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August 4th, 2015

August 4th, 2015 published on 45 Comments on August 4th, 2015

It’s Kickstarter time again! Please check out the Widdershins Vol 5 Kickstarter project, which you can find here:

You can pick up a copy of the newest book, or any of the previous ones, with some really neat extras like Envy pins, signed copies, and an utterly fantastic Purple Hippo of Happiness plushie!
If you’d like to help but are low on funds, please tell your friends, or tweet about it, or reblog the announcement post on Tumblr. Or, just wish me luck!

  • “My mother used to travel a lot”.


    A statement that may be open to misinterpretation.

  • Oy – who’s that with the reins?


    Never mind – the character list tells me it’s Mr Avaritia.

  • So Miss Invidia’s first name is Elodie, huh? :P

    • SpiralingVortices

      Actually, that’s quite a nice name, “Elodie Invidia” – it has good ring to it.

      • Iituem

        If somewhat reminiscent of a particular murder-bound Princess…

        • awhorl

          Help me out here–don’t get the reference. (Henceforward, in this situation, I will ask for a puppy compress.)

  • Is Ms Holt batting her eyelashes at Ms Superbia? It would certainly be the right way to wind up Ms Invidia.

    • D. Schwartz

      Looks closer to contrite than fetching.

      • =Tamar

        Winsome, helpless, helpful…

  • Columbine

    Isabella and Superbia in the same panel smiling. Yay my favourite things-

    Nice touch with securing the wagon, I’m sure a lot of writers wouldn’t have bothered thinking about that.

  • Darth Fez

    Err, is it still kidnapping if they take you away in your house?

    • Grand Theft Vardo?

      • rainycity1


    • Homenapping?

      • Darth Fez

        Where else would a civilized person nap? >.>

    • Maybe it’s a house arrest?

  • McRocky71

    So Isabelle lives in a vardo and her mother used to travel a lot. Mum is Rom then, right?

    And good to see Henry’s already working to free himself while Isabelle distracts Invidia and Superbia.

  • Silly Zealot

    I do wonder what the other sins win from this indeed.

    Mr. Luxuria: “Aha! The Heart of Bureaucrats or whatver it was called has returned to my hands! After all these years, it is once again-”
    Ms. Invidia: “MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!”
    *Steals it and runs off*
    Never trust someone who is envious all the time.

    • Iituem

      I’m pretty sure the Heart of Bureaucrats is -Avaritia’s- power source/soul jar/whatever. Compare also the Hungry Heart (I think that might be a restaurant), the Slumberheart (the cutest of plushies), the Shiniest Heart (with a chocolate inside), the Broken Heart and the Heartburn.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Now I’m imagining her voiced by Daffy Duck. :-P

  • Iituem

    Good luck!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Elodie, hmm

  • Icedaemon

    Is it just me, or are the Deadlies rather different in personality possessing these people as compared to how they were/will have been as avatars in previous stories/further up ahead in the timeline?

    Superbia the exploding peacock was a vain airhead, Superbia the magnificently strong French lady is charming, scene-stealing and competent enough to carry a story as a lone villainess with ease. She’s obviously still immensely proud as she fundamentally must be, but has worked to give herself a lot to be proud about. Invidia the fox was cunning, manipulative and the most significant threat out of the five sins in the ‘current’ stories, Elodie seems arrogant, rather unlikable and not really a major threat were she by her lonesome.

    Just how much are the sins affected by the people they are possessing? Pride seems like the one with most to gain from this sort of arrangement, with the original host already likely being a spectacular person, while it seems probable that Elodie was similar to Voss, except possibly even pettier. Would Envy have therefore gained some of Voss’s personality traits and potentially been diminished in its faculties as a result had the fox taken over completely?

    • J_JamesM

      Bear in mind, some sins are more powerful than others. Lust and Gluttony are the weakest, Envy and Pride are the strongest (not necessarily in Widdershins, but theologically speaking). Before you denigrate the Peacock-Pride as merely a “vain airhead,” remember that they didn’t seem much bothered by the “impudent ceiling.” Envy is envious, naturally, so how do you think Invidia feels about always being second-best? On top of that, Superbia’s confident self-assurance about her position on top can’t help Invidia’s jealousy.

      That said, Envy has always been my favorite of the seven deadly sins, not just in Widdershins. Who doesn’t love hateful sadists? Their schadenfreude is so entertaining and funny. But if this goes on, I may have to flip for Miss Superbia.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      You’re definitely not the only one: I think I’ve already commented that the dour, penny-pinching Mr. Avaritia has a very different personality than the gregarious, fun-loving (if cruel and selfish) creature in the Thiefking Statue.

    • Columbine

      Given this is a flash back it could be a combination of character development and the influence of how something is manifested? Perhaps spontaneously crawling out of the anchor made Pride rather less nuanced. Remember Pride was only outside for like an hour or so, whereas Envy manifested and then had *months* to regain a little more perspective. They may also be influenced by the desires of the person summoning. Voss wanted to be *better* fundamentally, so Envy showed up as a smart and determined creature. Whereas the villain who summoned Pride (her name escapes me) wanted to be worshipped, so Pride came out an airhead.

  • John

    I am amused by the fact that the first name being used by the French lady hosting envy is Elodie which means “Foreign riches”.

  • rainycity1

    Why does Henry remind me so much of Sid in that last panel? I know! I’ll go thumb through my books (!) to see if Sid made a similar escape! (I am SO excited about getting a copy of Green-Eyed Monster! <3)

    • rainycity1

      Wonder if Henry is a practiced escape artist? I can see how that would come in handy.

    • Sid isn’t much for escapology (though it’d be advisable for him to learn, really!) but someone else has done it already..

      • rainycity1

        It just looked like something Sid *should* be able to do, as a magician… but the real thought was that I have all these lovely books I can go flipping through to see. <3
        (…and yes, I'm finally reading through Darken, and loving it.)

      • He did manage to get out of Ms Barber’s handcuffs-

        but he cheated by using wizardry to steal the key. Not so useful if you are tied up.

        • Unless you steal a pocket knife..! Admittedly if his hands were behind him and it went to his own pockets that might be trickier…

  • Del

    “…, You’ll let me sort it out!”

    When I visited England last June, our lovely tour-guide lady seemed constantly to be “sorting things out.” Lovely expression!

    I’ve tried using it in America, but the phrase doesn’t quite pack the same punch with an American male accent. It has to be a British lady.

  • awhorl

    Oooo a swearword! Avaritia must dislike this caper indeed if he’s irritated enough to call it “blessed.”

  • If this ride goes on for any length of time, Isabella will likely have charmed Superbia into saying/doing something she shouldn’t . . .

  • Sanjay Merchant

    In Panel 2, Superbia just happens to show off her fantastic legs.

  • Kieran Harrington

    -Je le n’aime pas
    -C’est d’accord, Elodie! Qu-est qu’elle fait avec moi ici, hm?
    -La femme parle le français!
    -Un petit-peu! Ma mère a voyagée beaucoup.

    …is my best stab at the fench on this page. I’m sorry if i’ve got anything wrong, it’s been a while

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Granted, my French is extremely rusty, but wouldn’t it be “Je ne l’aime pas”?

      • Kieran Harrington

        Idk maybe. Hopefully an actual french speaking person will come along and tell us.

        • Shihchuan

          Okay, not a native speaker here either, but here’s my try at it:

          – Je ne l’aime pas. (it is correct grammatically, but to my ears it sounds really off, as if she were saying “I don’t like him/her”……maybe “Je n’aime pas ça” ?)
          – C’est bon/Ça va/Ça ira (not really sure what would be the most fitting here), Elodie! Qu’est-ce qu’elle peut faire avec moi ici, hein ?
          – Merci !
          – La demoiselle (dame?) parle le français !
          – Un petit peu ! Ma mère voyageait beaucoup.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    So, Elodie and Matilde ?


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