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Malaak IVp35 by Majnouna Malaak IVp35 by Majnouna
FINALLY!! If this doesn't get me some comments on this page I don't know what will! I've been waiting to drop this bombshell for a couple of volumes! :psychotic:

Didn't see this coming, did you? :evillaugh:

What makes me awfully pleased with myself is that, as far as Arabic speakers are concerned, this connection was hidden in plain sight from the start, but it was very sneaky of me. Amer (عامر) is a common name, understood to mean "one who has built, established", but it also means "one who resides", and as such is an actual word designating a resident jinn, i.e a jinn who lives with people...
(But if you google it you have to spell it "Amir", because I altered the spelling on purpose. Ha.)

Also, you're seeing right, Barko's hair and eyes did darken after the "incident". People might have noticed the resemblance if they'd always been black like Amer's...

And with that, only 7 pages to go :plotting:

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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Holy crapola.

Good semantic trick on Amer though. Who'd a thunk? Mind you, there are good jinns after all.

... have you read "Mischief in Fez"? (and sorry if I've asked this before)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
I haven't read it :)
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:iconaseariel:
aseariel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:O :wow:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Exactly! :lol:
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, I had no idea. : )
I reread all the book from the beginning to understand, what just happen! :lol:
Cool. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great, good idea :D
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Indeed it's pretty awesome! :D
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:iconiamnie:
iamnie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dun dun DUUUUUUUUUUUUN

an epic comment that must be repeated :B

Can't wait for more!!! :la:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Indeed! And more is on the way :evillaugh:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I saw this coming and called it a long time ago :D Never, ever trust characters with red speech bubbles.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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:iconflareandicicle:
FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :heart:
Though.... I'm confused... I thought the jinn were evil beings? Or am I mixing things up now?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lots of questions have yet to be answered! :D
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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Sk8inglioness Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I KNEW IT!!!!

Woohoo! Can't wait to see how this all pans out. So this "Her" they speak of... that is some killer foresight if they're talking about Malaak already. XD
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really? :giggle:

I have no idea :innocent whistle:
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:iconfreed-wings:
Freed-Wings Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Awesome!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconeli-hinze:
Eli-Hinze Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
:o
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Sahoin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job :D I love picking names with meaning :3
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Same here!
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:iconuneide:
Uneide Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I said it on email but AUGH!!!!!!!!!
AMAZING page though, you floored me. Now to plan that fanart.... <3
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the shock :hug: Can't wait to see what you do though!
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ohTHATaaronbrown Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Heeheee! I knew the red astral projection was chosen specifically for Amer for a reason! Have to admit you really did surprise me, though, with the connection to Barkshamash :) That was definitely well managed.

Can't wait to see how you wrap this one up by the end of the issue. Well done, J!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah, but there may be more than one reason why I do certain things ;) Good prescience though!
Thanks, I'm glad I managed to shock you all :D
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Palin11 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
AHHHHHH!!! Run Malaak! RUN!
Unless... he's really a good guy... but so far the only thing we have going for him is a good first impression on Malaak's part... but she tends to be a little naive. So. RUN!

On the artistic side wow! Darken the hair and eyes, a little shading on the cheek and suddenly our innocent, wide-eyed Barkshamesh (who you can't help but love) looks... sly/wise, a little creepy and intimidating...

Look, I know you have a life and all but don't leave us on this cliffhanger for too long. K?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
:giggle: Love the reaction! I must admit I'm proud of my little sleight-of-hand, because they had to basically be the same character with different complexions without anyone noticing! The very different general attitude and face expressions helped a lot.

No worries, I have put the turbo on :D
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Sk8inglioness Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
^ THIS.

And yes, he looks like he is about to astrally undress you and take you for all you're worth on the Dream Plane. Especially in that last panel. XD Also, I love the font change in the speech bubble for Amer. Nice touch. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh my god the guy whom Amer is based on would kill to see this comment :XD:
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:iconsk8inglioness:
Sk8inglioness Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
DO IT. Haha. ;)

So how amusing is it to watch the people your characters are based on react to our comments? XD
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Kezhound Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ZOMG. Have to go back and look for these clues!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Have fuuu-uun!
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EsenEcho Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
o-oh whats ganna happen next!!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
:ohnoes:
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
dun dun DUUUUUUUUUUUUN
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
INDEED.
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