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Zoovilization ~ Page 4
After this page, everybody knows who is who for good, I imagine.
That was the purpose of this page, alongside getting to know the
characters a bit through their interaction.
I had this page planned for last week, but the power supply to
my house had other plans. We experienced a power cut during what
would otherwise have been my window of opportunity -- time-wise
-- to produce this page. And since a huge part of each page is
prepared on my computer, I simply couldn't work out the original
ink drawings any longer, without electricity.
Power cuts are quite common around where I live, which is the
rural countryside of France. For instance, you can depend on it
to happen almost each time during your average thunderstorm. Mostly
we're out of power for just a few seconds, couple of minutes at
most. But this was no ordinary thunderstorm, it was a freak storm
with hurricane-like features. It took us back to before the industrial
revolution, leaving all households in the vicinity without electricity.
All this is due to the fact that all power lines are above ground.
A falling tree probably took the power lines down.
Enough about that. Page 4 of Zoovilization takes us to the place
where our three heroes shall be united for the first time on the
next page. Afterwards the pace of story telling shall pick up
a bit. I dare not predict when I shall place this next page, with
freak storms and all. But normally it should be within a week
or so. Probably a bit more, I'd say, just to be on the safe side.
Now, I have a cosy fire lit in my fireplace, as the evenings
are getting colder already, despite beautiful weather during the
day, most times. I shall attend to it now. And it shall attend
I'm the Dopperdude.
On The Zoovilization Project
is a new series in preparation by my hand and mind, this time added
with creative craftsmanship of co-writer Maarten Schuit, who will
supplement my writings with ideas on plot and humour.
'The Zooville Mystery'
shall be the first story in the Zoovilization series: an adventure
story, brought to you in separate gag strip episodes. For Zoovilization
is not a traditional comic book, nor a traditional gag strip. It
is both. And a lot more, as we shall find out when I kick off with
the first episode SomeTimeSoon.
The story of 'The Zooville Mystery' starts in the zoociety
of Zooville, a town that is a zoo, and a zoo that
is a town. Obviously it stars a lot of animals, three of which you
have already met through the teaser: Peter, Eric,
and Hatch. Mouse, Turtle, and Crocodile, respectively.
We shall catch up with them soon enough, as they are the main characters.
And then we shall swiftly get the storyline going.
Other than that, and the mentioning
of Zoovilization being an adventure story with a mystery to solve,
I shall not disclose too much information about the scenario, to
safeguard the element of surprise, for you enjoyment. The story
will simply unveil itself in the gentle rhythm of episodes appearing
on the Dopperdude.com.
As to this rhythm, there shall be no fixed update schedule--my
very valuable time (valuable to me, anyway) does not allow for it,
I'm afraid. I shall update as often as possible, hoping to attain
at least a refreshment rate of 2-3 times a week. I hope to provide
you thus with some continuity, which would benefit the following
of the story.
However, because Zoovilization
is, in the first place, a project for my own amusement, I
shall be sure to keep its production amusing to me as well.
So I can not promise you anything in the update area. Till you pay
me. Money. Lots. (Besides my own amusement, by the way, I hope to
amuse as many people as can find their way to Dopperdude.com, even
though this is not a specific target. If the project turns out as
I envision, I think it has the potential to serve a large-scaled
audience, age-wise. But, in that respect, I especially hope
it will amuse those visitors to my site who amuse me
with their free-content websites).
Another strong motivation to take on this project, besides amusement,
is that it enables me to bring a prolonged storyline, in
a flexible layout, for a change. My main occupations in the
cartoon/comic area of late, have been concentrated around self-imposed
limitations, as a challenge.
For instance, my cartoons series Nothing
Personal has a very fixed set-up: one picture in a fixed
layout, no recurring characters. The same goes for my comic series
Bor & Stampy, which is
almost always presented in a fixed format of 8 standard size pictures
per episode, filling an A4 paper format in a prefixed layout. Bor
& Stampy are recurring characters, of course, as opposed
to whomever is starring in a random Nothing Personal cartoon, but
their limitation is that they have no hands or feet, since they
are made of toilet-paper left-over carton-thingies. And that's a
hell of a limitation, in terms of expression, I can assure you.
Zoovilization, now, allows me to do whatever I want with
the layout, and the characters have all their limbs. Which is nice.
That said, I will go even further with throwing off the chains:
each episode shall be brought to you in any form or style or
level of completion that pleases me, or, again, that time dictates.
In short: Zoovilization shall be presented to you in the state it
is in at the time, which is not necessarily it's final state, but
an enjoyable state nonetheless (I'll make sure). So individual panels
may be presented polished or not, either as a clear sketched drawing,
or in their black and white state, or even in their original concept
drawing, if readability allows it. This is to prevent the lack of
a normal update table threatening the appreciation of the storyline.
However, word has it, that The Zooville Mystery shall be transformed
and reworked into traditional comic book shape upon completion of
the story on the internet. Word in my head, that is.
Now on with the preparations of the story, which shall unwind
itself as a true adventure story, encompassing everything you might
expect from it's title: we shall visit places, face dangers, meet
strangers, and make long faces come the end. But let's not hasten
the story, for the ink of the early episodes isn't even dry yet!