Comic 268 - Meeting the Team 2.0
20th Nov 2017, 12:00 AM in The Magpie Heritage
Meeting the Team 2.0
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Usually, I try to avoid outright tracing stuff, but the iconic shape of the Citroën 2CV is kinda hard to get right purely by drawing by eye...

And Pierre-Renard looking a bit like a Palette Swap version of Tarik was originally just coincidence - but that doesn't stop me from turning this into a larger gag now! :-D

Oh, and bonus points if you know what all this new names a referring to! ;-)

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Also, I have a small announcement to make: From today on, there will unfortunately be only two pages per week!
User comments:
steveha edit delete reply
steveha
I see part of your secret, I think. But I can't figure out all the names. May I have partial bonus points?

Maybe Guillaume has a father or uncle named "Robert"...

And perhaps there will be a woman named Vanessa Sousmers, whose friends call her by the short name "Van" or the nickname "Vignt" (rhymes with "Van" in French).

P.S. Of course Tarik's thoughts are an example of the Lampshade Hanging trope.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Your first guess is right - I rather unimaginatively named the man from Normandy after the most famous Norman in history. :-D

Regarding: Vanessa (Van or Vignt) Sousmers: I have to admit that I am completely at a loss regarding what you are referring to here! I tried to google it, but with no clear result.
(In other words: Whatever you mean, it is - probably - not what I am alluding to with any of the names.)
steveha edit delete reply
steveha
I thought that "Leconquérant" was a reference to the Jules Verne novel, Robur le Conquérant

And I felt that "Robert" is closer to "Robur" than "Guillaume".

So I was trying to associate the other names with Jules Verne novel titles, and failing. "Vanessa (Vignt) Sousmers" was my attempt to make another name that is very similar to a famous Jules Verne novel title. Given this clue, I'm sure you will get it. If my failed joke is opaque even with this clue, I will finish explaining. (Any joke that must be explained is a failure; I'll try to do better next time...)

P.S. Now that I know my original assumption was in error, I think I actually get the joke with Guillaume. "steveha" is short for my full name, "Steve Hastings", so I ought to get that! But sadly, the meanings of the other names still escape me.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
William the Conqueror's dad was indeed named Robert, so it's quite astonishing how you got to that name for Guillaume's father via the wrong assumptions! 0o0

That being said, your Jules Verne-themed explanation would certainly make a lot of sense too! (Damn, why didn't I actually think of that for the other names!? A missed opportunity...) And now I also get your Van Sousmers pun! (I based a whole chapter upon that story after all!)

OK, a short explanation of the other names: Becquerel and Lavoisier. And Malchance is, as far as I can tell, the closest French translation to Peter's surname "Pech", which can mean "bad luck" in German.
steveha edit delete reply
steveha
Is it simply that they are named after famous French people? I don't understand why calling her "Isa" extends the joke.

P.S. I should have added a middle name to my suggestion: "Millicent" or "Millie". Then we should have had "Van Millie Sousmers". But I can't figure out a way to work "leagues" into the name... it would belabor the joke too much!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yes, simply the names of famous Frenchmen. I am sorry if I made it seem as if the hidden references are more mysterious than they actually are...
(Now that I think of it, using names of famous people seems to be by # 1 trick in general for getting interesting surnames...)

Also, it's just that since Isabelle is the French counterpart of Mirabell, her name gets abbreviated by her friends in the same way too.

Another fun fact: I was close to name Moustafa, Peter's conunterpart, "Pierre" instead (French form of "Peter"), but then remembered that someone named Pierre-Renard was already in this story. To bad, I would have liked to have two people who are outright called Pierre and Isa in this team! (Yes, that would have been a very obscure reference...)
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Hahahahaha

I love the team, and Tarik not quite getting it. :)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
One of them even wears a goatee while his counterpart does not! If Tarik doesn't get that hint, I can't help him either! :-D
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Through a mirror Frenchly...

re: announcement

I hope all is well.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Now I wonder how the American mirror versions would be...

And don't worry, it's just that for at least the next six months, I will have far less free time than before, so this is more like a precaution for preventing my strip buffer from running dry all too soon.
(The good news is on the other hand that the stuff I will be busy with might even end up improving my artistic skills - so there will be less pages/week, but maybe with faster art development!)
Cooke edit delete reply
Cooke
No wonder Babette felt right at home with the Cryptid Crew. The similarities are uncanny!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
And Babette is the only one with no counterpart... She is the mirror axis! 0.o
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
mwahahaha love the "similarities"
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thanks! it was a fun idea to draw! :-D
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
2CV! Tracing it was a good idea, it looks just right. A couple near where I grew up were big fans of them, so I've seen tons of them. I miss the escargot paint pattern sometimes, but that pattern is rather more sensible and still nice.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Escargot? So the car was painted in the pattern of a snail house??
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
Basically yes. :D It came from the English nickname for them: Tin snail. (I didn't remember that when I posted.)