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July 31st, 2015

July 31st, 2015 published on 76 Comments on July 31st, 2015

She’s a ray of sunshine, this one.

I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on the Kickstarter for Volume 5! Look for that very, very soon- I’ll link it on my Twitter, my Tumblr, and will post an update on the last Kickstarter project when it’s live! There’ll be a banner here too, of course!

  • Bitter Monster

    …Anyone else think Invidia and Superbia might be dating?

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      Kinda a Lady Oscar and Marie-Antoinette feel.

      Hmm, maybe not Marie-Antoinette. But definitly Lady Oscar :)

    • Please, these guys are strictly Deadly Sins, not any of that pedestrian crap from Leviticus (although it would be hilarious if every single sin listed in the Bible had a corporeal personification in this universe. I wonder what Mr. Cutting Your Hair and Ms. Not Keeping the Sabbath are like).

      • Ms. Not Keeping the Sabbath is a workaholic . . .

      • =Tamar

        Mr. Cutting Your Hair is a hairdresser, of course.

        • awhorl

          Delilah’s Spa for Men Only? Ms. Cutting Your Hair also.

    • J_JamesM

      Not really getting that vibe.

    • Shee Soon Theng

      Not at all. However their banter does remind me of O’Malley and Wolfe in a way.

  • Gabe

    The layout in panel 5 is excellent. Great use of sound effects.

    • rainycity1

      I loved panel 6 as well. Both characters made me smile.

  • Jordan Hiller

    I’m really starting to like these characters. Well… not like like, they’re still awful, but they’re very interesting.

    • Swagner

      interesting yet insufferable

    • Sanjay Merchant

      When speaking of fictional characters, there are two kinds of like: there’s “I enjoy reading about this character” and there’s “I would enjoy spending time with this character.” A not insignificant number of arguments have arisen from confusing the two.

      • I know exactly what you mean. Characters who I’d want to punch in real life are the best.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Ach, so zis waz a french accent.
    I was pondering between zat and german. Hehe.

    So in the Widdershins world France also had a revolution, hmm. I wonder how long ago exactly.

    • Now I really want to see a storyline set during one of the World Wars. I don’t care which.

    • MoeLane

      Well, if it’s anything like our timeline in terms of basic dates, it’s more or less happening right now. Depending on how you’d define it. The Reign of Terror will happen next year (1793). Again, assuming that the Widdershins universe hasn’t jumped the gun.

      Hmm. I wonder if King George III still had his little problem in the Widdershins timeline? That would have a profound effect on the American Revolution, if he didn’t. We might have avoided the whole unpleasantness, in fact.

      • MoeLane

        No, wait, sorry: he first went mad after the Revolution, didn’t he? My bad.

      • Correct, it’s happening now, as far as this story goes!

        • David Argall

          Now as a technical point, Envy would tend to identify with those “stupid peasants”. The essence of envy is pretty much that you have something I don’t, which is fairly easy for the peasants to feel, but a lot harder for the king. Of course, Envy would tend to envy everybody, but her hatred would be aimed more at the rich and powerful.
          I will also offer the theory that these people are actual people rather than bits of the sins. They have each absorbed more of each sin than is good for them, but they remain human. That would explain how several of the sins are pictured quite differently in other stories.

          • RLB

            Nah, these are deadly sins. They are quite capable of hypocrisy – being irritated by a human being exhibiting the very sin you want all for yourself is perfectly in character.

            • MoeLane

              Besides. They tried to cut off her head. HER head. Her PERSONAL head, the one that she was using just then. Besides, Lust would never let her hear the end of it.

  • Sicariase

    Panel 2 is really bothering me. Her hand cannot be doing that, unless the sins don’t really have bones. In which case they’re all just creepy.

    • D. Schwartz

      Yeah it should be straight out and inverted if they have normal bones.

    • Considering all the contortions she did whilst in Fox-Mode, it’s not really that suprising

    • Amanda Wehrman

      I agree. There’s no way she could do that herself with human anatomy (aside from some weird Deadlies anatomy). Someone could do that *to* her, but it would hurt like a mother….

    • Robot_clone

      i dunno, i can mostly do what she is doing, but can’t really rotate my shoulder past 30 degrees backwards (whereas she looks like 45-50 degrees). i dont really know how flexible people are i guess. though it would be more natural to just turn around in any case

    • I’ll look at it again when I’m properly awake.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      It’s extreme, but I don’t think it’s outright impossible. That said, it is kind of implausible unless this incarnation of Envy happens to be a trained contortionist.

      • Ha! When you are as absolutely awsome as I, such contortions are simple! Another demonstration of how wonderful I truly am!

        • Sanjay Merchant

          Except we’re talking about Invidia, not Superbia. :-P

          EDIT: Unless Superbia’s so very awesome, that other people around her spontaneously develop new skills due to some sort of overflow glitch?

          • Oh that hand. You’re just jealous because you can’t do it yourself. :-)

    • Kactus

      Nah, you’re just seeing it from a funny angle. I can position my elbow behind my hip, wrist behind my shoulder (not literally behind, but appearing so from the viewing angle), thumb pointing backwards. It’s the limit of my movement, but I reckon if I got someone to take a picture from the right angle it would look the same. You’re not seeing her from behind, more like her side (white part of dress still in view).

    • Shikome Kido Mi

      What are you talking about? I just tried to imitate that pose and it was simplicity itself. Uncomfortable to leave it there, though.

  • dana

    I’ll have to make a note, if I ever become a lovable rogue, to keep a small knife in my back pocket. :)

    • Small knives in every pocket! You can’t have too many knives!

    • If I recall Babylon 5, Sheridan defeated an entire ancient and advanced civilisation using the old ‘spare gun down the sock’ trick.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Well, that and a couple of nukes in orbit.

  • Sabreur

    Dammit, Superbia! Stop being awesome. You’re making me want to root for the bad guys.

    • Stinemite

      I’m sorry, I know you’re all in love with Superbia, but so far Invidia is my favorite.

  • Ganurath

    Invidia is complaining about English because of the time taken to enunciate? She must have not had much worth saying, if she finds some by-blow of Latin to be favorable.

    • kuku

      Isn’t she complaining about the English people, not language? Zese, not zis. (Avaritia, taking so long to get a horse because he wants to bargain down?)

    • rainycity1

      Complaining about the time it took to rent the horse, I think…

      • rainycity1

        …and of course, Greed would have taken a while bargaining to make sure that he got the best of the deal… ;-)

  • Where did Envy’s hat go?

    • Crazy, I know, but she took it off her head

      • Yeah, but where did she put it? Hats don’t cease to exist when not in direct contact with heads. At least, none of my hats do.

        • You can’t see the full room from here, there were some pegs by the door. This is a weird thing to care about!

        • Phlebas

          Mine sometimes do. They come back into being just after I get off the train, usually.

  • Darth Fez

    Hee, hee. Isa might be something of a kindred spirit to Han Solo, when it comes to her research. “Who’s scruffy looking?”

    And how dare those peasants revolute against Invi! They’re just jealous of her. For shame!

  • Columbine

    This was awesome. I love Envy’s face in the last panel. The cry of ‘well researched scrawlings!’ and ummm Pride. Pride. I may have mentioned Pride- Sorry.

  • ThisCat

    Oh no. I love her XD

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I find myself wondering what nationalities the other avatars have? Avaritia’s word choice strongly suggests English to me. I really can’t tell with Superbia, though.

    • McRocky71

      Well, as Superbia uses French in yesterday’s strip for Henry’s nickname (Mon petit roux – lit. My little red) and in the last panel of today’s strip she mentions Paris, so I’d peg her as French too.

      • Phlebas

        I’m not sure about that – she used her French when talking about Invidia (“Mon petit roux did not mean to insult the mademoiselle”) and has no noticeable accent. They (and maybe some or all of the other Deadlies) were in Paris at the time of the revolution (and may have had a hand in causing it – Envy and Wrath certainly could have played a part), but I haven’t seen any indication that any but Invidia are French themselves.

        • Both are French, but Invy has more of an accent. Superbia’s French accent is on the same level as Wolfe’s German- present, but not so OTT that it’d fit to transcribe it quite so overtly.
          Avaritia is English, yes!

          • Phlebas

            Ahh, ok. Of course Superbia’s English is excellent.

          • Sanjay Merchant

            Y’see, what I had trouble parsing with Superbia was trying tell if she natively spoke French, but was really good (one my even say superb, for maximum punnery) at English or if she natively spoke English and just like to use French phrases to sound more sophisticated. Thanks for clarifying it!

            (And I know what you mean; my dad has a very mild Bombay accent, such that I would be at loss to transcribe it in a way that would be distinct from the American accent I think of as “default”.)

  • rainycity1

    Just went back & started to re-read this story from the start… have I said lately just how happy your work makes me? <3

  • Another Kickstarter? Damn, I need to get a job!

    • rainycity1

      Good luck! I’ve been there, and I sympathize.

      • Thanks. By coincidence I’ve just been offered a four-month temporary job. Could lead to a permanent job and it will at least be enough to pay for my Kickstarter contribution! Of course, now I’ll have to start getting up early and working for a living again…

        • rainycity1

          Nice! Good luck with that turning permanent. Sorry about having to get up early again, though… ;-)

  • McRocky71

    To expand on Sanjay’s musings on the Deadlies nationalities below, here are my guesses.

    As shown by the story so far, Invidia and Superbia are French.
    Gula and Ira are possibly from one of the Slavic nations. I am assuming this purely on the shapes of their faces, which have that East European cast to my eyes.

    From the color of her skin, Acedia looks to be Spanish or Portuguese. Plus, if I’m remembering correctly, the pre-Victorian stereotype of the people from the Iberian peninsula was that they were an indolent lot, which neatly fits Sloth’s nature.

    Avaritia could be either Scottish, Irish or a lowborn Englishman. The first time he speaks in this chapter, he uses the phrase “to be sure”. I’ve only ever noted that being used in Irish speech. And well, a cheap Scotsman is a cliche for a reason. : )

    Luxuria is the trickiest one to figure out. My guess would be that he is almost certainly English-born but spent a significant part of his life/adolescence on mainland Europe, since his conduct isn’t typical for a well-mannered Englishman of the period. Which is sort of amusing when you consider that in very early European history, it was the English who had the reputation for being sexually loose.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I feel like I’ve heard “to be sure” in several dialects, including some English and American ones, so I don’t think it’s really possible to pin him down by that phrase alone.

    • J_JamesM

      Wow, so I’m not the only one who though Acedia looked rather Mediterranean. Though I suppose she could also be a Romani or something. Perhaps Turkish?

  • l33tninja

    I love that the horse’s name is avaritia (brings to mind “avarice”)

    • Phlebas

      Avaritia is the man tugging the horse – he is indeed named after the deadly sin of Avarice!
      There’s a ‘Mr Avaritia’ tag below the comic that you can click if you’d care to be properly introduced.

      • l33tninja

        oh, thanks. I guess I should read just a teensy bit slower so I don’t miss details like the fact that she was talking to a person…

  • awhorl

    A little recherche en Francais–so too bad L’Invide has her neck all buttoned up. When the Directoire goes down, she’s make such a good Merveilleuse! Marie Josephe Rose should be arriving in Paris about now, oui? She would be in her twenties? They say she had some interesting jewels. Very interesting. And a taste for men with promise and ambition. Not just one, either–a succession of them. But that would come a little later . . .

    • rainycity1

      I read a bio on her many years ago. She was a pretty interesting woman.

  • Dave

    Marie?! Marie, is that you?!!! However did you escape the Terror?

  • Sanjay Merchant

    The line about “well-researched scrawlings” hasn’t gotten nearly enough love.

  • Ilmari

    Another aristo who fled the revolution so quickly she didn’t realise that the peasants weren’t actually getting a look in?

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