Comic 30 - Page8

Posted on 13th May 2012, 12:48 AM in Chapter Two
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MassDet 13th May 2012, 12:48 AM edit delete
MassDet
When I drew this page I realized that usually a trip to the library is not the most exciting thing to happen in a comic book. However I think it will bear fruit later. Plus it gave me some practice with backgrounds. And please stick with me, because as soon as the library part is over I promise some good wholesome comic book action.

I have really enjoyed the comments I have been getting. It means a lot that people are taking the time to write what they think, or trying to help me out with something on the page. With that being said I am asking for some help from you guys. I know the website is far from professional looking, and needs a lot of work and detail added in. I’m not saying it will happen right away with the busy real world life I have, but I am going to start brainstorming some ideas for the site and would like input from you guys , the fans.

As always let me know what you think, and thank you very much for stopping by.

Comments:

zenla 13th May 2012, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
the questions that keeps bugging me are related to library. In our Middle ages books were so expensive that there were often chained and I have not seen even one such thing. Couild it be they have already technology to produce books more often? I don t think I have seen library that is open so late. How they managed to be there so long then? Also concerning sections I don t really care about stuff like cast but weaponry would be quite an interesting thing i believe.
Kermit 13th May 2012, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
I think it depends on the type of materials used, the literacy rate, and whether they have some kind of printing technology in place. The manuscripts that were chained down were made from vellum (lambskin), which is expensive to produce and was often re-used from older texts because of its low availability. Teams of trained specialists produced books by diagramming where the pictures and lines should go, while others did the painting and inking. Papyrus from Egypt was much easier to write on, and higher literacy levels during classical antiquity and the Islamic period meant that books were in much greater abundance. (For example, I'm told that Umayyad Al-Andalus generated almost half a million texts.) It's possible that this culture has access to relatively inexpensive materials, and more highly developed manufacturing capabilities than you might see during the European high middle ages.
cattservant 27th May 2012, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
"Magic" seems to be a factor too.
Grey Garou 18th May 2012, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Grey Garou
I do like when a comic inspires intelligent discourse (I'm not being sarcastic). My take on the discrepancy of the depiction of the library to actual libraries in the Middle Ages is that perhaps this world hasn't been defined enough to consider that a flaw. I'm not accusing zelna of that, but it remains to be seen just how realistic this other-world is meant to mirror actual reality or even how important that is to the artist.

Of course, that kind of detail is always something worth researching and at least considering. To me, sweating details is a mark of a good artist.
MassDet 19th May 2012, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
MassDet
I honestly didn't think the conversation would have gone this direction, but I think maybe I can clear some things up as far as the technological level you will find in this world. First I would say this world is more advanced on a whole than say the middle ages of our world. The world of Rogue Programming has something though that our world does not have...magic, and lots of it. With that said, magic has allowed a lot more advances in some ways, in other ways it has been used as a crutch and not allowed some areas to advance. So as far as the library goes, it shows how far advanced the world is in respect to knowledge and document keeping. But book binding did not come about the same way as it did in our history.
Also I should say that the city my characters are in is much more advanced than most other places they will find themselves in. Many other places they will travel to will be far less advanced, and things like books will be more rare.

Thanks for the comments again guys. Can't wait to get the next page posted.
cattservant 27th May 2012, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Here be there dragons and bureaucrats!