pt. 1 ch. 11 - Page 3

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MistakeNPotatoes
9th May 2018, 10:30 AM

Well what do you know, the big guy DOES make an appearance...

I do wonder how people feel about this particular interpretation of this elder god..

I am, by the way, working on the comic again. I sketched two pages over the weekend and started inking them yesterday. I'm doing what I can :)

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...(RockB)
9th May 2018, 10:54 AM

> ... how people feel about this particular interpretation of this elder god..

My first thought: Needs way more tentacles, and thinner & longer ones. Otherwise, why not.

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:12 AM

Haha, there are more tentacles, we're only seeing the tippy top :)

I'm glad you're not completely opposed, hehe.

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Thracecius
9th May 2018, 12:26 PM

I'm not very familiar with Lovecraft's works, so I wouldn't be a good judge of how accurate your rendition of this creature is, but keeping that in mind, I'm guessing it's Cthulu? Either way, he's pretty imposing looking, and definitely terrifying if he's hiding out on Earth!

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Seito_Akai
9th May 2018, 1:34 PM

Considering it's the god of the Deep Ones, I'm guessing it's Dagon.

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Thracecius
10th May 2018, 12:15 PM

Ahh, I've heard the name but I have no idea what Dagon looks like; appreciate the input!

So a thought occurred to me - was Hugh just a kid when he started to change, or was he a full grown adult? His size presumes the latter, but if he never had the chance to grow up that would help explain his childlike naivete.

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:12 AM

Oh, but you forget, Akai - C'thulhu is the ally (and possibly creator of?) deep ones as well :D

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Mgnostic
9th May 2018, 12:28 PM

Quite a mind blower for Hugh. How often does one come face to face with a god? After this i would say that Hugh is lucky to be as mellow and well grounded as he is. Now there are so many more questions about Hugh's backstory.
As to the interpretation of the elder god; I like the eye-face thing. Certain consistencies are needed to keep the character recognizable but beyond that it is a thing of non- terrestrial morphology.

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MadJak91
9th May 2018, 1:31 PM

Yup. I think the same.
The other fishmen look more jaded in comparison and probably lack most of their human self OR just get by until the inevitable transformation.
Hugh on the other hand is more chill and perhaps does not care as much about what is going to happen to him and what forces are there in the world. Whoever takes care of him I guess.

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:14 AM

Hugh's backstory, I plan to get into it more in any stories I end up working on AFTER this one. I don't want to bog down this one with too many flashbacks, so I'm going to keep them brief and mysterious :)

His backstory isn't super EXCITING, anyway, just paints the picture that forms his personality, is all.

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MadJak91
9th May 2018, 1:28 PM

Yup! It is Hugh :D
I guess such a meeting did not shake him back then but maybe as a kid he could not understand much. I mean, you do not just meet a demon octopus, right?
Kinda interesting thing about him is that he probably fully accepted his role but still has plenty of his human side and neither side hinders the other. Hm. Not sure what was hunting him previously but maybe life experiences made him accept both sides?

Have you ever played The Longest Journey? Because this really really looks like a part where you meet an ancient sea dragon or basically a sea god. Pretty cool :D

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:17 AM

This whole thing will make a little more sense on today's coming page, I think. Hugh did not literally fall into a river and meet C'thulhu, haha :D

But yeah, he was being chased by other kids who were teasing and mocking him, just a scary/shameful memory for him. The rest.. hmm..

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Fabian W.
9th May 2018, 2:10 PM

Like Thracecius, Cthulu is the only Lovecraftian monster I know of that comes to my mind here.
If this it indeed him, I like it. It makes sense for the usual "giant winged guy with a squid for a head" interpretation just being the result of being drawn after a rough description of something way more alien looking. (Sort of how people in the Medieval age tried to draw exotic animals that they knew merely from travelers' descriptions.)

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:18 AM

Yes! Exactly what I'm going for here. These things are described as 'indescribable' but they use descriptors like "octopus" and "dragon" and such, so I thought about what I could get away with in terms of alien design that MIGHT inspire someone to call it an octopus or a dragon at the right angles, all while looking like neither, really :)

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Mr. Casual
9th May 2018, 2:42 PM

Is this Mr. C? :D I suppose it could be Dagon or Hydra, but it looks more squiddy than fishy, so it's gotta be the Squidmaster General.

Always interesting to see new interpretations of him. My main curiosity is that it looks like he's wearing a jacket, heh.

Also, is that his face, or a mask? If it's a mask, maybe in this Mythos, all the elder gods and GOO's have masks? That'd be kinda neat.

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:22 AM

This is, indeed, my interpretation of C'thulhu, heheh.

I could see jacket! If and when I end up showing his whole body (not spoiling nothing) you'll see the concept I have for the full body. I promise it makes sense... to me, at least! Hahaha.

It's not so much a face as a shell with some optics peering through. I didn't really want to have a 'face' per se.. really I'm just kinda spitballing here, hahah!

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...(RockB)
12th May 2018, 9:36 PM

Since this came up here, Cthulhu was the only one I thought of. Dagon - I don't have a clear idea about how he might look, except very scary, really like out of a horror/splatter movie.

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th May 2018, 8:01 AM

Oh yeah. If an when I draw Dagon in any of these stories, he's gonna be super terrifying. Or I want him to be, hard to say how I'm going to execute it, haha

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...(RockB)
15th May 2018, 8:26 PM

Oh good :D

Somehow I can't stop thinking of these old scary samurai masks when it comes to Dagon.

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Dromicosuchus
9th May 2018, 4:58 PM

My goodness, THIS comes as a surprise. After the last page, I was pretty certain it was Hugh, but seeing ‘Ol Squidface himself was very unexpected. A dream, perhaps, by Hugh while he’s unconscious? Regardless, although we haven’t seen His whole body, I really like the design thus far! The “mask” and asymmetric eyes are interesting. Cthulhu’s oddly paternal, comforting approach is interesting too; not what I would have expected, though as we haven’t met any other Great Old Ones thus far in the comic, just one Outer God and a host of members of different servitor races, perhaps that’s to be expected; didn’t really have much to work off of as precedent.

By the by, on a note of possibly more general interest to readers, along with our esteemed storyteller’s Patreon (which I strongly urge everyone who isn’t already to consider supporting), I recently came across this very interesting item, and thought it might be worth mentioning: https://www.patreon.com/Proppingupthemythos/overview The first leaf of the book has already been sent out, and having received my copy I can vouch for its quality; artistically it looks fantastic, and content-wise, although it’s a little too early to judge and I don’t want to spoil anything, I can say that so far it steers very clear of Derleth-esque Good vs. Evil takes on the Mythos, uses Lovecraft’s Elder Sign, puts Yog-Sothoth front and center, has accurate and meaningful Latin and Greek passages (and, quite possibly, meaningful AKLO passages, though so far I obviously haven’t had access to long enough sequences of that to be able to parse out anything about the language and the sounds represented by different characters). It looks like it just might end up being the real deal, in short.

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 8:08 AM

I dropped some hints, glad that people picked up on who this was :)

It would seem that he's being visited during a dream, yes - I'm glad you like the interpretation of the squidmaster himself, heheh. I figured that he might be more friendly to those he knows he can count as an ally - also it might be kinda creepy to have something like that speak to you, or try to speak to you in such a way.

I checked their page out and it's really cool! Looks like they're hand-crafting a necronomicon, heh. I will second your recommendation in checking out their page :)

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a.c.i.d.
10th May 2018, 4:44 AM

I absolutely love the atmosphere of this page. Maybe I detect some of your newfound style creeping in. ^.^ Shape, color and lineart all blend fantastically. I like the "face", too. Glad to hear you're plugging away. Thanks!

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MistakeNPotatoes
11th May 2018, 7:50 AM

Ah, thank you! I appreciate it :)

This page was made just before my initial breakdown, so I'm not really sure if this has much of my 'new style' so much, but I am always trying to move forward in execution while maintaining speed. It sounds like I'm getting.. SOMEWHERE, heh.

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Bob Mozark
11th May 2018, 9:29 AM

Okay, now I'm thinking that this is a dream sequence of the young Hugh. That makes me wonder how much of it he will have remembered when he awakens. Not that he will understand it. Also wonder how much his parents have told him about what his familial heritage is.

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th May 2018, 8:00 AM

One must wonder how much his parents were involved in his upbringing, if at all..

But yeah, it's a dream where an event that happened at a young age replayed, followed by a visit from a certain someone in his dream, in such a vulnerable state :)

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