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Enchantée!’ — “Eerie Cuties”

One of the more fun web comics I follow is “Eerie Cuties” about a trio of sexy supernatural teenaged girlfriends and their equally supernatural friends. (Ace, below, is actually a werewolf.) All the tropes of typical cartoon teenagers combined with all the tropes of typical cartoon supernatural events. I this case, its dating.

But what do you do when you’re dressing for a date and one of the other ‘cuties’ is making moves on your guy? Especially since apparently this is not the first time (or the second, or the third … ) that this has happened?

ec20130114a Why, you get spellcasting Mother to do something about it.

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Apparently this is not the first time this has happened, given the almost casual way she casts her spell, and most likely with the same person.

The Witching Time” by Fayrene Preston

Something strange was going on in Hilary, Virginia — Noah Braxton felt it the moment he arrived when a golden-haired, blue-eyed witch cast a spell and stole his heart! RhiannonYork beguiled the slightly staid but definitely sexy New York lawyer with her bewitching eyes and her scent of exotic spices and wild flowers. Her touch of fire melted Noah’s hard edges and made him long to lose control in her arms, but was the sensual web she wove only a tantalizing illusion that would disappear with the dawn? Trailed by a black cat whose blue eyes shared Rhiannon’s hypnotic power, Noah tried to uncover the mysterious secret that had brought him to the small town, but he kept coming back to the lady whose lips tasted of moonlight. He’d shattered her peace, but Rhiannon feared he would never belong. Could the fiery enchantress teach Noah the joy of believing in dreams come true?

Except that the only enchantment here is just the age-old magic between a studly guy and a drop-dead sexy lady that only happens in romance novels, the only hypnotic power just the one that a beautiful woman can have over a man out of his element and feeling off-balanced in a strange situation. Rhiannon isn’t even a practicing witch, even though she looks the part, down to having a pet owl she named Merlin and that mysteriously-appearing black cat that is probably the only magical creature in the entire story.

Still, this novel has a place in the collection exactly because it doesn’t have those magical or hypnotic elements, rather, because of how is makes use of those elements in the advertising ‘flavor’ text on the back of the book to help sell it and to help set that image in the reader’s mind. Sure, this is a stereotype, and a pretty strong one at that, but just because it is a stereotype doesn’t mean I should ignore it.

Beguiler of Wills’ — Magic: the Gathering


Just as it seems every comedy or drama (television, movies, radio, etc.) eventually adds some form of mind control as a comedic or dramatic element, every game system or supplement will also eventually add some kind of hypnotic or mind control mechanic or function to the rule systems.

The latest expansion set from Magic: the Gathering, Innistrad (or Dark Ascension, both seem interchangeable on the website), is a dark world with vampires, werewolves and dark magicians.

Innistrad is a plane of menace and dread where every creature hides a darker aspect. Here, hedonistic vampires stalk the shadows to quench their thirst, and the full moon can transform a simple villager into a savage werewolf. Best to huddle inside, Planeswalker, lest the horrors of this world rend you limb from limb.

Said horrors should include the obvious application of vampire mind control, however, at least in the card released above, a different hypnotic paradigm is used, that of the beguiling enchantress. It appears to be the only such card in this release: Magic: the Gathering has a host of other cards with hypnotic themes or effects, but this particular one is especially notable for the sensual imagery included with the general theme.

Dungeons & Dragons” — The Hypnotic Side

When Dave Arneson showed Gary Gygax the new game he and his friends were playing, it probably didn’t occurr to either that they were on the brink of creating not only a new game but an entirely new type of game, resulting in a revolutionary new gaming industry.

Dave Arneson took the traditional miniature game, where miniatures represented groups of individuals and started using them to represent individuals. He also added the elements of character classes and experience levels, allowing for character specialization and growith. This was a revolution, in that players could project themselves into the character, developing them over time and play. Since both he and Gary Gygax were avid minature ship game players, he shjowed Gary his game and together they created Dungeons & Dragons.

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This Week in Comics — 2011/06/08

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #8

Batman and Aquaman team up on a Quest to recover the fabled Amulet of Arion to break the curse that has bound the ghostly former priate Captain Fear to wander the Earth until he has earned redemption. Aquaman knows where the Amulet is located, but the dangers involved getting there have prevented anyone from doing so in the past. Those (seemingly rather tame) dangers include monster fish, a whirlpool and a trio of enchanting sirens, all of whom are quickly overcome. But Batman and Aquaman were followed by Black Manta, whose sudden attack allows him to seize the Amulet and attempt to direct its power against them. Only by the intervention of Captain Fear are they rescued, at the cost of destroying the Amulet and losing a chance to break his curse. However, his self-sacrifice was the final element of his redemption.

Commentary: Its always good to see references to old DC characters, including Arion (who had his own comic “Arion of Atlantis” drawn by Jan Duursema back in the early 1980’s) and Captain Fear.


Not directly related here but definitely worth mentioning: this fall, DC Comics is planning a major reboot of their entire line this fall. Called DC New Universe, the announced changes go well beyond any of the previous continuity revisions and changes.

One of the comics will be “Justice League Dark” and will involve (center right) John Constantine, (upper left) Deadman, (above, what appears to a malevolent appearing) Enchantress, (below) Madame Xanadu, (upper right) Shade the Changing Man and (center left: note the barely visible fishnet armlets) Zatanna. I have always been a fan of Madame Xanadu ever since her own comic, and, of course, Zatanna, so I am sort of looking forward to this, although I still have my doubts about the whole concept of a complete universe reboot.

Note: Many years ago, I commissioned Phil Foglio to draw a cartoon of Destiny ripping pages out of his Book corresponding to all of the subsequent continuity changes to the DC universe: whole pages entitled “Crises”, “Earth Two”, “Invasion” and “Zero Hour” went flying. Now it looks like he’ll be needing an entirely new Book.

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