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Chateau Grief 120

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Whoops, I guess the skirt and heels act didn't get you anywhere, so better pull on the jackboots.  Nice of Xander to provide them, isn't it?  
Ever heard of the practice of a hunter tying a goat to a tree to bait in a lion?

CHATEAU GRIEF PATREON (find out what was lurking in my living room yesterday)

Characters: Xander, Kore

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Aging telepath Evil Overlord Xander has traded his youthful dream of joining the US military and using his superpowers to benefit humanity for over-the-hill cynicism, self-imposed exile on his private zoo-for-crazy-people Eynhallow Island, and a serious case of May-December midlife crisis.  And technically it's only kidnapping if she tries to leave.

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BornOnTheNinth's avatar
"A repeat of last time" … interesting ...
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
this is the second time she's said something to that effect.
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InLoveWithSubaruSHobbyist Traditional Artist
Really Core? You think Xander leads whole island and is stupid enough to not be able to deal with you? I personally think he is playing around and she is his current favourite puppet. Think he's a bit of a sadist... Then again, he sure as hell has a right to feel like his own life isn't enough because after all, it takes a lot of sanity and strength to control your powers and not kill off everything around you for the sake of few minutes of pure peace and silence. Plus, why is she so concerned about Shane? I never quite understood her relationship with him. Like I know the two knew each other before he was used as experimental bunny, and she was given the power, but other than that, I didn't catch much... o.O

#TeamXander
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Healthy respect for Xander's smashing abilities, right here! Then again, Kore's playing a hand that's, uhm, slightly unusual.  Look at all that posturing!  It's like she's goading him into this fight.  Xander's got to ask himself what he's got to lose here.  As for Shane, Kore's a 'no man left behind' sorta person, even if she doesn't remember much of anything about him either.  It fascinates the old cat and he's toying with everyone in a ridiculously evil plan. like, so evil it floors me every time I work on that horrible, mind-bending, world-changing week that's the last week in Chapter 6.  I'd go with the 'sadist' definition too, except there's more to it than that, way way more.  I don't know.  teh characters they r alive.  plus xander never does anything wrong.  team xander all the way.  suckers have it coming.    
CrimsonSunset218's avatar
.... um... Kore.... what if Xander is already planning for that?  ... He's not stupid... He's lonely and bored.

XD  This is so much fun!!!  Is she restyling her hair?  Or is magic just making it stand on end?
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
She's a little overconfident, isn't she?  Education coming right up...also why she's so overconfident to begin with.  Hair magic.  I think the magic visibility is sort of a corona discharge so it made sense that hair would stand on end.  
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*laughs*  She is going to be SCHOOLED!!! XD  I look forward to that. 
To be honest, Kore is a little too arrogant for me to really like her.  That makes the story interesting because I also think that Xander is rather jaded.  Ultimately, I don't think I really care who wins their confrontation as long as sparks fly!!!  ...I suppose that's not entirely true; I kinda want Xander to win at this point. You know... better to deal with the Evil you know, rather than risk an Evil that could be worse.  Kore looks like she could be a real *ahem* female dog in heat.

(Note: opinions are subject to change.  By tomorrow morning I may have changed my mind ;) )

Easiest way to do you hair; magic it into cooperation.  Never have to deal with pulling snarls again!
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
see i have characters with flaws, (so happy to hear that!) all the writing advice says characters need flaws. just because they have plot-breaking uber-powers doesn't mean they don't have problems. goodbye mary sue! muahahaha!  the way they're appearing to you now is perfect, exactly how I'd hoped.  There's a lot of story to go, and a lot of character developing to happen.  i can't really sum up their complete character without teh spoilerz, but I can say wow, this little 'education' session is hard. to. draw. not technically, but psychologically for me.  Always hits me deeper when I see visually what I've planned out in words. 
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O.O  You are making me SO excited!!!!! 

I can fully believe that SEEING what you imagined is a LOT different than writing what you imagined.

I'm really glad that I'm feeling the way I'm supposed to feel about the characters right now. :D
scorpionlover42's avatar
Kore does make a good point. Xander's very powerful, but how long can he maintain his attention without sleep, especially if other knotty problems arise in his domain? Wink/Razz 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Exactly! ...And how to ensure such other knotty problems do in fact arise at the right moment...  
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blabladogHobbyist Digital Artist
eye-of-sauron! I love that Love !!! brilliant job, as usual Clap 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Sauron (eye, animated) Icon <- how I feel when faced with vacuuming.  Thank you!  
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blabladogHobbyist Digital Artist
puhahahaha me to!! your welcome :D (Big Grin) 
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FrostDriveHobbyist Digital Artist
So, what made him/her trip?
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
I think it was the boots
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FrostDriveHobbyist Digital Artist
oh okay xD haha 
izmarts's avatar
izmartsHobbyist General Artist
Wow, this comic seems like a great read and it's a first time for me! May I know what software did you use to create both the characters and the background scenery? 
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I render the backgrounds in 3d in blender, and I paint the characters by hand, starting with pencil on paper, and ending up in photoshop and sketchbook. Then I put them both together and paint it until it looks like it belongs!  
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izmartsHobbyist General Artist
Holy shit that sounds complex and a lot of works! But still, thanks for the information, that helps me a lot ^_^
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
Actually it's the easiest process that I've found as I've tried the different standard methods of comic production over the years.  It's really helped me to keep up this rate of output, which is quite a lot of frames every week.  I'm always figuring out new time-saving tricks!
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izmartsHobbyist General Artist
Good for you! I'll keep that in mind :)
Ayreena's avatar
Clarification: So she thinks he no longer/ never was attracted to her?
(and I spotted the sneaky painting in a painting!)
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chateaugriefProfessional Digital Artist
I think that at this point she's seeing Xander develop what might be termed an 'unhealthy obsession' with her, and she's figuring it's because he is quite lonely, but the fact that he doesn't have much to lose also makes him dangerous.  She has much to learn.  Doesn't the painting look nice in a frame?!  Xander has great taste in art, if I do say so myself.  :D (Big Grin)   
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