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(Art) The Scottish comic

19th November 2008 (13:36)

I originally wrote this on Buffyforums but thought I'd repost it here.

So. Think of a famous character from literature who lived in a castle in Scotland and had help from a witch or two; who started out as a noble and brave hero but was seduced into committing a crime in order to become more powerful, and from then on spiralled further and further down until they lost all respect for human life and ended up as nothing but a cruel tyrant fated for death. Who am I talking about?

On which note, I put together this quick manip (below the cut). It even surprised me by how appropriately the pictures matched the words...
 


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Posted by: woman_of_ (woman_of_)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 13:43 (UTC)

Very well done, yes the words really do fit the pictures aptly!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 18:56 (UTC)

All it needs is for the trees in the bottom right picture to start moving...

Posted by: azdak (azdak)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 13:55 (UTC)

Pedant Point: I don't think Macbeth actually got any help from the witches, just a prediction that fitted nicely with what he was thinking anyway.

The pictures really do fit the text amazingly well, though...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 18:58 (UTC)

Point taken... but you could argue that they gave him useful information, he just didn't interpret it correctly.

He could have set fire to Birnam Wood, for example. :-)

Posted by: fix me, motherfucker! i'm standing right here. (immortality)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 14:19 (UTC)
[buffy] satsu | a keen and bloody sword

Hey, that's pretty awesome.

Posted by: joe_sweden (joe_sweden)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 14:37 (UTC)

Very nice pic thingie...what font is that? I like!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 18:59 (UTC)

The font? You'll probably kick yourself. It's Comic Sans. Being used here for its intended purpose. :-)

Posted by: joe_sweden (joe_sweden)
Posted at: 21st November 2008 15:13 (UTC)

Erm...doh!

*kicks self*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 18:58 (UTC)

Thanks. :-)

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 17:02 (UTC)

Heh. My first thought was about Brian de Bois-Guilbert (in Ivanhoe) - but, of course, his castle was situated somewhere in England.

Brilliant parallel.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 19:01 (UTC)

Plus I don't think there are any witches in Ivanhoe, are there? (Unless Rebecca is accused of witchcraft. It's a long time since I read it).

Thanks!

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 17:44 (UTC)

Ha! Nicely done, though it sort of begs the question of who Lady Macbeth is in this instance. Faith played the part note for note in s3 of the TV series, but in the comics...? Is there anyone around encouraging Buffy to stick to the path she's on, no matter what she has to do, even if it means using force to keep Banquo other girls in line?

XANDER: So we find her. She peeps that little mohawk out, we play whak-a-mole... before she starts something. (...) So filled up with purpose, with confidence they didn't have before... the walls are vibrating with it. I can't sleep, Buffy hath murder'd sleep the place is so charged. (...) We're just getting started. Screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail.

;-)

This reminds me, I've got this half-finished meta on Shakespeare in the Buffyverse sitting around gathering dust someplace...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 19:09 (UTC)

Speaking of Simone (which Xander was) this passage seems pretty appropriate:

We but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice
Commends the ingredience of our poison'd chalice
To our own lips.

who Lady Macbeth is

Well, her soliloquy asking the spirits to "unsex me here", and "stop up my passage" and "come to my woman's breasts" might be interesting put into the speech bubbles of Satsu talking to Buffy... but I didn't want to be that pcorny.

Posted by: Caroline (jamalov29)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 20:29 (UTC)
Bliss

Here via Moscow's rec. It's great !
Pace and words work very well.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 21:16 (UTC)

Thanks! It's always been one of my favourite passages of prose, and playing around with the text and the different speech bubbles to get the balance right was lots of fun.

Posted by: I write tragedies, not sins (mabus101)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 20:33 (UTC)

Although I like it quite well, part of the comic is obscured by your layout; your link bar is on top of it to me.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 21:14 (UTC)

Really? It's fine on my display, but I'm using a widescreen monitor. The direct link to the picture is:
http://www.mdd-marketing.co.uk/files/MacBuffy-5v.gif
if that's any better.

Thanks!

Posted by: brunettepet (brunettepet)
Posted at: 19th November 2008 23:01 (UTC)

I'm amazed how well this works. That last panel is perfect for the line. I'm here on Moscow's rec, too.

Posted by: Jagged Death (jagged_death)
Posted at: 21st November 2008 20:22 (UTC)

I was amused that in the new issue Willow(who BTW is totally fucked up in the comics) called Kennedy, "Kendoll" which were have been calling her for year. But I can't really recall why.

Posted by: shadowscast (shadowscast)
Posted at: 4th January 2009 22:31 (UTC)

Nice! (Here from buffyversetop5.)

The parallels, once you point them out, are uncanny.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 4th January 2009 22:38 (UTC)

The parallels, once you point them out, are uncanny.

Except that hopefully Buffy won't be killed by a man whose wife and children she had murdered...


Thanks!

Posted by: shadowscast (shadowscast)
Posted at: 4th January 2009 22:43 (UTC)

Hopefully! But the comics aren't finished yet...

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