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dlmx-13



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!! Excellent work so far!! I am a big fan of wordless comics and wordless sequences in comics so this really appeals to me - great character design and pacing as well. Would you be interested in doing a link exchange?
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must say that this is the first comic here I liked so much that I read all pages and am still eager to know how the story continues.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I first thought it would be another manga (and I don't like mangas), but it turned out to be rather intriguing in it's wordless style.
Just checking if I get it right.

1. There is a small city with a rather cruel inition ritual. The young men get a costume as fishmen (?) at a certain age, and they must go out to kill a real one to be accepted as full man in society. If they are successful, they get a tatto on their forehead consisting of three stripes, representing the horns of a fishman.
2. There are two brothers. The older one is very successful, but his killing of fishmen has become a bloody obsession. His small brothers tries to approach the bulky fishman at the bridge, but fails.
3. Although the fishman had lost his parents to the ritual, he feels pity for the little guy and just hurls him away instead of killing him.
4. There is a strange hybrid between a human and a pterosaurus. His spouse (a full petrosaurus) gets killed by a hunter who's crazy for trophies. The petrosaurus/human nicks a part of the unlucky little brothers suit as sacrifice for his dead spouse.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually suspected a troll because of the bridge in the beginning, but then thought it would be some exotic creature from another mythology, but it makes sense. Let's see if I get the rest right.

1. There is the old and not very successful fisherman who was lonely and created a snowwoman. Although rather playful, it was quiet serious to him, and he was really outraged when the flying serpent devoured it. But in fact it left an iceblock behind, that contained a baby, his later daughter, who nursed the pterosaurus/human and the young guy (after accidently shooting him) back to health.
2. Then there is the tiny fellow with the duck-like creature, I think a kind of monk on a mythicyl journey. The troll is in a state of shock after seeing them, because he has a phobia of ducks, connecting them with the murder of his parents.
3. For further disturbance is the young shabby guy, who also fell in love with the girl and plans to murde rhis unsuspecting rival. I assume he will have a comeback after loosing his hand to the trophy-hunter.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will stick to reading only better then. But just after writing this, I suddenly saw that there is alrady a descricption of characters I haven't even seen before. I think they are much more a spoiler, even if helpful in explaining. But I think you can get the story without the explanation.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main fascination for this comic and the reason I read all of it was getting the clues together and trying to figure out what was going on. The way the characters get together works quite well, tying the personal stories in one by one. If I had read the character descriptions before the comic (luckily I just saw them after finishing and writing my interpretations) I might have been less interested. For example the Troll and his fear of ducks. First it is very puzzling why such a big guy should be afraid of ducks, but it makes sense if you follow the storyline. If I had read before that his weakness are ducks, I might just have said: "Ha ha, very quirky." The same for the story with thepterosaurus. Without reading the descriptions, I suspected first a kind of monster/demon that was out to devour the poor little fellow, but his rather sad story turns out that he is a rather decent fellow after all, while the hunter develops more monstrous; the same for the big brother who turns out to be the real bad guy, while the troll gets the sympathy. If I had read about the spouse, etc. before, it would be less interesting.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think just leaving the names and maybe the chapter of first appearance is good enough, the comic speaks of itself.
As for the maincharacter, you could even think of another name, because "The troll costume" even gives away a hint to early. I first wondered why this guy wore such a ridiculous outfit and wondered if he was a kind of fool (I thought about Simplicissimus from Grimmelshausen) who got seperated from his court, or something like the fairytale of the princess in the donkeyskin (I forgot the english title of that). Then I realized the similarity to the troll but I really got it as late as he had entered the city.
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dpat57
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was an entertaining read. I didn't mean to read it all, it just kept going on and on. Smile Nicely done artwork and characterization.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iaviv wrote:
@dpat57 - Thanks! It doesn't take long to read wordless comics, so the experience may seem lacking sometimes... but I can't help making them nontheless.

No worries, there was plenty to study and enjoy, I didn't zoom through it and ignore stuff just 'cause there wasn't spoken dialogue, the reading experience didn't feel lacking at all.
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As for fan-art, you might contribute to this thread if you like:
http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=19270
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ANSIS



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep up the good work.

I'm enjoying this series.

Ever thought of some color?
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Uncle Greedy



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it works much better in black and white.
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citronrobotlord



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting a server 404 D:
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citronrobotlord



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem was def. solved

these are fantastic. you have a new fan.
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citronrobotlord



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just dealt with comics-press irreparably damaging my blog, and I didn't have a back up. I think this is akin to a bad server change over. I could be wrong. lol.

All in all i believe I understand how you feel.
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