Monday, December 5, 2011

Picture puzzle

Sorry, guys, not a lot to say today. I’m neck-deep in page layouts and the like for the collected edition of Masks, and I’m in what I think is the exact middle of writing a short story, “The Missing,” to be included in that volume. So in lieu of something genuinely interesting, and because I just wrote a scene with these characters in it, here’s Nicole’s illustration for Chapter 27. 

Yes, I’ve already posted this image on Facebook, but I want to point something out right now and establish that it’s not a mistake on Nicole’s part.

See that horse? That’s the Masked Rider’s horse, obviously. And that’s the Masked Rider behind him. The Rider just rode up on that horse and then dismounted. There’s also some fire in the shot, but they didn’t do that. 

Notice anything missing from this picture? Something to do with the horse, perhaps? Give it a moment; you’ll see it. You don’t even need to know much about horses to figure it out. I’ll wait.

Trippy, huh? I just want to say that Nicole didn’t make a mistake. I told her to leave that out. You may consider this a spoiler about the true nature of the Masked Rider. And his horse. 

I look forward to seeing your theories in the comments …


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  3. You realize that it's so black, it's hard to actually see anything?

  4. It's supposed to be. But you can still quite easily see what's missing. Look at the horse's head.

  5. The bridle? Or am I over thinking it?

    (this is Roseaponi from Livejournal - openid is glitchy)

  6. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! You're dead on, Roseaponi--if the Masked Rider just rode up on his horse, that horse should be saddled AND bridled. This horse has no bridle, no reins ... and while it's possible to steer a well-trained horse with your knees, that's not what's going on here. Well spotted!