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  • Wyvern

    Smooth. Very smooth.

  • Columbine

    That is one REALLY confused blackbird.

    (I’m also loving how the….I’ve forgotten the word, the steering sail, is getting in the way. I’ve been on a small boat with sails like that and the moving sail kept trying to hit you.)

    • Dud

      In this case it’s the mainsail – it doesn’t get in the way, you do. There’s so much wrong here from a conventional maritime point of view that, er, well, it’d better be pretty strong magic, that’s all…

      • ThisCat

        It’s flying. There’s nothing maritime about this at all.

        • =Tamar


        • Hans Rancke

          It’s a boat. There’s definitely something maritime about a boat, flying or not.

    • Yeah, the boom will sweep you off your feet, and possibly sweep your head off your shoulders too.

      • Columbine

        Boom! Yes that’s the word, thank you. I’m certainly not a naturally gifted sailor.

        • Me neither, I’m pretty much going off what my husband remembers from being in this kinda boat!

          • Columbine

            What I remember is that the tiny ones are great for fights. Two people to a boat, one to steer, the other to board and capsize your friends- ……..We were 15 alright?

          • kuku

            Your husband was in a magic flying boat? Cool! :D

      • Wyvern

        Hence the expression, “lower the boom”.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    When you get the airship that early on, you know you’re not going to get to keep it.

    • ShadeTail

      Well, of course. The fun is in figuring out how to make it back. :D

    • TachyonCode

      RIP Tiny Bronco.

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Heh, I was thinking of its predecessor in Final Fantasy III. You get an airship almost immediately… and then promptly smash it against a boulder.

  • Over sideways and under
    On a magic sailfin ride!

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Tell me, Izzy,
      When did you last
      Let etiquette slide?

  • Spoon of Truth.

    FLYING. BOAT. FLYING. BOAT. I want’s it!

  • alurer

    Now that’s a smooth line there, Henry. :)

  • JWLM

    Izzy knows it, but you apparently don’t: one hand for yourself, Henry, the other for the boat.

    • RLB

      Isn’t that mainly when you’re in the rigging? I don’t think it applies when you’re sitting safely in the hold. (Then again, sitting on the hatches isn’t all that safe… and I still want that boom to sweep across!

      • JWLM

        Nope — always keep one hand to the boat unless you are otherwise secured. The vessel might heel sharply, and if you aren’t secured, you *will* go over. That applies to any boat, sail, power, or even row.

        More: in any modern setting, always wear a personal floatation device (PFD). Interestingly, what Ms. A has done in this cartoon is historically accurate: the first modern PFDs were developed in the mid-1850s, after this flashback but before the main story.

  • tali

    Uhhh… shouldn’t someone be steering that thing?

    • GristleMcNerd


  • A match made in heaven

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    I wouldn’t want my glasses to fall from up there :o

    • John

      Not sure how much being up there matters with regards to glasses. I once had the line from a mainsail get between my face and my glasses. They were pulled right off my face, flipped into the water, and sank to the bottom. I never saw them again.

      • rainycity1

        Given where the glasses wound up, this is probably a good thing…

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Uh wow, I’d be more worried about nose/face rope-burns there.

        • Dusty Coyote

          Nah, on the scale 1 to it’ll kill ya, the Mainsheet’s not a big deal, like a 4 or 5. The boom? Big deal. It rates a solid ‘It’ll Kill Ya’

      • Dusty Coyote

        You know all proper nautical stories start with, “So there I was….”

        • As a Master Chief Bo’sun’s Mate explained to a bunch of us back in 1968 or so at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story is that fairy tales begin “Once upon a time…” and sea stories begin “Now this is no sh*t…”

  • God damn he’s smooth

    Wait… where exactly was he keeping that stuff?

    • There’s a storage hatch at the back, he was rifling through it in panel 3!

      • Uh-huh… and the food has been in the boat’s hold for? Henry went straight to Mr. Cunningham’s workshop from Izzy’s place, and straight to the hangar (boathouse?) from Mr. Cunningham’s workshop, and prior to going to Izzy’s place he wouldn’t have known to pack a romantic picnic lunch for two—unless of course Henry always carries a romantic picnic lunch for two on his person when going on adventures, ya know, just in case the need arises (which is now officially headcanon)—so if he never got the chance to pop out and pick up some stuff from the shops… where’d he get it?

        • Euodiachloris

          Victor Cunningham doesn’t look all that hard up to me. So, the answer would be “kitchen staff”. :)

        • He packed it while Izzy was packing her stuff :) Admittedly he largely swiped it from Victor, but he won’t mind, right?

    • MoeLane

      Amazing how well *paying attention* works, isn’t it?

  • ThisCat

    Man, she’s so beautiful.

  • Sgt. Howard

    He IS a bit of a rogue… slicker than snot and none too trustworthy… fellow after my own heart….

  • Darth Fez

    While I’m certain that the Baroness Worsley had the foresight to cover turbulences in her chapter on dining etiquette, I doubt they include the sort one is liable to encounter in a flying boat.

  • Michael Brewer

    …Henry, I don’t think that thing has an automatic pilot.

  • rainycity1

    Oh, Henry, you charmer…

  • WitUnderPressure

    That first panel kinda reminded me of “chitty chitty bang bang.”


  • A larger version of that first panel would make a very nice Patreon reward wallpaper, he said hopefully. And even if that thing does have an autopilot, I hope someone is watching where they are going. The Pennines can’t be too far away. Anyone got a map? Or a compass?

    And is Mr Barber about to get booked for being drunk in charge of a magical flying boat? Smoking and now drinking-and-flying! This comic is setting a bad example for young people. :-)

  • Jordan Hiller

    Damn he’s good

  • QueenBol

    What a smooth operator. They’ll be married in no time.

  • Euodiachloris

    Nobody talking about the landscape? Typical North Yorks, right there. *points at the drystone* Including also the stupid. *points at sheep* :)

    Which also means… if you’re not in the Vale, expect unexpected downdrafts and updrafts as standard: more hills equal more problems, Harry. :/

  • l33tninja

    smooth. very smooth.

  • Dusty Coyote


    Edit: Still gonna want to keep a hand on that tiller.

  • Shee Soon Theng

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