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[[caption-width-right:160:"Brother and Sister"]]

Erstwhile is a collaborative comic project from Creator/StrawberryComics publishing. The comic focuses on classic [[FairyTale fairy tales]] that may be less well known in modern times, or no longer in their original version in modern tellings. These are all derived from Creator/TheBrothersGrimm thus far, and are faithful to the versions published by them.

[[Creator/StrawberryComics Strawberry Comic]] members Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy, and Elle Skinner are the current collaborators. Several stories are available online [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/ here]].

!!Stories Include:
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/allfur-00/#.T0k4kPGDsy4 All Fur]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/bms-00/ The Bird, The Mouse, and the Sausage]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-00/ Brother and Sister]]
* Choosing a Bride
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/drknowitall-01/ Doctor Know-It-All]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/fcd-00/ The Farmer's Clever Daughter]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/ironhans-00/ Iron Hans]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/king-thrushbeard-00/ King Thrushbeard]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/littleshroud-00/ The Little Shroud]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-00/ Maid Maleen]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/oldman-00/ The Old Man and his Grandson]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/the-singing-springing-lark-00/#.Ui8qnMXD_4g The Singing, Springing Lark]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/snow-white-and-rose-red-00/ Snow White and Rose Red]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/a-tale-with-a-riddle/ A Tale with a Riddle]]
* The Wolf and the Man
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/the-worn-out-dancing-shoes-00/ The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes]]
* [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/the-twelve-huntsmen-00/ The Twelve Huntsmen]]

!!Provides Examples Of:

* {{Adorkable}}: The king of "Brother and Sister," especially [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-19/#.UHggxlHZ3dI here]].
* ArrangedMarriage: The prince in "Maid Maleen."
* ArtShift: The opening of "Maid Maleen" is told with pictures she drew herself.
* BagOfHolding: A nutshell, to be specific.
* BalefulPolymorph: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle."
* BigBeautifulWoman: Poppy in "The Twelve Huntsmen".
* BreakTheHaughty: The princess of King Thrushbeard. Her father becomes so annoyed at her constant complaining and mocking of her suitors that he marries her off to a beggar.
* BrideAndSwitch: Maid Maleen.
* CelestialDeadline: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle" is set free for only a night.
* ChildMarriageVeto: The princess of "King Thrushbeard" -- and boy, does she use it
* ContrivedCoincidence: "Doctor Know-it-All" runs on this
* CrushBlush: In "Brother and Sister" and "Snow White And Rose Red"
* CueTheSun: Maid Maleen's description of her happy ending.
* {{Curse}}: in ''Brother and Sister''
* CurseEscapeClause: The husband of the woman in "A Tale With A Riddle" can save her from being a flower by picking her.
* DamselInDistress: The wife in "A Tale With A Riddle."
* DamselOutOfDistress: Maid Maleen gets herself out of the tower.
* DancesAndBalls: In "All Fur."
* DeliberatelyMonochrome:
** The night scene in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" is done in blues.
** "The Old Man and his Grandson" is done in beiges.
* DepravedDwarf: A mythical one serves as the villain in "Snow White and Rose Red".
* DirtyCoward: The Dwarf from "Snow White and Rose Red".
* DisproportionateRetribution: The bride in "Maid Maleen" [[PragmaticVillainy rejects this as causing future problems]].
* DoubleInLawMarriage: The bear suggests this to Rose Red as a solution to her dilemma of wanting to get married someday, but not wanting to have something she couldn't share with her sister.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: "The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage."]]
* EngagementChallenge: GenderFlipped in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
* ExactWords: How the farmer's clever daughter won out in the end.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: In the kitchen.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Or rather, not getting over because it was true love, not only an infaution, despite the speed montage, in "Brother and Sister."
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Expected of the princess in ''King Thrushbeard''.
* FemmeFatalons: The Bride in "Maid Maleen".
* FirstKiss
* FirstNameBasis: The king tells the farmer's clever daughter his name when she calls him "sire" just before the wedding.
* FramingDevice: "A Tale With a Riddle" is told to her daughter.
* GhibliHills: Rose Red and Snow White are perfectly safe sleeping in the woods overnight.
* GirlInTheTower: Maid Maleen.
* GoodParents: The mother in "The Little Shroud."
* GrandTheftMe: The stepsister in "Brother and Sister"
* GreenEyedMonster: The stepmother and stepsister in "Brother and Sister"
* GuileHero: The eponymous character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
* HonorBeforeReason: In "The Farmer's Clever Daughter," the farmer unearths a gold mortar while tilling the land the king gave him. He plans on giving it to the king as a token of gratitude, but his daughter warns him not to do so until after they find the pestle to go along with it. The farmer ignores her advice, causing the king to believe the farmer is keeping the pestle for himself and has him thrown into the dungeon until he agrees to produce the pestle.
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: The king in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]]: This sets off the plot of "All Fur." When she turns out to be as beautiful as her [[MissingMom deceased mother]], her father goes mad and insists on marrying her as replacement.
* IdenticalStranger: The first stage of [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal princess Poppy's plan]] is to gather eleven girls with similar faces and body types to her. This is done without any difficulty whatsoever.
* ImpossibleTask: Paradox version.
-->'''King:''' Come to me, not dressed, not naked, not on a horse, not by carriage, not on the road, not off the road, and if you do, I'll marry you.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: In "The Little Shroud."
* ItWasAGift: The prince gives Maid Maleen a necklace.
* KillEmAll: "The Death of the Little Hen"
* LastRequest: The queen in "All-Fur."
* TheLostWoods: In "Brother and Sister", they actually live quite nicely there
* LoveAtFirstNote: Added to "King Thrushbeard"
* LoveAtFirstSight: The king and Sister in "Brother and Sister"
* MakeUpIsEvil: The bride in "Maid Maleen" tries to hide herself with this.
* ManInWhite: Little boy in white in "The Little Shroud."
* TheMarvelousDeer: A deer is one of Rose Red and Snow White's protectors in the forest.
* [[{{Meganekko}} Megane]]: The king in "Brother And Sister". Which helps keep him nonthreatening when he meets Sister.
* TheMourningAfter: The first king engages in this for a long time "All-Furs."
* MurderTheHypotenuse: The bride's last attempt in "Maid Maleen."
* NamelessNarrative: Averted, as several characters who were nameless in the original stories are named here.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: In "A Tale With A Riddle," the husband must choose one flower among three.
* NiceToTheWaiter: The bride in "Maid Maleen" exemplifies the "not" type.
* NurseryRhyme: At the end of "Maid Maleen."
* OddShapedPanel: Circles in "Maid Maleen."
* OffWithHisHead: In "Maid Maleen."
* OnceMoreWithClarity: "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" opens with the daughter SlippingAMickey to the king and covering him in a sheet. We find out why toward the end.
* OneHeadTaller: Inverted in "The Singing, Springing Lark". Svetla is a good five or six inches taller than her husband Marcus.
* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: The bride betrays herself by ignorance of the ceremony in "Maid Maleen."
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In "Snow White And Rose Red"
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In "The Little Shroud" and "Brother and Sister"
* ParentalAbandonment: All-Fur describes her plight as this.
* ParentalIncest: Threatened in "All-Fur."
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Maid Maleen.
* ThePromise: All-Furs's mother extracts one while dying.
* RagsToRoyalty: The farmer's clever daughter, Maid Maleen, All-Fur.
* RapunzelHair: Svetla from "The Singing, Springing Lark"
* RedRightHand: The stepsister in "Brother and Sister" can't get her eye back.
* RoyalBrat: The Princess in "King Thrushbeard"
* RuleOfSeven: How many years Maid Maleen was to be locked up.
* SacredHospitality: Rose Red and Snow White's mother insists on it.
* SculleryMaid: Where else will you work? The prince in "Iron Hans" even got a job there at first.
* SheCleansUpNicely: [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/allfur-09/#.T0k26PGDsy4 Here.]]
* SlippingAMickey: The farmer's clever daughter to the king.
** Also how the princesses give the suitors the slip in "The Worn-out Dancing Shoes".
* TheSouthpaw: Snow White
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Marcus from "The Singing, Springing Lark"
* SweatDrop: You'd sweat too, if your bride talked about your true love on your wedding day.
* SweetPollyOliver: Poppy and her crew dress up as huntsmen to see her ex-fiance.
* TenderTears: The boy, in "The Little Shroud."
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Jane in "Brother and Sister"
* TheyDo: Maid Maleen and the prince.
* ThroughHisStomach: The second king is much taken with All Fur's soup.
* TimePassesMontage: Between the marriage in "Brother and Sister" and the baby's birth.
* UngratefulBastard: The bride in "Maid Maleen."
* WalkingTheEarth: Svetla does this searching for Marcus in "The Singing, Springing Lark"
* WickedWitch: The stepmother in "Brother and Sister"
* WomanInWhite: The dead queen in "Brother and Sister"
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: The prince's father to the prince in "Maid Maleen."
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: In "Brother and Sister", the brother insists on going out and letting the king hunt him as a deer.

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