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Ugh...I set the color way too yellow on this installment. Usually I did the sepiatone in the Victorian story by using one of the sepia presets on Photoshop, but sometimes I got dissatisfied with those and fiddled with the color myself. It didn't work out this time. Sigh.

A lot of the architecture here is sort of loosely based on photos from the London Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace comes up repeatedly in Skin Horse, too. I'm really into World's Fair type events. The object at the foot of the bridge is Dr. Merryweather's Tempest Prognosticator, invented by George Merryweather and exhibited at the Crystal Palace. Dr. Merryweather believed that leeches were extremely sensitive to weather changes. The device consists of twelve jars, each containing a leech; when a storm approaches, the leeches climb to the tops of the jars, ringing tiny alarm bells.

Go, Victorian mad science!

I gave Victorian Madblood slicked-back hair in these installments, then promptly forgot about it and started drawing him with the spiky hair he has in the daily strip.

7 comments:
Leon Arnott (l) says: I hate to be the person who must point out that methane is odourless... but methane is odourless!

(Well, at least I don't have to be the person who points out that Madblood is wearing an airtight helmet.)

You did do a quite good job on the architecture. What's that term...? "Art noveau"? Well, there's a lot of that.
butsuri - (butsuri) says: He probably ran out of pomade.
kicking_ k (kicking_k) says: There is something about Madblood's lines in the first panel that is very "early Terry Pratchett". Reminds me of descriptions of Ankh-Morpork.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I like the Venusian wildlife in panels 1 and 3, especially that 3-eyed birdoid.  The multiple moons, on the other hand... even if Venus had any moons, you couldn't see them through the clouds!

 

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:
There is something about Madblood's lines in the first panel that is very "early Terry Pratchett".

Probably because Guards! Guards! repeatedly invokes the "city is a woman" metaphor.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Leon Arnott says: "I hate to be the person who must point out that methane is odourless... but methane is odourless!"

It depends on where it's coming from. If it's coming out of the ground as part of a petroleum deposit; yes, it tends to be odorless. If it's coming from an intestinal source (i.e. a fart) or a landfill, then it will tend to smell like whatever food/bacterium or garbage was in closest proximity as it was being released into the atmosphere. (One exception being certain beans, which get their particularly pungent [and potent] smell from a high sulphur content.)

 

Tyler Wright (tylgar) says:

The first panel of this is beautiful.  I was struck for a while just admiring it.

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