I’d like to offer my congratulations to Jenny ‘JJ’ Shippen of Muse Academy fame, who recently announced through her vote incentive that she’s pregnant. Shippen has been suffering from morning sickness for four months (which according to what I’ve heard, strongly suggests she’s pregnant with a boy; while Shippen has heard otherwise from people, she agrees with my assessment and will be getting an ultrasound to determine her child’s gender in another month).
Muse Academy, Shippen’s comic about an academy that teaches supernatural muses and the young human girl who was invited into its hallowed halls, continues to amuse with a prank by Charlie and Brigit against the Sorority Girls of Aphrodite House actually paying off with the successful pinkification of the angel Mina’s hair. I must admit that my own thoughts were darker than Shippen’s concerning the “side effects” that result from mixing magical dyes with magical shampoos; while I was envisioning Medusa-like hair attempting to devour people who anger the angel, Shippen was actually working to eliminate potential plot holes, such as Mina just using magic to turn her hair blonde again. The ironic thing is I suspect Mina isn’t nearly as bad as both Brigit and Yani (who heads Aphrodite House) made her out to be.
Okay, maybe I’m just a sucker for a cute blonde girl with wings, but there’s something about Mina that feels more innocent than Brigit at least has played her out to be. Considering that Charlie herself targeted Mina because she saw the girl talking to a guy she developed a crush on… well, if I’m right about my suspicions, Charlie’s going to be feeling a right awful ass about what she did. Shippen’s skills as a storyteller has improved, with the use of body language and dialog to hint at character aspects without simply beating people over the head with plot. Subtlety is always a welcome addition to webcomics, and I look forward to seeing this story develop.