After going trough so many shitty femcomics which only revolve around wombs and tits, it is a good time to dissect a comic which was done by a woman but has nothing to do with actual femcomics. I doubt many would’ve guessed that the author of this one was a woman unless I mentioned it, and that’s great. It’s great when comics don’t rely on who or what the author is, or what the message is, but just on pure skill.. or sometimes, just pure lack of skill. Which category does Wurr belong to? We’ll find out.
The comic is about mutated wolfaboos living in a crater. I’ve noticed that any story about wild animals is nearly always about a group of animals who are migrating somewhere. Balto, Brother Bear, Silver Fang, Pride od Baghdad.. it’s always about going to a new area. It’s the same with Wurr. The dogs in this comic are all sparkleanimals and have some sort of superpowers or.. are terribly crippled. Eh? Okay, that doesn’t sound very sparkly after all. What kind of a sparkledog artist would draw actually, terribly crippled and ugly dogs?
Well, let me tell you, Wurr is drawn by E. Jokinen aka Wolfpearl, the biggest animal and creature bioloy nerd you’ll ever meet in your life. She’s practically obsessed with anything related to the subject, and it fucking shows. Every creature is drawn and designed with great understanding for anatomy and biology. She also uses it in her advantage in the plot and the world.
So, observe. Here is a few specimens of your regular sparkledogs.
Horrible colours, horrible anatomy, absoltely no regard to any sort of aesthetics which would be universally (or even locally) viewed as pleasant or well done. And they’re fucking everywhere. More info at: http://community.livejournal.com/anti_sparkledog/
But miss Jokinen?
No eye-raping colour, no stupid-ass designs, sometimes the trait of the character dawns on the reader after they think “Hey.. what’s wrong with this thing? It doesn’t quite make se.. ohgodithasnoeyesandthety’reonitstoung” Their mutations still seem awfully random. What kind of an animal would ever have eyes on toung, heat vision even if they’re mammal or in the case of one of the characters – a skill to shoot electricity? But then again – it’s fantasy, and I think this comic makes even the craziest stuff work by finding just that fine line between fantasy and reality. I like especially how Iralbe works.
Some of the mutations actually mimic real-life mutations
Everything works. And you have no idea how rare it is that everything works this well. This comic is just a galore and party of awesome poses, movement, foreshortening and creative anatomy. Gladly, it doesn’t end to just everything looking good, there’s many points in this comic where the cripplement or special abilities of the characters become important or useful in a non-melodramatic way and bring the plot forward.
Speaking of which..
I feel like the plot didn’t really get to start with it’s full force yet. And I really love how it started.
As I mentioned, the story didn’t really get to even start properly yet, this issue was a mere introduction to the world they live in and to the characters. The story started nicely by rounding up one character at a time, so that we have properly time to get known to their special abilities, appearance and get used to their names.
Yeah, their names are your basic set of fantasy names, Iacar, Pyramos, Iralbe, Badjaw, Hafmar, Surama, Morri.. er.. okay, Morri probaby doesn’t count and the character with the corniest name – Nightclaw doesn’t even show up, ever. Goddammit, I don’t think I can complain about that, either. There must be something I can complain about!
The characters act like your basic, silly teenagers. None of them seem somehow.. mature. There’s something slapstick-y about their behaviour. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s just some weird, melodramatic tomfoolery going on with how they react to things.
Reacting with “NOOOOOOOOO!” to bad news when others are calm, saying “I am calm” really angrily and then going on with a tangent of angry complaints in the background, korny “You belong to me now, strange pack! Aroo!” battle talk.. this is way too korny behaviour for critters who have been drawn this well and put to live on this well made world! Though I dunno, maybe there has to be this underlying comedic tone so it would not be too depressing to watch malformed dogs live in a dry canyon with almost no food? Oh god, I can see it now…
Eh.. yeah, maybe it’s good it’s not so excessive after all. But I am still a bit peeved.
Oh, and the main character, has a bad lisp and it can be read whenever he speaks main character, people!
This is bad karma, folks. It comes from whenever someone has complained that vampires speak too clearly to have such big fangs or that those aliens couldn’t make words with those tiny/humongous mouths. So now we have a main character who realistically has a lisp because he has way too big fangs. When I first read it in english, I was struggling to understand him and I doubted that it was a good idea to give him such a speech imparement. But then I bought the book with finnish speech bubbles and I could now understand every word without a problem. I wonder if english people have problems understanding his english. I can’t really think of Iacar without his problem, though. It really has become such a big part of his design that even if it’s a problem, it would not serve any purpose to change it.
I also cringed when this convo happened:
God I hate stupid shit like that. But to be honest, in Wurr, it was not rubbed on your face and the guy with the madness did not snap and kill someone’s puppies or something equally retarded. In fact, Wurr manages to avoid three of my biggest dog comic pet peeves 1# “I am last of my kind and so special and pretty baww” 2# “YIFFYIFFYIFFMURRRR I AM PRETTY!” 3# God-awful puppies which look like fucking midgets, like in BBA. I was really glad to see Wolfpearl draw puppies. They weren’t particularly young, but it doesn’t really matter.
My last grievance is with the fight scene.
It doesn’t make much sense why it began. It would’ve been much better for the plot if it had begun in some other way than just someone snapping for no apparent reason. And somehow the fight scene wasn’t as dramatic as it could’ve been. It was almost comical in it’s chaos and randomness.
I think the problem with that scene was actually just the “camera shots” as everything was pictured from quite far away and so that every body part was visible. There also wasn’t any full-page screens. It might’ve needed something like this:
Extreme closeups, extreme angles, you know the deal. But the action was really good anyway. The movement lines were awesome and things just went swoosh! swish! bang! I think she went for clarity rather than drama.
Wolfpearl really has the technique and skill for an awesome adventure. Somehow, I feel like this is not quite yet her masterpiece, but it won’t be long until the story kicks in full force. At least I have high hopes and expectations for this comic. What really impressed me in this comic was the real media, BITCHES! The whole comic is made with ink and pencils. Suck on that! Also, somehow I am left feeling like the comic has not enough detail. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing, it is incredible to read, everything is so detailed and fine. But, I feel like she could do even better with A3 sized canvas rather than A4. But then again, it would take much more time and the comic is really so great right now that it would not be worth it to slow it down.
Eh, well that wasn’t so bad at all.
This is so fucking weird, I actually read a dog comic and loved it. The good sides it has overpower the bad sides, which really aren’t quite that bad to begin with. I think this would be what indians would call a “good day to die” because if there’s a good dog comic in this world, I probably am not needed anymore. Unless I can convince Wolfpearl to start drawing huge dog pecks and turn all the dogs into huskies and akita inus. Still, I am not sure if she has managed to make the korny moments into anti-korniness because of the good world and top-notch art or are the korny moments dragging them down, instead.
All in all.. this was a great read and I recommend it for everyone who loves animals or good art.
http://wolfpearl.deviantart.com/ – you can read the whole comic here! Go read it and give her money.
Sparkledogs found trough http://community.livejournal.com/anti_sparkledog/
Ps. The greatest picture I’ve ever seen:
I look exactly the same when nerding around B) NERDS UNITE!