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 6: Just fight amongst yourselves…

This week in Epic Fail: Despite Dirk’s efforts fighting has broken out between Clodin and Amuletts. The King isn’t happy and hints at dire consequences.

Creator’s Commentary: So, we have our first fight scene, and it’s infighting.  I’m not sure how well this scene flows, especially with Dirk and the Golem (known as Andy Roid), but hopefully it makes sense.

Amuletts is my namesake.  I use it a lot online.  I decided I wanted a nickname like Trillian (Patricia McMillan) from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  So I joined Amy Letts together by bastardising the U.  Of course, using variants and anagrams of your own name is a long-standing tradition in rpgs, originating from the great Gygax himself (Zagyg being the most obvious example).