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March 17th, 2015

March 17th, 2015 published on 34 Comments on March 17th, 2015

Rude, Nicola.

Thanks to anyone who came along to LSCC! Nice to meet some new faces, say hi to old friends, and especially to hear from people who’d read and enjoyed the comic already! It means the world if you tell a creator in person that you enjoy their work, it really does.

  • Deepbluediver

    I was not expecting this.

    I wonder if Sidney could revive the flowers with a little magic- what’s the most “lively” emotion, do you think?

    • Phlebas

      I’m sure Sidney wouldn’t think of invoking one of the seven deadlies just to get the flowers erect again.

      • Pretty sure there’s a pill for that now.

        Or, you know, some sort of nightmarish Victorian procedure involving electricity and mechanical devices ordinarily reserved for either medieval torture chambers or that one bondage club that even everybody at all the other bondage clubs is kinda freaked out by

    • szbnahl

      There’s probably some hideously complicated set of rules for reviving the dead. There always is, it seems. Still, I can’t help but imagine the PHoH enticing souls back from the afterlife with the promise of biscuits.

  • Nonesuch

    The flowers do look dead, but it’s anyone’s guess whether that’s due to Barber-style Silence of Doom or due to being cooped up in a coach without water for an hour. ;)

    Or… something else…?

  • TheMeddler

    Ooo, so this is Eddie’s wife? Looks like she’s used to the family squabbles :)

    Sorry for being that guy, but is Sid missing a pupil in the last panel, or is it just a thousand-yard stare?

    • He’s looking down, it’s there.

      • TheMeddler

        Oops, now I see it. >D Sorry about that.

  • Gren makes a run for it.. Sydney has to stick around… the Killing Silence might catch him again if he is not careful!

  • Sir_Krackalot

    New cool character? Me likes!

  • kuku

    Hmm. I don’t suppose Alexa King could be the descendant of Eddie and Catherine Barber? “A gifted baker with a backbone of steel, Alexa is a young lady not to be trifled with,” to quote the cast page. Sounds like a Barber….

    Poor Sid, poor flowers!

    Also, I wish I could tell you in person that I enjoy your work, Kate, but I have to tell you in comments instead – I LOVE your work!

    • terry

      I thought Alexa was descended from Nora

      • kuku

        I knew they met up and helped each other out but didn’t remember if they were direct ancestress/descendant….

      • JWLM

        I’m partial to the theory that Nora named her son Alexander, and that the use of that name became a tradition in the Barber clan. The Kings followed that tradition, and named their first child according to the traditional Alexander name, yielding a young woman named “Alexa King”

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      Maybe Catherine’s the grandma. Would have to check the earlier chapters, the cooking book, for names. (since she signed it)

      • ShadeTail

        If you’re talking about Alex, Catherine would have to be a few-times-great-grandma. This is taking place in the 1830s, and Alex was comfortably ensconced in 2013.

        • Darkoneko Hellsing


  • Mr Malik, if that’s the worst thing that ever happens to you while you’re working with Ms Barber, then you can consider yourself a very lucky man.

    • Qwefg Lockheart

      It’s like getting Rincewind, A Red Shirt, Deadpool and Pinkie Pie all together in a room. You don’t know what is going to happen, But you know that something is going to go down!

      • Afrodiseum

        Well dang. Having those individuals in one room would probably trigger Ragnarok.

        • Except Rincewind would be gone before it happened, and his lifetimer would grow another non-Euclidean lobe.

      • Bobismeisbob

        Send that to the Dr, McNinja team and we might see something amazing.

      • Nevra

        That is a terrifying idea. Please tell me there would be some exceptionally well-shielded recording equipment around!

  • Heh. Over in 9 Chickweed Lane, Amos (early twenties these days) remembers an encounter with “Sister Caligula” (the headmistress of the parochial school he and his sweetie, Edda, attended) when he was thirteen…

  • Everyone survived the carriage ride! Yay!

    • 703 Noemi

      It’s a true miracle.

  • Alasni

    Alas poor flowers thine time was fleeting.

  • I just discovered that Harry is apparently a painter

  • Mah.

    Poor Gren, sweet release for her.
    I guess silence is indeed golden then.

  • Columbine

    I think like Catherine already.

  • MrAtn

    The flower sacrificed themselves for everyone else’s sake

  • CyberSkull

    “That’s what flowers DO!”

    • Ilmari

      This comment, coming shortly after the joke “The flower sacrificed themselves for everyone else’s sake”, bizarrely made me think of the famous last words of Madeline the Paladin. 🤔

  • KaReN

    This is one of my favorite scenes. I laughed out loud both at the ‘silence’ comment. And the flowers died..such exaggeration reflecting how really bad that 1 hour ride was.

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