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Yep I've survived the first half of foundation year
So I was going to spend my entire christmas day making a super huge christmas carol christmas special, buuuut I had this freaky dream last night on the couch in my living room and decided this was better. Anyhoo Merry Christmas!
He's a pretty sexy man
I was pretty surprised, but he and Penelope suit each other very well.
c-cool alright!
This AVES comic was sponsored by ACME markets. The following was drawn on sticker paper for those "Thank you for Shopping with us" stickers.
Tomorrow I have my college orientation at TEMPLE woosh! That orientation is a two day jawn, but AVES will still update. I have a comic ready... I just have to preset the post etc. Anyhoo enjoy.
So I woke up this morning and remembered that I had to put up another AVES comic... now I have to do the laundry... enjoy.
yeahhhhh some more aves... y'know it would be pretty neat if someone y'know... commented.

No love for those who don't comment,
July 8th, 2010
back in business
Hey what's up? AVES is back to normal, so enjoy the ride.
Some stuff I want to tell you:
1. Thanks for reading the AVES production of Tosca and hopefully enjoying it. This has been an enjoyable and enriching experience that I'm glad that I have accomplished.

2. The last line "O SCARPIA, AVANTI A DIO" may not make sense to those of you who do not speak Italian, but as an artistic choice I decided that it would work better. The line is loosely translated as "SCARPIA, I WILL MEET WITH YOU AGAIN BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD". Meaning that Tosca has become a sinner in the same way that Scarpia is a sinner and that she too shall be judged by God for the same offenses etc. To be honest I never would have picked up on this if it weren't for the wise words of Signor Russo.

3. Regular AVES will begin tomorrow and continue until Friday. Then on Monday AVES will continue to post on a Monday Wednesday Friday basis, allowing me time to pursue other things.

Thanks again,
Hey people I hope you're enjoying the AVES production of Tosca. If you're confused about what's going on go to where the wikipedia information in Tosca is found in the Author comment. I much appreciate comments and such!!
same here.
The Cast
Shepherd boy...who cares
Historical context
Main article: French Revolutionary Wars
The Battle of Marengo, as painted by Louis-François Lejeune

According to the libretto, the action of Tosca occurs in June 1800.[32] Sardou, in his play, dates it more precisely; La Tosca takes place in the afternoon, evening, and early morning of 17 and 18 June 1800.[33]

Italy had long been divided into a number of small states, with the Pope in Rome ruling the area of central Italy known as the Papal States. Following the French Revolution, a French army under Napoleon invaded Italy in 1796. The French entered Rome almost unopposed on 11 February 1798, and established a republic there.[34] This Roman Republic was ruled by seven consuls—the former office of Angelotti in the opera, and which Libero Angelucci, believed by some writers to be the basis of Angelotti, actually held.[35] In September 1799 the French, who had protected the republic, withdrew from Rome.[36] As they left, troops of the Kingdom of Naples occupied the city.[37]

In 1800 Napoleon, who had become the unquestioned leader of France, brought his troops across the Alps to Italy in May. On 14 June the French met the Austrian forces at the Battle of Marengo (near Alessandria). Austrian troops were initially successful; by mid-morning they were in control of the field of battle, and their leader, von Melas sent this news south towards Rome. Fresh French troops arrived in late afternoon, and Napoleon attacked the tired Austrians. As von Melas retreated in disarray with the remains of his army he sent a second courier south with the revised message.[38] The Neapolitans abandoned Rome,[39] and the city would spend the next fourteen years under French domination.[40]
[edit] Act 1
The Te Deum; Scarpia stands to left

* Scene: Inside the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, 1800

Cesare Angelotti, former consul of the Roman Republic and now a political prisoner, runs into the church and hides in the Attavanti private chapel—his sister is the Marchesa Attavanti. The painter Mario Cavaradossi, who has republican sympathies, arrives to continue work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene. He exchanges banter with an elderly sacristan, before singing of the "secret harmony" (Recondita armonia) in the contrast between the blond beauty of his painting and that of his dark-haired lover, the singer Floria Tosca. The sacristan mumbles his disapproval before leaving.

Angelotti emerges and tells Cavaradossi, an old friend, of his troubles. He is being pursued by the dreaded Royalist police chief Scarpia. Cavaradossi gives his friend food, and promises to assist his escape. Angelotti hurriedly returns to the chapel as Tosca arrives. After enquiring suspiciously of the painter what he has been doing, Tosca sings of her desire for a night of mutual passion: Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta ("Do you not long for our little house"), but then expresses jealousy over the woman in the portrait whom she recognises as the Marchesa. Cavaradossi reassures her of his fidelity, and finally persuades her to leave. Angelotti reappears, and reveals to Cavaradossi his plan to escape disguised as a woman—clothes for such an escape were left in the chapel by his sister.

The sound of a cannon signals that Angelotti's escape has been discovered. As he and Cavaradossi rapidly leave the church the sacristan re-enters with groups of choristers, celebrating the news that Napoleon has apparently been defeated at Marengo. The celebrations cease abruptly with the entry of Scarpia, who is searching for signs of Angelotti. His suspicions are aroused when told by the sacristan that Cavaradossi has been in the church; Scarpia mistrusts the painter, and believes him complicit in Angelotti's escape. When Tosca arrives looking for her lover, Scarpia artfully arouses her jealous instincts by implying a relationship between the painter and the Marchesa. He draws Tosca's attention to a woman's fan, found in the chapel, and suggests that someone must have surprised the lovers there. Tosca falls for his deceit; enraged, she rushes off to confront Cavaradossi. Scarpia orders his agents to follow her, and then privately gloats on the evident success of his plans: Va, Tosca! Nel tuo cuors'annida Scarpia! ("Go, Tosca! Now Scarpia digs a nest within your heart!), as a procession enters the church for the Te Deum.
[edit] Act 2
Tosca reverently lays a crucifix on Scarpia's body

* Scene: Scarpia's apartment in the Palazzo Farnese, that evening

Scarpia, at supper, sends a note to Tosca asking her to join him. His henchman Spoletta announces the arrest of Cavaradossi, who is brought in to be questioned about the location of Angelotti. The sound of Tosca's voice, singing in a concert nearby, can be heard. Cavaradossi denies knowing anything about the matter, and, as Tosca arrives, is taken to an antechamber to be tortured. He is able to speak briefly with her, telling her to say nothing. Tosca is told by Scarpia that she can save her lover from indescribable pain if she reveals Angelotti's hiding place. She resists, but hearing Cavaradossi's cries, eventually yields the secret.

Cavaradossi is brought back to the apartment where he recovers consciousness and, learning of Tosca's betrayal, is furious with her. Then news arrives that, after all, Napoleon was victorious; Cavaradossi gives a defiant "victory" shout before being taken off to prison. Scarpia, left alone with Tosca, proposes a bargain: if she gives herself to him, Cavaradossi will be freed: She is revolted, and repeatedly rejects his advances. Outside she can hear the drums which foretell an execution; as Scarpia awaits her decision she sings a fervent prayer: Vissi d'arte ("I lived for art, I lived for love, never did I harm a living creature ... why, O Lord, why dost thou repay me thus?"). Scarpia remains adamant despite her further pleas. When Spoletta brings news that Angelotti has killed himself, Scarpia announces that Cavaradossi must face a firing squad the next morning. However, if Tosca will submit, he will arrange for this to be a mock execution.

Tosca, in despair, agrees, on condition that Scarpia will provide a safe-conduct for herself and her lover. Scarpia assents, and signs the document. As he approaches to embrace her she stabs him to death with a knife she has taken from the supper table. After cursing him and securing the safe-conduct, in a gesture of piety she lights candles and places a crucifix on the body. She then leaves quietly.
[edit] Act 3
The soldiers fire at Cavaradossi, as Tosca looks on.

* Scene: The upper parts of the Castel Sant' Angelo, early the following morning

A shepherd boy's song is heard: Io de' sospiri ("I give you sighs") as church bells sound for matins. In the Castel Cavaradossi is informed that he has one hour to live. He refuses the offer of a priest but is allowed to write a letter, which he begins, but is overwhelmed by his memories of Tosca: E lucevan stelle ("And the stars shone..."). He dissolves into tears, but is then astonished as Tosca rushes in with the safe-conduct. She reveals that she has killed Scarpia, and that the imminent execution is a sham; Cavaradossi must feign death, but after the soldiers have gone he can leave Rome with her. Cavaradossi is amazed at the courage shown by one so tender: O dolci mani ("Oh sweet hands pure and gentle"). They then sing of the life they will have together, though Tosca is worried whether Cavaradossi can play his part in the mock execution convincingly.

Cavaradossi is led away, and Tosca watches with increasing impatience as the final rituals are carried out. After a volley of shots, Cavaradossi falls, and Tosca exclaims Ecco un artista! ("What an actor!"). A long hiatus follows as the soldiers prepare to depart the scene. When they have all gone she hurries towards Cavaradossi, to find that he is dead. Heartbroken, she throws herself across his body. Off-stage voices indicate that Scarpia's body has been found, and that Tosca's guilt is known. As Spoletta rushes in, Tosca rises, evades his clutches, and runs to the parapet. With a last cry that Scarpia will answer before God, she hurls herself over the edge.
I don't have time to say much because I have to leave for work in two minutes, but with a ruler comes crappy coloring so yeah... Regular AVES comics will commence on thursday!
Why am I so angsty?
The painting in the third panel is Raphael's school of Athens from the Renaissance. So have you ever tried drawing on one of these puppies? ITS REALLY HARD!

Anyhoo... ENJOY!
Sooooo yeah I didn't actually do this... I only thought about it...

Anyhoo... ENJOY!
I can see Robin Williams in Davies, especially in the second panel.
April 13th, 2010
It's like a double post
ITS AVES 50th COMIC!! It only took me two years, but it was fun! I was going to post the dramatic conclusion to the previous comic, but I got this great idea while walking home from school in the rain! (No Andrew, you weren't a part of this even though you did ask me if there were any new comics)

I'll have to try that next time I see a goose!
Geese are ass-holes
Soooo my brother and I were at home depot yesterday getting something for his movie and there was this goose. He looked pretty pissed. I really hate geese, so I stared it down and immagined part two to this comic which all y'all shall see tomorrow!

Anyhoo... ENJOY!