#123 - The Forest From The Trees - in A Cabin In The Woods

The Forest From The Trees

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Author Note

Amy Of Darkness

Amy Of Darkness Amy Of Darkness said:

I'm going to slow down updating juuust a little bit here to give myself some time to catch up on a buffer, this arc is where we're close to catching up to current. I made a few small tweaks to dialogue balloons here because I didn't like how they flowed before, sizing up the page a little gave them some more room to breathe.

So yeah, a discussion happening! My intention (clunky as it is) with this abrupt change of scene was really supposed to tie in with the previous mini-arc's theme of someone seeing those hidden creatures to one of those very creatures being skeptical about there being anything else here but vampires and werewolves and finding it odd that if there's as many as Charby claims, that the human population seems completely unaware of it aside from the hunters. He lived in the city long enough to get that impression, anyway.

It's not that Tony disbelieves there are other monsters hiding out possibly in other remote cabins like this, he just finds it dubious there's a whole community of them in the forest because he's thinking it's just a bit of backwoods. He's used to creatures like him having to hide from humans constantly as there's almost nothing untouched by human development. Vampires and werewolves aren't an oddity to him-- they can pass for human and he even saw them in his homeland. Zeno is really the only unique creature he's even met here, and it's not that he doubts Zeno came from a family of demony creatures like him. He just finds it hard to wrap his mind around there being Zeno's folks, elves, fairies, an entire population of demons enough to justify there being a king, among others like Charby suggests. This conversation was actually inspired by an old conversation I had with a reader way early on, who was wondering how so many creatures could exist without someone seeing the entire civilization from a helicopter or even why there doesn't seem to be a lot of nosey humans poking around with camcorders looking for Bigfoot clues. Well, there's other things at play for the latter, but as for the former, a flight over Kellwood is only going to reveal treetops, for reasons Charby is elaborating on here. There's only one way into Kellwood(that he knows of anyway)and it's not from overhead! And if a hiker makes it into the other Kellwood, somehow, well... there's reasons they might not be reporting to their human friends that they stumbled on a secret world.

25th Oct 2021, 1:42 PM

Comments

ByrneHouse

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the art is awesome and the characters remind me of Homestuck! also, A Doctor Who reference?! genius!

25th Oct 2021, 1:47 PM

Amy Of Darkness

Amy Of Darkness Amy Of Darkness

Haha, I guess thanks? I never actually read Homestuck! Not offended by the comparison, heck, people who read my comic for years made a comparison too from the other side, but I did create these guys 8 years before HS was a thing. I think I'd be terrified if my comic ever got that popular!

Honestly I almost wanted to avoid the DW reference least I be mistaken for a fan of the newer series, but it was really the most notable example of what they're talking about, and since it's the 90's they're referring to the classics. It's just too bad I despise everything after 8th, but I know Menu would be less picky.

25th Oct 2021, 3:50 PM

ByrneHouse

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haha its okay. russle t davids is coming back i heard....

26th Oct 2021, 8:37 AM

Kulgur

Kulgur Kulgur

Russel T. Davies is also new series, so they're just replacing one New Who showrunner with another New Who showrunner. What Amy said was that she liked Classic Who (i.e. everything BEFORE Russel T Davies)

28th Oct 2021, 12:16 AM

ByrneHouse

ByrneHouse ByrneHouse

is it really true that it can be watched in any order!? btw still a huge fan, Watching some tonight!

28th Oct 2021, 8:19 AM

Amy Of Darkness

Amy Of Darkness Amy Of Darkness

Well sorta. The old series had a continuity running through, but with the new series they just throw that all out with retcons, it's so divorced from the old material you can just not watch the old stuff and it still makes sense within its own continuity. Returning to RTD isn't much improvement for me personally because he introduced the elements I disliked. He's only marginally better than Moffat, IMO. The only thing Moffat ever did that I liked was "The Curse Of Fatal Death", mostly because it was parodying the old series.
Of course, I do not want to go out of my way to trash an iteration of the series other people are fond of just because it's not for me. Both Moffat and RTD retooled things to appeal to the Twilight crowd (and it got massive success for that so who can fault them?) but since that's also not my thing, I'll stick with the cheesy rubber suit monsters and cheetah aliens! XD I'm not gonna say the old stuff is flawless, I just honestly like it better.
And hey if you still love it, I genuinely hope it's a fun episode. :)

28th Oct 2021, 1:18 PM

ByrneHouse

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well, I find that funny. Cheetah aliens. I am watching some DW with my friend tonight! say, do you recommend your comic to a guy like me or is
Vagabonds better? just asking.

28th Oct 2021, 1:35 PM

Amy Of Darkness

Amy Of Darkness Amy Of Darkness

Watching shows with friends is the best way, hope it's a fun time :)
Hah, I dunno, depends on your taste I guess! Forgive me but I suck at talking about my own comics, it's why I'm never in the self advertisement threads!
If you like simple plots and lighter tone, more buddy comedy/road trip stuff, you might prefer Vagabonds-- my husband writes it, but it's in the same continuity/world as this comic (it's a bonus/sibling comic).
If you like dense interconnected plots with lots of worldbuilding/lore, a heavily character-focused narrative, medium/high fantasy setting and occasional horror/dark comedy, then you might like this one.

Tone calibration!
The Muppets Movie (1979) Seinfeld, Avatar The Last Airbender-- Vagabonds
What We Do In The Shadows, Twin Peaks, The Labyrinth -- CTV

28th Oct 2021, 3:21 PM

ByrneHouse

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Muppets, Seinfeld, A:TLA!?

it sounds like fun!


but as for the whole Vampire thing you got going here, I love the shit out of Lore and World Building, but to be honest I don't think I'm the right audience since it's so angst because Vampires= Angst. I mean no offense, I am currently writing a Invader ZIM inspired work for the last 15 years....

have you ever considered Oddworld? it's a horribly morbid game But I want Soulstorm for Christmas. The guy who makes it (Lorne Lanning) is always comparing it to the Muppets and what I call "College Dorm Poster Sci Fi". heh. I'll read something by you I'm sure. Vagabonds? I'll think about it.

28th Oct 2021, 3:52 PM

Amy Of Darkness

Amy Of Darkness Amy Of Darkness

Oh, they might be teasing a bit because I sound defensive (and I totally do, haha!)

28th Oct 2021, 12:21 PM

ByrneHouse

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no no! it's okay! I was going to read Vagabonds right now! and I was going to give you my honest opinions via a Message to you! I need some inspiration for a new comic. Not that it matters if it'll be good or not which, I've chatted to my brother about over the phone today, and I should just go with my gut and not worry as to it being so much as, well...I think it's about time I GOT myself some inspiration! after all, I only have a single character for my comic; Ivory, a weird Dinosaur Girl. and I've been strainin' for a story! see ya in some pages!

28th Oct 2021, 5:34 PM

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