Drew the first version of this strip more than a year before. The punchline was the same, but it was just a bunch of talking heads. This time around I had a little help on the layouts from “Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work!!” (Google it.) Needless to say, this one is far more interesting.
And Shine Heave Now presents: An Alucard-Integra conversation entirely in Shakespeare quotes!
(Also, an experiment with drawing in pen.)
Alucard: Lord, what fools these mortals be!
Why are your bodies soft and weak and small, unapt to toil and trouble in this world?
Integra: Ungrateful, savage, and inhuman creature!
Alucard: Come, come, you wasp; in faith, you are too angry.
Integra: If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
Alucard (thinking): There is no following her in this fierce vein.
Alucard: I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again.
Integra: My tablets! Quick, my tablets! ‘Tis meet that I put it down that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain!
Alucard: That’s not how the line in Hamlet goes.
Integra: Isn’t it?
Alucard: No…that’s the way Jonathan Harker misquoted it in his diary in Dracula.
Integra: That explains why I remember it that way. I reread Dracula so often.
Alucard: My mistress with a monster is in love?
See how like a maid she blushes here!
Integra: Never did mockers waste more idle breath.
I charge thee, hence, and do not haunt me thus.