1. Yikes! I’m pretty sure the appliance Neil summons is not going to be a knife sharpener! This page looks like it took a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of detail. I love it.

    • Step 1: Open salt-shaker
      Optional: Add some pepper.
      Step 2: Throw said shaker at the eye of the thief.
      Step 3: Savor the seasoned agony of the mugger

  2. Stars in the text box! We all know what this means!

    It means that Neil’s going to be made fun of before he/she kicks that guy’s ass.

  3. I don’t suspect that Neil is going to *cut* him any slack! Eh? Eh? Cut? Because knife? No? Okay I’ll be quiet.

  4. Ooooh. Whackings and smackings on the punk’s hard idiot head.


    Which reminds me – Disney has re-acquired the rights to Lloyd Alexander’s “Prydain” (or “Taran”) books and may do better by them than they did with The Black Cauldron forty years ago…

      • I don’t know whether it was good or not – as a film. I do know i stayed away from it then because of the changes i knew they’d made {including, apparently, trying to cram elements from five books into one movie} and i haven’t watched it since,either.

        But, issues of quality aside, it was a big enough flop commercially that it led to regime change at Disney.

        {OTOH, the changes Disney made there can’t possibly be as egregious as the ones Mitazaki made in Howl’s Moving Castle…}

        • Considering craming multiple books into one movie was my reason for disliking Spiderwick Chronicles and A series of Unfortunate Events, both movies based on much simpler books, I can see how that might be a problem for Black cauldron. It’s enjoyable, but not enough to ignore anything that might sell the book short.

  5. Excuse me …………is this your toaster? Smacks him in the face with it.
    8/10 this is not a random encounter. The girl is not a throw away plot character.