Up to the Old Tricks up His Sleeve – Chapter 7, Act 4, Strip 93

So here’s the final part of the Patalliro! parody (or is it a hommage?), as already threatened.

If you’re a long-time reader, you know I have a hard time controlling myself with this sort of thing. I’m sorry. ^_^; In my defense, I think there are two things that speak in favor of this particular strip: Firstly, it buries the issue with the Quad-Force of Power, which was, of course, a red herring to begin with. It seemed to have some high relevance to the plot upon its introduction, but was then never seen or heard of again, as a good red herring should.

And secondly…well, I think the gag in this strip very much fits the style of humour in the original source material, something I only very rarely achieve with my parodies (or are the hommages?). So I’m almost a little bit proud of this strip, I dunno.

Anyway, the good boy-king of the never-even-named fantasy kingdom seems to be firmly back on top of things, or at least back to his typical shenanigans, which is close enough as to make no difference. Further hammering home the point that evil has fallen, and happy times are here again. And that the Quad-force of Power has been recovered can’t hurt – it will bring great bounty to the fair lands, or at least to the king during his next poker night.

More on Thursday.

4 Replies to “Up to the Old Tricks up His Sleeve – Chapter 7, Act 4, Strip 93”

  1. It just wouldn’t be the B-Movie Comic without a terrifying hint of five hundred more pages only to be immediately subverted, now would it?

  2. From what I understand, a homage is serious while a parody is humorous or satirical. Therefore you can’t technically parody a comedy unless you’re going at it from the satirical angle; it’d all be homages.

    That said I think these scenes would be homages because they’re extremely minor side-stories being tacked onto a B-movie plot (as is the nature of most B-movie side stories) rather than a lampooning of the Patalliro! series as a whole.

    1. Yeah, that makes sense. It would probably be extremely hard to do a satire in the stricter sense of the word for something like Patalliro!, due to the over-the-top, absurdist humour in the source material. Even leaving aside that the manga’s extremely long publication history would make it difficult to even get enough of an overview of that source material to start satirizing.

      Still, for me these strips were a fun diversion to do. =)

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