Comic 787 - On Shoulders of Giants
15th Jul 2022, 12:00 AM in Underground
On Shoulders of Giants
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
I thought some abbreviated backstory exposition for both Ethel and Karin is in order, for those readers who may be wondering: "Who are these people!?"

As for the long versions:

Ariane Eldar meeting Ethel Meyerlink and their subsequent escape from Oblivion's Gate are chronicled in the Theater of the Bloody Tongue stories All Along the Bifröst Highway and... well, Escape from Oblivion's Gate.
And in the followup story, My Girl Is A Cryptid, we meet her again after she already opened her Egg-Imbiss in Gernsbeck.

The Karen Schibel clone now known as Karin however first appeared here, at that point still just some visual gag in the Kaza's Mate Gwenna story Crash Landing.
I then fleshed her out a bit more in the 2022 round of 30 Days of Characters, the relevant entries being the ones here, here, here, here and here.
User comments:
Stever edit delete reply
Stever
Thanks for the explanation :D
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Creating crossover fiction is immense fun, but once in a while you also have to give readers who may not know every piece of the puzzle a chance to catch up. :-)
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Ha ha ha I guess that the title of the page isn’t referring to the characters, but to the other plotlines this one stems from
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
He, yeah, I guess you could interpret that in this meta way...

But this also happens to be one of my favorite metaphors, since it's applicable to art, science, technology... culture and civilization in general, really. Every new accomplishment builds upon what came before.

Also, Ariane is not literally a giant - to the contrary in fact...
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pffft, about time that my good-good influence on everybody is recognized!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Don't expect Ethel saying anything like that to your face though! ;-D
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pffft, Ethel says different things to me, sure-sure.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, let Ethel enjoy that little victory! ;-)