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– I’ll be at the Artist Alley Comics Fest in Portland this Sunday (August 2nd). This is a small first year show put on by my friends at the Spritely Bean. Addam and Hunyh have worked hard to put together a nice show focusing on local Portland small press, indie and webcomic creators and I think it’s going to be fun. It’s an outdoor show, which means we’ll all probably die from the heat, but please come anyway! Admission is free! I’ll have Modest Medusa books and teh brand new first issue of Ghost Kiss on sale!
Be there! Not with bells on, but be there!
Love the exchange between mom and Jake!
OK, that is, hands down, one of the funniest MM comics ever, in my opinion. Her reaction, followed by the frazzled expression, and Jake’s casual answer, just made me laugh out loud.
Thank you, Mr. Richmond, for such an enjoyable start to my day.
Glad you liked it.
I agree! I also like the secondary meaning that calling a woman a “snake” could just as easily imply she’s a b…bad person. That’s what I mean, yeah.
Good comic. Perfect pacing. Well done.
her mom doesn’t have it, so what’s with the blue hair
It’s from her father’s side. It’s not “really” blue. If she were a real person it would probably be black. Same with Ms. Booth. I just like the color and thought it looked cool.
I have an ex who has naturally blue/gray hair. Really.
The main problem I think of for an outdoor show would be rain and wind. Make sure you can keep a cover on your merchandise and an eye on the weather forecast. Actually, a good umbrella might help protect the books from fading under the direct sunlight too.
They actually have tents, but I’m not worried. It’s been scorching the last few weeks.
Scheduled at 93 for the show! It was 10 degrees higher than that here 2 days ago.
Breeze might be an issue. Everyone bring rocks!!
Bean’s mom has seen weirder i’m sure. I mean she slithers around in public and no black vans with shadowy government agents have grabbed her. Though I can imagine a hilarious scenario where sunglasses wearing suited figures show up Jake thinks they’re here to abduct,experiment, and dissect Modest and instead they just need him to get his Magical Creature Adoption License.
Ekans daughter of Eaayah
Apostrophe in mom’s
And Jake isn’t denying being Modest’s dad, nor does he realize that he’s making it sound as if he married a giant snake.
This one made me laugh out loud!
Jake’s response is so obvious, but even so, it made me laugh out loud!
Wow. I love her reaction! And the way you paneled it
I remember being young, and running through the house shouting much of the same thing. My mom, having a reaction that was very similar.
Only.. there weren’t any real snakes involved. Just odd looking kids.
Like goth, before goth was all broody … ok… that last was a stretch of truth
We were dnd nerds
Mom’s a fox! And I don’t see a ring…
If she took after her dad she’d have a pot belly. (Just kidding, Jake! I have one, too.)
She’s probably too young for a real belly. To active.
XD. I wonder what she thought once Jake said her mom is a giant snake. Namely if she thinks he is her biological father.
Be cool Ekans mom!
Her reaction seems pretty expected, but I’m starting to pick up on something. How well known is Yeld to the common layman? Are there university professors who study Yeld and other-world beings?
I’m sure it’s super rare, but I’m under the impression common people are somewhat aware of Yeld and that supernatural beings like Modest exist.
Yeld is pretty much completely unknown, but you’re right that people aren’t 100% surprised by supernatural stuff. We’re going to finally get to teh answer behind this question in the next month or so.
Ever seen Kiki’s Delivery Service? I’m imagining it like how people are still surprised to see a witch flying on a broomstick, but they accept it almost immediately after the initial shock because they’re somewhat aware that that’s a thing that exists.
Like that, yeah.
-jake says casually.-
and next we hear “so you married a gaint snake or was it a one night only thing?”
Today on Maury! “My lover is from Yeld!” No, I don’t mean yelling, though we’ll probably have that, too. Our guests include…
A fish scientist… (“I’m NOT a fish scientist! And my wife’s not from Yeld!”)
A horse with a chainsaw for a head! (Charles: “Wait, WHAT!?”)
A cyclops! (“I’m a mermaid!”)
Draghul, the Vampire Prince! (“…”)
And this bald biker! (“So many teeth… and bugs!!!”) O_o
With special surprise guest! The Toothfacer!
Sorry, the bald biker is a no-show. He’s in South Dakota at the motorcycle rally.
He needs to show up for this Modest Medusa costume party I’m thinking about doing.
Ekans’ mom… Arbok?
I think this is a good fan-name for her.
I think my favorite part is how Jake has just come to accept that Modest is his daughter. I can just imagine him looking in the mirror one day saying to himself, “How hard can this be?” (LOL)
Jake something has just occured to me. In the beginning of marvel comics. Mutants were basically a metaphor for homosexuality and aids and such. Mutants were ashamed of their differences mutants were hated and there was bigotry etc. and perhaps that was the world back then but now and days a good deal of the population don’t really give a crap about someone’s sexuality and likewise if someone had mutant powers a good deal of the population would think “that’s pretty awesome i’d like to be their friend.” So we all talk about “oh my god how is it noone reacts to modest being a medusa” But we also all know that basically there are some people who would be like those kidnappers. Some people would call the fbi or all about her. But unlike movie universes people aren’t dicks . They’d see Modest and while they’d be interested in her backstory and concerned about the possible danger of her hair they’d also see she’s a little girl. If an honest go god five year old slithered by me playing a nintendo ds i’d probably take a second glance , be surprised, maybe even take a picture, but i’d not bother her and if she needed help i’d give it to her. Likewise the Fbi would be interested in her but the government wouldn’t just abduct her and dissect her. They’d do blood work, ultrasounds, xrays, etc. Tell Jake to keep an eye on her and that they’d check up with him and her as she got older. Because they honestly have better things to do and despite being an “abnormality” some humans happen to have unique medical conditions like siamese twins, bearded ladies, etc and they aren’t quarantined or treated like freaks any more. So modest would be treated as a child with special medical conditions as well. They’d also probably help Jake care for her providing him with resources as well. I’m sure offscreen Jake’s already talked about it with authority figures.
Tldr: There is no magical weirdness filter, Alternate hometown isn’t some weird universe where weirdness is normal. It’s just people are more realistic and not all assholes and can handle weirdness alot better than in fictional universes.
You’re right. There’s a little more to it than that though. Comic world is a little different from our own world and people there have a little more context for weird stuff, but you’ve mostly hit it right on the head. Modest is weird and surprising, but not really scary, and in a town full of uni-cycling Darth Vadar’s she doesn’t stand out as much as you’d think.
When she goes home, Modest is probably going to end up saying, “Good-bye! Nice meeting you, Mrs. Eaaayah!”
Didn’t one guy try to kidnap her, and the toothfacer in his gang ate him? The other two had already refused and left?
On Monday August 3rd, I discovered Modest Medusa by clicking random media on TvTropes. Two days later and here I am, fully caught up. Thank you for creating an absolutely wonderful comic and I hope you will continue for a very long time.
Thanks for checking it out! I’m glad you dig it!