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