"Brother and Sister"
Erstwhile is a collaborative comic project from Strawberry Comics
publishing. The comic focuses on classic 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 The Brothers Grimm
thus far, and are faithful to the versions published by them.Strawberry Comic
members Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy, and Elle Skinner are the current collaborators. Several stories are available online here
Provides Examples Of:
- Adorkable: The king of "Brother and Sister," especially here.
- Arranged Marriage: The prince in "Maid Maleen."
- Art Shift: The opening of "Maid Maleen" is told with pictures she drew herself.
- Bag of Holding: A nutshell, to be specific.
- Baleful Polymorph: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle."
- Bride and Switch: Maid Maleen.
- Celestial Deadline: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle" is set free for only a night.
- Crush Blush: In "Brother and Sister" and "Snow White And Rose Red"
- Cue the Sun: Maid Maleen's description of her happy ending.
- Curse: in Brother and Sister
- Curse Escape Clause: The husband of the woman in "A Tale With A Riddle" can save her from being a flower by picking her.
- Damsel in Distress: The wife in "A Tale With A Riddle."
- Damsel out of Distress: Maid Maleen gets herself out of the tower.
- Dances and Balls: In "All Fur."
- Deliberately Monochrome:
- The night scene in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" is done in blues.
- "The Old Man and his Grandson" is done in beiges.
- Depraved Dwarf: A mythical one serves as the villain in "Snow White and Rose Red".
- Dirty Coward: The Dwarf from "Snow White and Rose Red".
- Disproportionate Retribution: The bride in "Maid Maleen" rejects this as causing future problems.
- Double In-Law Marriage: 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.
- Downer Ending: "The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage."
- Engagement Challenge: Gender Flipped in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
- Exact Words: How the farmer's clever daughter won out in the end.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: In the kitchen.
- Falling in Love Montage: Or rather, not getting over because it was true love, not only an infaution, despite the speed montage, in "Brother and Sister."
- Femme Fatalons: The Bride in "Maid Maleen".
- First Kiss
- First Name Basis: The king tells the farmer's clever daughter his name when she calls him "sire" just before the wedding.
- Framing Device: "A Tale With a Riddle" is told to her daughter.
- Ghibli Hills: Rose Red and Snow White are perfectly safe sleeping in the woods overnight.
- Girl in the Tower: Maid Maleen.
- Good Parents: The mother in "The Little Shroud."
- Grand Theft Me: The stepsister in "Brother and Sister"
- Green-Eyed Monster: The stepmother and stepsister in "Brother and Sister"
- Guile Hero: The eponymous character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
- Honor Before Reason: 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.
- How Do You Like Them Apples?: The king in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."
- Identical Daughter: This sets off the plot of "All Fur." When she turns out to be as beautiful as her deceased mother, her father goes mad and insists on marrying her as replacement.
- Impossible Task: 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.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In "The Little Shroud."
- It Was a Gift: The prince gives Maid Maleen a necklace.
- Kill 'em All: "The Death of the Little Hen"
- Last Request: The queen in "All-Fur."
- The Lost Woods
- Love at First Sight: The king and Sister in "Brother and Sister"
- Make Up Is Evil: The bride in "Maid Maleen" tries to hide herself with this.
- Man in White: Little boy in white in "The Little Shroud."
- The Marvelous Deer: A deer is one of Rose Red and Snow White's protectors in the forest.
- Megane: The king in "Brother And Sister". Which helps keep him nonthreatening when he meets Sister.
- The Mourning After: The first king engages in this for a long time "All-Furs."
- Murder the Hypotenuse: The bride's last attempt in "Maid Maleen."
- Nameless Narrative: Averted, as several characters who were nameless in the original stories are named here.
- Needle in a Stack of Needles: In "A Tale With A Riddle," the husband must choose one flower among three.
- Nice to the Waiter: The bride in "Maid Maleen" exemplifies the "not" type.
- Nursery Rhyme: At the end of "Maid Maleen."
- Odd-Shaped Panel: Circles in "Maid Maleen."
- Off with His Head!: In "Maid Maleen."
- Once More with Clarity: "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" opens with the daughter Slipping a Mickey to the king and covering him in a sheet. We find out why toward the end.
- One Head Taller: Inverted in "The Singing, Springing Lark". Svetla is a good five or six inches taller than her husband Marcus.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass: The bride betrays herself by ignorance of the ceremony in "Maid Maleen."
- Our Angels Are Different: In "Snow White And Rose Red"
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In "The Little Shroud" and "Brother and Sister"
- Parental Abandonment: All-Fur describes her plight as this.
- Parental Incest: Threatened in "All-Fur."
- Parental Marriage Veto: Maid Maleen.
- The Promise: All-Furs's mother extracts one while dying.
- Rags to Royalty: The farmer's clever daughter, Maid Maleen, All-Fur.
- Rapunzel Hair: Svetla from "The Singing, Springing Lark"
- Red Right Hand: The stepsister in "Brother and Sister" can't get her eye back.
- Rule of Seven: How many years Maid Maleen was to be locked up.
- Sacred Hospitality: Rose Red and Snow White's mother insists on it.
- Scullery Maid: Where else will you work? The prince in "Iron Hans" even got a job there at first.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Here.
- Slipping a Mickey: The farmer's clever daughter to the king.
- The Southpaw: Snow White
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Marcus from "The Singing, Springing Lark"
- Sweat Drop: You'd sweat too, if your bride talked about your true love on your wedding day.
- Tender Tears: The boy, in "The Little Shroud."
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Jane in "Brother and Sister"
- They Do: Maid Maleen and the prince.
- Through His Stomach: The second king is much taken with All Fur's soup.
- Time Passes Montage: Between the marriage in "Brother and Sister" and the baby's birth.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The bride in "Maid Maleen."
- Walking the Earth: Svetla does this searching for Marcus in "The Singing, Springing Lark"
- Wicked Witch: The stepmother in "Brother and Sister"
- Woman in White: The dead queen in "Brother and Sister"
- You Have Waited Long Enough: The prince's father to the prince in "Maid Maleen."
- Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: In "Brother and Sister", the brother insists on going out and letting the king hunt him as a deer.