Scott isn’t a believer in having webcomics fight each other in the arena which is one of the reasons why there isn’t a Top Webcomics voting button on the site. However, it is a handy repository to showcase art that doesn’t necessarily always fit in the main continuity of the ongoing story, so having said that, there’s a new image for both Exiern and Dark Reflections on their respective voting pages.
Now admittedly, it was a bit of an ad hoc thing to start with, with November being actually for the webcomic Puck (http://www.puckcomics.com/) by Spying With Lana’s Sean Harrington (http://www.spyingwithlana.com/) via the movie Fight Club (though Exiern was listed in the credits!) while December dropped even that pretence and was just straight up for Spying With Lana.
But for the start of 2017, there is a picture with bona fide Exiern characters made specially for this image – which is admittedly sourced from the not entirely thematically unrelated Chinese webseries Go Princess Go - which I’ve been at least attempting to review here – and illustrated by How to be a Werewolf’s Shawn Lenore (http://www.howtobeawerewolf.com/). ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Over the course of Exiern’s 10+ year run it has been no stranger to nudity. There have been many reasons for this, from a way to bring in revenue to a developing sense of anti-censorship.
Also, sometimes our ad providers have been dicks and we’ve been forced to put shitty underwear on characters and then forget to remove them after switching services.
Right now, as part of Project Get Exiern Back To Twice-A-Week Updates, there are two artists working separately on two Exiern story lines. In both stories there are instances were characters are less than clothed. And in both cases I told the artists, “Draw what you are comfortable with.”
One artist drew a scene were certain body parts are naturally blocked from view. The other did not. Both have turned out looking great.
I mention this because it is all part of the overall goal of continuing to elevate Exiern as the art it has been, is, and can be more so.
Nudity is, as it should be, an artistic choice. And it is worth celebrating whichever way that choice goes.
As always, as the pages post, I hope you enjoy.
It is my opinion that when you start a story or comic as a parody. homage, or some subversion of a genre, you are inevitably faced with having to choose between continuity or gag-a-day.
Both options are fine, and there are many excellent examples of each. But while gag-a-day can continue on skewering the same genre tropes by bucking what has happened in strips before it, if you want continuity in the story you need to find a new way of subverting expectations.
If your characters show up at a castle, and the previous joke was that the moat is filled with donuts instead of alligators, you can’t subvert that again. You’ve already established the donuts and saying “Look, now it’s filled with cotton candy!” doesn’t work anymore, because this world already accepts donuts as something to put in a moat.
But you can make the joke that on the return visit the moat is now filled with alligators; “Oh, yeah, we brought in the alligators to protect the donuts.”
I didn’t say it was a good joke. But it is taking the established expectation in this world and subverting that.
The point is, that if you want to take a trope subverting story on the long journey, you either have to find new things to subvert, or begin subverting the world you already built. And I love the goofy or progressive things that have been introduced in EXIERN through subversion, and I don’t want to undo them.
EXIERN is about to start its journey towards inward subversion and new tropes to mock. I know that the latter part of my previous chapter got a little heavy. But we’ve already seen how life in the castle works and differs from classic sword and sorcery. I had to decide, do I undo some great unique differentiators, do I continue to push this world in ridiculous and world-fabric-stretching directions, or do I set the stage for different fun down the line?
And we’ve already had fun mocking the epic rescue and return quest, where can we go next that will be different and funny? And how do I get us there? Yes, Typh and Peonie battling pirate Rus on the high seas would be a great opportunity, but what would get the story there? A smash cut to an entirely different story and genre without explanation would be a cheat I would not be satisfied with.
Oh, yeah, we’re definitely getting a ship-to-ship battle with buccaneer were-bears. I didn’t just throw that out there unprepared.
Anyway, yes, I know there’s been some serious stuff and a lot of one-pagers lately. I hope you can be patient, we’re returning to multi-panel works soon. But I wanted to set a new status quo and establish the tone of things as we start the story-line.
I’m looking forward to tearing it all down.
And I hope it will be somewhat enjoyable to watch.
Thanks for reading,
I am an Election Official in Ohio for the U.S. Election this year, and am unable to get today’s page to my liking before heading out to my district.
New Exiern will post tomorrow!
In the meantime, I implore any readers in the U.S. to go vote. The system simply cannot be rigged and your vote has never before counted for SO much!