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Tom Sewell

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  1. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    Remember that seers are a rare type of wizard that don't get innate spells. Conversely, most wizards should have innate spells. Susan's acquisition of additional fairy spells, the vast elaboration of Nanase's spells, and the plethora of new abilities that Ellen and Elliot have acquired kind of look like they may be learning elements of other people's spells and modifying them for their own use.
  2. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    Adrian Raven fathered his first kid a long time ago, so it is quite possible that our Grace got some of her DNA from that same kid (like Susan) through the original Grace.
  3. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/2008-02-08
  4. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    ...who just happens to be a monster hunter who uses magical bladed weapons.
  5. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    Tedd's guaranteed to be destined to do things, but what tickles my curiosity now is what will happen if and when Van tells his mom Noriko that he knows about Tedd. Obviously Noriko hadn't told Van about Tedd since Van didn't show any sign of recognizing "Tedd" after Arthur mentioned Tedd's name, which kind of implies she didn't tell Van about a lot of things that maybe she should have.
  6. Story Wednesday August 1, 2018

    The current (and allegedly final chapter) of CD Rudd's Sailorsun.org just posted its 612th comic. I'm pretty sure Dan will at least toy with the idea of breaking that record. I've also noted that Dan hasn't given us any specific time for Pandora's rebirth, giving himself room to jump the story forward by any amount he wants. Of course, since time travel doesn't happen in EGS (in contrast to Sailorsun.org, I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle, I Dream of Jeannie, any version of Star Trek, Teen Titans Go to the Movies...) and never, ever, nope, not even a teeny bit, even if Dan has just placed this comic outside of time as we know it which is kind of time travel itself... Well, except through flashbacks like, for instance, the entire Part One of Sister 3, we can be sure that the next story will begin some time after this one. Maybe.
  7. Story, Monday July 30, 2018

    Y 0?
  8. Story, Monday July 30, 2018

    Why do Immortals seem to have some kind of fixed human forms? The obvious real-world answers are so Dan doesn't have to make too many new character designs and so the readers will know who's who without so much hard thinking that their heads will explode. However, for the in-story justification, perhaps they began as mortals. Roman emperors did it all the time, starting with Julius Caesar. Or, maybe, they played with humans for so long they started absorbing human nature. This would look to be the end of Sister 3, except that there's supposed to be one more comic. I kind of think someone else will dominate the last panel and the last word of the last comic: Pandora.
  9. Story Wednesday July 25, 2018

    Most assuredly; I had both volumes. They were compilations each of four comics published by Warp Graphics; I also had the rest of the comic series before Warp warped into the black hole that has swallowed up TSR, Tokyo Pop, West End Games, Borders, Blockbuster, etc. A different black hole swallowed my collection along with everything else in my house that wasn't nailed to the floors while I was hospitalized.
  10. Story Wednesday July 25, 2018

    I know of two precedents for something like this version of Lord Tedd. The first was Mythadventures, a series of graphic novels by Phil Foglio, based on the novels by Robert Asprin and later continued by his widow Jody Lynn Nye. The big-time baddie of this one was a crazy wizard named Isstvan who kills off wizards and steals magic from other universes. Phil Foglio and his wife Kaja, of course, now have a webcomic, Girl Genius. I The second was the TORG series, a roleplaying game featuring invasions of our world by several alternate universes at the same time. Basically this was a sort of cross-time Axis, with the Gaunt Man as the biggest baddie. There weren't any redeeming qualities in this villain. There were also a few novels, and the art was good. Now I'm a really old gaming grognard and I found this one interesting for awhile, but it didn't last all that long, and I doubt if it was ever on Dan's radar. EGS is a lot more like Foglio than TORG, so I think any Lord Tedd arc is going to be more of a comedy than a tragedy.
  11. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    Hmm... I've been reading since 2006, so 12 years... which would be about 32% of my life. ...How much of my life I've been following EGS doesn't really surprise me all that much, but it is strange to think that 3/4ths of the comic's run has occurred since I started reading. I've been following EGS since October 2015; this is the first comic I saw. I think I probably found it looking for comics similar to I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle. I got interested in Jeanie Bottle because I was writing a story about a soldier at the end of Desert Storm who finds a bottle with a genie. Not a very big percentage of my life.
  12. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    Speaking of Mama Kitsune, I had a thought I'd never had before. Mama Kitsune has always seemed older to me than Noriko, but there's no reason she couldn't be younger or even Noriko's twin. If Mama Kitsune is actually Noriko's kid sister, it could give her additional motivation for friction with Noriko.
  13. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    Since it's now in canon that human magical talents are inherited, it would make sense for every one of the Main Eight to have at least one parent with magic or at least magical potential. From there it's a short step to parents with "jobs" such as "greeting card salesman" and "used furniture dealer". Moperville is supposed to be near Chicago, and Chicago has already had at least one very notable "used furniture dealer".
  14. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    So Tedd's mom is a "travel agent" and Elliot's dad is an "accountant".
  15. Story Friday June 22, 2018

    There was a joke in NATO during the Cold War that villages in West Germany were generally one kiloton apart.
  16. Story Friday June 22, 2018

    If the city is Detroit, is everyone sure it hasn't already happened?
  17. Story Friday June 22, 2018

    I just discovered that it's illegal in Chicago to fly a kite or fish while sitting on the neck of a giraffe. I wonder if this will affect the story?
  18. Story Friday June 22, 2018

    I don't think Dan has ever made it explicit whether different people see the same thing when they're reading a given spellbook. We know now that spellbooks can grow and shrink. That implies that the text and the illustrations can change. And, of course, they're magical, and we already have characters who use illusion magic (Demonic Duck and Nanase). We don't know yet that Ellen has lost any of the spells she had before Sirleck hijacked her body and Magus blew up the so-called diamond that created Ellen. Maybe she doesn't need to study them now because they've become innate. Maybe the only thing in her spellbook now is: "You don't need a spellbook," We've established that Tedd is a Wizard, that he's fully awakened--and he doesn't have a spellbook, does he? Why? Does he need one? Does Ellen?
  19. What Are You Watching?

    Which Volcano? Wikipedia lists seven movies that have been released as "Volcano". I've seen two of them, the 1997 edition about a volcano erupting in Los Angeles, and one that came out in 1969 as Krakatoa, East of Java. This was a movie set in 1883 when the actual eruption happened. It does have charm and a wonderful ship from the era when ships still had sails and engines, and the other special effects are good for its time. However, the geniuses who wrote the script didn't bother to look at any maps; Krakatoa is a small island just West of Java. There is a famous island just East of Java, but it's called "Bali". The title became Volcano for the re-release in the Seventies.
  20. What Are You Watching?

    I have a history of epilepsy going back to 1971 and I've seen this movie four times now, so your mileage may vary. However, my spoiler smells spoiled today. Possible Spoiling of the Spoiled Spoiler: Person who I thought I glimpsed may not have been the person I thought I glimpsed.
  21. What Are You Watching?

    Just finished: The Mouse on the Moon (Youtube) Just starting: This Island Earth (Youtube) These are old movies, but worth a look, especially Earth. Both were based (loosely) on novels, and I've read both novels. Mouse is the second "Mouse" movie and was based on the second Mouse book by Leonard Wibberly about the (fictional) smallest nation in the world, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick. Saw earlier today: The Incredibles 2 (third time). Spoiler (select to see): When Elastigirl thinks she's found the Screenslaver's secret hideout, she finds plans of the train that was sabotaged and the helicopter that was hijacked. Right next to the plans, pinned to a corkboard, is a photograph of the real villain smirking at her. Update 8:30 PDT (03:30 UTC) Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) (Youtube) I saw this movie when it came out in 1962 at the Main theater in Mackay, Idaho. I was 11 years old and I thought it was lots of fun. I still do.
  22. Story Monday June 18, 2018

    Really? Nanase might disagree. Also, why has Mr. Dunkel gotten young?!
  23. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    I think I need to borrow that I'M JOKING sign from Grace. Bitcoins are another "foolproof" path to wealth in the tradition of Tulipmania, the South Sea Bubble, and Bernie Madoff. The only question I have is whether or not Bitcoins are a complete fraud or just an idea that won't work.
  24. The real Naperville South High teams are the Redhawks, but looking at the logo, not too hard to swap it for a Raven on a big M. Think it would be appropriate? I also thought of the Owls since they are a trope of EGS since forever and, of course, all those potential Hooters jokes. Feel free to make your suggestions here. Can't promise any cookies. As for colors, oh, silver-and-black?
  25. Story Friday June 15, 2018

    Say, anyone remember that Gunsmith Cats is set in Chicago? Rally Vincent trumps NASCAR and the WWF!