
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.
I think I have a skewed definition of “creepy”, ‘cuz…not at all. Toothy, but not creepy.
Hahaha, I love Ike’s faces here.
Bahaha, I wish you could draw faster too! This is my fav online comic- and I read a few!
Say chese Ike!
He’s shocked that somebody actually likes him.
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.
That actually makes a load of sense. definitely could see it being canon.
Ike’s expression in panel 5 was my favorite from this page…until I saw Rhonda’s in pnel 8. XD
Aha~! I knew it would be her! :D
Now i feel smaaaart ;P
I love this Sooo much!!!
I can’t believe it has been two years already. ^_^ Are you planning to sell this comic as well when it’s done?
Heck yeah I am! : )
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.
Bwaaaaahh Ike’s got a sweetheart!!
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.
He truly must have nerves of steel not to crack a smile at that grimace.
Two years?! Jeez Louise! (Mystical Jedi mind trick hand wave) “You will draw faster…”
I suppose that means theres hope for everyone.
Is that… greg?
Can you imagine Greg smiling? And being social? At a bar?
YAY! Ike has a lady lurrrrrve! Well…maybe not…yet…
Now imagine Ike forcing a smile to get a beer.
Ike’s sappin’ my smile…he’s a SPY!!!
I love Anthony’s face in the last panel as he drinks even moreso than Ike’s
Well, this comic sure made ME smile! Love the expressions on Ike and Rhonda. It’s a toss-up which I like more! :)
How come tony didnt get free beer aswell? Poor Guy.
Tony got a free beer from Abby before, maybe she though beer would ease his ‘transition’
Wish this bar existed >.> with all this free beer knocking around XD
*foxie pads in, necro’ing the heck out of the thread* I’m all for free beer *chants “free beer!…”* but look back at panel 1, ” compliments of the lady in silver”… so she’s paying. I wanna see Ike smile too.
Some people keep asking if you will release more than one page per week, but look on the bright side, your pages are well worth waiting for.
Were I a more patient man, I would concur wholeheartedly. XD
Not like you need me to tell you this, lol
Just a thought as it’s near St. Patricks- Do Leprechauns exist?
two words; formspring
So I’ve been meaning to ask, do you draw all manticores with lion faces, or is that part of Ike’s unique status as hybrid?
There are at least two varieties of Manticores, lion face and human faced. There is a link on the Manticore wiki article
I do have to say that she has the best smile ever.
PANEL 4 I’M DYING OH LAWD
I sometimes forget how much I love this comic, and then I read it over again, and it tickles me.
Yay, did the ‘Random’ button just reappear?
Oh Ike, the womenfolk got ya runnin’, eh? I shall join in that fray!
What type of creature is that beside Rhonda?
Hey, isn’t she the girl seen on this page?
It might be o.O
She has the same color medallion, and a similar enough shirt that it might be the same (different light sources make it look different enough to my eyes).
And the skirts match.
I honestly forgot about this part of this story and now I’m reminded that its my favorite. Thank you for doing this.