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The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says: Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Absinthe makes the wits go ronder....
Erik Arneson (pymander) says:

Hmmm, I'm not sure that's how they would have prepared absinthe back in the day.  The theatrical "light the sugar cube on fire" bit is fairly modern and was, I believe, invented to hide the flavor of low-quality Eastern European absinthes.

The traditional method used just very cold water, dribbled slowly over the sugar cube at a relaxed, languid rate so as to maximize louche.  And it was very common to use specially-shaped absinthe glasses, as well.


Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

I expect someone will point this out, so it might as well be me.

The traditional absinthe ritual does not involve fire. The "burning sugar cube" ritual was actually (as I understand it) invented in the mid-1990s by Czech absinth producers; those more knowledgeable than I about absinthe suggest this is because Czech absinths (the cheaper products, at least) more closely resemble lighter fluid than they do anything one would drink.

Having said that, I'll assume Smythe's "fire ritual" actually pertains to whatever is in the dropper bottle...

Darryl Hughes (thedeeman) says:

What's in the dropper is the drug laudanum. Sorry that should be more clear in the panel.

This scene is actually a nod to the movie "From Hell" which I liked a lot. The "ritual" was taken directly from that movie. When I was thinking of something that could be like victorian LSD I just happened to watch that movie and was like "Ah, ha! Absinthe.".

Or as Monique calls it "the party drug of the 19th century".

Dee - TC writer dude

Darryl Hughes (thedeeman) says:

NEW! After a series of sudden, shocking, surprising, and at times harsh disagreements and outright head clashes with our publisher, Monique and I lost our publishing deal with Transfuzion Publishing. We are now currently looking for a new publisher for "The Continentals".

So al you publishers out there, if you like what you see and would like to publish "The Continentals", we'd LOVE to hear from you. :)

Dee - TC writer dude

kav kav (kav) says:

This comic looks really cool unfortunately it's way too much trouble to read.  Would you watch your favorite movie if it paused every 30 seconds?  the break in story flow is a killer.  I would not even read my favorite comic, INCOGNITO, if it was this much trouble.  When is the webcomics community going to realize that the continuous scroll method is the only kind of webcomics people read?

Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

kav kav (kav) says: 

...When is the webcomics community going to realize that the continuous scroll method is the only kind of webcomics people read?

Maybe when it is the only kind of webcomics people read, if that day ever comes.

What might be nice (if the WCN platform allows it) is the by-chapter nav buttons I see on some other sites, which would make it easier to go back and read from the beginning of the current chapter.

Zachary OShea (eshutales) says:

Just started reading this today. 


Very nice indeed! I love the characterization of our heroes and the way that the story is developing. It is a lovely twist on Hyde.



Sam Brown (sammyb) says:

Anybody else notice the similarity between Dame Poole and Paul Newman?

Bob Bello (timeship) says:


Darryl Hughes (thedeeman) says:

NEWS! It's official. Our relationship/publishing deal with First Run Publishing is at an end. We will from this point forward be exploring new publishing options for "The Continentals". We'll keep you posted on what happens.

In OTHER news. The Continentals was the subject of not one but two great new reviews of the comic. They can be found here:

Comic Book Clash

Sequential Tart


Darryl Hughes (thedeeman) says:


THE CONTINENTALS: A Matter of Malice Aforethought by Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton. It's like Sherlock Homes meets the 60's tv show The Avengers with a dash of James Bond for flavor.

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Amazon Canada http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1105772128

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Pick your Amazon and buy a copy NOW! :)


juana owen (juana12) says:

nice one

Darryl Hughes (thedeeman) says:

I saw a great doc over the weekend on PBS called "Wonder Women: the untold history of american superheroines" that was just great. And for all you "Fiona fans" it'll give some insight as to her appeal to women--And men as well.


Wonder Women



Dee - TC writer dude

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