WOW! Nice intro post, Chup'! I'll try to answer as much of it as I can and yes, indeed, I do read these. I reply when I have time, but I read [almost] everything.
Again, I apologize if this is the wrong thread to place this topic; it didn't really seem to fit in the "Characters" thread (since I'm speaking of no one specific character), nor in the "Storylines" thread since I'm not talking about a specific strip/overall story.
I believe this is an appropriate place to put your post.
Well, after several days of on and off reading, I'm finally caught up with all the storylines.
I've got to say that I feel kind of sad reaching the 'end'
, after enjoying being able to read through several years worth of storylines one page after the other, to now wait a WHOLE DAY for another page is hard
Since there is so much to go through for me, I think I'll just hit the highlights of each year that stood out (to me anyway).
First of is how I learned of this comic; I am a member of another forum and there we discuss, among other things, the game Dungeons and Dragons, and artwork related to that game. A long while back someone pointed out this comic; I took a short look at it but for whatever reason didn't go back.
Only recently did I take another look, and I was hooked!
Yay! Thank you!
What got me first was that it was obviously a DnD related comic, since on the first strip we saw a frickin' Beholder, playing peeping tom to a cute goblin girl!?! (hold on now, goblins are supposed to be neither cute nor sexy!!
Interestingly, I didn't realize Beholders originated with D&D until recently. Shows how much I know. But yes, D&D has been the greatest (but definitely not the only) influence on my own experience of the fantasy genre.
I will also admit to being a shallow enough bastard to also be attracted to the webcomic by the nudity sprinkled through it (at least the first year or so)
I have noticed that the nudity has dropped off a lot in the past couple of years, and the fact that I am still reading shows the strength of ths storylines.
I do wonder, though; did you, Mr. Morris (on the off chance that you are reading this ^_^) feel the need to move away from liberal use of nudity so as not to be known as a 'porn' comic, like Oglaf is known?
No, not deliberately. Actually, about the nudity, (and anyone who's heard any of my podcast interviews probably already well knows this already), I started doing YAFGC partially as a reaction to having been in the animation industry and drawing preschooler-young teenagers oriented fare for over 18 years. I wanted -- nay, NEEDED -- an outlet for my more adult-oriented humour. Unsure how far to take it, I looked upon Reinder Dijkhuis' Rogues of Clwyd-Rhanhttp://www.rocr.net/
as inspiration. I didnt' want to make PORN, I wanted to make something that wasn't gong to shy away from adult situations. I wasn't sure about how far I would take it, and Rogues
had a certain semi-innocent unashamed, matter-of-factness about nudity that I admired. So that's the route I took.
If you look at the first YEAR (the strips that made it into the first book, as it turns out), you'll see how I was exploring characters, humour, style, etc. It starts off far more "cartoony" than it would later become (with Mrs.Bloodhand jogging in a designer tracksuit for example). In the second year's worth of strips (most of which is in Book 2!) you'll see where I'd mostly settled on the story style, but was exploring the 'adultness' of it. Not before or since has it become quite as risque as "Turg's Saga" and all the bits with Clover in Arachne's dungeon.
The reason the nudity has toned down is simply that the nudity isn't required for the kinds of stories I want to tell. If, on the other hand, I decide I'm going to do a story about the Harpys or the kinky side of the Drow, expect there to be lots of bare breasts (I discovered that I won't draw genitals, but boobs and bums ,male or female, are fair game).
Oddly I also draw the line at foul language. I don't like making my characters swear and I don't know why.
I will say that in the discussion group I am a part of, a member who is a 'true' artist (pencil/paper/ink, not a 'poser' like myself *ahem*
), has mentioned how he likes the big expressive ears you place on the goblins, and has even been inspired to try his take on halflings as well after viewing your work.
REALLY??? COOL! Inspiring others to draw and explore new things in their style is one of my favorite reactions! Please let him know that I'd love to see his stuff sometime!
It has also inspired me to do my own 'art' as well, and I eventually plan on doing images of Gren, Arachne and Clover (what DnD nerd can resist Hot Drow Chicks?
), and yes, even Wolf [I'm secure enough to do images of a male... so, how about them bears? ^_^].
Please share when you have!
Now, on to the storylines, beginning with "Year One":
First off, a comic that focuses on the 'bad guys' that the heroes normally knock off, take their treasure, then move on is very interesting. The setting kind of reminds me of the old DnD adventure "Keep on the Borderlands" (the very first module I played, by the way).
Heheh, mine too.
A Goblin falling in love with a Beholder!?!
Well, that's new
It could happen!
The Chimera was funny (and yes, you asked a question all of us gamers have had about that particular critter [I also like that the Goat is the brains of the trio]).
For varying definitions of "brains".
Also makes sense that Bob would have a 'wandering eye' (Ouch! ^_^).
Ahhh, Arachne... what's a dungeon setting with hot (seeming lesbian) drow, huh? ^_^
I think the Drow invented the word "Dungeon".
You know, I've always wonderred how could a certain male drow ranger who's name sounds like a sneeze could grow up in a society as totally evil as the Drow, and treats men so poorly, without being killed off early in his life (but then, I was one of the few people I know who never got into Drizzt's story).
Yeah, Wolf is my answer to the Drizzt' travesty.
Oh, man. You know, there is just SO MUCH to talk about in the first year alone that I'll just do that in a seperate post (and try to make it brief), lets leave this one as my first 'introductory' post to this forum.
Keep up the great work!! Eagerly looking forward to future strips.
Sounds good! I'll be watching for your follow-up posts! Thanks for reading and sharing your reactions and welcome to the forum!!
-Rich Morris (The Beholder King)