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Eric: Does one pronounce it like "Ae-REE" or "rhymes with 'hair.'" I'm never sure.

QueenWands20040901.jpg(From Queen of Wands. Click on the thumbnail for full sized hospitalization!)

Mmmm... now there's the Aeire-created goodness I've been wanting. A sweet moment, some Funny, some implied asskicking, and the potential for sweet sweet resolution. You have no idea how sick I get of webcomics where there is no resolution, especially in areas like this one. Yes, yes. I know. A.J. and Miranda have the hots for each other. It says so right here. But no, we're not going to resolve it. We're User Friendly! We don't have to resolve things! It just hangs there, like an open HTML tag, and we beat our heads into the fucking wall...

Oh. Queen of Wands. Right. Heh.

I mentioned this before, but I'll mention it again. This strip takes four panels and makes elaborate conversations readable and uncrowded. The art works well. It's just plain good. And there will soon be resolution. Aeire gets a biscuit.

That's right. A tasty, tasty biscuit.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at September 1, 2004 4:44 PM


Comment from: cartoonlad posted at September 1, 2004 9:19 PM

From the Keenspot panel at this year's SDCC, she pronounces it "eye-rhee".

I could go into a little screed about silly pen names and professionalism, but I'll keep my comments to this: When I saw that some of the panelists were only identified by internet nicknames, my initial reaction was "These people obviously aren't proud of their work if, even in a setting where they're not hidden behind the anonymity of the web, they still hide behind what amounts to a chatroom handle."

So imagine my surprise when the panelists only known by silly-sounding nicknames were the most professional presenters.

But still, there's that first impression that got in the way.

(... says the man who uses the login name of 'cartoonlad'.)

Comment from: Robotech_Master posted at September 1, 2004 11:02 PM

I think it's more likely the fact that, if they went by their real names, nobody would know who they were. :)

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at September 2, 2004 8:49 AM

You're also making an assumption that Aeire isn't her actual name. I think it at least moderately possible it is.

I don't mind the internet nickname subculture. I've been online since back in the BITnet Relay days, when USENET's hierarchy could conceivably be entirely read by a single person. Going by one's nick in the digital world (or in associated real life events) seems more a personal choice to me than anything weird.

Besides, from all reports (I've never actually met or even electronically talked to her, so I have to go from others' information) Aeire is an attractive, cheerful, intelligent woman. The likelihood that she might end up stalked by someone who believes he knows her better than he does is somewhat higher than the likelihood they'll stalk a moderately average geek-male named "Eric." So I can definitely understand her choice not to put any more personal information than necessary online.

Comment from: Aeire posted at September 4, 2004 4:27 AM

This site was pointed out to me - er, Aeire is actually what I use as my name, it's what I've gone by for the past three years now, as I mentioned at the ComicCon panel. From what I recall, the fact that it's been common use for me for so long means that it *is* my name according to the state of California - I just haven't gone through the courts to have it changed on my birth certificate and driver's license yet. As such, I don't really think it's 'silly' at all.

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