Comic 39 - Background Check

14th Aug 2011, 3:05 AM
Background Check
Average Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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Clef 14th Aug 2011, 3:05 AM edit delete
I promise there will never be a wall-of-text comic like this again. This is pretty much the wrap-up of the current storyline with some info that just needed to be put out. There will be one more for this story that reveals what Deathwing's diabolical scheme was, but I have a filler planned next week at the moment.

I also plan to do a background comic on Sara, too. However that will will be purely visual, not long-winded like this one.


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SlopDoggy 14th Aug 2011, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
I like long-winded comics. It helps flesh out the characters. This was cool because we got an in-depth look at how hard Kleeyo worked to keep Tallia safe.
tehdruid 14th Aug 2011, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
I agree wholeheartedly with the post above. I hate short comics. The wall of text doesn't bother me at all, in fact I love it. I hate how shorter comics barely give you anything and despite the action, they are quite boring. I love to read, I'm a book nerd first, gamer nerd second and I love long comics, keep up the good work!
Ayshela 14th Aug 2011, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
I love your artwork, and I love your grasp of storytelling. This one, it NEEDED to be done this way.

Never. Ever. Apologize for doing what your story needs. =)

I love this. The background on Kleeyo is heartwarming and completes the picture, but the development of Sara as we get to watch her perspective, her understanding of her partner shift and grow is equally well done. You have the soul of a storyteller and I hope you never stop. Thank you for letting us watch you hone your craft, for sharing the journey with us.
Leo 14th Aug 2011, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Wall of texts are completly fine, as long as they aren't boring and this was far from boring. We all actually got to see more about their past. They aren't just some random characters with a blank slate. You gave them a very nice backstory and this is by far one of my favorite that you've done.

Also I gota say, LOVE the panel with Sara offering a handshake. Looks adorable ^^
The Dwarven Dude 14th Aug 2011, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
That was a great one - by all means. As someone above I also like long-winded comics, keeps the story background running and creates your own "lore-legacy".

And you are getting better and better - putting in different expressions, angles, other characters, decorative elements etc., like!
Rokas 14th Aug 2011, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Personally I don't mind "wall-o-text" comics occasionally, as they can help hurry a long a story enough so that we can bypass what would ordinarily be several boring comic pages of the characters talking about this to each other. On the other hand, just don't get carried away with it, ya hear? ;)

Aww, poor Kleeyo. I imagine my huntress being the same way when I first starting hanging 'round the tournament grounds.
Kyplor 14th Aug 2011, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
I actually liked reading all the text. It sure provided a lot of background info. Thanks.
lackinganame 14th Aug 2011, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
hey i like the long winded it gave so much explanation to Kleeyo, and dose this mean we get to see more of the kid! please say yes!

grate story by the way, i hope you do more of them.
Tibursjach 14th Aug 2011, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
*sinf* so...something got into my eye... *snif* and my allergies are acting up... and I really loved this one even if it had a lot of words it is a nice closure and kleeyo being scared/motherly/angry cattle/showing friendship
Clef 15th Aug 2011, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. These are what keep me going :)
Kaiser 15th Aug 2011, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
I think we all have reason to fear Sara's past...especially in picture form O_o, I predict agony and death raining upon her poor victims as the mountains collide in the back and start wildfires that spread to consume even the oceans as the screams of the denizens of Azeroth fill the air with cries for mercy...but that's just me :D
Cadistra 15th Aug 2011, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Wonderful page, Clef. I really like the history behind Kleeyo, especially that it showed that she's just a hard-working mother. :)
One question, though - you said Tallia was born "in the shadow of the Quiraji Invasion." Do you mean the War of the Shifting Sands? Because that happened over 700 years ago... :0
Clef 15th Aug 2011, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
The war of the shifting sands was sort of a 2 part war (beginning and conclusion). The first where the Qiraji were sealed behind the gates of AQ, and the second where they were released. As far as I know, it's still considered the same war. I'm not sure, so please correct me if I'm wrong.
Zarozym 15th Aug 2011, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Actually, you are wrong. The War of the Shifting Sands ended all those millenia go, when the dragons entombed C'thun and his minions beneath the Scarab Wall. The reopening of the gates and subsequent battle with what remained of the Quiraji, and eventual destruction of C'thun's body on Azeroth is another war. (Even though some participants on both sides are still the same 10000 years later)
Zarozym 15th Aug 2011, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Small mistake: One millenium ago, not ten millenia! My bad! :)
Zarozym 15th Aug 2011, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Small mistake: One millenium ago, not ten millenia! My bad! :)
Clef 15th Aug 2011, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I just notice the players involved with reopening the gates are awarded the achievement "veteran of the shifting sands". Sounds like they are still involved with that war. (CURSE YOU BLIZZ for not giving me my achieve!). Feels like the entombment was just a ceasefire, while vanquishing C'thun after the invasion was the conclusion.
Steffi 15th Aug 2011, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
Long winded maybe but well worth it nonetheless.
Garrett 15th Aug 2011, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Don't appologize for heavy text Clef, I think most everyone likes it. Giving thought into your characters and providing a background is great. It shows that not only do you care about them, but also fills us in on characters that you have gotten us to care about as well.

I love your art, but its your characters and writing that keeps me excited for every update. *Cheers*
Ruri 16th Aug 2011, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Wonderful story, really enjoyed every second of it.

Ruri ^_^
kaelbloodelf 19th Aug 2011, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
its a great comic and i love the end but i noticed in the panel where Kleeyo is on the wolf theres a ] before that (Also around ]that time) if its much work dont edit and if its on purpose im sorry :)
i might have some like that on this comment...
George 19th Aug 2011, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
I'm always confused when people feel they have to apologize for strips like this. I like seeing that an author has put this level of thought and detail into their characters and (in comics that aren't based a preexisting universe) their world-building, and I feel like a lot of people share that opinion. You're a good writer, Clef- don't feel bad about having to write a lot sometimes.
That being said, Sara having a dialogue-free backstory wouldn't be bad either. It fits her character, just like this mix of introspection and violence seems very "Kleeyo".
Sarev 20th Aug 2011, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
<I also plan to do a background comic on Sara, too. However that will will be purely visual, not long-winded like this one.>

one question will there be boobs and wild parties on this one? hey just asking its Sara here for all we know she could have gotten naked drunk strip dancing in front of Arthas in ICC... just sayiung
Coffinshaker 21st Aug 2011, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
dangit man! why'd you have to stack +crit to text?! XD

also... I second the boobs and wild parties for the Sara arc. >)
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