Comic 220 - Friends

18th Feb 2020, 11:00 PM
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LegendaryLycanthrope 19th Feb 2020, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
that shirt seems rather tone-deaf

and i guess talbot isn't the only one doyle's been an ass to

also, talbot's fur color seems a little...muted...on this page - isn't it supposed to be a bit brighter?
Indagare 19th Feb 2020, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Looking back at the archives, his fur looks like it always has. He is, however, lacking in sandals.
PeterVonBrown 20th Feb 2020, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, he didn't want the sandals today. :) He's too keen on mixing it up with his clothes haul.
Indagare 20th Feb 2020, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
I'm sure it's fantastic finally having comfortable clothes to wear!

Speaking of, do clothes do the ripping while transforming thing here? We haven't seen many transformations yet but they seem to retain about the same size whether in human or 'wolf form. Of course, since magic is involved that may not mean much.
LegendaryLycanthrope 20th Feb 2020, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
wolf clothes are designed specifically for that - and for sudden tail growth

which reminds does the tail hole get hidden when a wolf is in human form, so they aren't showing anything they shouldn't be showing?
Indagare 20th Feb 2020, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I would guess, but while I seem to remember it written it actually doesn't seem to occur when they change normally. Gavin, for instance, seemed the same size as 'wolf and human. The only time I recall one really bulking out was "In the Wild" where the 'wolf in question gets darker fur and pants and somehow loses his shirt! This is unlike what happened to Duke when he fought with the coyowolves and just got fuzzier.
PeterVonBrown 20th Feb 2020, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Yes, WolfWear (made in town) specifically stretches/gives and doesn't rip when transforming either direction. It's also treated against fur persperation. Mentioned by Darkfang on page 11 Another Encounter

As for it being shown to stretch or whatnot, I tried to do so on page 26 Changing Back. On the left side, the shorts are larger than Gavin's body, and action lines just below it are meant to depict it fitting snug again.

In my vision/world of werewolves, they do not get larger than their human form. They are the same size. Gavin's shorts example results from bending and contorting via the process. Those are two different 'wolves on the page 167 In the Wild.

A conceit of mine throughout my werewolf drawing life has always been that "scary" or "wild" werewolves have the jaggy fur. Otherwise it's smooth.

Oh believe me, I wondered about the tail sprout ability myself. It would have scratched at my brain if it were not my comic. I decided there's a slit/flap that remains closed and virtually undetectable (for human town visit purposes) until pressed up against (a la a tail sprout) which peels the fabric apart. Works sort of like Velcro, but obviously not the same. Created by the 'wolves in the WolfWear factory.

And for the record, no magic is involved in the WolfWear, or its process of production. It's just fabric ingenuity by the 'wolves. Necessity breeds invention.
Indagare 20th Feb 2020, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm confused, if the 'wolves don't grow then why would wolfwear need to stretch when they change?

Ah, okay. It wasn't clear from the scene. It looked like the guy had suddenly gone wild!

It seems to me that the 'wolves love innovation. If you're ever interested I could list a whole bunch of interesting tech.
LegendaryLycanthrope 20th Feb 2020, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
if he isn't interested, i am 'wolves actually perspire? regular canids don't, which is why they pant when they're hot
PeterVonBrown 21st Feb 2020, 4:26 AM edit delete reply
There's likely a bit of growth, such as their foot paws (as opposed to regular foot size), and perhaps they get a wee amount larger, but nothing as to obviously visibly make them more massive. As I said, they bend and contort in all sorts of ways that wreaks havoc on the seams and structure of the clothes. Also because their claws come out and they're in danger of ripping them.

They're not wolves. They're human-wolf hybrids. Wolves can't stand upright and walk around, either.
LegendaryLycanthrope 21st Feb 2020, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
that doesn't mean they can't have acquired that particular piece of biology from the wolf side (obviously not in this case)

actually, that would be interesting to see someone do werewolves that don't have sweat glands and have to keep themselves cool the canine way
Indagare 21st Feb 2020, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
I would assume this tends to give them the best of both worlds since they can drink alcohol (toxic to canines) and presumably can eat things like chocolate with no ill effects.
LegendaryLycanthrope 21st Feb 2020, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
well, i mean...alcohol is toxic to humans too, in large amounts - hell, anything can be toxic in large enough amounts, even water (yes, water toxicity is a thing)
Indagare 21st Feb 2020, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Yes, but you know what I mean.
LegendaryLycanthrope 21st Feb 2020, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
i do...incidentally, can the wolves in this comic safely eat chocolate? i don't recall seeing one do so

and i'm still interested in that interesting tech of yours, indagare, but that might be something best sent over PM so as not to clutter up the comment section here if it's an especially lengthy post
Indagare 21st Feb 2020, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
The links have been sent by PM. Should somehow they become relevant I will post them publicly.
PeterVonBrown 21st Feb 2020, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Chocolate? Yes, yes they can. They're eating chocolate chip cookies at the Loup Garou New Moon Concert, Clarence sells chocolate ice creams and wafers, both Darkfang and Gavin have candy bars... could be other instances, too. :)
LegendaryLycanthrope 21st Feb 2020, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
oh, right...i forgot about the candy bars

but with the ice cream shop...was chocolate shown as one of the available flavors? all i actually remember was the peanut butter and jelly sandwich one
PeterVonBrown 21st Feb 2020, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Shown on his cart. Plus, it would be a regular flavor at Moony's.
Indagare 22nd Feb 2020, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Do 'wolves lose any food/regular allergies they had as humans? They have that regenerative healing thing and most food allergies (like allergies in general) are a body's immune system going a bit haywire, so I would assume that a 'wolf's body is better at discerning the difference.

I would also assume there are forms of 'bane that are as dangerous to 'wolves as to humans since there's the smokable variety. I also assume that the smokable variety is very well-known (at least among 'wolves) since Talbot recognizes it as such almost immediately.
LegendaryLycanthrope 22nd Feb 2020, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
yes, all forms of it except the catnip version are dangerous to wolves - talbot didn't really come right out and say it, but he heavily implied it on page 3
Indagare 22nd Feb 2020, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
I pretty much figured since it's such a heavy part of werewolf lore. All the same, it's pretty deadly to humans too, so the wolfnip variety is interesting. I'm assuming this comes from a variety that's more closely used for medicinal purposes.

Interestingly, wolfsbane itself can come in more colors than blue/purple. I can't help but wonder if there are other colors grown and if they have different scents. (The wolfsbane and lemon scent mentioned by Talbot, for instance, could be a variety of wolfsbane that also has a lemony scent in addition to its usual one.)
PeterVonBrown 22nd Feb 2020, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Werewolfery has no affect on allergies in my world.

LL is absolutely right about the wolfsbane. The 'wolves avoid any other type. No other kinds have any other use besides harm and poison.

The lemon scent had been added by the 'wolves to the smokable kind for use in the trail. There are other Happy Trails with different scents added to the bane leading to Wolverton.
LegendaryLycanthrope 22nd Feb 2020, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
how does that trail even work? is it ash from burned bane stogies mixed with paint or some other kind of liquid medium spread across various bits leading to the town?
PeterVonBrown 23rd Feb 2020, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
It just smells like the bane, it's not actually made from it. A perfume concoction gets re-applied every so often to various items (such as the "moon rocks" shown or a tree). It's actually one of the jobs that can get assigned - refresh a Happy Trail.

The scents of them aren't detectable to normal humans, you need the 'wolf powers.
LegendaryLycanthrope 24th Feb 2020, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
i would think it's less about power than about the nose - as most people know, wolves (and by logical extension, werewolves) have a far stronger olfactory sense than humans, as do their domesticated cousins, dogs; so they can not only pick up on scents that humans normally can't, but the ones humans CAN pick up on are greatly magnified...which, for a werewolf, can be a double-edged sword

not only are all the good smells stronger, but the bad ones are too - you think a decomposing corpse is bad as a human? try dealing with that with a wolf's nose
PeterVonBrown 24th Feb 2020, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
Indeed! And I meant "power" in the generic or cute sense of wolf abilities. :)