Comic 223 - Write On!

11th Mar 2020, 12:00 AM
Write On!
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LegendaryLycanthrope 11th Mar 2020, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
store petition? and what novels are these?
PeterVonBrown 11th Mar 2020, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Refer to pages 37, 130, 136, 140. :)
Indagare 11th Mar 2020, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
I'm curious on two things, one of which may be answered next month:

1) What causes some 'wolves to have hair and others not?

2) Do 'wolves have lips? I'm going with they probably do since they're a hybrid of human and lupine, but it'd be hard to play certain instruments without lips.
PeterVonBrown 11th Mar 2020, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
There's no particular reason for the hair or not, other than character design. One just has to assume it happens sometimes.

My sweetheart's a musician who can play many instruments, and never questioned it. And the WCM has been in the plans since the start of the comic some 5 or so years ago now. There'd been a werewolf chamber music group drawn before the idea of making it a comic, in fact. But they've been redrawn and the arrangement is different here [in upcoming pages]. Suspension of disbelief, perhaps? Either way, we can assume that being a hybrid allows them to do things, yes.
Indagare 11th Mar 2020, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
1) Okay. I had asked something similar earlier and you pointed out males with hair (including Basil), but it seems to happen more often with females, and I wasn't sure if there were more to it than simply design.

2) Well, our lips and mouth structures allow us to do quite a lot of interesting things. So while suspension of disbelief does work, it's hard (for me) not to want to peek under the hood.

3) Why don't the chairs have tail holes? They don't seem to be very furgonomically designed for a 'wolf's comfort.

Actually, now that I think about it, how do artistic endeavors count towards doing thing? I mean every 'wolf gets assigned rotational schedules, but artists, writers, and musicians tend to work a bit differently than just shelving items or tidying up. Are those considered official jobs or something else?

Also are there are museums in Wolverton somewhere?
LegendaryLycanthrope 11th Mar 2020, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
i'm not sure why werewolves would ever want to use musical instruments anyway - they already have nature's perfect instrument

i would demonstrate, but i don't want to start a howl
Indagare 11th Mar 2020, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
In theory they also should have some of their own instruments that act on their ability to howl too, though the howling would be more choir than band. All the same, unlike regular wolves they'd probably want to harmonize unless facing a threat.
LegendaryLycanthrope 11th Mar 2020, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
so, another question...why do some wolves have human eyes with pupils and others have pupil-less demon eyes?
PeterVonBrown 11th Mar 2020, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Females having hair more often than the males simply comes down to the cartoon trope. Minnie Mouse, for instance, is just Mickey Mouse with eyelashes in drag. Here the hair's just a differentiating factor. I don't put eyelashes on all the gals, though, as that just seems unnecessary, repetitive and sexist.

Regarding their lips (or not) to play musical instruments and why they would be playing musical instruments at all - it comes down to it being cute and funny (both fun and comedic). That's how this began - me being silly with werewolves. I'd been a Smurfs fan long before there had ever been a cartoon series, and had many in my collection. So I drew werewolves doing different things/occupations like the Smurf figurines and musicians just seemed "natural" to add to my collection.

You'll find most of the chairs in Wolverton do have holes for their tails. Their couches and the pavilion seats obviously don't however. These types of seats just didn't seem like they'd work with missing sections. Their tails protrude from the coccyx area, so it's not as if the tails get squashed directly and uncomfortably against the seat itself. It's just MORE comfortable to be able to slip the tail in through a hole in the seat, so most of the chairs do have one.

Artists of any type do so on their own time, working in rotation as any 'wolf. It's certainly possible that they can negotiate to have more time to work on their artistic endeavors and work "less frequently". Such a thing would be like anything else in town - put to a vote. But otherwise they're like most artists - struggling to create amid the rest of their responsibilities in life.

In the case of Loup Garou, though, they have special permission to be away from Wolverton as the human band. Why? Because of the Man Money service they provide. When they are in town, however, they are not exempt from the rotational occupation either.

A howling chorus is adorable and cool, and with permission I'd love to incorporate it into the comic at some point (which will take a while).

Look on page 194 and you'll see a museum of sorts. And yes, this place will come into play in the comic. As with all of it, be patient. :) As of right now, nothing has come up in the storylines to create a need for a museum proper as you might be thinking of - but I never ruled it out, either. For it would definitely seem like there's a museum for/from Riqurélio's history. So the answer would be yes, at least one museum (other than what appears on 194).

The answer to the eyes is also simply "changing it up" for design purposes. Let's face it, without such differences the 'wolves are in danger of appearing too much the same. It also hearkens back to the origins of the comic. While the majority of the werewolves I'd draw would have the larger eyes with the "brow lines" and pupils, I did sometimes make them just dots like Talbot, and Talbot himself [always named that] always had them that way. So other than design factors, it's just the same as why do some people seem to have larger eyes than others - it just happens.
Indagare 11th Mar 2020, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
As I mentioned before, sometimes I just get curious! There may not be an official answer other than "just because"--which is also okay--but if I don't ask, I'll never know.

I figured with the chairs, but I wasn't sure and it seemed odd they didn't. I can't vouch for the structural integrity of those types of chairs with a hole in them, though it probably would depend on materials used. Most chairs I've sat in without an official seat backing seem to hold up well enough.

Bleh. I was rather hoping Wolverton would be less like the rest of the world in that regard. Not that I don't think the town chores are important but, being a writer, I always have the dream of being able to live off it some day. I wouldn't stop doing chores around my house, but it would be nice to have greater amounts of time I could dedicate to what I love. Wolverton seemed like a good place for someone who has talents to prosper since it's not really focused on money like the outside world and, honestly, I'd have expected works of art to be better for bartering. Jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, almost anything sold at a typical Medieval Fest really. And, of course, comics, books, movies and other entertainment.

I've always considered artistic endeavors to be the soul of humanity. It's the one thing we do that other creatures do not and it has been with us ever since the first cave paintings, if not older.

Permission granted! I'll look forward to when it comes up. Right now I'm getting a picture in my head of a werewolf barbershop quartet. :-P Obviously I'm not expecting you to use that, but so you know I do appreciate the sillier side of things.

Ah, I had forgotten that. Do folks work giving tours at the museum? I probably missed the local library too. I can imagine when it comes to getting new artifacts and new books the museum curator and head librarian have to go as humans.

Are there any historic houses in Wolverton? Beside Riqurélio's, I mean.
PeterVonBrown 11th Mar 2020, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
The rationale behind not being able to focus solely on arts stems from the cooperative nature of the town. Riqurélio's pirate crew mentality. Everywolf on board the Baía da Lua had been expected to pull their weight. It's a courtesy thing in the town - you need to clean public toilets now and then just like everybody else. Certainly artwork could be bartered (or sold), and there's nothing to say it doesn't happen. And certainly, as I said, one can pursue art more actively, it's just a matter of getting permission from the populace. I doubt anywolf would be denied, so long as they still provided the services around town as well, much like the shop owners or specialists.

Thanks for allowing me to use the idea. Here's hoping it can show up soon.

I'd say no, there's no job to give tours. It would be a self-guided tour of the museum. It seems like there'd not be a great amout of traffic day to day to warrant that, as many of the 'wolves who want to go probably already have. There would be a job to maintain it, though. Such as dusting, and as you said, setting up new displays and such. Talbot certainly would want to go... so perhaps it will come up. :)

A library must exist, but as of yet it has not come up. Like I said, I've enough on the plate that's already being juggled and so much more planned from the start that has yet to make its way into it... so I'll cross that bridge, as they say.

Good question about historical buildings. Besides the Baía da Lua and Riqurélio's mansion, these would be the original builds by the pirate crew when they first founded the town. Also Little Transylvania (the safe haven annex for the Romani should they want to use it) could be considered historic.
Indagare 12th Mar 2020, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
I think it was more that they're here for chamber music, so it seemed like the 'wolves appreciated and encouraged artistic endeavors more than humans tend to. Again, it's not that I want to make out that all they should do is their art, but I'd like to think that if somewolf is a writer, artist, or whatever the other 'wolves encourage them and are eager to see/read/etc. their next artistic piece, as can be seen here with the books.

Welcome :-)

Hmm, well one important thing you should know is that the maintenance of a museum is not the same as just simple dusting (that does occur, but not with the artifacts). I work at a museum (a historical house) and had classes in museum curatorship. Some artifacts need very special care and special gloves to touch them with are absolutely necessary. If anyone is taking care of the artifacts and displays they need to be trained in the proper way to do so.

It's cool. Libraries are among my favorite places to go; I just wasn't sure if I missed it somehow.

Thanks! Like I said, I actually work at a historic house/museum as a tour guide. I tell people a lot about the folks that used to live there as well as the house itself. Of course, if the crew are alive they could probably do that themselves if anyone asks. Unfortunately the only time we're really busy is around Christmas (we have historic Christmas items out which attracts quite a lot of visitors).

Hmm, just had a thought, I am assuming the rotational schedule has hours? I ask because I could see some 'wolf doing a chore early to enjoy something else (like this concert) later. I mean, it won't work for store shifts, but I'm also guessing that this sort of concert is common enough that sooner or later everywolf could attend one?
PeterVonBrown 12th Mar 2020, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I didn't mean to suggest that's the only necessary duty of maintaining a museum. Just used it as a quick example of an immediate task that would arise on a day to day basis. As with all parts of town, there would be 'wolves who have more expertise and knowledge so they're able to ensure things are done properly. Any job that requires special handling or education would be presented to any 'wolf who's doing the job for the first time, either in handbook (pawbook?) form or having an actual mentor. This sort of thing has been on the slate from the planning stage, to be shown when Talbot actually starts duties/work around town.

Sadly the 'Pirate Days Museum' (not an official title) has no one from that time other than the founder to talk about them. Remember that all of the crew had been killed by Duarte. (Page 107)

Any wolf who wants their art to be seen or heard or read et cetera would definitely be encouraged, especially if enjoyed by others.

Look on the PAW on page 46, hours are shown.

Yes, there are enough concerts (and such) that go on about town that 'wolves get a chance to attend some. However, I suppose should one really want to go to something that has a schedule conflict, arrangements could be made to switch shifts with somewolf else. (You'll then ask why Lynda didn't do so to be able to go the the New Moon concert. There's any number of reasons that might exist, but a specific one isn't necessary, for the out of story reasons had been to help establish a sense of work ethic among the 'wolves and to have it so that she'd not been one of those who saw Talbot up on stage.)
Indagare 12th Mar 2020, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
You didn't, but you'd be surprised at the number of people who think that you can just dust or clean museum pieces the way you dust or clean items at home. While a pawbook would certainly come in handy (pawy?) I think there would have to be an actual mentor for somewhere like the museum. There's bound to be situations that aren't covered in the book or ways to do things that could need more explanations than a book could logically handle. It's up to you, of course, but I'd suggest that the museum curator job be akin to owning a shop. There's so much responsibility to it that it's bound to eat up a lot of a 'wolf's time. Similarly a head librarian has quite the number of duties.

Pirate's Hold Museum perhaps? I mean, there is International Talk like a Pirate Day, but I'm not sure Riqurélio would appreciate it!

Uh, were the crew the only 'wolves living in what would become Wolverton at the time? I mean, with all of them dead it's unclear how Riqurélio got more folks to come or even how much had been built by the time of their deaths. It seems implied that by the time of their deaths and his need to kill Duarte there were enough 'wolves around that they were aware of the no kill rule and Riqurélio's need to break it due to how dangerous Duarte was. Of course you may cover this later, but I'm a bit confused figuring out the timeline. I'd assume this also means there's a cemetery somewhere.

Yay! While it's not generally manual labor, being creative is hard work! Ah, I see! You do include a lot of great details!

Weirdly enough that sort of thing doesn't bother me. Having had to switch shifts on occasion, I always assume that if someone wanted or needed to be somewhere else they'd arrange to do so.
PeterVonBrown 12th Mar 2020, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I did say that a 'wolf mentor would be around/used if more explanation is required. A curator as per shop owner for the museum is a great idea. When and if the museum comes into play, I'll include it for you.

I'll think up a name for the pirate museum as it arises. That Talk Like a Pirate Day makes me bitter, given its connection to Dave Barry. (If you don't know why, take a look at my profile page on ComicFury.)

Yes, the pirate crew had been the only 'wolves in the colony and they only had a small collection of things built at the time (hence being a historical district) when Duarte killed them. Not wanting to be alone, nor wanting to see his vision die, Riqurélio went out in search of more 'wolves and made a Happy Trail or three himself. He also just might have had some...help. ;)

There's no cemetery. I have my reasons.

Yes, it is a lot of work, which is why "worrying" about those details that will not come up or need to come up fall by the wayside. Thanks for appreciating the details I do include. :) And as always, for thanks a bunch for reading and liking the comic!
LegendaryLycanthrope 12th Mar 2020, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
would any of those reasons involve a cemetery not being needed for cultures that don't actually observe burial as a means of disposing of the dead? those that practice cremation or sky burials obviously have no need of cemeteries

also, i looked at your profile, but i didn't see anything about a dave barry anywhere - i saw something about a j.m. barrie, but i don't think that's related in any way
PeterVonBrown 12th Mar 2020, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
That's one of the reasons, yes.

Barry and Pearson wrote a series of Peter Pan novels that are, in my opinion, horrendous. It's as if they never bothered to read Barrie. (Focusing on Disney, which is just not right.)
Indagare 13th Mar 2020, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Apologies. You've said that with other jobs too. When it comes to things I have a passion for I can get a bit overzealous. Thanks! :-)

It's cool. Heh, I'll bet Riqurélio had some help from a certain genius loci. ;-)

Okay. 'wolves do seem like the type to 'return to nature'.

I hope I don't come off as harassing when I ask. All details big and small can make something like Wolverton feel real.
LegendaryLycanthrope 11th Mar 2020, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
you'd like my werewolf nation then - being in a sci-fi setting where robots would be commonplace, most of the mundane tasks would be accounted for by said robots would mean more time to dedicate to hobbies and artistic endeavors - almost united federation of planets-like, in fact...but without that whole 'money doesn't exist' nonsense later treks went with - money has to remain in use because you need SOME form of barter medium - especially if trading with other factions

it's just not a driving force like it is with humans who need to collect massive piles of it to compensate for...certain things lacking in size
Indagare 12th Mar 2020, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
*nods* That does sound nice. I never quite understood 'money doesn't exist'. It is a very useful form of barter and even if it's credits or similar as long as people accept it, it works.

Well, greed is always a source of problems.
LegendaryLycanthrope 12th Mar 2020, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
yip

but no need for such hoarding of materialistic things or have/have-not attitudes when every home can have a 3D printer making whatever you have...recipes? for, plus raw material