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kotor, April 14th, 2011, 4:10 am

- I love this little pirate. What a tragic tale! For some reason I'm a big fan of characters who are in some way poorly chosen for their role in life - whether it's a seasick pirate or an evil Jedi or a Pokemon trainer who doesn't know one end of the Pokeball from the other. Have you noticed that? All of my characters are terrible at their jobs.

I applied a fun texture to this comic - I drew it around the time I drew the final page of Tales of Felicity (so far). I would do more pages like this, but Flash isn't really designed the do this kind of effect, and it drains the memory to the point that I can't use the program.

There are several in-jokes in this comic if, like me, you're a fan of the Cantonese language and culture. The pirate boat pictured is based on "junk" boats (it's a transliteration from the Chinese word, not a description of the boat's quality) that used to be very common in South-East China. The Black Family (Hak'Ga) is a play on words - there really were a people called the Hakka (客家) in Hong Kong history who would live their entire lives on boats and never some to shore. 客家 means 'Stranger Family', but 黑家, 'Black Family', sounds exactly the same. It's a clever pun, I promise. Just trust me on this.

Also, 'Hak Ga' is the Yale romanisation for 黑家 or 客家. Yale pingyam is used only for westerners attempting to learn Cantonese, so there's a very veeery tiny number of people who can properly understand this joke. But I'll shut up about it now.

Isn't it strange that a comic based primarily around ancient British tradition and folklore randomly contains a complicated Chinese joke? Maybe I could have searched for a more geographically and culturally correct name for the pirate elves.

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But that wouldn't make your comic nearly as unique as it is!

posted by Kuragari on April 18th, 2011, 4:47 pm



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