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@TooLazyToRegister: I'm so glad you liked it! And apologies for the lack of comics. I do still love comics, but I haven't been making as many lately and I haven't held myself to any sort of update schedule for a couple years now @_@
Hey all,

It's been a while huh, sorry about that. I've been working on this 12 page short story comic in my free time. Not the usual, but I thought I'd stick it up here with everything else.

Hope you like.
I got a kick out of some of the little text bubbles in PL vs. AA where Maya was trying to convince Layton and Luke to get a little more familiar with the local wildlife. She asked the Prof. to smuggle flowers under his hat and just covered Luke in moss and dirt at one point.
@ShinyHoundoom229: on the plus side, i suppose nick never got disbarred
@9kirby99: well have you ever seen luke or layton change clothing before...?? (aside from luke between trilogies)
@Minami_Paku: @ShinyHoundoom229:

I've gotta agree with Minami in regards to Layton being the one that always exposes the fake magic. That's just his thing. And Nick's thing is flying by the seat of his pants and having no idea wth is going on until the last minute. So I don't think I would switch their roles because of that. Layton is also just a lot calmer and more accepting of his circumstances than Nick is.

Theoretically they coulda hypnotized everyone into also avoiding walking into black. I dunno about the shadows though. (or the dirt) that's a pretty good point. Because the townspeople theoretically wouldn't be able to tell if a shadow came from a black machine or something else.

I think in general though, the explanations at the end of a Layton game always have to be taken with a grain of salt. I dunno if you've ever played any of them but they're always this weird. I always like trying to guess what it's gonna be haha

Oh but as a side note, I think Eve and the Shades had a different water source though. They lived outside the town, and they wouldn't have been able to do any of their magic with bells if they passed out at the sound themselves.
@ShinyHoundoom229: yeah, but the problem with that is with other aspects of their characters. It's more in line with Nick's personality to be making that i-can't-believe-that-just-happened-why-is-my-life-like-this kinda face than Layton. And he's also the one that flies by the seat of his pants and bullshits his way to victory whereas Layton's the one that quietly (with the exception of an obligatory swordfight) figures stuff out mysteriously in the bg without telling you (unless we're talking about hobo phoenix and honestly i don't like hobo phoenix as much because he does this when he could just tell you everything and make your life a lot easier)

well, i wouldn't put it past nick to convict a cat. but it seems like if you actually had a great witch bezella in a court room she should be able to just magic her way out of anything and you'd never really be able to catch her (regardless of who she was)

if they had included some rule like "you see the black and avoid it but then forget it" that woulda worked - kinda like the forget-me-knob from the Fairly Odd Parents if you know that reference.
i'm not sure i see the problem with eve and the shades using them because theoretically they're drinking different water or something, right? to do any of the magic they woulda had to be off the water or the bells would make them fall unconscious.
as with any Layton game at least, there's a certain amount of suspension of disbelief you have to be willing to have, so i'm willing to overlook them keeping the black clean or whatever. i mean, my favorite crazy layton plot is the town-wide shared hallucination, and that makes no sense either but it was fun
@ShinyHoundoom229: i think they left a lot of plot wholes, but Layton accepting magic so readily in the beginning is what really threw me for a loop because it is never magic when layton is there (except perhaps for luke's ability to talk to animals). they coulda left it "magic" but i gotta admit, i woulda felt cheated out of my crazy layton-explains-everything-ending.
if they had just explained the beginning and ALL of the magic spells and how they worked, I'd be more okay with how it all played out.

the cat was on the mural, i figure that was there to make you suspicious of espella but there wasn't really another reason for it. though i guess as eve actually started the fire, it's more her namesake. if the cat just hadn't had that neckscarf it would make more sense (witches familiars are common, black cats are bad luck yada yada)

in regards to the invisibility cloak though, i did get a kick out of how the bell tower appeared. it was ridiculous but in a cool way (though of course it seems like someone shoulda walked into it but i'm willing to overlook that or assume there was some brainwashing involved for the sake of the cool bell tower reveal)
@9kirby99: i figure they probably just knocked them out somehow with the book and they could have retroactively hypnotized them with the water? them seeing the statues move could be explained by them having been in labrythia beforehand, but i dunno how that car got in that tree. i mean, i guess they did make a point out of stating the government was involved so maybe it was a cover up and they used some of the weird giant cranes...? the one that bothers me is the portals through green walls... what was that. did they all just imagine all of that? did they knock people out, cut holes in the walls, let things progress, knock them out again, fix the wall, and make it all blend together with hypnosis?? i mean, i'll accept that they could have done these things, i just wish they'd detailed how.

i woulda guessed it was darklaw's cat ears, heh. i mean, you weren't totally wrong though; she was "eve."

you're right, i'd forgotten about that explosion. darklaw was in charge of the shades (was she at that point or was it the storyteller?), and she wanted to reveal the town's secret right? maybe she wanted to tip someone off? iii dunno.
@Minami_Paku: i can relate and thanks! it's definitely easy to mess up his hair... i mean, jeez, just look at it!
@9kirby99: (also end-game spoilers) haha, no, i did not make that connection (though it's a really good idea with the witches and all!) i spent the whole game trying to decide if i thought the magic was actually magic for once (because there is some degree of magic in their world if the Fey family exists) or some layton-esque "the whole town lays on top of a giant pit of hallucinogenic gases" kind of explanation. i almost had it with the second one... it was just in the water instead...
I really wanted to draw Barnham, and I had to do a comic with him in it. So he ended up getting special treatment here. Painting was fun but future comics will not look like this haha. I can't believe some people find the time to make their comics pretty all the time. it's ridiculously impressive.
Forgetfulness, thy name is RoochArffer
I've played this game twice, and both times I built up the deepstalkers in my head to be these horrible, terrible, giant worm-monsters before I saw them. (I forgot about their actual appearance in between beating it the first time and starting it the second time, and my roommate reminded me i'd complained about it before.)
Sometimes I accidentally talk to my party members when I am trying to open treasure chests and strange things happen. I would say "romantic things," but... I dunno, all the blood everywhere kinda ruins it. technically, when they had this conversation/kiss they were both also covered in blood, but I thought that might give the punchline away.
@MetaFawful: there's a reason my username is RoochArffer and not RoofArcher
Dragon Days
I've been replaying Dragon Age: Origins (as a mage again because I couldn't resist the cold of cone/stone fist combo) because of all the hype surrounding Inquisition right now, and I have a couple more Dragon Age comics coming at ya (assuming I can put down the controller for long enough to draw them)
@Deonis: I've always been comforted by the fact that it would be a bad move for either of my roommates to do away with me as I pay a portion of their rent... I'm not expendable.
I have returned
I think my citizens all live in fear of me.

Long time no comic, I know. I have actually been drawing comics, just not for myself! I've been interning at UC Davis's student blog, Aggie Voices. If you're interested in the school, you might wanna give the blog a look (And if you really want, you can find all my posts here: --comics are spread throughout the posts but the most comic-y/funny one is here ggie-voices)
working on the blogs has sucked up my limited amount of energy devoted to comics, but my internship has ended. I'm all graduated now, so hopefully I'll have a little more time to draw! Hope you all are doing well!
@Janobii: haha, we think alike, fire and dark are my favorite types!