Comic 217 - Chair-itable Talbot

28th Jan 2020, 11:00 PM
Chair-itable Talbot
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LegendaryLycanthrope 28th Jan 2020, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
i would say no one would be caught dead making or owning chairs like that in real life...but i know that isn't true
PeterVonBrown 29th Jan 2020, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Well, truth be told, I wanted it to be ridiculous. :) But I, too, wouldn't put it past actually existing. I didn't have any reference for it, I dreamed it up.
quietbear 29th Jan 2020, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Meant to comment on the last page about the ”it's evil if you use it but good when I use it” rule villains/anti-hero sometimes have.
But anyways...
How do sports teams work in universe? Are there any canine theme teams out there even with the werewolf hate rampant? Or better yet are there any known werewolves that play any form of professional sports? If so, do they play a human or otherwise?
PeterVonBrown 29th Jan 2020, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Duarte's rationale can be thought of as the "fight fire with fire" adage. Or perhaps "Do as I say, not as I do!" Either way, yes, he's gone off the rails with hatred.

I've not given any thought to werewolf sports teams at all. Like Talbot, I am not a sports fan. So there are none to speak of in the town. Wolverton's not big enough (area size or population) to have its own sports teams. And even if it were, there's just not any reason for it in the rivalry sense, as Wolverton's based on working together. Are there any 'wolves playing professional sports outside of town as humans? I'm going to have to answer no. For two reasons. First, the touring schedule would keep them away from their beloved town, and therefore negate their duties within it. Second, it would be too difficult for them to hide their werewolfery. Both in the sense that they'd constantly be longing for it (as the 'wolves of Wolverton prefer staying in their canine forms) and on the occasion of the full moon, when they are compelled to be a 'wolf whether they want to be or not. And so, it's just not needed nor feasible. This is not to say, however, that the 'wolves never play sports. Some of them must like them, as evidenced by Oskar's chair. But it's just a pack of friends for leisure, never any sort of "professional" sense. However, since I'm not a sports guy I have no intention of ever drawing such friendly matches. Even if I did forgo my own preferences, there are simply too many other scenarios and storylines planned that need to work their way to the pages first.
Indagare 29th Jan 2020, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
I think the question to 'wolf sports teams is more outside Wolverton. For instance, could there be a team of 'wolf football players (who do not live in Wolverton) who try to raise awereness and/or acceptance.

Without getting into the population thing again, or trying to suggest you address this, I'm actually surprised there are no sports teams. Real wolves love to play and roughhouse with one another and a rough-and-tumble sport like American football would be a perfect way to have Theriolus Instigata with one another. No one should be too badly hurt and the inner beast should be sated. It would only take 22 'wolves for two teams of Amfootball. Soccer has a similar number of players on each team and is just as aggressive. It wouldn't need to be competitive as the real sports are; they would be helping one another with their wild urges.

If there's a need to go wild and a desire to cooperate, there could've been some sort of Grand Hunt the 'wolves could go on once a month that helps scratch their wild itch. Working together as a pack to track down some elusive mechanical white deer or whatever.
PeterVonBrown 29th Jan 2020, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Generally, werewolves try to remain hidden. It's more likely that those outside Wolverton have not learned to control the beast and are therefore ashamed or fearful of their wolven selves. Yes, there are some that do enjoy being a 'wolf and can "act like humans" and it's these 'wolves who eventually discover Wolverton. Couldn't they try to raise awareness/acceptance? Sure, as certainly it can be argued Talbot had been trying to do this by being gentle (or else he's just being cutely naughty). But again, usually they try not to draw attention to themselves, for it doesn't work out well if they do, as evidenced in Talbot's attempts.

Even their "leader" couldn't do it! In his past Riqurélio tried to prove that werewolves are not inherently evil and could be on friendly terms with regular humankind, but to no avail. Not from lack of effort but simply because the stigma and fear of them proved greater. After all, they -are- the product of "black magic". Of course it didn't help that, as with humans, some 'wolves enjoy being vicious and cruel. So instead of fighting a losing battle, Riqurélio established the colony that became the town to give the self-loving and kind werewolves the chance to live and love life as themselves, apart from the (often rightly) misunderstanding and mistrusting humans.

Also, incidents with werewolves such as what occurred in Manchester are not common. For werewolves outside of Wolverton are few and far between. So getting together for sports teams wouldn't be an option, even if they did so out of sight from humans.

Within the town, again, it's not inconceivable that they play sports or have teams, but it's not a major factor. And it would never be anything of the overblown proportion or importance of sports teams as we known them. Any 'wolf who seeks that level of athletic support must remain content with following it in the human world. An example of one besides Oskar can already be found in the comic. Plus, as said, I have no desire nor need to depict it.

I must say the Grand Hunt idea's rather appealing! Though I'd have it as annually rather than monthly. They have the Park Patches to "go wild" and can certainly do so in packs there if they wish.
Indagare 31st Jan 2020, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Okay. Sorry, it just seems a lot of human history tends to involve people fighting to be recognized and accepted by whatever society they live in. Despite setbacks (or backlashes) when someone gains new rights and privileges it generally seems society as a whole moves slowly forward in accepting the Other once enough of them realize that they're not all that different. I guess I just wish there were another option than just hiding for them.

Given what we've seen, I would be surprised at 'wolves taking something like sports to the ridiculous extremes we humans do. I just was equally surprised they'd not have something of their own given the natures of both wolves and humans. Speaking of, exactly how much wolf nature bleeds into our 'wolves beyond Theriolus Instigata? There's a lot of misunderstanding of wolf behavior thanks to folks not observing actual wild packs but instead observing wolves in captivity (this would be like saying what a person's behavior is based on how how they act around a bunch of perfect strangers instead of how they act around their friends/closest family).

Thanks! Well, there is the Hunter's Moon which would be perfect for that sort of thing. Strangely enough, there will be a full moon on Halloween this year!
LegendaryLycanthrope 1st Feb 2020, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
there's a full moon on howlween this year?

this excites me...greatly
Indagare 1st Feb 2020, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Yep! You can look it up! Full moons occur on Howloween about once every 18 or 19 years. The last full moon Howloween was in 2001.
LegendaryLycanthrope 30th Jan 2020, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
so what book is talbot reading in the last panel?

and i see he finally got his pizza after...215 pages?
PeterVonBrown 30th Jan 2020, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Actually, counting the one at the Loup Garou New Moon concert, he's enjoying his fourth pizza. The first had just been a slice given to him by the raccoon in the woods. His second in town he had when he spent the first night in his new apartment.

Talbot can be seen reading the same book throughout his adventures in the comic and it happens to be Midnight Chaser by Peter Von Brown. Yes, it's an actual completed novel of mine.

For the record, while waiting for Darkfang by the little stone house near Riqurélio's mansion, Gavin's reading another one of my novels: What If It's a Trick Question?

Thanks for being curious. :)
Stray Sheep Fenrir 6th Feb 2020, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Stray Sheep Fenrir
You have a book? ... Is there anyway I could read and/or get a copy?
PeterVonBrown 6th Feb 2020, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
I have written quite a few books, actually. What If It's a Trick Question? (which Gavin is reading), Midnight Chaser (which Talbot is reading), Carabas (which Talbot also took with him before he left and can be seen in the comic), and Carabas Lost, its sequel. Sadly they are not published, but not from lack of trying. I have not self-published any of these as of yet either, in the hopes that one day they will be picked up. I wouldn't really be comfortable giving them out to "random" folks, though. I hope you understand.

I do have two Print-on-Demand novels about Peter Pan. The first Peter Pan's NeverWorld is a sequel derived from J.M. Barrie's notes for more adventure and had been my college Honors Project. I later wrote Peter Pan: Betwixt-and-Between, which fills in the gap between the seemingly contradictory Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy{a.k.a. Peter Pan} by Barrie. These are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, also in e-reader forms.