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Chapel often engages in flights of fancy, like imagining herself to be Sir Lancelot while she plays (and loses) chess with Fred, only to find reality sometimes brings her down to earth. I wanted to showcase the reverse scenario, however unrealistic the hat’s transformation might be. For example, you fear losing your wings and flying too close to the sun but you end up touching a star! Spoiler alert: I left the strip ambiguous as to how the hat became beautiful overnight, but I like imagining Barnaby sneaking in during the night and fixing the hat himself to encourage Chapel to try again, earning his big brother badge!

Princess Jellyfish is a manga I read recently and wanted to include in this strip. I chose it not because it’s a great comic, but because one of the storylines involves the heroine realizing her talent for designing clothes (despite all odds, as she is frumpy and not a fashionista at all). The book in this strip is entitled “FROM THE NECK UP: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking.” I have it but have never tried millinery. Yet.
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Mind you, it so happens that Kuragehime *IS* a great manga.
Purple Library Guy 8/1/14
That's very true.
 Emma  8/17/14
 
what is millinery emma?
Writer who likes real 12/31/13
It's a term for hat-making.
 Emma  2/7/14
 
That's so cool. I always wanted to decorate hats (probably not make the actual hat though).
Ceylan 10/28/12
It seems like a really fun thing to do...
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I have just spent the last few hours reading all of your comics and just wanted to say that i love them, Chapel reminds me so much of my entire family,
10/25/12
Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad you like the Chapel comics!
 Emma  10/25/12
 
I have just spent the last few hours reading all of your comics and just wanted to say that i love them, Chapel reminds me so much of my entire family,
10/25/12
(Oops, repeat comment...)
 Emma  10/25/12
 
By the time i am writing this down, it is way early Wednsday morning and probably most of Chapel's faithful are asleep. so i hope this will be a nice wake up surprise for everyone.

So here is my announcement. (cue fanfair music)

Today, October 24 (and far too many years ago), is my Birthday. there will be cake and ice cream later....
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/24/12
Happy Birthday :D
blaidd gwael 10/24/12
That's my dad's birthday too!
Happy birthday!
Ava 10/25/12
Oh! Well happy birthday to him too!
Miss L.S.P 10/25/12
Wow, what a weird coincidence!
 Emma  10/25/12
My good wishes for your father too! ^^
DarkwingLady 11/3/13
Happy! B-day Taxil!!! Hope you have a great day!
Miss L.S.P 10/24/12
(and many more to come) (^^)
Miss L.S.P 10/24/12
I have many of them under my belt, i guess i can pack away a few more.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/24/12
You're going to live a long time Taxil, I just know it!
 Emma  10/25/12
Oh, THAT's your announcement! I thought it was something much different/serious, when your first mentioned it...well, Happy Birthday!!!
 Emma  10/25/12
Oh, this will be almost a week late but happy birthday anyway Taxil!
Clockwork Wombat 10/30/12
Wow, only two days apart from mine (Oct. 22nd)!

Congratulations, mon cher Docteur. Lots of joy and blessing for the whole year for you! ^^
DarkwingLady 11/3/13
 
Love this strip! Can you send more than one entry for the contest?
Coco 10/24/12
Yes, you can! You can send as many as you'd like!
 Emma  10/25/12
 
I would suspect Chapel of going out and buying a hat similar to the one she was trying to make sometime between panels two and three... The miraculous recovery of the hat seems a bit unlikely. :P
Strangelet 10/23/12
I like your nickname
Miss L.S.P 10/23/12
Thank you. ^^ I like yours too. What does L.S.P Stand for?
Strangelet 10/23/12
Lumpy Space Princess from adventure time :)
Miss L.S.P 10/23/12
i wondered about that. thanks for informing us.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/23/12
No prob... She's my favorite character
Miss L.S.P 10/23/12
I suspected that, but I wasn't sure.
blaidd gwael 10/24/12
Ah, you like AT as well?
 Emma  10/25/12
I haven't seen TOO much Adventure Time, but from what I have seen, I love LSP so much!
 Emma  10/25/12
I thought about it too! But LSP told me what it stood for when I met her in person ;)
 Emma  10/25/12
Oooh okay. I like L.S.P. but almost nothing else about Adventure Time. Just not my kinda show.
Clockwork Wombat 10/30/12
I like it as well!
 Emma  10/25/12
I don't think she would do that! She values hard work and honesty, she would never cheat on making a hat.
 Emma  10/25/12
 
You know of Princess Jellyfish? Oh my. I also follow it. it's really a great story heh.
Hurlbut 10/22/12
It is a great story! Who's your favorite character? Mine is Mayaya, just because of all her hilarious one-liners.
 Emma  10/25/12
Tsukimi. I want to see her fully blossom into a princess and whenever she become a better person for it.
Hurlbut 11/4/12
 
Miss Emma and Chapel's faithful. I have a serious announcement to make on Oct 24 (this Wednsday). If all goes well (and if i live to make it), it will be an awesome event! not everyone can do this and too many don't live see the end of it. I'll keep you all informed as I progress at it, other wise, it would ruin the surprise.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/21/12
Um... Okay?
Miss L.S.P 10/21/12
it's ok, it's ok. I'm alright so far. I'm about 5% done, so to pass the time, guess what I am working on. I'll let you know if you are getting close or not.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/22/12
Huh???? I don't get it.
Ellie 10/22/12
I'm with you...
Miss L.S.P 10/22/12
Alright, fine. i wish i could post in here a count down clock to my annoucement this wednsday, but i can't. so i thought i would phrase it as percentage. i guess that didn't work out so well. Sorry if you didn't understand that.

anyway. I still have an annoucement to make this Wedbsday.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/23/12
Okay.. i'm stumped...
Miss L.S.P 10/24/12
This is a very strange thread...
 Emma  10/25/12
Whaa?
 Emma  10/25/12
 
Hi Emma! I was just wandering if you got my submission to your contest yet. I just wanted to make sure so I can actually have a chance at winning.
Ellie 10/21/12
Yep, I got your submissions! They were SO amazing and I can't believe you took all the time to send them via mail! If you saw what I posted on the previous strip, I've extended the deadline to October 30th. So you have TONS of time if you want to do any more!
 Emma  10/21/12
Yeah!!!!
Ellie 10/21/12
Just wondering... Did you get mine too?
Miss L.S.P 10/22/12
Darn it, I keep forgetting to send mine. lol
Emily14 10/23/12
Please send one! You still have time, I would LOVE to get a drawing from you!!
 Emma  10/25/12
I will! I just need to get up the energy to work the scanner.
Emily14 10/25/12
Yes, I got yours!
 Emma  10/25/12
By the way, this might be kind of a silly question, but what information do we need to include with the submission?
Emily14 10/23/12
You only need to include your address, so I can send you a comic!
 Emma  10/25/12
 
Whenever I do craft projects I always imagine them in a different way than they turn out.

Also season three of Downton Abbey is airing in England... I read the spoilers (unusual for me) and I will warn everyone.... SO SAD
Ginny Weasley fan 10/20/12
That's a shame about the craft projects! Ooh, don't tell me what happens...Downton Abbey, always tugging at our heartstrings!
 Emma  10/21/12
 
Hilarious as always :]! I have never tried millinery and I'm not sure how to make 1) a fedora or 2) a fez, which are two hats I LOVE. Fedoras because of Phineas and Ferb, and fezzes 'cause of the best TV show in the universe... Y'know, with the time travel... You can guess which one.
Clockwork Wombat 10/20/12
Don't forget indiana jones.
doodlefox 10/20/12
True!
 Emma  10/20/12
Hey, Perry the Platypus wore a fez once too! Ironically in the Indiana Jones episode...
Emily14 10/20/12
I haven't seen Phineas and Ferb! Still, sounds like this platypus guy has good taste in hats!
 Emma  10/20/12
Definitely. Perry rocks.
Emily14 10/21/12
Hmm, I have some friends that like it...do you recommend it?
 Emma  10/21/12
It's a bit Kiddish but Its very fun and I recommend it
Miss L.S.P 10/21/12
Personally, it's one my favorite shows. My 27-year-old brother and 32-year old sister watch it and love it. It's probably the most random show ever, but that's part of what makes it so funny. Plus, it has somewhat better and more consistent writing than some live-action dramas we've watched, haha.
Emily14 10/21/12
Hmm...maybe I should try it...
 Emma  10/25/12
YES YOU MUST!!! Doctor Who is still my favorite show, but P+F is closely my second. Second and early third seasons are the best part, though.
Clockwork Wombat 10/30/12
Actually, I would say Invader Zim is the most random show ever, consistently. You should totally check it out.
Clockwork Wombat 10/30/12
Ha ha! I think a fez would actually be pretty easy to make. You'd just need to get a hat mold in the shape of a fez and use a similar process as Chapel -- but I'm not an expert, so take that with a grain of salt!
 Emma  10/20/12
 
Awesome!! Chapel has super powers! :P
Miss L.S.P 10/20/12
She's a new Hat Heroine, the latest in superheroes!
 Emma  10/20/12
Ooh... sounds exciting!
Miss L.S.P 10/20/12
Chapel Smith: Hat Heroine
Miss L.S.P 10/22/12
Battle of the ugly hats!
Miss L.S.P 10/22/12
or worse, the hats VS hatless
Dr Taxil Necrobane 10/24/12
Ooh...the evil hatless!
 Emma  10/25/12
That would be so much fun!
Miss L.S.P 10/25/12
Ha ha, that's amazing!
 Emma  10/25/12
 
you should watch flcl
Yarin 10/19/12
errr... Yea, about FLCL. When that one came out, Ginax was being really weird. watch it at your own risk. (i.e. adult content, general WTFness)

i'm not saying it's bad or anything, it's just weird.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/20/12
Well if it's Gainax, that wouldn't surprise me! Still, I'll keep it in mind.
 Emma  10/20/12
I've heard of it, but have not seen it! I have some friends who really like it, though.
 Emma  10/20/12
 
Jellyfish? .....Sweet mother of god. I READ THAT MANGA! Miss Emma, our reading lists are scary closer than we realize.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/19/12
Wow, what a crazy coincidence! Princess Jellyfish is so good -- I love that it centers around a group of self-professed geek girls, as that's sadly a rare thing in a lot of manga.
 Emma  10/20/12
yea, i don't normally read Shojo/Josei manga, but it won serious awards, and so i picked it up. That and it has a Trap (not trying to spoil it by giving names or hints if you don't know what a trap is) in it that the Trap worked it so well, the Trap fooled nearly everyone in the manga for quite awhile.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 10/21/12
Yes...but we won't spoil ;)
 Emma  10/25/12
 
Ahahaa, this, this is precious. I know exactly how this feels, because in my elementary years I was doing a craft for school [a bad one] and had to let the glue sit. I woke up the next morning to find it looked just like it was supposed to.

I still owe my mother for that one.
Riv 10/19/12
Ah, what a sweet anecdote! That's absolutely lovely -- what a nice thing of your mom to do! Did it encourage you to try again?
 Emma  10/20/12
 
If only everything were so simple...
Elm 10/19/12
Yes, life would be SO much easier that way...
 Emma  10/20/12
 
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