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#15 "Hills"

14th Sep 2012, 11:04 PM
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#15  "Hills"
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Songgu Kwon 14th Sep 2012, 11:10 PM edit delete
Songgu Kwon
Okay, the first person to recognize that tune wins a fabulous prize. ;)
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smbhax 15th Sep 2012, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
smbhax
I was always terrible at reading music. :P

Great page!
dpat57 15th Sep 2012, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
dpat57
Even when I fumblingly play it, I don't recognize it. :)

But yes, great page... MURDER!
Agent0Gecko 15th Sep 2012, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
Agent0Gecko
Lord of the Rings theme, I think. The one that plays when they're all trekking.

Awesome looking page, too! I like your inks.
pharphacide 15th Sep 2012, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
pharphacide
'The hills are alive...' backmasked?

The header art is excellent.
Loungegecko 15th Sep 2012, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Loungegecko
Definitely Lord of the Rings theme
Draginbeard 15th Sep 2012, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
Err, cant read music. Last panel bleeds brutality! Great page!
angry-alien 15th Sep 2012, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
angry-alien
In my mind, it sounds like Carmina Burana...
But then again, my mental soundtrack is always either that, or Ride of the Valkyries, so I have limited choices
me 15th Sep 2012, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
The third panel's focal point is that salamander on the rock, so I didn't see the party until my third time reading the comic. The shades in the thir panel correctly balence the rest of the comic, but it would be an easier to read panel if the party was traveling from right to left like they were in the previous panel, and if the shadeing made the party much more eycatching.
Songgu Kwon 15th Sep 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Hmm... you're right. Having the party go from right to left might actually flow better. However, my initial instinct said go from left to right and I always go with my initial instinct because I'm lazy. ;)
duLapel 16th Sep 2012, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
duLapel
I will have to disagree with Me... I think the composition is remarkable and the execution of the story well done. The lizard in the foreground delivers the message that this is a very long and boring hike! So much so that even the omnipresent observer (us) became distracted with the lizard until the big (and ugly) surprise appearance... Lets hope the ogre isn't as good at execution as you are. ^_^
smbhax 17th Sep 2012, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
I think your instinct was right. If they were moving from right to left in that panel, they'd feel as though they were running into the first panel. Besides which, since we read left to right in English, that's the natural direction for progression in illustration. Anyway I like that the figures in that panel are subtle--although I didn't have any trouble spotting their strong silhouette's against the skyline.
Songgu Kwon 19th Sep 2012, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Yeah, I think the left to right reading conditioning is so strong that it supersedes many other considerations in composition, especially in comics.
Centcomm 15th Sep 2012, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm
Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work we go ... :D thats my guess
Songgu Kwon 15th Sep 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Lord of the Rings is CORRECT! Agent0Gecko claims the prize. That bit is from the piece called "The Ring goes South". The sheet music of it is composed of complex chords and such so I just clumsily worked out a simple version on my electronic keyboard. Thanks for playing, everyone!

Okay, so I lied. There's no fabulous prize.

No, wait. Yes there is! Pick a monster, any monster, and it'll make an appearance in the strip. :)
CyberSkull 16th Sep 2012, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
CyberSkull
My guess would have been he's whistling the Elf overworld theme.
Boy Phaff 16th Sep 2012, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Boy Phaff
Fine work, fine storytelling.
duLapel 16th Sep 2012, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
duLapel
@ Agent0Gecko: For your consideration at possible prize monsters:

1. Stwinger—nauseatingly cute tiny humanoid creatures with verstigial wings. Good for fanservice, obnoxious awkward behavior, and possibly roasting.

2. Grell—floating tentacled monster... do I need to say more!

Pardon my presumptuousness... I'm eager to see what you choose and how Songgu Kwon integrates them into his adventure!
Songgu Kwon 16th Sep 2012, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Ah, the Grell! I remember that guy from the old 1st edition AD&D 'Fiend Folio'. Number of attacks: 11. Sheesh.

When I was DM'ing back in the day, my players would get nervous whenever I picked up the Fiend Folio. On average, the monsters in that book were just tougher and nastier than monsters in either Monster Manual 1 or 2.
dougwarner59 16th Sep 2012, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
dougwarner59
Anther fantastic page; the shading is perfect; I see no room for improvement.
gibberish 16th Sep 2012, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
gibberish
Another great job Gu. The story and character ideas are unique and brilliant.
Songgu Kwon 16th Sep 2012, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Danke, meine Freunde!
hibou 17th Sep 2012, 2:40 AM edit delete reply
hibou
wow, DuLapel~ thanks for bringing the *stwinger* to my attention! that is one of the most ludicrous creatures i've ever heard of...does damage by swinging on beards or long hair?? i...i just have no idea what to think about that!
duLapel 17th Sep 2012, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
duLapel
I aim to please ^=^
angry-alien 18th Sep 2012, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
angry-alien
Dear AgentGecko.
Please consider the following Ist Ed AD&D classics:

Carrion Crawler, Rust Monster... and my favourite of them all...
ROT GRUBS!
Songgu Kwon 19th Sep 2012, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
No... not... ROT GRUBS!!!
Ensis 14th Jun 2013, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Ensis
Great composition.
Guesticus 2nd Dec 2013, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Would have thought Clarence would have been whistling either "Waltzing Matilda" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl-YI44XYjI) or "Man From Down Under" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s)
Songgu Kwon 20th Feb 2014, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
Both excellent choices!
3dland24 16th Oct 2014, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
What kind of a bad day do you have to be having to want to murder someone?