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by Draginbeard

Howdy folks,

I wanted to talk about the setting for the comic a little bit, and my wanting to incorporate pop culture references in a world different from our own.

The idea was to have Jolly get sucked into the internet, and converted into a ghost in the machine. He spends years bouncing around looking for a way back. But every door he finds takes him to just another place in cyber space.

At one point I was thinking about doing several 'in the game' chapters showing all the crazy adventures playing an MMO, from the characters point of view, but that's really been done a LOT, and to be honest, I don't know if I would want to read another comic like that.

Either way, that particular story would end as Jolly finally found his way back to his world, and happy endings ensued. That didn't sound like it would work either. So, I decided to try something else. How about skipping the whole long drawn out, oh my god, I'm in a mmo game, and just had him do some flashbacks and highlights of those adventures. The more important story would be returning home to find everything has changed.

This isn't exactly new ground either, but at least there isn't a glutton of comics doing it, at least that I know of. Thus we begin the real adventure with Jolly encountering a dragon who is in the middle of an experiment, one that somehow involves him. That gives us a little mystery. The dragon doesn't tell him much, but does warn him that the world is not as he left it a decade ago.

The dragon himself is sort of ambiguous, you cannot be sure if he is friend or foe, but know that this is not going to be the only time you see him. Jolly begins by trying to go home and along the way he finds out to what a dark age the world has fallen into.

Going this route was what inspired me to new lengths. I now had an open field of humor where I could have Jolly using slang he became familiar with during his time in the machine. Such a new world would be ripe with drama as he encounters a long lost love, and an old enemy all along the journey back to Dwarf Hall, the mountain of his birth.

Slow but sure, I will begin to unravel several mysteries, and let the story drive itself as Jolly muddles his way through his adventures.

This is my vision for the story. I really enjoyed writing it, and while it's got a long way to go, this is one story that does have a definitive ending.

I hope you guys stick around and see what I have in store.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Gavin - 08/26/2012