Comic 329 - Many Famous Guests
2nd Jul 2018, 12:00 AM in Parabellum
Many Famous Guests
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
No historical fiction would be complete without at least a few cameos of real life persons from that time period...

- William Randolph Hearst (1863 - 1951)
I guess someone who is in the newspaper business would be the most likely to react skeptical when someone comes with wild claims like Camilla here, even though (or perhaps precisely because) he significantly shaped what is today known as "yellow press".

- Fred Trump (1905 - 1999)
Some real estate developer. He also has a famous son, I think.

- Howard Hughes (1905 - 1976)
This legendary businessman's hypochondria increased to an infamous degree later in his life. It seems that Camilla triggered something here...

- Seamus O'Donnel (the host of this party) is completely fictional. And he seems to have a grudge against Camilla. We'll learn a bit more about him later.

- The pictures on Seamus' wall are American Progress by John Gast (which, for something that gets mostly covered up by a speech bubble, I spent way too much time recreating...) and Lunch atop a Skyscraper, of which the authorship seems uncertain.

- Also, it seems that I used the motive of a woman of color tricking a bunch of upper class white men into treating her like a VIP once before already...
User comments:
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Nice whiskey!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Imported from Ireland, just like the man Seamus O'Donnel himself! (We'll learn a bit about his backstory very soon!)

Unfortunatelly, I am not a master coming up with fake whiskey brands and labels like certain other people, and furthermore, by the time I came to draw them, I already had spent way too much time on those damn pictures on the wall.
So I just named them after stuff from Irish mythology and called it a day.
(Some of the letters of the Tír na nÓg Whiskey following the curvature of the label's round edge is the most "elaborate" special design choice I did here...)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Can confirm, Scots is the funniest possible accent for this persona to have. With the exception maybe of nothern German.
Microraptor edit delete reply
That was a good choice then! :-D
The stark (and thus comedic) contrast between the accent and the kind of role Camilla is playing here is exactly what I was aiming for!
Taily edit delete reply
me literally every day in 2018 America AM I R I G H T
Microraptor edit delete reply
E X A C T L Y ! ! !

(Another little detail: Since Daddy Trump does look nothing like his son, I took the artistic liberty to draw him in the latter's "iconic" outfit at least: A dark blue suit jacket combined with a huge red tie.)
AmeliaP edit delete reply
Fred Trump... we all blame you for our next nuclear apocalypse.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Well, it wouldn't be directly his fault, except perhaps he could have raised his son a bit better... ;-)