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In panel 3, Chapel and her newfound friends are discussing Lady Mary Crawley, one of the main characters from Downton Abbey, which I will keep mentioning in these commentaries until you all watch it! It’s one of my favorite period dramas ever, and Season 3 starts airing in the UK in less than two weeks! I am SO EXCITED. To set the mood, I listened to the Season 2 soundtrack while drawing most of this week’s strip.

The background in this strip is based somewhat from a corset shop from the Dickens Faire that I attend in San Francisco. Chapel and her friends are eating fish and chips, which is the staple food of Dickens fairs. They’re supposed to be eaten with vinegar, but I prefer ketchup (blasphemy, I know!) which is what Chapel’s friends have in this panel.

Do you attend any fairs or conventions where you feel like you’re with family? Tell me more!
Ha! I have this same reaction every year that I go to SF Dicken's Faire. They are my people :P
MasterpieceLost 2/7/13
I go to the SF Dickens Faire every year, too! We must live close to each other!
 Emma  3/8/13
I detect Downton Abbey references Panel three! I can't believe the US isn't getting season 3 until early 2013! 2013!! It's outrageous!
ME AGAIN. I'm really starting to bother myself now..
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
I know, it's crazy how long it's going to take to get Season 3 over here in the States! I guess we'll have to wait, though...
 Emma  11/1/12
I've been American Civil War reenacting for better than a decade now, branching as far back as Imperial Rome and as far forward as... well, the modern Army for a while. Yes, I'm a bit of a clothes horse.
Dominic 9/12/12
Wow, that sounds amazing! I've always thought Civil War re-enactors seemed like fascinating people, so I'm sure you are, too!
 Emma  9/14/12

i have kept my silence for years about it now. But today is the 11th anniverary of 9/11. Some of you in here where too young to remember it fully. Others are from outside the USA and it might not affect you as much.
My older bother, his friends and co-works was in tower 2 on 9/11 when the planes hit. My brother made it out alive, but many of his friends and co-workers did not. I knew them as well. I knew them very well.

September 11, 2001. That is a day that has forever changed me. I know i try to be friendly and jolly guy, but that day scarred me inside and left a bitter hatred spot in my soul.

Years after that day, i let nothing but that hate drive me forward. i thought that if i cried, i would never get moving again. now, the hate does not burn so hot any more. but i can not forgive nor forget those who attacked my brother and us all now, as well as that what made those who attacked us. i don't know if i can ever forgive them in the future, even if my faith tells me to.

So with a conffessing heart, i ask you all to forgive me for my weakness and for what i have became. it is easier to say it here than in person to others here where i am today.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 9/11/12
I am sorry if this came out of no where. i felt like i needed to say this. i did not want to make any one else here put off by me. Today is a rather somber day for me. More than likely the rest of my life.

i wanted people to know about 9/11 a bit more. That it's more than a shocking event. It really affected people. changed people's lives and the world.

I wanted that others to think back on this and never forget it. I saw the towers when they stood, i also saw the ruins of them.

thank you for at least hearing this old man tell a bit of my story.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/12/12
Taxil, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends! I hope that the sad feelings and thought of this day will soon pass and that you'll be able to be you jolly self again... and I don't think you should feel sorry about it coming out of nowhere!
Miss L.S.P 9/12/12
I liked them well enough, but they were my brother's friends. i still felt their loss however. but what shook me to the core was about a day or so i thought my brother was in those towers dead. he called me and my family when he finial got to a working phone. nearly ALL of the phone lines over loaded or knocked out that week in NYC.

as the years roll by, i guess some of my sadness is fading. but as i look back to the times before 9/11 and then look at the world we have today. I know our world is worse off than before. My nation isn't as free as it once was.
I think i will hold off for now my thoughts for tonight. i could ramble on for awhile, but i am not sure you want to hear from me any more on this.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/12/12
I'm glad you wrote these things, Taxil. They're very refreshing to read, although tragic.
 Emma  9/14/12
Working renaissance and Dickens fairs since the mid-80s, it's even *more* family when you cross over to the participant side from the ticket buyers.

I'll likely be teaching performers again this year how to to drop back 150+ years and punt!
Barlow 9/10/12
That sounds like so much fun! I'd love to participate in a Fair someday!
 Emma  9/14/12
I have been working my entire life. It's quite magical!
Kat 1/1/13
That's a good comic. Reminds me that I usually end up talking to older people at parties about really technical and "nerdy" stuff. And the thing is, I do it because I enjoy being a nerd.
Hank 9/10/12
That's what I do, too. I find it much easier to talk with adults than with teenagers my own age most of the time.
 Emma  9/14/12
That's true for me in some cases too. A lot of people will think differently of people for being younger or older than them, but when I joined theater, which involves people of all ages, I was no longer biased. That must be a similar experience at the Dickens Fair.
Noelle 9/17/12
Reminds me of the time I met one of my old college-friend's husband: he has a tattoo of James Joyce on his ankle, and we ended up talking Beowulf and Shakespeare until 2 am while she slept on the couch. I kinda felt guilty about that until she told me how happy she was that he'd finally gotten to talk to someone who knew the same books he loved.
Nefariousdro 9/9/12
Ah, that sounds like so much fun! Finding kindred spirits and having long conversations with them is always the best feeling in the world, isn't it?
 Emma  9/10/12
Absolutely! I do wish they lived closer so I could talk to them more, but now they have a child of their own to raise, so time is a very tight commodity. But I do still hit renaissance festivals with my crazy costumes and get to talk costuming there alot, it makes me appreciate the fashion-design world, and the world of Lady Gaga much more.
Nefariousdro 9/12/12
I would love to go to a Dickens Fair one day, but I don't know of any in my area. However... DOWNTON ABBEY!!! I LOVE THAT SHOW SO MUCH!!! WHEN DOES IT AIR IN THE U.S.?? HELP ME!!! I am going to the Fort Tryon Park Renaissance Fair on September 30th though.
CJ 9/8/12
Season Three doesn't air in the US until January...I'm not sure exactly when! I'm SO glad to find another fan here, though. Who's your favorite character?
 Emma  9/8/12
Omg, that's too cute and too funny.... i love it!
Miss L.S.P 9/8/12
I'm so glad you like it! I worked extra-hard on this strip! :D
 Emma  9/8/12
I have been to a couple of renaissance fairs in my time. they are rather entertaining things to go to.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/7/12
I love Renaissance and Dickens fairs so much! They're quite fun. What ones do you go to, Taxil?
 Emma  9/7/12
the first ones i went to have closed down, but i will try to go to this year's Green Hill Medieval Faire and Highland Games event. it's at the end of the month and our Dicken's of a Christmas will happen in December.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 9/8/12
That sounds like so much fun! How long have you gone there?
 Emma  9/8/12
not as often as i like. work and other things have a bad tendency to keep me from attending, but i do try to go when i can.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/8/12
Ahahaha - amazing as always ;D
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 9/7/12
What's Leakycon? And thank you SO much!!! I worked extra hard on this background, I think it's one of my best yet!
 Emma  9/7/12
Yeah what's Leakycon??
CJ 9/8/12
a harry potter fandom convention.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 9/8/12
OH, I see now! That makes sense, like the Leaky Cauldron.
 Emma  9/8/12
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/8/12
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 9/8/12
When is it??? WHERE is it? Details... Details... Need details. Badly.
CJ 9/11/12
yahoo is your friend in this situation.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/12/12
Chapel, I feel the same way for you, except it applies to the Doctor Who nerds. DW is my favorite thing ever, and if you don't know what it is, shame on you, and look it up right away. ;)
Riv 9/7/12
Yes, it's so great! Although I don't like the newer seasons as much, Doctor Who is still one of my favorite shows.
 Emma  9/7/12
It wasn't convention, it was I drama class, I was with family! It was awesome!
Novelist-In-Training 9/7/12
Ah, that's so cool! So are you interested in drama, or writing most? I'm just going off your handle here ;)
 Emma  9/7/12
I'm not sure.....I love them both, technically they're both art-forms. I am artsy. Don't worry about it :-)
Novelist-In-Training 9/7/12
Ah, that's so cool! What kind of things do you like to write?
 Emma  9/7/12
Genre? Romance or mystery, usually with a buddy. It's less stressful.
Novelist-In-Training 9/8/12
i did try my hand in writing short stories and such. never was able to get very far with it. but i still have a pile of ideas and tales sitting in my mind just waiting to be written down.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/8/12
I know the feeling of a pile of ideas.
Novelist-In-Training 9/11/12
blaidd gwael 9/11/12
No, No, No Fish and chips is meant to be ate with vinegar and tomato sauce (ketchup as you call it).

Then salt comes and ruins it all. I'm British (the good kind) I know these things.

Good comic by the way :)
Rachel Verna 9/7/12
Ah, I was told it was just vinegar, thanks for correcting me! Also, it's so cool to hear that I have other readers in the UK! I'm glad you like this week's installment. :)
 Emma  9/7/12
it gets worse, those fish and chips have been sitting there uneaten for over 3 hours. blasphemy!
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 9/7/12
I guess Chapel and her friends have gotten too caught up chatting to eat their food...still, it's a waste to leave fish and chips to get cold!
 Emma  9/7/12
I love popcorn and money...but i love your writing more!!! Any writing tips? i REALLY want to get something in Stone Soup!!!
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 9/8/12
Well, my general writing tips are to study the kinds of stories that are published in Stone Soup, because they generally look for a certain type. Then write some stories that seem similar to what is in the magazine, and revise them as much as you can -- I usually do around 5 revisions. Most of all, be careful not to get discouraged if you aren't accepted right away!
 Emma  9/8/12
have you watched to new doctor who?
Yarin 9/9/12
Matt Smith Rocks!But he's not as cool as our David Tenant.
CJ 9/11/12
David Tenant: Knock Knock.
Bernard Cribbins: Who's there?
David Tenant: Doctor.
Bernard Cribbins: Doctor Who?
David Tenant: Correct.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special. So awesome. Look it up on YouTube.
CJ 9/11/12
Yes, of course! I actually haven't seen very much of Classic Who (not because I don't want to, but just because it requires a large time commitment to get through it all that I'm afraid I don't have).
 Emma  9/11/12
copper is a good show to
Yarin 9/14/12
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