I will be at SDCC this week! I don’t have a booth, I’m just walking around in costumes for four days! But I DO have a panel on Saturday! Check it out!Hooray! So if you’ll be at San Diego Comic Con and you want to see me, I will DEFINITELY be at that panel! Otherwise look for a Newt Geiszler on Thursday, a Garfield the Deals Warlock on Friday, or a Jillian Holtzmann on Sunday, as those are the cosplays I will be wearing!! Exciting!
Oh, she’s only got two legs? Two little front hands? Would that make her more amphiptere or lindwyrm?
Woohoo first comment. Love the face on worset. Nice comic Kory!!
Sometimes both parties just need a little time to cool off, and maybe they can come back to this conversation later.
Ha ha oh Jocasta, you probably just damned a bunch of innocent people on both sides cause you lost your temper. Our hero everyone.
The fact that she considers pissing someone off to the point of getting fire shot at her the *better* end to this so-called negotiation is not a good look.
Or maybe she was expecting an attempt at being eaten. Still.
Didn’t the dragon lose temper as well?
yes but both parties are at fault here, both couldn’t look past the issues that were only skin deep and delve into the real problems at hand.
Our Hero who only lost her temper after the dragon demanded a medallion from her and proceeded to threaten her.
I mean, she wasn’t the one who tried to incinerate somebody.
Boi this was lit
Huh, I just noticed how the fire (accelerant?) comes out of the two glands/ducts to either side of the mouth. What a cool detail! Reminds me of Dragonology, how they tried to hypothesize how something can breathe fire.
It’s one of the only two ways Fire-breathing makes sense, and this one’s the more “Scientific” explanation. Some real animals, Like the Bombardier Beetle, make fire by storing combustible chemicals in glands that are then excreted and ignite on contact with the air. Dragons would take the same premise and scale it up to infinity.
The other option, of course, is Magic. Given the magical nature of several things in the comic, I’m a little surprised Kory went with the science explanation. Unless there’s a hidden commentary there, of magic vs. science.
Sometimes it could be both. I personally like the answer that dragons are magic incarnate. But I don’t think that that everyone else likes that idea nor does it follow this story line. Because if memory serves me right in orientations Ch 2 page #? ( I need help here) Jim clearly states that he thinks that the ” GREAT WAR” started because the dragons felt that the sphinxes were to powerful.
We-e-ell…Bombardier beetles don’t actually produce fire, just a scalding-temperature spray of chemicals. Admittedly it’s not that much more of a stretch to imagine something producing an exothermic chemical which would actually burn when exposed to the atmosphere, but just for the record, bombardiers don’t.
In one of the Discworld books, where a dragon is explained as not even remotely possible in actually existing by following our physics; for them to be able to fly and do all that we say they do, they have to BE magic.
I’d hate to see what Jo was thinking would happen
I think she’s gonna come back. After all, why show this sequence? Maybe there’s another reason but the one I’m holding on to is that she comes back with an apology, and Jocasta has one as well
I will eat fire if that happens. And sorry if this sounding mean but have you ever herd what happens when you get two dominant males in a room together. They fight. Now I might be using the wrong analogy here but Jo and miss angry go to Hades dragon here are two dominant females and I think and have in school lunch rooms what happens when two dominant females are together and within arms reach of each other. BIG FIGHT. Now once again I apologize if this sounds mean or offends anyone.
No no, you have a good point, but I’m wondering why this sequence was shown at all. There’s some importance here, and I was just speculating on what that was
Well thanks um can I call you will because weirdo is not what I want to call anybody. Anyway thanks for the you are not being mean thing.
Noticed the dragon (we didnt get her name) has only arms and no legs. There are some heraldic dragons like that.
I love the jets of flame! Reminds me of a movie or something, I think I saw at one point, where it explained that dragon fire was a chemical spray, one chemical from a gland on one side of the mouth, and another from the other, and when they combine in the open air they ignite.
Indeed. Or a “binary compound”, as they call it. Each chemical harmless on its own, but mix them together and you get a spectacular result. If the reaction also requires the chemicals to mix with the oxygen in the air, then it becomes (technically) a trinary agent.
However, oxygen is not ALWAYS necessary for fire. Just ask anyone who’s witnessed a Chlorine Trifluoride fire. Chlorine trifluoride will burn asbestos, bricks, concrete, titanium, wet sand, test engineers, and the dreams of children. It oxidizes better than oxygen and reacts explosively with water (and releases poisonous fluorine gas as a byproduct)… the best way to deal with the stuff is to run (upwind, of course), and let it burn itself out. A ton of this stuff spilled in a Texas warehouse; it burned its way through a foot of concrete and three feet of sand and gravel beneath.
Whoa. That’s terrifying if not thoroughly awesome
The thing that really gets me about Chlorine Trifluoride is that it can it can burn things you’d think are already as burnt up as they can get. Like ash. It can burn ash.
Maybe not *quite* as terrifying as Chlorine triflouride (other than to the men who flew it), but the t-stoff and c-stoff that powered the Messerschmitt Me-163 point-defense interceptor had a tendency to explode on landing, and is known to have *dissolved* (as in rendered to goo) one of it’s pilots.
The film is probably Reign of Fire, and it happens in the UK (the rest of the world is also reduced to cinders but the action happens in the UK).
I know that’s the first place I saw that type of breathing fire as well.
I really like Jocasta’s calm turning-aside of the fire. Ho hum, that all you got?
Any conversation with a dragon where everyone walks away in one piece is a conversation that went better than expected.
I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! It’s that panel from Orientations! The one where Jim explains the Great War. I knew you were going to draw it again!
Not the same situation. There were three sphinxes in that panel, plus the dragon’s anatomy is different. Granted it’s been years since that page and this one so things could be different, but I would probably just say that the Orientations page was just an example
There where four sphinxes in that panel.
Is it just me or do they look like literal dicks from behind? Intentional sight gag, or just unfortunate hairdo?
You are not the only one, I got startled too!! Hahaha phallic imagery!!!!
That may have been a bit arrogant and hot-headed on Jocasta’s part, but at the same time, I think this exchange illustrated perfectly why the dragons were probably not ready to be able to walk undetected around other sapients. Can you imagine the first time a dragon in human form got cut off in a queue? Or received crappy service at a restaurant? BOOM! Roasted!
A random question popped into my head as I was looking at this week’s post. It appears that the dragon’s fire ignites at the meeting of the two streams of “firestarter” liquid. If those streams are misaligned does a young dragon have to wear the drake-equivalent of braces to get them straightened out? I bet Bloodcarver had to have them when he was a youngin’.
That would be a hilarious picture! Please, Kory, please?
As much as I love the idea of braces for accelerant glands, I can’t help but worry that such a deformity would require surgical correction.
You know, that whole conversation could have been staged for the overly curious who might be observing either close up or far away. I mean, Sphinxes weren’t the only ones with magic. :)
Gets offended at the implication that she’s murdered sphinxes.
Reacts by immediately attempting to murder sphinxes.
so, in that first panel, anyone else notice the… funny shape of the two cloaked sphinxes?
“Ok, everyone can we please calm down. Just take a deep breath and then let it out.”
“…Ok, that was SO not what I meant.”