Pg 61: Family Values

This week in Epic Fail: Clodin Learns that Amuletts has sold Andy Roid.

Creator’s Commentary: Busy scene this one. I thought it would be a real pain drawing Amuletts’ Gryphon, the horses and everything but it was really fun! (As a child I was obsessed with horses and drew almost nothing else so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised it comes back easily).

I know it may seem kind of weird that I included Andy in the story at all given he was going to disappear so quickly, but there were a few reasons why. 1) I try not to stray too far from the events that happened in gaming reality; 2) He helps highlight Amuletts’ mercenary nature; 3) If I ever go back and cover the adventure before this one I want the continuity to be straight (it’s not totally beyond the realms of possibility that I would. It was a good adventure); 4) Other characters will come and go too. Might as well start as I mean to go on.

Pg 43: A Little Look

This week in Epic Fail: Whilst Dirk and Amuletts are arguing, Bleef takes a closer look at Andy Roid.

Creator’s Commentary: I drew this one first then scripted it. It was pretty plain the script wasn’t going to come on its own so I had to try something! Then I spent a lot of the time simply grappling with the problem of fitting characters of very different heights into the same panel.

I got most of Andy Roid’s dialogue from ALICE the artificial intellegence. I go and chat with it just for the LOLZ sometimes. Oh and I spent about 2 hours searching for the ‘Add Electric City’ font I use for Andy to give him his nice mechanical voice. I’m sure no one would have noticed if I’d used a different one, but, basically, I had a bee in my bonnet about it.

Incidentally I was given a brush pen and this is the first comic I have used it on – do you think it makes a difference?

Pg 39: Entirely New

This week in Epic Fail: Amuletts and Bleef discuss Andy Roid’s rarity and uniqueness.

Creator’s Commentary: Drawn on holiday with no references, so it’s probably a good thing I know what my characters look like and didn’t have to do anything drastically new this scene. I though the expressions on the previous page were a little bland, and when you’re doing talking heads bland is baaaad, so I tried to make them a little more animated on this one. Also I remembered Amuletts is wearing make-up.

I’ve got to confess to a certain despondency after the termination of my Comics Collective, it has been there for me since I started, and now it isn’t. More about that in a blog entry later, I already moaned about it on twitter.

Oo I should probably mention there are new vote incentives up every day for the next fortnight:

Pg 35: Who me? I’m just a Gnome.

This Week in Epic Fail: Dirk takes a breather after escaping Amuletts’ innuendos and encounters a Gnome who appears to be very interested in Andy Roid.

Creator’s Commentary: For everyone who is wondering “Eh, what’s this, haven’t we already had page 35?” the answer is yes. Unfortunately I missed some stuff out, so I’m adding it in. The original Page 35 has been temporarily removed from the archive, but you can still read it here.  Apologies for any confusion caused.

The Gnome is equipped with a chair-cane: a walking stick that folds out to become a tripod-based stool and is very useful if you need a portable seat. I have a fondness for dual-purpose canes such as the sword-cane, the golf-cane and the drinking-cane (talk about the elderly having street-cred)!

Hmm, there’s not really a pay-off on this page, unless you count the nod towards my favorite-movie-of-all-time, Labyrinth. Does every page need a pay-off?

Pg 33: Just Hop Along

This week in Epic Fail: Amuletts is shopping with Dirk (who’s a bit bored) and is aghast to discover her minion, Andy Roid, is so overloaded with shopping that he cannot carry her latest acquisition!  Or can he?

Creator’s Commentary: I had dialogue scripted for this, but decided it wasn’t necessary, the visuals say everything.  Well, enough to tell my very silly joke.

At this point I cannot resist quoting Red Dwarf:

Rimmer: I never agreed with my parents’ religion, but I wouldn’t dream of knocking it.
Lister: What were they?
Rimmer: Seventh Day Advent Hop-ists. They believed that every Sunday should be spent hopping. They would hop to church, hop through the service, then hop back home again. I tell you, Sunday lunchtimes were a nightmare – we all had to wear sou’westers and asbestos underpants. You see, they took the Bible literally – Adam and Eve, the snake and the apple, took it word for word. Unfortunately, their version had a misprint. It was all based on 1 Corinthians 13: “Faith, Hop and Charity, and the greatest of these is Hop.”

Anyone think Andy might be a closet Hop-ist?