Comic 682 - The Cigarette Afterwards
13th Oct 2021, 12:00 AM in Emily and the City
The Cigarette Afterwards
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Microraptor edit delete
Mercy Black could have been a spokesperson for tobacco ads - like Fred Flintstone back in the day!
(Just in case you didn't realize that yet: The cigarette craving "Emily" back here was actually Mercy!)
And even Ritchie seems downright... happy.
User comments:
whiteshaix edit delete reply
Hey, accidentally most of the "friends" they brought share the same bad habit XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
The curious thing:
Each of the characters in the first panel is from a different creator - and each of these characters canonically smokes! (And I didn't choose them just because of that!)
The only (major) Cryptida character who smokes is Sören, who has a pipe.
lirvilas edit delete reply

Sören is correct. When you've smoked way way way too many cigars, pipes are downright refreshing: less stinky fingers, much cheaper, much more distinguished

kids, don't start smoking
Microraptor edit delete reply
Also, Sören has the image of being a stereotypical cranky old sailor to uphold!

BTW, note that I said he is the only major character who smokes.
There's also Sören's (Normandy) French doppelgänger, for example.
Also, whenever someone in Cryptida is smoking a thick cigar, they're usually bad news...
Jeremy7 edit delete reply
So that's why she didn't shoot her in the back
Microraptor edit delete reply
I told ProfEtheric beforehand about the plot point of Mercy & co. magically disguising themselves as Emily and Lora, and asked him if that would be possible by his comic's magic rules. (Because, after all, it's his character and his setting.)
And he said yes, but it would be a bit draining for Mercy.
Hence no magic overkill (or... magic kill *bada-dish*) at the end.
Stilldown edit delete reply
Strange that two of my main characters (Ariane was busy that day) are kind of chain smokers, while I don't even smoke myself.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Kinda reminds me of how I like writing squabbling siblings (e.g. Dexter & Sinistra, Camilla & Yalala, and soon Kanny & Sini), even though I'm an only child...
Stilldown edit delete reply
If I consider the things that my characters are doing all the time (mostly Ariane,) I always feel like a very prude, overcareful, conversative and painfully conventional person.
Microraptor edit delete reply
There are quite certainly a lot of authors who let their characters do some wild stuff they (the authors) would never even consider doing in real life...

BTW, could it be that this is happening on the same day as Naomi's wedding?
That would neatly explain Ariane's absence. (Perhaps Ritchie decided that the Caribbean's tropical climate is way too hot for his taste, so he spends the time 'til Ariane's return with this little side adventure...)
Stilldown edit delete reply
Perfectly possible, as you might probably think of a witch first for such a mission instead of a rat... but maybe Mercy looked for Ariane and just found Ritchie instead.