Khriss is the homeworld of the catfolks, because... reasons? (And has nothing to do with Khriskin which was an RPG catperson I've had for eons. *shifty looks*) As you can see my ability to draw people was still hovering somewhere around a zero, but my ability to draw flailing cat tails was a 5! ;)
...Okay, so there might be some of these strips I really want to redraw. *winces at the last panel* But comics are a learning process! This comic makes a little more sense if you know that the Quan are actually capable of talking and not just pets. They are actually just as intelligent as everyone else and perfect mimics, so their speech (when forced to step outside the swiss-army-knife of 'quan') is pre-recorded bits of other conversations. How I was supposed to pull that off in a comic was... confusing.
It's sort of amazing the number of things I couldn't draw back when I started this comic. Fingers, arms, cat heads... I may not be perfect, but I'm a lot better! Would be hard not to be, to be honest. To be fair, practice was what this comic was all about! At least when it started. (Then it spiraled out into actual plotlines, which I wasn't expecting. Whoops!)
Ahhhh violence! ...and badly draw humans. I have a theme? *wince* I hadn't noticed before, but the size of Quan varies considerably in the first few comics. I do/didn't have the best grasp on how to keep relative sizes straight, although I get a little better. I did a bunch of in scale character sketches when I did the old About page, and that really helped.
Begone fourth wall! Ah, the moment things went to heck in a handbasket for realz and I had to start drawing humans. ...I'm very bad at drawing humans, but everyone has to start somewhere! (And I started at the bottom. *sighs*) This is also the first use of DRAMATIC STICK FIGURE ACTION! And it's not the last.
Ah vintage console gaming... it will always be a thing! To be fair, the Holst aren't technical at all so Rasa never saw computers growing up. The Khriss love tech and wargames, so Maow has always been a gamer... even if he leans more towards FPS than RPGs. And seriously, if there was going to be a game franchise still mostly alive and kicking this far into the future Final Fantasy's not a bad bet! ;)
You know it's a good comic when the fictives have breakdowns when they realize they're on camera! ;) Hehehe And lo, Maow has now been kidnapped into the storyline. At least I was kind enough to give him a script! I am really bad at background (among other things) so 'wall with a door and keypad' is pretty much high art. Once I get a little further on things pick up, but for now just enjoy the lack of clutter.... This strip also marks the appearance of dialog notes on the drawings, although they don't always match the final result.
This was the point at which I realised I sort of need a plot... and thus The Quest For A Plot storyline was born! Well, at least the foundation strips that built up to that storyline were born. There were still quite a few characters left to introduce before I could move into the 'real' adventure. I am still amazed that back when I did this strip (late-1990's) that I thought CRT's and consoles would exist in the future. I think I'm going to argue that all these folks are just retro enthusiasts.