We’re taking two weeks for Max-the-Artist to rough out the next episode’s artwork, but Marissa’s too popular to leave home alone!

Since our scarlet-haired science geek loves comics (especially webcomics) and delights in dressing up, for this first week we asked Alli Perry to envision her as a character attending one of the elegant social soirées from Out Of My Element. Just so she could wear one of Alli’s stunning beaded gowns. This is a custom design by Alli herself, which if I had to describe it, would go something like this:


 

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Ms. Catalina is gracing our pages in Victorian-Steampunk-Elemental style this week. Marissa looks resplendent in a gown of viridescent jewel-tone brocade, sporting taffeta accents, sensuous silk roses in jaunty jade, and enhanced with sumptuous velvet in a rich emerald hue to match Marissa’s eyes. Off-the-shoulder of course, to expose just a hint of décolletage. Because yum.

 

You know, when we first introduced Marissa, the idea of making her a comics fan with a penchant for cosplay was just a bit of character development tossed in as embellishment. We didn’t realize at the time how fun or frankly handy it would be, especially when it came to guest art. Guest artists don’t have to adapt to our style — Marissa’s more than willing to adapt to theirs!

And OOME’s such a delightful webcomic. It’s created by Jim and Alli Perry, a husband-and-wife team, with Jim as the writer and Abbi as the artist. It’s an neo-steampunk/Victorian society drama and revolutionary adventure taking place in a world where some people have elemental abilities. I might even describe it as a “Neo-Steampunk Downton Abbey enhanced with elemental superpowers.” It starts out in black-and-white and then blazes into dazzling color as soon as (Warning: Slight Spoiler!)

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the lead character Jillian (a prim and proper young blonde debutante from a respectable upper-class Cog family) discovers that she is an Elemental herself. There’s also a certain amount of conflict between haves and have-nots, and hints of a conspiracy that Jillian is only just discovering. Oh, and in the true spirit of webcomics about prim and proper young society ladies, Jillian seems to accidentally end up in her skivvies fairly often.

Oh, you’ve clicked over already? Fine.

I have to say I love Alli’s art style, which always makes me think she could consider a sideline doing custom Tarot cards. Strong, tapering brush lines and vibrant colors. And of course fabulous clothing for the women. No wonder Marissa couldn’t resist!

— Bob out