Comic 200 - Cryptida Noir (The 200th strip!)
3rd May 2017, 12:00 AM in The Road to Atlantis
Cryptida Noir (The 200th strip!)
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
BTW, Alfred Emmerich happens to be a cousin of Alois Emmerich...

Also, you can see in the 5. panel from below that Spiffee Burger apparently has its branches outside of Autumn Bay too...

After drawing a Sherlock Holmes pastiche as the 100th strip, I thought that I'd try my hands on another detective-subgenre for the 200th. Though this time with the difference that this strip is indeed part of the ongoing chapter! (How exactly, you'll see in the following strips.)

This here also was mainly the reason for the guest weeks - I wanted the 200th strip to fall into exactly the right spot within the story! This also means though that I didn't draw each of the 200th strips myself, so thanks again to all guest artists for enabling this!
User comments:
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Poor PI, he tries... xD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
He was successful in finding the coin, wasn't he? ;-) (Too bad nobody will pay him for his efforts, though...)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
I just realized it fades from black and white to color. I'm a little slow today.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I couldn't decide if I should do this in black and white or in color, so I did both! ;-D
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Okay, I love pretty much everything about this page, from the noir narration to the final reveal. Bravo!

(And no, I am not simply saying this because of Spiffee Burger.)

(Also, if you haven't read it, I might suggest {i}The Three Impostors[/i] by Arthur Machen. For some reason this reminds me of that a little.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you very much! :-)

And no, I haven't heard about The Three Impostors yet, but, from what I can glean from the Wikipedia page, it sounds indeed intriguing. (Reading suggestion noted!)
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
Gahahaha I was not expecting that! love the twist.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you! (Unexpected twists are the best twists! ;-) )
Cooke edit delete reply
Cooke
This was a great page with a nice payoff at the end. The subtle change from grayscale to colour was a great idea. Some of the lines made me chuckle. Sharks, lasers, and stuff!

And yes, the mysterious coin with the serpent eating its own tail... The Worm Ouroborous!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you very much! :-D

And yes, the symbol on the coin will later in the comic indeed be referred to as the Ouroboros Sea Serpent... ;-)
Man_and_Crow edit delete reply
Man_and_Crow
Congrats on your 200th comic.

I sensed an Austin Powers vibes with the sharks and lasers being mentioned in the same panel.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you!

And yes, I see how one could get reminded of Austin Powers in that panel... ;-D
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
I love this noir tone ^^
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thank you! :-D

Considering your comic, I was curious what you would say to my own attempt at noir!