TWB: Reptiles?

TWB: Reptiles?

Joined: October 21st, 2016, 11:45 pm

September 1st, 2017, 10:33 pm #1

Say, just wondering, you think we would ever see any reptiles in the comic? While I know that, yes, it's in freaking Alaska, I think it would really add some diversity to the cast. Besides, who the heck says they absolutely have to be exotherms?
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Joined: February 2nd, 2017, 2:27 pm

September 1st, 2017, 11:05 pm #2

Fish-characters first! I DEMAND A CATFISH AS A PRIMARY CHARACTER!!!

A hot sexy catfish! Maybe kill off Pirta in a hilarious inventory-related accident...
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Joined: October 8th, 2014, 2:06 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 2:51 am #3

Say, just wondering, you think we would ever see any reptiles in the comic? While I know that, yes, it's in freaking Alaska, I think it would really add some diversity to the cast. Besides, who the heck says they absolutely have to be exotherms?
They're snakes, wear ties, are lawyers, and Howard allows Doc to borrow Sanctum Adroit.
This is a test. Explosions are a happy side effect.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 2nd, 2017, 9:16 am #4

Say, just wondering, you think we would ever see any reptiles in the comic? While I know that, yes, it's in freaking Alaska, I think it would really add some diversity to the cast. Besides, who the heck says they absolutely have to be exotherms?
I've mentioned it before, and no, we're unlikely to see reptile characters.

First, plain and simple, I don't like them. Not the animals themselves, I have nothing against turtles and snakes and such. I just don't think they make very appealing anthropomorphic characters.

I tend to consider the characters more "people with tails", than "animals standing upright". As such, while it's pretty easy to anthropomorphize a fox or a rabbit or a bear, when you start getting into the stranger animals like turtles, snakes and iguanas, there starts being more of a disconnect- it gets harder to engage the ol' suspension of disbelief.

Ditto birds- it's easy to picture a fox paw slightly morphed into a functional hand- much less so to picture a wing similarly converted. Yes, I know most artists will draw the feathers as acting like fingers, but that's like trying to hold a handgun with a feather duster.

And second, with minimal exceptions, I'm about done adding new characters for a while. We have plenty already, including quite a few that have been around for years and have yet to have any real screen time. (Gino, for example; Duncan first appeared eight years ago and has been in a grand total of four panels so far [that's panels, not strips] plus Packrat and Sarge, and newcomers Ambush and Upshot, we haven't seen Anthony the Tiger since... what, 2010... And so on.)

I need to spend more time exploring the guys and gals we've got, before we go adding any more.

Doc.
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Joined: October 21st, 2016, 11:45 pm

September 3rd, 2017, 1:47 am #5

I have to disagree on the not very appealing anthropomorphic characters bit, but I'm extremely biased X3 But yes, I know what it's like to have too many characters.
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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 3:32 am

September 4th, 2017, 4:52 am #6

... he's not going all Game of Thrones on the cast... yet? (Insert ominous music sting here)
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Joined: September 16th, 2014, 7:01 am

September 8th, 2017, 11:26 pm #7

I have to disagree on the not very appealing anthropomorphic characters bit, but I'm extremely biased X3 But yes, I know what it's like to have too many characters.
Just hush up and root for Team Carpet Sharks already.
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