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  • Awwww lookit him!! Actually, I’ve really liked the expressions in general a lot the last several pages. Loving seeing everyone together!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    “not as far as YOU know” ? XD

    It looks like your assistant wizard froze.
    Reboot ? y/n

    • awhorl

      What a thing to say. Why do I want to post the pic of the Earl again? Naw, wrong nose . . .

  • Odo

    Hmmm… Lefties (panel 3). Always dangerous.

    • Tsapki

      You are darn tootin’ we are. Most the world tends to forget we exist now and then which gives us the drop every once in awhile.

      • Apvogt

        Lefties of the world unite!

        • Unite to do what?
          You do realize that taking over the world would require entirely more trouble than I, a lefty with her own weapons collection, am willing to deal with.

          • Apvogt

            Idk. Have a lefty convention or something?

            • Tsapki

              Eh, I’m more of a minor mischief and inconvenience enthusiast myself. So I would be up for something like mass replacement of right handed tools and utensils with left handed versions and watching the mild surprise, confusion and annoyance.

              • rlb

                You’d need production tools to make all those left-handed tools, though… and those are all right-handed!

  • Tempus Vernum

    Total fanboy meltdown in 3… 2… 1…

    • Del

      Sid has bitten off more squee than he can chew.

  • TheMeddler

    So this is a meeting Sid’s been looking forward to for ages and desperately doesn’t want to mess up? Three Internet cookies says he accidentally winds up with Granpa Barber’s tobacco pouch just as he’s looking for a refill :P

    • Apvogt

      Henry would probably think that Sid’s ability is extremely useful for the hunting business (which it is). They need to tell him the ‘ol snatched the Mark of the Thief King off of its former owner. That would probably impress him.

  • Columbine

    Is it just me or does World Famous Hunter Henry Barber sound proper Yorkshire, pets?

    • He is! I had to water it down a little to keep it readable, but he’s very Yorkshire.

      • Euodiachloris

        Watered down, eh? *glances in the general direction of Swaledale for no specific reason*

      • Iituem

        He sounds like my grandfather, although we never found out if the royalty-tackling was a thing with him either…

    • rlb

      ‘Appen ‘e does, duck – so what’s he doing on t’wrong side of t’Pennines?

      • Widdershins is in West Yorkshire, think Halifax, sort of area. The farm is closer to the Pennines, say if you were heading towards Manchester via the M62.

        • Iituem

          I’ve always been mentally placing it around Leeds because, well…

        • rlb

          Ah, I see, I’ve been placing it wrong, then. The reference to trains to Manchester made me think of the main line to Glasgow, up the west coast through Lancashire. (I’ve had gratefully little experience of the English rail system – and what I’ve had made me grateful I had that little…)

          • Close enough! I mostly dropped that in because I’m from Manchester :)

        • Presumably no more than about 10 miles away if it took the coach an hour to get there. And a lowland farm rather than up in the hills, because it looks pretty wealthy.

      • Columbine

        Looks like you’ve got a proper answer but I was gonna say ‘Mounting an invasion’.

    • Del

      I love how you Limeys can tell a difference in the ways you all talk funny.

      • Columbine

        Limeys? Should I be insulted?

        • Del

          Don’t bother. ‘Murkans don’t have any insulting names for Brits. It has been a long time since you pissed us off.

          • Columbine

            No offence but it was kinda hard to tell not knowing the word. And for what it’s worth I’m only part Brit. It’s pretty weird being ribbed for it by a stranger when I feel like an immigrant here most of the time.

          • Jeff

            “‘Murkans don’t have any insulting names for Brits.”

            Said someone not from New England, apparently ;p

            (Ftr, ‘limey’ is a very soft taunt – almost affectionate. It’s got old naval roots re sailors sucking limes to ward off scurvy. The one-word anti-Brit slurs one is likely to hear around here (Boston/coastal NE) are mostly Irish in origin – eg ‘Tan’ and ‘Hun’ (or ‘Tanner’ and ‘Hunner’). Back in the day, one might hear a Brit called a ‘Teabagger’, but a different, coarser, meaning has supplanted the anti-Brit one now.)

      • Carouselkie

        Fairly sure if you actually heard differences in accents beyond posh English/cockney English you’d notice them too O.o I mean I’ve never been to Boston and Texas for example but I can certainly tell the difference between the accents.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Reading again, Nicola’s kinda rude. Even her pregnant sister stood up to welcome them.

    • Dusty Coyote

      Yeah, but she’s always down to brass tacks. I imagine her thought process is along the lines of Curtesy can wait when trouble is a foot, or something like that

    • Del

      She’s smiling and just waiting her turn. She’s not the touchy-feely type who runs to give a hug.

  • If there’s one thing that makes Miss Harry pleased, it’s a compliment from her grandfather on her hunting abilities. What are the odds that an important reason why she (and Captain Barber) don’t get on with Mother is that Mother doesn’t rate their achievements in male-orientated professions compared to those of Mr Edmund and Mrs Fenton who have produced grandchildren?

  • Karnax626

    Have to say I love the design of Grandma Barbers clothes. :) Noticably different in style from everyone elses. Also, aww at Nicola looking embarassed in panel 4.

  • IronSun254

    Honestly, I love this comic more with every strip.

  • Draad

    I think someone left the kettle on ;)

  • maeverin

    meanwhile, the puppies in the barn all react to a high pitched squeal that the children can’t hear.

  • Alex Hollins

    I just realized. He’s Barber. Harry Barber.

  • M. E. Gibbs

    “Any day you tackle royalty is a good day.” <– This man has his head on straight what can I say.

  • Del

    The board needs more praise for Grandpa Harry’s pipe!

    He and his namesake need to sit down, share a bowl, and get this story under way. Pronto!

  • rainycity1

    Oh, Sid…

  • rainycity1

    I’m having far too much fun seeing which Barber gets their nose from which grandparent. <3

  • Sid has reached overload levels. The pressure must be released or he’ll explode . . .

  • karaz

    ow!! come on!! tell what’s what already!!

  • MarielBF

    This is a moment for the history books… Nicola is smiling!

  • carboncat203

    Sid is me when a new page gets posted

  • Hmmm. Granny Barber is rather darker than the other Barbers.

    Touch of Gypsy?

    Or perhaps Indian?

  • “Any day you tackle royalty is a good day”. I want that on a shirt which I can’t wear to the airport

  • Oh gosh, I just went back to this page to admire Sid’s reaction to meeting the original H. Barber and I noticed something else entirely! You have such a way with putting so much into every panel, even if it’s not the focus. I hadn’t realized Florrie’s pointing out Nora’s belly in panel 4, but everyone’s expressions (and body language) are just pure gold!

    Grandma Barber: Oh! How wonderful!
    Florrie: Grandma, look! Lookit Nora! I’m gonna be an auntie again! Isn’t it so exciting??
    Nora: Haha, yeah, I am pregnant again, (oh Florrie, never change).
    Nicola: Yup, these are my sisters, and I love them.

  • Silly Zealot

    The stoic Harry is non too jovial to find Sidney squealing excitedly.

    By the way, Harry is the woman and Sidney is the man.

  • non_canon

    Never noticed Florrie in the background pointing out Nora’s pregnancy to Isabelle, but that is adorable. As is Nicola’s smile at the scene.

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