Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eldritch: lessons 017

Over the river and through the woods to Maggie’s mom’s we go!

Man, I need to draw a non-cartoony crow sometime.

*Chuckles* So, life’s been busy on this end.  Been working on personal projects and geen getting tons of hours at work.  The good news is, it means I get money, so I can costume… the bad news is, it’s physical and leaves me tired O.o

But, in happier news, I spent most of my working time on this page listening to this song: Loup Garou Bal Gula

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eldritch: Lessons 016

So, there’s not a lot of folklorish stuff in this page… but, I did happen to see Red Riding Hood, and, while it isn’t the best film in the world, I was impressed with the mixture of original mythology made for the film, coupled with normal folklore and fairytale.  Some details are subtle… for instance, the female lead, Valerie, wears a wolf fang pendant, a talisman that was worn by the Irish at one time, and, according to Pliny, held a number of magical properties.  They referenced fairytales the Big bad Wolf appears in aside from Little Red Riding Hood, like Peter and the Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids… If I wanted to really stretch it, I could see a little of The Wolf and The Lamb in it too. In addition, they practically retell a classic old werewolf tale from the Auvergne region of France.  They even bring in a reimagining of the Brazen Bull, which, while gruesome, is interesting.  Some folks definitely did some thinking and research.

In addition, the sets of the film were beautifully detailed.  The buildings were all characters in and of themselves, each with unique qualities, especially Grandma’s House.  I want to live in a place that looks like that, to be honest, woods and all.  The costumes were all really nifty (I like that they put arm holes in her cloak, so it could surround her better and leave her arms free for acting), and the dance they have in the village is an interesting mix of formal, medieval styled dancing, and something more akin to a rave.

However, I’m sure what you all are wondering about is the werewolf.  Personally?  I like it.  Big fangs and paws and fur… and such big eyes. I would have loved more screentime, but I was happy with what I got.

Is it great cinema?  No.  But as werewolf films go, it’s leaps and bounds over flicks like Bloodz vs Wolves<, or Werewolves on Wheels.  I say, give it a shot if you have time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eldritch: Lessons 015

Oh god guys.  I’ve been so sick.  Like, so sick I’ve had ocular migraines, which I haven’t had since I was in gradeschool.  It sucks when you can’t breathe, or hear, or even see.

So, I did this while drugged up and feeling really awful.  So… aside from the general crappieness, there’s probably issues (and I still need to fix the problems in last week’s update) so, apologies folks.

I swear.  I’ll have something intelligent to say next week.  In the meantime, I’m going back to watching Tron and sucking down orange juice.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Eldritch: lessons 014

Hey, folks, I hope you enjoyed the Extra Content this week!

That being said… well, Faith’s back at the general area at least.  And now she knows how other werewolves smell, to a point.  Personally, the scent I imagine werewolves having would be odd, but nice.  For Faith, however… apparently, it’s just something she’ll have to get used to.

But for now… I think I’ll cut this short.  I think I’m catching a cold, and my voice is getting all deep and manly sounding, so I think I’m going to post and run to bed.  So, instead of listening to me blather on, instead, you should go check out Sacred Grounds .

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eldritch Moments: Getting Some Tail

Wait a sec… it isn’t Wednesday… and what is this “Moments” Crap?

Well, folks, I’ve been kind of sitting in this little bit of the comic for a while.  You see, Eldritch was originally going to be a set of strips (Probably black and white), and they were going to be as much a story about a newbie werewolf and her friends, as they were going to be commentaries on my thoughts about the world. But, over time I realized that Faith’s story was too complex for me to handle well in that format.  What can I say?  I have no formal training in comicing, so I have my flaws. 

However, by focusing on Faith and her story so much, several of the character interactions I really enjoyed began to feel awkward in the script. Aspects of this scene will be referenced in a later chapter, but this was initially scripted to go in Layline. However, since Faith wasn’t there, nor did I have Faith’s usual brooding inner monologue going along with it, the scene felt out of place.

So, that’s where Moments comes into play.  I suppose you could call these little comics deleted scenes.  I plan on doing several of them and having them available for posting should I get sick or something and be unable to update the comic as normal. However, if I get enough of them done, they may appear randomly as extra content.

Also, for more on Kuanthropy, please read Montague Summers’ The Werewolf in Lore and Legend.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Eldritch: Lessons 013

What is this?  Did someone remove the stick from one of Faith’s orifices?  Has she managed to find one redeeming quality to werewolfery?  Surely it isn’t so!

*Chuckles* Okay, that aside, man, I’m so glad to finally be back to the “scruffy” panel edges I used to do back in the day.  I’ve missed them.

However, those things aside… nothing too interesting for me to ramble about.  I guess I'm going to go back to researching the Shug Monkey and I’ll see ya all in a week!