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Long Way Down, page 37

1st Jun 2015, 6:54 PM in Long Way Down
Long Way Down, page 37

Author Notes

Zomburai 1st Jun 2015, 6:54 PM edit delete


This is the compass of Zhuge Liang, mentioned very near the beginning of the chapter.

Zhuge Liang is a semi-historical figure who lived during the Warring States period. I say "semi-" historical because even though he did live, the mythic form that appears in works like Romance of the Three Kingdoms has had at least as much impact as the historical figure.

Romance, incidentally, upgrades Liang into a full-on wizard, able to summon magical winds and arcane mazes to stymie enemy forces. The compass is entirely invented for EverydayAbnormal but I think it fits the guy's M.O.


Concept work is progressing on Webcomic #2, and I expect work on the main story to begin before the month is out!

Also, I'mma be participating in World Building June over on my Tumblr feed! I have no idea how long I'll be able to keep it going (real life is going to intrude hard near the end of the month), but I'm going to keep it going as long as possible, and hopefully I'll have something cool to show for it by the end!


See you Monday!


duLapel 1st Jun 2015, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
I don't know... this reminds me of Penn Jillette's Breaking News! :P

Zomburai 2nd Jun 2015, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
That or he's gonna work a little Carnac the Magnificent business up in here! :P
Draginbeard 2nd Jun 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
I really like the panel layout you use here.
Zomburai 2nd Jun 2015, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, Dragin! Surprisingly difficult to work out correctly ...
KarToon12 2nd Jun 2015, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Agreed with Dragonbeard; this page layout is awesome! :D
Zomburai 2nd Jun 2015, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Thank you very kindly, 'Toon!
Delta-v 3rd Jun 2015, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
So this is "spin the prognostication spoon"?

I could understand a certain skepticism, here.
Zomburai 4th Jun 2015, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
That's actually what historical Chinese compasses looked roughly 2500 years ago.

I have no idea why.
duLapel 4th Jun 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Spooning with friends...? Mandarin spin the bottle...

I guess it's a doorway activity to foot-fetish bondage S&M and snorting mercury salts...

the Han knew how to have a good time!

>>>Magnetite with a specific gravity of 5.17 doesn't float well in water... but put it in a porcelain spoon, float it water, and, voilĂ , it points always in the same direction!