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Malaak II p24 by Majnouna Malaak II p24 by Majnouna
I know, that was fast! Tarek (the "actor" here) is going to kill me, he's been waiting for his mug to show up for months, and... hehehe. Although if your screen is good, you can JUST make out the features.
The light worked out really well here, I'm happy with it. It's funny how just a few background elements can create the feel of a location. I use that a lot to save time :)
If the "symbol" doesn't betray my calligraphic influence, I don't know what does.
'Ahwet el'Zez is a place in Beirut. If you don't know it, I won't say more, you'll know soon enough ;)
Also for those who know what "efrit" and "shyateen" mean, you'll have noticed my unconventional spelling of them – it's both to reflect Lebanese pronunciation of both words, and to step away from conventional lore on the subject (both classic [the Qur'an] and modern [blasted RPGs]).

Ohnoes! Someone busted her!

More about the story here: [link]
Official website: [link]
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Mikit-Yorinao Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
I'm sorry, I know it is completely unrelated, I just see: triforce. I had to get that out of the way, even if a million other people had the same thought, or if they didn't.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
It seems a lot of people did and it's regrettable because in our culture this recalls more readily a typographic character -- so I will likely modify this to make it closer to the latter and further from Zelda (which I never played myself, so...)
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Mikit-Yorinao Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
I would not make the connection if it weren't for having married a gamer who collect the games. It's an unfortunate coincidence.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, what were the odds :lmao:
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:iconmikit-yorinao:
Mikit-Yorinao Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Haha, I don't know. ^^
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redchinese Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Student General Artist
ITS A STALKER!! :fear:
this is good stuff
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
:plotting:
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skeevy Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
:suspense!:

I look forward to learning more about that arabic symbol - really, from the exposure you and your comic have given me to the arabic language has really sparked my interest in it in general, and I'm a brave sort, I may just try and learn some. It's not a terribly useful language to know in my particular area of USA (most immigrants are from Russia, Ukraine or Japan) but it strikes me as a really beautiful thing. Do you think it would be hard for me to learn?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sorry for taking so long to reply! The trouble with Arabic is that like Chinese it's in reality a family of languages, so there's the problem of which one to learn. If you learn Modern Standard Arabic, you won't be able to use it to converse, because it's only used for writing, speeches and news bulletins. If you pick a local language, it'll be harder to find a teacher and not everyone in the region will be able to understand you. But at least if you pick Lebanese, you'll sound hip ;)
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philho Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Since I want to keep the luminosity of my screen at descent levels for working (I don't watch videos with it!), I just copied the full view image, pasted in an image viewer and pushed the gamma correction...
Then I can indeed see the features of this mysterious man (but the night scene becomes an evening scene...).

The story becomes more and more mysterious! :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Aha, very good ;)
Yes indeed...
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Student General Artist
Cool! :)
I am intrigued. (as always)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Good to hear ;)
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Student General Artist
:)
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stachelbeere Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
looks like my screen is not good enough - that means i need a new one ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Nah, I think the jpg actually ate the subtle contrast!
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:iconstachelbeere:
stachelbeere Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
okay I am relieved :P
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luciferlive Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional Artist
very cool, i cant wait for the next...i know i know, i gotta wait like everyone else...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Afraid so!
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
*can't read the calligraphy*

i love that ring tho.

and now i can't wait for the next one!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
You're not expected to ;)
Coloring... hehe
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:iconyoboseiyo:
yoboseiyo Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
ahahahahahaaaa, i didn't think i was....
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:iconlealta:
Lealta Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
*tries desperately to see features on face*


*fails*

Must. read. next. page.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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themightyhun Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
aah! vat does it all mean!? so mysterious...

hehe. nice panel. the lighting is super awesome.

i'm excited to see what happens next. =]
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Intrigue, intrigue :D
Thanks!
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pretty-mimi Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
tres tres bon :) jadore
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Super :D
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The little I can make out from the guy looks soooo cool! Mystery men always have that effect, don't they :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
It seems so, for some reason :lol:
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhuh :D
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abasss Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Uuh mistery man....:ohnoes:
I love the first frame, the expression is great, but in the last panel that we see Malaak's face, her nose is bigger than usual =)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'll fix that :)
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funkaloza Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
YAAAY

And now i want more again.
:|

;P
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
=P
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:iconrufious:
rufious Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Et on ne sait toujours rien :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Eh non.
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Hmm...maybe her fear gave her away?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
How?
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Well, I noticed she seemed to be in a state of hyper-alertness in this panel and the one before--my guess would be even more so than the people around her (considering that it was remarked on in her taiji class as unusual), and that could've suggested to those with reconnaissance training that she had something to hide. I figured this individual either followed her himself or had somebody else tail her.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
On the contrary, she's been called "distracted", and you're assuming she's being tailed by a specialized group or something, and why would they tail her in the first place? But even if that were so, how would having something to hide connect her to the Guardian? That's fetching it way too far :)
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
I guess I thought if somebody followed her to where they saw something "incriminating"--so the jinn don't have spies?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Why would anybody follow a first-year history student around?
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
If she's been going into places where she wouldn't be expected, then who knows...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Like where? o_O The streets of Beirut?
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MsJ777 Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Having to wait for each page to come out--it's TORTURE!! ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sowwy ;)
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
must take you a while to do each page yes?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Lol, isn't it obvious?
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yep
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