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  • Mujaki

    How did he break her secret code? That’s quite an enigma!

  • DocHarleen

    That awkward moment when you realize you’re Sidney Malik…

    • MoeLane

      Worse things to be, really.

    • Haven

      Being as good-natured as Sidney seems like something to aspire to.

      Less so the kleptomania, but that’s not really him.

    • Brother Nightmare

      Better I’d say to be a Sidney than an O’Malley… most if the time anyway.

      • TheGorram Batguy

        O’Malley would agree with you.
        Sidney would blush and try to mumble a polite protest but wouldn’t really have it in him – I mean look at O’Malley! His magical essence color-code is melancholy!

  • ThisCat

    Oh god. Oh god I love Sid.

  • Ghostdanser

    Why is Sidney reminding me of Crush in “Finding Nemo”?

    “Saw the whole thing, dude. First you were all like “whoa”, and we were like “whoa”, and you were like “whoa…”

    • Ocean Burning.


  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    A question we all ask, Verity.

    • Grey_Moment

      Hey, we don’t get to see all of their interactions! Who’s to say she hasn’t a time or two? I mean, we can be pretty sure she would if the situation were right.

      • CountSessine

        Heh. I thought of that page too, immediately!

  • MoeLane

    …Catch you later, Jimmy. And, hey: let’s be careful out there.

    • non_canon

      I feel like the other officer needs a name as well, all things considered. I vote Maureen.

      • Someone Else

        Let me guess: she only joined the police force after her last job proved to be…less than safe?

        • TheGorram Batguy

          Less safe than being a police officer? Not many jobs to choose from, then. I’d narrow it down to military personnel, coal miner, demolitions expert (especially in a coal mine), or being an elementary school librarian.

          • Someone Else

            Or community radio intern. The mortality rates a absurdly high.

            • In fairness, a certain town is somewhat skewing the average..

            • non_canon

              ….I wish I could say I’d done that on purpose, but I’m glad someone picked it up and ran with it.

              • MoeLane

                I’m missing the reference entirely, alas.

                • non_canon

                  There’s a podcast called Welcome to NightVale, the premise of which is a community radio show for a desert town straight out of the Twilight Zone. Interns to the radio show tend to lead very dangerous lives, and Maureen is one of the better known.

                  • MoeLane

                    Ah. Thankee sai.

  • Greenwood Goat

    Verity: Alright, Harriet, I know I haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye with you…

    Harry: That’s not how I would put it- but get to the point.

    Verity: …but if you take this.. item, and keep him away from me, I shall endeavour not to tread on your toes in future. Deal?

    Harry: Deal. Come on, Sid! *grab* *shoulder* Pleasure doing business! *strides off*

    Sidney: Can you put me down? I’m feeling a little-

    Harry: No, I don’t believe I can. Or should. Good work, by the way!

    Sidney: Er… what did I do?

    Harry: More than enough, it seems…

    Sidney: I was just trying to make friends with her, improve relations and so on…

    Harry: You have done. Immensely. ^u^ *shifts Sidney onto her other shoulder as she rummages for her pipe and tobacco*


  • lol! I love this page.

    Also, friendship is magic! You may need the extra magic boost later, so go for it! XD

  • Tikatu

    Nah, don’t move it. Makes more sense this way, I think.

    Oh, Sid. Don’t change.

    • John

      I agree. Having Harry’s reaction to the confrontation with Wrath immediately after that confrontation ends makes sense to me. I think it flows better this way than it would if we bounced away for this and then back for Harry kicking herself.

      If you were going to move this page earlier the only place I can see where it might fit is immediately after Wrath is dragged away from the jail by the glowing blue chains, but that’s probably too early.

      It’s probably best to not second guess yourself and leave it the way it is.

      • It’s mostly the transition between this page and the next that might feel a little off, but I’ll think on it.

        • Del

          I read through the story both ways, and the back-&-forth flows well no matter what.

          But you know the future better than we do.

        • Ocean Burning.

          Coming from the future: I think this transition works perfectly well. To me, anyway. : )

    • billydaking

      I agree. Both pages work as mini-epilogues, but Harry and Mal’s battle had emotional stakes involved, and having their epilogue follow immediately is more prudent to the readers’ investment. You’ve already broken away from Sid and “Friends” to follow what happened to Wrath, so now you’re logically working your way back to survey the damage wrath caused. And the damage is more painful with Harry.

      Plus, this page is far more comedic than Harry and Mal’s, and so the tone of the storytelling flows much better this way.

  • Ocean Burning.

    Hi! I’m new here. Hope I’m not too late to join the party! I just discovered this wonderful comic — binge-read most of it over the weekend… I was rather shocked to discover where we were in the story, but glad I’m in on the action!

    Anyway, go Sidney, you can do it! I’m here to root for you, man. Team Sidney FTW!!!

    • Glad to have you! Hope it was a fun archive trawl :)

      • Ocean Burning.

        It was tremendous! What an adventure. :D …I came for Sidney and stayed for him and all the other characters, whom I grew to love so much. <3

        • Del

          Sidney’s great, I guess. But he doesn’t smoke or anything.

          Welcome, OB. I was introduced to Widdershins near the beginning — by a young woman who posted to our online pipe-smoking board! Harriet’s pipe is still my favorite character.

    • Anthony Placek

      P Sherman 42 wallaby way Sydney?
      I found this mayhap a month or more ago but I too did binge read.
      sadly I do it to all the webcomic’s I find. and one of them reminded me of what dorey said and now syndey reminded me again.
      why must everything bleed together in my brain. do I need to update the filters again?

  • Sir_Krackalot

    It’ll be Envy time then.

  • Sir. Orc

    Verity: “However did you break my secret code?”
    AUSarcasticSid: “Magic.”

  • I hope the party is going to drop into the apothecary’s and get some dried frog pills for Mr Malik, otherwise this is going to be a very long adventure.

    • John


      • MoeLane

        Oh, I don’t think that they have time for that kind of mon…

        • JWLM
          • Tilly Jackson

            What duck?

            • Euodiachloris

              Millennium hand and shrimp.

              • John

                Don’t let me detain you.

                • MoeLane

                  Blessings be upon this house.

  • Jordan Hiller

    I have a feeling that I’d either adore Sid or have an urge to gag him to keep the overwhelming cheerfulness at bay.

    • Disloyal Subject

      “I don’t believe there’s a power in the ‘verse that can stop Kaylee Sidney from being cheerful.”

  • dreadbeasts

    Boy oh boy can’t wait to see what kind of field day Envy has with Verity.

  • Swagner

    The way she phrased that makes me wonder if, at some point, she did throw him out a window, and I just can’t remember it…

  • non_canon

    One of my favorite things about this comic is the wonderful expressions, and this strip definitely delivers on that front (blushing Wolfe is adorable and my favorite next to pretty much every expression Sidney makes). And I love in panel three how everybody seems to be lined up in descending order by height.

    Also, Verity’s exchange with Sidney in the last part of the strip reminds me so much of Ben in this strip ( ) and it makes me happy because it showcases just how alike the cousins really are.

  • Haven

    FWIW I think this fits the flow of the story better than switching it with the previous. I guess that depends on the next few strips, but that seemed like a good moment to leave Harry and Mal on, and the register shift of Sid’s exuberance really works as an upbeat contrast after the mood of that page.

  • Brother Nightmare

    Wait, has Harry thrown Sid out a window that we know of? because this is sounding really familiar somehow…

  • TheGorram Batguy

    “How has Harriet not thrown you out of a window yet?”
    It seems to me that the answer to this mostly revolves around the fact that Harriet is FAR more intimidating than Verity is, and Sidney has not dared to express his full measure of sunshine in her presence.

  • Sarah Hardister

    Aha, yeah, I see a certain couple of people who are going to have a difficult time with Envy…

    • Euodiachloris

      Well, one, certainly. Ben’s mainly just eyerolling for general principles. :)

  • Nonesuch

    I do live Sidney. ^_^

    The cousins’ mirroring each other’s grumpiness is grand, too. :D

  • Not only does Verity think she’s an anime character, but it would appear the delusion is spreading

  • Graham Garrett

    Many many thumbs up.

  • Sapphire363

    Oh come now Verity, Sid is far too lovable to be defenestrated, he’s like a giant puppy. By the end of this chapter, you too will not be able to say no to that face.

  • Cpixie

    Sid: But Ms. Cunningham, Don’t you know?… Friendship is MAGIC! :)

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