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Admittedly, Bes isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but we can't say the same about his loyal lionesses.

In the last panel, I attempted to give hints as to why Neith insists on calling Africa Chui, as well as present these thre lions' personalities and roles in a single image.
I hope I conveyed their relationships with one another well enough, and, while there are still pieces missing from the puzzle regarding their behavior, I hope you were able to tell that there is more about these giant kitties than meets the eye. Let me know what you think, and feel free to speculate/theorize in the comments! ;)

And remember, vote YES for Bes!

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:iconnamirithecheepard:
This is a very interesting comic, but at the same time, Bes here should see that Africa is not a big threat (danger or something). She is obviously not a male, and males don't live with cubs. Maybe Bes could give Africa a chance to prove herself or something? Maybe later Binti can tell Africa about Chui cheating, and Bes can tell Africa what Chui did to them (whatever it is). At least the lioness brought up the point ;). Other than that, its a very awesome comic, I love your style of art, and the way you do leopards are really cool!!!
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Very nice page, and it’s clear you have a colour scheme in mind. Using the cool colours of the background to contrast with the warm colours of the foreground assists the viewer in defining each portion of the panel. The use of body language is well thought out, and each panel serves a purpose for both dialogue and character depiction. I feel the decision to duplicate the first panel was a good one as it portrays how little time passed before Bes lost interest, further giving insight to his character. The expressions and poses of each character are easy-to-read and informational – from the slight tips of the heads, to the tongue peeking out, to the facial expressions…all the small touches are great!

If this page were to be done again, I would recommend altering either the pose in the third panel, or swapping its place with the fourth panel. As I see it, in the third panel Bes is either stretching or making a motion to lie down. In the fourth panel, he’s standing up again and on the move. In the fifth panel, he’s lying down once more. By swapping the third and fourth panels, I feel the actions would flow better. Walk away > stretch out > lie down compared to stretch out > walk away > lie down.

Also, between panel four and five, I feel like Bes has changed directions. In panel four, he’s solidly striding away/to the right in comparison to the position of the tree, but in panel five he’s lying down almost in front of it. Perhaps adding the two guard-lionesses in the background by the tree would have helped ‘ground’ the position of Bes? If I were to use the brown and white lioness near the tree in panel one as an anchor point, that lion’s position in panel five would have meant Bes circled the tree to sit in the shade, but once again, his direction in panel four doesn’t give me that impression.

Overall, amazing work! You put in a lot of effort and it shows! : )
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LeopardPaws01 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bes: All we have to do is wait.
Also Bes, 2 seconds later; Ugh hoootttt. And boring.
Tsk ;)
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970099224 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Bed reminds me of beerus
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:iconmewisadorable:
Mewisadorable Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist
I like what you did with naming some of the lions after Egyptian mythology ((Bes, Bast))
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:iconxsamuraiedgex:
XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe first and second panel are lol'ish XD i could imagine the sounds of a clock ticking!
FINALLY! FINALLY someone has a brain!
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
Don't forget that he gets bored fast too.
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:iconskiaartz:
SkiaArtz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the attitude from Bes, great expressions as well! 
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Rofl thank you!
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:icondangref:
DanGref Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like always; the only thinking person is woman ;P Logic can safe Africa... :D
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Lol
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:iconsaitirwolf:
SaitirWolf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist
Anaka is all deviantart comments right now
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
THIS

lol
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:iconpup-fu:
pup-fu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I like his attitude lol
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:iconproyectluca:
ProyectLuca Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student Writer
I have a doubt, there are 5 lionesses, but one of them ran behind Mosi.....and now she is behind bes and those two lionesses
what happened there? D: what happened to mosi?
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Close! There are actually six lionesses, not five :)
You can catch a quick glimpse of all of them on this page, panel 3:  Africa -Page 122 by ARVEN92
The red lioness who chased after Mosi and the brown lioness resting behind Bes in this page are two different characters :D
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:iconproyectluca:
ProyectLuca Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student Writer
So silly, I just watched the page before this one and there are 6 lionesses behind Africa!
That means she is still behind mosi.
I never see there were six, only four highlight...well, the red one went other way, but she also highlight a lot  in her panels.
The brown one look kind of serious then. xD the others worship Bes and appear in the pannels the most, but the brown one appears less. 

I think Bast and Anput are the youngest, they look very cheerfuls and cutes, 
although one of them is super big  xD or maybe they are mother and daughter.
Neith is the agressive one, so she must be the alpha lioness.  Anaka is kind of mocking.
So there are four lionesses them for now.
jdnfgjdn I like them a lot!
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:iconmiss-horizon-art:
Miss-Horizon-Art Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how one of the lionesses is named after the cat goddess, Bast
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! They're actually all named after Egyptian deities, including Bes :)
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:icondark-hyena:
Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
Giusto una domanda: da dove vengono i nomi dei leoni? :)
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sono tutti ispirati a divinità egiziane :D
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:iconrafalucci:
RafaLucci Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a feeling those two lionesses will lost sight of Africa hahaha
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:iconguardian-of-moon:
guardian-of-moon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love how this comic blends drama and comedy so naturally. <3 Please keep these going :D
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much!
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:iconladyofthegeneral:
LadyoftheGeneral Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
I do have to wonder if Chui might have killed a lion cub. It wouldn't be out of character for him, as far as I can see, and it would explain why they're angry. Now, it would be rare for a leopard to kill a lion cub, but perhaps the cub was sickly and Chui was being Chui?

And is it possibly Neith might have something up with her vision that makes it hard for her to distinguish between leopards, which might amuse Anaka to no end? That or she's just willfully ignorant. And, bouncing off my earlier theory that he killed a lion cub, it could have been her cub in particular and that's why she has something against all leopards, doesn't even care to try and notice they're not Chui. I'm definitely curious as to what the answer is.
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:iconsanluris:
Sanluris Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he's just being a normal male lion. :) He'll probably listen to the lionesses eventually.
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:iconasheskyler:
AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I am most impressed with your tree shadows! They can be such a pain to pull off.
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! They sure are! D:
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:iconjose1106:
Jose1106 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SAAAAME
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:icontephra76:
Tephra76 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I get the pale lioness's (Anaka) amusement from a few pages back, now:  Africa -Page 125 by ARVEN92


She's known it wasn't Chui all along.
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:iconinuelements:
Inuelements Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point :O
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:iconblueyoukai:
BlueYoukai Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Anaka asked the same question I was asking myself a few pages earlier. |D
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:iconcoolsanness:
coolsanness Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Hello! I'm not from America (I'm from Ukraine), but I'm writing to you through Google translator. I just want to tell you that your comic is very cool! Your drawing, plot, characters, everything is very cool! Good luck!
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you very much! I'm so happy that you like this comic!! :)
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:iconladydragoncat:
Ladydragoncat Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
While Bes may have the lion's share of this territory, Neith seems to want the lion's share of Bes' attention. Maybe I'm wrong, but she gives me the feeling that she considers herself to be his favourite... and wants to keep it that way.

Either that, or she's afraid making him think means losing her spot in the shade. And just as she was getting all comfy, too...
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
why does anput have spots? 
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Because she's a youngster C:
Lions are born with spots, which slowly fade once adulthood is reached :)
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh ok 
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:iconsaberrex:
Saberrex Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing Anaka is the smart one. Also, I think it's pretty funny that Bes is so easily bored, and so dimwitted. 
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:iconkikkiotter:
KikkiOtter Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I just found this comic and I am in love with it! I can't wait until the next update La la la la  
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much!
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SkekLa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
Anaka is right: a male leopard-of course- wouldn't be going around with two cubs tagging to his feet. Still, the lioness between Bes' paws (Neith, was she?) seems to want her to shut it, and it's truly currious why this is...does she have something against ANY leopard and wants Bes to have her rid of Africa?...or does she do this only to please her Lord and let him think he is right about the leopard n question being Chui?  (of course! leader's never wrong! ;)
What's evident is Chui had been up to no good at these lands before...I do wonder where are Binti and Mosi, whether any of the two survived, and how's Africa going to get out of this mess...maybe Anput and Bess might prove  a bit more reasonable than their leader? *or father...or male, whatever Bes is to them* ...we're up to wait and see! 
Excellent aesthetics and storytelling sense, as always, dear ^^
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Attack-At-Dawn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who's that lady at the back of Bes? o3o
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:iconblackrayser:
BlackRayser Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Qualcuno che se lo chiede, finalmente è.é
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:iconlesplobae:
LeSplobae Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
am i the only one confused by the last panel? can someone explain what Anaka meant?
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Troodontidae Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2018
Father leopards generally aren't found with cubs and usually the only role they play is to keep other male leopards out of a territory to prevent infanticide. Whereas with lions it's not unusual for males to hang out with their cubs, even if they aren't necessarily the cub's "caretakers" so to speak.

 I'm not positive but I suspect Anaka knew all along that Africa wasn't Chui (I noticed when Neith first referred to Africa as "Chui," Anaka tried to suppress a laugh) and just didn't say anything until now.
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:iconlesplobae:
LeSplobae Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh i thought chui was africa's mom for some reason and i had been confused from the last few pages xD thanks
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:iconplanimaux:
Planimaux Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
THANK YOU ANAKA! Finally an another lioness who has noticed!
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:iconcalicoolcalico:
CalicoolCalico Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Huh, so the girls are just playing along with his accusations because they either fear the consequences of correcting him/making him feel like an idiot, or they're just that loyal to him. Very interesting!
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ZarienaiDreamWeaver Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bes is very much a "I do what I want" sort of pride leader XD "Shut up, Anaka" Love it. Very interesting pride.
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Looweezah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist
I am still wondering about the darker lioness on the background...she appears to be fat, from her first appearance, and has been lying around almost from the start...I wonder if she's old or pregnant. Also, she seemed a bit annoyed/angry at Bes.
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