Comic 262 - Change of Heart...Well, Subject at Least

9th Dec 2020, 12:00 AM
Change of Heart...Well, Subject at Least
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PeterVonBrown 9th Dec 2020, 12:00 AM edit delete
PeterVonBrown
If you've just come to the comic, yes, it is about the town of werewolves. At the moment we're following Gavin on his forced play date with Archibald. Gavin's secretly a werewolf, living with his grandparents outside of Wolverton. There will be a werewolf next week.

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LegendaryLycanthrope 9th Dec 2020, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
'A ghost is going to BREATHE on me!'

...seriously? what a weenie
PeterVonBrown 9th Dec 2020, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I'd been hoping someone would comment on that line. :) Personally, I think it's hilarious because it makes no sense (and Gavin obviously agrees). I 'heard' Archibald say it, though, so it must make sense to him.
LegendaryLycanthrope 9th Dec 2020, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
technically it does make sense, because if ghosts can affect the material plane enough to move objects, they can move air with their mouth too

but he's still a weenie
Indagare 9th Dec 2020, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
I'd been hoping someone would comment on that line. :) Personally, I think it's hilarious because it makes no sense (and Gavin obviously agrees). I 'heard' Archibald say it, though, so it must make sense to him.

Do you know, exactly, what Archibald believes about ghosts? Or does this just come in spurts?


technically it does make sense, because if ghosts can affect the material plane enough to move objects, they can move air with their mouth too

Don't forget that this particular ghost has the ability to lop off a 'wolf's tail! Gavin doesn't know this, though.
Indagare 9th Dec 2020, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
'A ghost is going to BREATHE on me!'

...seriously? what a weenie


Archibald reminds me of one of those heroes who's been very sheltered. He's very proper and likely has been taught to be extremely formal at all times. He's now paired with Gavin who's his opposite in a lot of ways. I think that, in many ways, he's even worse off than Gavin because he seems not to have a lot of experience dealing with other people or life in general. If this were following a hero trope, he'd be the type that slowly breaks out of his shell to become a more confident person while Gavin would learn a few things from him.

How old is he anyway Peter? I thought I remember you mentioning him being 12, but I'm not sure.
LegendaryLycanthrope 9th Dec 2020, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
LegendaryLycanthrope
he's definitely not a hero, though - he's a nerdy kid who likes rocks...and i bet he's one of those nasally-voiced 'ACKSHUALLY' nerds too - he looks the type
Indagare 9th Dec 2020, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
he's definitely not a hero, though - he's a nerdy kid who likes rocks...and i bet he's one of those nasally-voiced 'ACKSHUALLY' nerds too - he looks the type

He's not a hero yet. You get folks like him in films like The Librarian or Pagemaster.
PeterVonBrown 9th Dec 2020, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
I suppose the breathing ghost could make sense, but it still sounds absurd given it's dead. :D

Indagare - Answer to first question is a little of each. I plan the comic ahead, but I also allow some details and new ideas to develop as I go. Archibald believes in ghosts for sure. Which specifics? Thought of as I'll need them. :)

You're right about him being "opposite" to Gavin. However, there's no coming "story arc" for him, and certainly not a "hero" one. Simply because the comic is really about werewolves. Archibald serves a few purposes related to Gavin's arc, but on the whole he's just a catalyst/foil for Gavin. He's a minor character, so don't expect to see him grow into something bigger or more important. Sorry if that's disappointing.

Gavin's line is "He's like TWELVE or something!" It's said in this way because Gavin doesn't know exactly how old, since he doesn't keep tabs on him or really care to know. For the actual record, Archibald's eleven going on twelve.

LegendaryLycanthrope - you're right about how he sounds. Two of my friends (who read the comic pages as I produce them) both said they imagined Archibald saying "snazzy sneakers" with a lateral lisp - so I decided it must be true. I definitely thought of him having the nasal 'ACKSHUALLY' type to begin with, and I think you're describing the lateral lisp as well. And yes, a nerd type had been the intention.
Indagare 10th Dec 2020, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Indagare
I suppose the breathing ghost could make sense, but it still sounds absurd given it's dead. :D

Indagare - Answer to first question is a little of each. I plan the comic ahead, but I also allow some details and new ideas to develop as I go. Archibald believes in ghosts for sure. Which specifics? Thought of as I'll need them. :)


I just ask because Archibald could think that a ghost breathing on him will cause him to get a disease or shrivel up and die or any number of things.

You're right about him being "opposite" to Gavin. However, there's no coming "story arc" for him, and certainly not a "hero" one. Simply because the comic is really about werewolves. Archibald serves a few purposes related to Gavin's arc, but on the whole he's just a catalyst/foil for Gavin. He's a minor character, so don't expect to see him grow into something bigger or more important. Sorry if that's disappointing.

Well, I had hoped he and Gavin could help one another grow. Jon and Floyd have their own sort of thing going on, after all, and if Archibald appears at least somewhat regularly...well, you know your characters and story best.

Gavin's line is "He's like TWELVE or something!" It's said in this way because Gavin doesn't know exactly how old, since he doesn't keep tabs on him or really care to know. For the actual record, Archibald's eleven going on twelve.

Thanks! :-) That is a bit young for someone 16.
PeterVonBrown 10th Dec 2020, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
Archibald says, "Thanks for adding to my nightmares!" I like both of your ideas why he might be afraid of 'ghost breath'.

Adding to what I said before, making a webcomic proves quite a different experience than writing novels (which is what I had done prior to adding the visual medium to my storytelling). Since I eke out the tale(s)[tails?] so incrementally, there has to be a balance of what I can juggle as story driving importance and absolute specifics. Especially since from the start I wanted it to be a 'never-ending' series of events rather than a complete finite narrative. That's not to say there aren't arcs, deep planning or character insights involved. Just that in certain instances I'm less concerned with minor motivations like WHY Archibald is frightened of ghost breath. If it were a novel with an endpoint, I would have prodded Archibald to tell me his particular aversion because I'd be focusing on just what's contained in the finite story. Here, however, it's enough to know that he IS freaked out and move on with everything else that needs to come about. If it affected another aspect of his personality or his function in the story of the comic, for sure I'd have worked it out.

Archibald will be in it again, yes. But once some things get truly rolling in Gavin's story, there won't be any need to bring him back. He's mainly just one of Gavin's woes. Who knows though? I'm always readjusting and discovering. There have been "extras" (Duke, for example) who somehow expanded into being a large part of the CoyWolf storyline (beyond what you've already seen). Perhaps I'll be inspired along the way and have a need for Archibald once more. I really enjoy the ability to "open up" parts of the comic. If it were a novel, I'd just be delayed in finishing it and then it runs the risk of getting too big and needing the new elements edited out anyway. With the comic, though, I can keep adding to it - with the only side effect being I delay some already planned stuff... but since its nature is to keep going, it's not a problem.

Jon, for sure, will be sticking around. When I conceived the comic, rather than just having a gay werewolf couple, I decided to use Floyd to explore what might happen if a werewolf tried dating a human (for both dramatic and comedic purposes). Not that this hasn't been done before, but I certainly wanted to have my own spin on it. Also it's more interesting to show a couple meeting and falling in love than have them already established. (Not that this goes for all cases everywhere but for my comic of little interwoven story arcs across multiple characters it made more sense.) I'm looking forward to Jon's return, and thankfully I'm closing in on it.

And yes that is quite a gap at those ages, so you can see Gavin's frustration. It's just a shame he lives "out in the sticks" and there's no one else around for him to play with... no wonder he started hanging around with a certain dark-toothed fellow. :)
Indagare 10th Dec 2020, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Indagare
Archibald says, "Thanks for adding to my nightmares!" I like both of your ideas why he might be afraid of 'ghost breath'.

Thanks! In a world where ‘wolves and ghosts are real, there’s liable to be any number of tales about them—both true and false (and some just bizarre). Who knows what Archibald’s heard or believes about ghosts?

Adding to what I said before, making a webcomic proves quite a different experience than writing novels (which is what I had done prior to adding the visual medium to my storytelling). Since I eke out the tale(s)[tails?] so incrementally, there has to be a balance of what I can juggle as story driving importance and absolute specifics. Especially since from the start I wanted it to be a 'never-ending' series of events rather than a complete finite narrative. That's not to say there aren't arcs, deep planning or character insights involved. Just that in certain instances I'm less concerned with minor motivations like WHY Archibald is frightened of ghost breath. If it were a novel with an endpoint, I would have prodded Archibald to tell me his particular aversion because I'd be focusing on just what's contained in the finite story. Here, however, it's enough to know that he IS freaked out and move on with everything else that needs to come about. If it affected another aspect of his personality or his function in the story of the comic, for sure I'd have worked it out.

It's cool. It’s just such an oddly specific thing to be afraid of that I thought there’d be a particular reason.

Archibald will be in it again, yes. But once some things get truly rolling in Gavin's story, there won't be any need to bring him back. He's mainly just one of Gavin's woes. Who knows though? I'm always readjusting and discovering. There have been "extras" (Duke, for example) who somehow expanded into being a large part of the CoyWolf storyline (beyond what you've already seen). Perhaps I'll be inspired along the way and have a need for Archibald once more. I really enjoy the ability to "open up" parts of the comic. If it were a novel, I'd just be delayed in finishing it and then it runs the risk of getting too big and needing the new elements edited out anyway. With the comic, though, I can keep adding to it - with the only side effect being I delay some already planned stuff... but since its nature is to keep going, it's not a problem.

Archibald (for me) has become a sort of ‘shiny NPC’. He’s not part of the main plot or elements but something about him just tickles my fancy up to and including a strange head-cannon that he has an older cousin who visits from time to time and tells him ghost/scary stories just to freak him out.

Jon, for sure, will be sticking around. When I conceived the comic, rather than just having a gay werewolf couple, I decided to use Floyd to explore what might happen if a werewolf tried dating a human (for both dramatic and comedic purposes). Not that this hasn't been done before, but I certainly wanted to have my own spin on it. Also it's more interesting to show a couple meeting and falling in love than have them already established. (Not that this goes for all cases everywhere but for my comic of little interwoven story arcs across multiple characters it made more sense.) I'm looking forward to Jon's return, and thankfully I'm closing in on it.

It's going to be interesting to see where that goes, especially since Jon can’t stay in Wolverton more than a day if it ever comes time to visit and Floyd can’t really stay outside Wolverton without some of his own issues. Also, should Jon want to become a ‘wolf, Floyd won’t be able to help him without repercussions.
Kevin_Redcrow 9th Dec 2020, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
Kevin_Redcrow
One is tempted to want to give Archibald several types of Makeover.

Makeover Type I: Clothing:

"No-no-no-no-no-NO! Archie dear(this is a pretentiousmakeover professional speaking), nobody wears bow ties except in Period Dramas! Malloy* says they're only effective to tone down an intimidating authority figure who wants to look approachable. And even they don't bother with this advice anymore!

Sweater vests are fine, darling, but it's a bit early in the season for that, mmmm?"

Makeover Type II: Social Adjustment. Well, we'd better wait until Archibald wants to take that challenge.


*Dress For Success
PeterVonBrown 10th Dec 2020, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
PeterVonBrown
For the most part, Archibald is content with himself. He does have some issues, such as wishing he could have cool kicks. But it's not as if he doesn't enjoy the heck out of his sweater vest and bow tie. So I don't think he'd been too keen on makeover. :)
Kevin_Redcrow 10th Dec 2020, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Kevin_Redcrow
Did not expect he would, and in the Real World, making over others amounts to mental cruelty.

In junior high school, I went from nerd to alienated outsider by:

Shifting from eyeglasses to contact lenses > trying to win social approval by being on the track team > growing my hair out > taking up drinking, smoking, and hemp which lead to > the astonishment of both the athletes and the alienated kids > culminating in the dismay of teachers and administration.

It was glorious.