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September 23rd, 2015

September 23rd, 2015 published on 52 Comments on September 23rd, 2015

There is at least one incorrect statement on this page.

Apologies for the lateness! Two bits of nice news- Volume 5 is at the printers! Books are imminent. Also, I will be going to my first convention in the US, Emerald City Comic Con, next year!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    So… her mother’s name.
    Her mother was a witch.

    I’m starting to wonder if a witch is a magician that also relies on a pact with a spirit (major sin or not)

    • Nightsbridge

      Bets that the importance of the bloodline is actually tied to her blood ancestry, because of relation to this witch?

      • Sanjay Merchant

        It would explain why they’re fixated on the Barber line specifically: if they need a direct descendant of the witch that started all of this and Isabelle was the last one (until she had children), then of course her kids and grandkids would be the focus of their efforts.

        • svartalf

          And there’s a key to what THEY want through one of those family members.

        • kuku

          And they wouldn’t care about any Baron of Widdershins that might be a relation on Henry’s side.

          • Dud

            Father, or by now more likely brother or nephew. Unless by some remote chance all older male lines died out in which case it’s Henry himself.

        • If Henry and Isabelle knew the bloodline was important though, you’d think they wouldn’t be surprised the kids were targets now… maybe that detail is obscured somehow?

          • Nightsbridge

            Isabelle ‘thought that it ended with me,’ to quote her, when she first came into the room.

  • Darth Fez

    Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the… mistake.

  • MoeLane

    Cool on the con news!

    …on the other side of the continent from me, alas.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Indeed. Come to New York sometime! It’s less expensive than London (which, from what I’m told, isn’t saying much, but still!)

      • JWLM

        ECCC? Sqeee! That’ll be right across the lake from me! Also, very cheap to reach: the flight from Heathrow goes across the pole.

        • Not too cheap for me, I’m nowhere near Heathrow! Gonna be pricey but worth it :)

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I’m willing to bet that Florrie told most of those scary stories that Edmund heard growing up.

    • Euodiachloris

      Not taking that bet. Also: best Aunt ever! Bet she knows just how to give nightmares for weeks. xD

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Also, Annie all tuckered out and asleep continues her streak of being outrageously adorable in every appearance.

    • Euodiachloris

      Side-sleepers are the cutest sleepers! ^_^ And, the way she’s tucked up shows she’s one of those by inclination. :)

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Oh, and I love what you did there with the layout, with Flashback!Henry superimposed on 1834!Henry.

  • robert袋蟻食skitch

    I’m really pulling for Sid making a good impression. :)

    • NekrounRose

      I think he lost the chance for a good first impression when he accidentally stole from Henry. I think it was actually the necklace that they are talking about in the story too… The excited squeeing probably didn’t help either…

      • StarRose3

        I don’t think he made a bad first impression when he accidentally stole from Henry. Just an… interesting one.

  • Rolan7

    An incorrect statement, you say… Gasp, Edmund must have already known witches were real!
    And nobody told Florrie that, she made it up (it just happens to be true).

    • Phlebas

      I’m guessing “Widdershins hasn’t had a witch for centuries!”

      • Dud

        *At least* one – could mean that every single statement on the page (including this one?) is incorrect.

  • Del

    Emerald City Comic Con is in Seattle, Washington, USA. In April.

    Still half a continent away from me.

    I’d rather holiday to Manchester, anyway. Better beer.

    • kuku

      I am not a beer drinker myself, and certainly don’t want to get into a competition with Manchester, but Seattle does have a lot of well-regarded micro-breweries if you ever do get a chance to come. Washington state grows a lot of hops.

      • JWLM

        Indeed. In fact, the ‘Cascade’ variety, which is used worldwide, is named after the Cascade Mountains, a range which runs through the middle of the state.

      • Del

        I love Seattle. I own 7 Utilikilts, and wear one every day.

        But American brewers just go nuts with the hops. Lots of finishing hops — and then crazy lots of dry-hop on top of that.

        One of the joys of visiting England is drinking “real ale” (microbrewed, cask-conditioned, hand-pumped ale) that is well-balanced with the malt & not over-hopped.

    • rainycity1

      I think I’d rather holiday to Manchester as well even though I’m already in Seattle… ;-)

    • rainycity1

      Although our micro beers are pretty good…

  • Ooh, this will be interesting. I wonder what the particular differences are between wizards and witches? And is there such a thing as a Widdershins warlock?

    Edit: I also meant to ask, are witches always women in Widderehins-verse? I believe we’ve seen wizards of varying genders, but does the same apply for witches?

    • Witches are not always women, no.

      • Silly Zealot

        There are also warlocks, but they are all in the military. Or fixingg doors.

        Get it? War? Lo-? Nevermind.

  • kuku

    Whoop whoop! Emerald City, that’s my city! I’ll meet you! Yippee!

    And ooh, the plot thickens and bubbles nicely! Great-grandmother was also a force to be reckoned with, eh?

    Florrie looks way too enthusiastic about tearing out souls.

  • Disloyal Subject

    Huzzah, an excuse to visit Seattle! I love that city.

    • I haven’t ever been before, I’m excited to see Seattle!

      • kuku

        I would be happy to show you around! (But I understand you may be totally booked up. Anyway I will visit your table and welcome you!)

        • I would absolutely love it if some commenters stopped by and said hello! Half the reason I’m going is to say hi to US fans! The other half reason is to have American foods. Such big foods.

          • Well, the Cheescake Factory is right next to the convention center, I don’t know if they’re US only, but they certainly do the big portions thing!

          • kuku

            Okay, now I have bought a ticket! I haven’t been to Comicon before (am a relative newbie to webcomics) – I wanted to go last year to meet sfemonster (Eth’s Skin) but tickets were all sold out.

            We have small foods also (dim sum in Chinatown, not far away!). But if big food is what you want, eat happy!

            P.S. Maybe you could talk Robin Hoelzemann into coming too?

          • American food makes your clothes shrink.

            • TheGorram Batguy

              And American Outfitters makes your shrink clothes, if you have a psychologist.

            • JWLM

              We’re healthy up here: our food makes your (all-natural, 100% hemp fiber) clothes shrink in a GOOD way!

    • rainycity1

      Buy tickets soon… they sell out.

  • StarRose3

    Hmm, when Florrie made the comment about witches being able to read minds and tear out souls I thought of Mal. Could Mal be a witch? Are witches really just more powerful wizards or do they have any additional skills? I guess, if Mal were a wizard he probably would be more powerful than normal wizards – just look at how he handled Rage at the end of Green-Eyed Monster. Also, if the last witch was centuries ago then it would explain why nobody would identify him as a witch – it seems as if witches powers aren’t well known or understood. Although Isabelle might know more since she is descended from a witch.

    • Firedog

      There is only one way to find out if Mal is a witch. You see, you need to get Mal, a duck, and largest scales you have…

    • Well, Mal’s also on the antisocial side. I get the impression he doesn’t usually advertize what he can do, though if some specifics come up here and it’s the same, Nicola knows, doesn’t she? I wonder!

    • Silly Zealot

      Nah, Jack is Thomas O’Malley’s long lost brother.

  • Related to me? I am her! It’s not only Mr Luxuria who made a bargain with evil spirits in return for immortality. Now, about that ‘tearing out the soul’ business. Hold still… MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Silly Zealot

    “Witches can make mistakes, and the one that she made was…. quite handsome!”

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Just as a random thought, Nora and her husband really are similar XD

  • Shee Soon Theng

    “I heard they can read your mind and tear out your SOUL!”
    And you also happen to have at least one in your family tree…

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