Comic 82 - Citizen Talbot

28th Jun 2017, 12:00 AM
Citizen Talbot
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)


spidar 28th Jun 2017, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Woohoo! The red tape is over! That's always a reason to celebrate!
PeterVonBrown 28th Jun 2017, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Yep! Sort of a milestone for me in the comic-making as well. :) As always, thanks for reading!
kyrtuck 28th Jun 2017, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
I like the old timey engraving on the cover of the code of conduct.
PeterVonBrown 28th Jun 2017, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Clearly under the "UNACCEPTABLE" heading. :)
Phantoma Fenrir 28th Jun 2017, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Phantoma Fenrir
Does Wolverton have a school system? I've yet to see a kid other than Gavin. (If there are others I haven't noticed them, sorry.)
PeterVonBrown 28th Jun 2017, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Good question. Short answer: No, it does not.

Long answer: I never envisioned it with a school. During planning, the question of children and families living in town or not did come up, though. But you're not likely to see them for two reasons. From the practical end, there are many characters who helped spawn the comic that have yet to work their way into it, each with storylines. So I shouldn't be using 'precious panel space' or 'air time' to deal with the idea of werewolf children and families. In other words, it would pull away from the main focus, especially given how long it takes by weekly updates to get through the adventures. It wouldn't be worth it. For instance, just today I saw the date of a particular notation and I finally got to that scene.. oh... only 6 months later! From an in-story standpoint, I don't reckon there are many werewolf families. That's why Floyd is impressed that Talbot is an actual pup. Werewolfery usually comes upon people at a later age, earliest being puberty (such as Charlie). Not that two adult werewolves couldn't make a werewolf pup (and Talbot is proof), but I don't think of it as all that prevalent. Forcing werewolfery upon someone isn't always the best idea. And not all people enjoy being werewolves. So Wolverton is generally for adult werewolves who like to be one. It's not impossible, but 'wolves consider long and hard before making actual pups. If they do exist, they're either home-schooled or go to a nearby town in human form. There wouldn't be enough pups to warrant a school in Wolverton.

Also don't forget that Gavin doesn't live in town. And the current season in the comic is Summer, so he's not in school right now.

So, there's nothing wrong with your observational skills. :) Thanks for being so invested in my little world that you think to ask such things. It means a lot!
Guest 29th Jun 2017, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
don't know if you saw this little tidbit from the TVtropes page on werewolves "Werewolves are also listed as a side effect of one obscure Scandinavian folk-magic spell. If a woman stretches the afterbirth of a horse (the membrane the foal was in before coming out of the mare) between two sticks, then crawls through the opening without tearing it, it is said she shall never experience pain in childbirth — at the expense of all her boy children being born werewolves, and all of her girl children being born maras (dream witches)." with things like that in folklore, It could be that most werewolf puppies are the result of things like that, and are thus raised by human parents.
Nicholas Underwood 29th Jun 2017, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Forgot to say that the above was me
PeterVonBrown 29th Jun 2017, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Uh, no... I missed that one. :) Talk about weird folklore/beliefs! Sure, this could be happening/true in the comic's world. It would seem to be obscure, though. I mean, who's going to want to do it? ;) Granted the relief from pain of childbirth would be nice, but at that cost? And such a contingent/difficult set-up and execution? It's not likely to work all that much, perhaps. You seem to be implying that it helps explain why werewolf pups wouldn't be in Wolverton as much. Sure, this is viable. But again, I don't imagine many women wanting to trade off pain that way or actually succeeding at it. Let alone having the wherewithal to raise a werewolf.

Also, we have the semantics of "born werewolf" - are we talking like Charlie or Talbot? Charlie's a born werewolf, which hit at puberty. Nevertheless born, as in he has no say on the matter from the start of his life and nothing external happened during his human life to make the change. Talbot's a born werewolf, but it manifested right away (first full moon after actual day of birth) due to having werewolves for both parents. [If you're wondering... in my take, yes, a werewolf and human can produce a child who becomes a werewolf. But the chances are slim (i.e. recessive), and it wouldn't be enough to cause 'pups' - the werewolfery would kick in later, like Charlie.] So it depends on whether or not this means PUPS as well.
Nicholas Underwood 29th Jun 2017, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
That is fair. Even in my novel, pups are from both parents are weres deals, but the first change for other born werewolves can happen at a younger age than puberty depending on the exact parentage (werewolves born to werewolf mothers change earlier than those born to werewolf fathers, and if the human parent has werewolf ancestors, the child changes younger in that case too. So the child of a werewolf mother and a human father with werewolf ancestry could change young enough to count as a pup, in a way).
PeterVonBrown 29th Jun 2017, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
{Thumb Up} That's one of the perks of writing werewolf lore - it's full of and up to interpretation, reinvention and such - no "canon" source. Just era & location & storyteller variations. Novel? :)
Nicholas Underwood 29th Jun 2017, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
It is currently in the final proofreading stage. I got the cover art and the copyright and everything else settled. Just need my editor to finish up before I publish on amazon. I'll send you a link when I do.
Nicholas Underwood 29th Jun 2017, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
It is also the first in a planned series.
PeterVonBrown 29th Jun 2017, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
AWOOO!! Best of luck to you!
Triforce Fandom 4th Jul 2017, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
I feel like there's chaos around the corner judging by the list placement p.s. the symbol for chaos is 8 arrows pointing outward
PeterVonBrown 6th Jul 2017, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Looked into this... interesting. But no reference to that is intended. Rather it's just a way to make the page more visually pleasing than a series of little boxes in rows.