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Comic 294

Comic 294 published on 76 Comments on Comic 294
Howdy, fellow Draconiacs!  RazorFox here. It is my sincere pleasure to re-introduce to the series Flare.  Who says you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression?  Woo! Those of you looking for a soundtrack to this page can continue to pull up “Some Nights” by Fun. Sorry for the slight delay in getting this page out, but it’s been an eventful week.  On the upside, I attended my first Otakon in 7 years, and my return was nothing short of a major triumph.  After years of Otakon steadily increasing in terms of inconvenience and expenses while simultaneously decreasing in revenue and fun, I was a bit skeptical about coming back to it.  I attended largely due to popular demand from you, my fellow Draconiacs, and the welcome I got was nothing short of magical from both the fans and from the convention organizers.  Through no request of my own, Otakon’s Artist Alley staff graciously placed me in a prime location by a major entrance, alongside other webcomic luminaries such as Spinnerette and The Devil’s Panties, and I got to meet dozens of fans, both new and “classic.”  In particular, it was really cool to meet such established Draconiacs as GentlemanPlayerKobra, and Silent.Kiai. There’s a lot of ground to cover, including getting to dance to the “Time Warp” at the Hard Rock Café, but it would take up too much of your time.  Just trust me when I say that Otakon weekend was nothing short of amazing!  I’m not one hundred percent decided on whether to attend in 2013, but I’m strongly leaning toward it.  Stay tuned. On the downside, however, no convention is complete without a little bacterial or viral souvenir, and when you get 30,000 people under one roof, something’s bound to spread.  I’ve spent the last 7 days sick as a dog with one of the hardest and most persistent colds I’ve had in quite some time.  That’s kept me from being able to work at my fullest. Well, that, and the Olympics. So thanks, everyone, for your patience.  I hope to have the next page up in substantially less time, so keep your peepers peeled.  In the meantime, enjoy the new page, and enjoy Flare’s awesome bartending skills.  Take care, my fellow Draconiacs, and thanks for reading! =RazorFox.
  • WizzardRabbit

    So sly. You go get 'em tiger…. er. slugger…. er. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. 😛

    • Flare does have a certain flair. (Someone had to say it!) ^__^

  • AdoptaLiz

    Bwahahaha! I like her style too!

    • Glad you like her! These scenes with Xhianil and Flare have been a ton of fun to write! ^o^

  • JoeRaven

    Wow, Flare eh? She sure knows how to serve up a drink, and she's CUTE too! Man, when did it get so hot in here? o_0;
    Wonderful job as always Danny!!

    • Thanks! Flare's a character that's been on the backburner (no pun intended) since the 2004 calendar. One of the big things on my to-do list when I inherited the writing duties was to give her and Xhianil's story the attention it deserved. I'm really glad Flare's made such a great first impression thus far!

      And yes, she's supposed to be really cute and spunky. She's got a name to live up to, after all. ^o^

      • CrazyMerchant

        Wait. Burning drinks? Now that's a fire empowered drink. *Take a sip*
        Ugh… I don't feel so well.
        *Burnt up in flame*
        P.S Just leave where the ashes are.

        • It's not for the weak of heart… or stomach. Make sure to blow it out first. ^__^;;

          • Kobra

            Aren't there other kind of human drinks were they light it on fire too?

          • There are, and that's what inspired the "Flaming Sunset." If you had a Fire Dragon as your bartender, what else do you think she'd specialize in? ^o^

          • Sleel

            I imagine a number of drinks could be lit on fire. Just need a high nuff alchy content. And a liquid that will release it fast enuff to replenish the vapours at the surface. That said. I was fond of Flaming Sambuca's. Simple shot of Sambuca, lite it. And if you have the knack for timing it and toss it right, you can shoot it while still flaming. Not done in a sipping style. Kinda all in so your mouth is like a candle snuffer and toss to back of mouth. Fortunately alchy burns cool (relatively speaking) so burns be rare unless you be real sloppy. I know I never burned myself.

            This makes me want a Flaming Sambuca for ol times sake.

          • Good call! I'm all for some Sambuca. Kahlua's another favorite of mine, though I don't know about Kahlua's flammability.

  • Draven

    It also helps that drunk people are fairly easy to entertain.

    • Every good bartender knows that fact. ^__^

      • Draven

        Every person that's ever been near a drunk person knows that.

  • Yukiro

    I watched you draw some of this the other day! ^o^ Didn't get to stay long but it was really fun watching you~ <3 And your lineart is just so smooth too! Awesome page once again! *goes back to lurking*

    • Thanks for the kind words! And feel free to poke your head into the daylight once in a while. Lurkers are cool, but it's more fun to partake in the conversation. ^__^

      • Yukiro

        Lets hope I got this reply thing right… *so confused*
        I'll have to poke into the sunlight more often! It's always fun talking to new people, especially when it comes to art. xD Though even if I'm somewhat loud, and easy to talk too – I can be shy too, so sometimes I tend to just hide away and enjoy things quietly haha.

        Anyway's keep up the good work~ Draconia Chronicles is probably my favourite Kat-Box comic. Though I am very biased since Dragons (and hybrids too) are possibly my favourite mythological creature. :3

      • I'm so honored and flattered to be your favorite! I hope to keep the goodness coming for a long time to come! ^o^

  • brad bates

    hey danny, to tell the truth, im glad that you're allowing some deceased characters to make a re-appearance in your comic! keep em coming!

    • I might just do that. I'm enjoying giving Flare a second chance. It might start a trend. ~__^

  • Finlass

    I woud say that is one hot atmosfar there 😛

    • But gods help you if you don't leave a good tip. o_O

  • Silvertail

    Those drinks aren't the only things Flare's heating up right now, if you get my meaning. 😉

    • Well, Xhianil's the one in charge of the food, so I'm not sure what you might be referring–oohhh, I get it. ~__^

  • Ionjam

    Welcome back! Glad you had a good con, sorry to hear you got the con crude.
    She talks big, but it looks like Flare is not just full of hot air…. Do Earth Dragons take their drinks on the rocks?

    • *ba-doom-ching!* They love mudslides. ^__^

  • KibbeD

    In panel 2, Flare's legs seem to have been misplaced.

    • LOL! They're there, I assure you. The line art down in that area was getting a little too crowded, so I silhouetted Flare's lower half to bring out Amperie and Elektra's hands and cups better. It's actually an old comics trick that I use once in a while. Maybe I could've left the area colored in, but I'll just leave it as is for now. ^__^

  • LOL! Elektra was a pretty easy-going Captain of the Guard. So now I know, if I ever want to get on her good-side, give the Lightning Dragon some good ol' booze!

    • Draven

      Booze is a great way to win over just about anybody

    • Learn how to make a "Flaming Sunset" and you'll score some mad brownie points. ^__^

      • If it's what I think it is… I already know and can. What can I say? I learned a lot from my Chemistry Classes during my college days.

      • DO EET!

      • @RazorFox. I'm serious. Due to the orange color and the stout glass used, I have an idea exactly what recipe to use. The Flaming Sunset can only be the equivalent of our world's "Flaming Fruit Tree". 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps. 1/2 oz Banana Liqueur. 1/2 oz Everclear Alcohol. Mix well. Light on fire for five seconds, blow out. Suck through a straw to drink the mix at a higher temperature as the straw works with almost thermos effect, keeping the liquid inside it hotter, longer as you enjoy it's warmth.

      • If we ever meet up, you must buy me one to test your theory. ^o^

      • @RazorFox Get me some Banana Liqueur and it should be easy enough to make. Seriously, around here, THAT is in the ingredient that's a pain to find.

      • Draven

        A flaming sunset sounds like a tequila sunrise that's been lit on fire.

      • Draven

        Maybe with a hint of cherry schnapps for a darker color, making a sunset instead of a sunrise

  • mewr13

    So that's Flare, I watched a bit of your livestream and I was wondering who the dragon that you were coloring was. I'm going to guess that dragons get tattooed when they go into some sort of palace service, possibly the guard? She does know how to put on a fiery good show though ^_^ I love the background and the fire on the alcohol effects XD another awesome page Razor, I'm excited to see what happens next. Also glad that you're feeling better ^_^

    • Thanks. I've still got a nagging sniffle and a bit of gunk in my throat, but otherwise, I'm doing tons better. And I'm glad you're digging Flare. She and Xhianil made some extremely brief appearances in the old calendar series before we ever had a chance to learn anything about them. I wanted to make sure their stories got told. I hope you'll continue to join me to find out what happens next. ^__^

  • AnaBia99

    Ooh a new dragon? Interesting….
    Let's look at her role in the history 😉

    • I hope it'll be a good one. Xhianil and Flare's story is one I've been wanting to tell for a long time. ^__^

  • Deadmen008

    Cool to see Flare again! 🙂 hope to to her more in this Chapter. Hmmm. I'm getting a weird 'Flaming Moe' from The Simpsons here with that drink she made. 😮

    Sorry to here you're sick, hope you get better. Also, free alcohol is better for bribing than money.

    • LOL! It seems to be greasing the wheels with Elektra, that's for certain! ^o^

  • Finlass

    I leave a GOD GOOD TIP there razor with out i woud be tost 😛 burned to death *g*

    • Yes, tip well! You do NOT want to tick off a Dragon with fire breath and an attitude to match. o_O

  • Chocothunda

    Oooooooh, I bet dat fire'll go down nicely XD.



    wait..

    That didn't come out right O_o

    • Either way, SOMETHING'S gonna be burning by morning. ^__^

  • MrAMP

    Dang, gotta like that spunky personality. Pity she'll eventually die at the hands of the tiger (I'd imagine because of her inexperience). But anyway, it should be interesting to see how the thunder dragons fall from the queen's favor.

    • I'll see how much of it I can work in. I'm trying to keep this little flashback focused on Xhianil and her memories of Flare. Maybe Elektra will get to tell her story sometime down the road.

  • Finlass

    oh well if i need a flame throer it woud be the best option in my eyes 😛

    • Flare can be that flame-thrower and so much more. ~__^

  • Explosion Zuruck

    holy shit…. Bob Segars "Old time rock and roll" fits this scene. [in my opinion] *Brohoofs Razor for the page* [For the guy that tried to shotgun me for being a newborn colt brony. You need to do better than that]

  • Explosion Zuruck

    Oh and Razor. Try for a less erratic posting schedule. You had me checking every day for the new post.

    • Sorry. This one did get delayed due to a convention and illness. My goal is to have pages within 10 days or less from each other. There are a variety of ways to keep track of updates, though. See the previous page's commentary to see how you can follow the comic on Facebook, Twitter, FA, DA, or via RSS.

      Or, you can just check the site daily, if you really want to. We won't stop you. ^__^

  • Finlass

    Razor = Oncel Sam 😛

    you can come BUT WE WANT YOU 😛

    bisides don't mess with a fier dragon or you will be toast 😛

  • Sable

    Howdy, me again! ^^ been abit since I commented, busy and all that, loving that the comics back on track. I feel I may work on something of a fanwork for ya, though I have a number of questions with which to do so, is there a means with which I can contact you? ^^;

  • Lux

    I don't really drink(alcohol), but it's nice to see a little change of pace. So far in the comic, as far as I can remember, it's been pretty serious/tense with only bits of comedy here and there. When you show more of a relaxed side to a character(s) like in this scene, you add a bit more depth and personality. Instead of drawing about a bunch of action stars constantly in a state of war, you're showing them in a more realistic light, that they do indeed have lives of their own to enjoy when they can. Kudos~

  • KeeganFang

    HI been a wwhile last I posted. great comic. I do hope to see Flare more . Maybe in a nice bath scene to lol. Just saying she looks like a cute dragoness. Keep up the great work and hope to see more of her.

  • HowlingStorm

    Hmm, let me have one.
    *Takes a drink*
    Huh. This, this tastes, really, really…
    *Fire comes out of mouth* HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTT!
    HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT! HOT!
    But extremely tasty.
    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTT!

  • the one

    Wait i thought the electric dragons were banned is is this a flash back to when they were the guards

    • Unreal2056

      Yes.

  • killatitan64

    <walks in to the tub>uh hi<dragon points to sign> hmmm let me see <pulls out translation book> <sign no humans allowed> YOU RACIST PRIECES OF @#$!

  • killatitan64

    that with my luck would happen

  • Chromoid

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

    (deep breath)

    …hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dang.

    I do NOT like where this is going.

  • zophah

    Who wants to be normal? I want to be everything!