Demons, faeries, and humans clash following the deaths of millions at the hands of a man-made epidemic.
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BlueDragon edit delete 6th Jun 2021, 4:09 PM

BlueDragon edit delete 18th Jun 2021, 6:00 PM
Aaaaaaaand the pay off.

If you aren't familiar with the book she's referencing, don't worry! Probably more of my parents generation, and those who study the environment or have taken a few courses on that, would be familiar with these. It's Edward Abbey's "The Monkey Wrench Gang." It is...a controversial piece which influenced the beginning of eco-terrorist groups like ELF (Earth Liberation Front).

I would have minored in Environmental Studies, were it not for slacking off and not completing my last Capstone English essay for my double instead we slapped the English as my minor, but it really should have been E. S. Not that it matters 10 years down the road, as what I learned there has probably changed in a decade (not the basics, but the newer information). So yeah, I've always bitten off more than I can chew XD Too ambitious...

But anyway, besides reading the greats like Carson's Silent Spring and Cronen's Changes in the Land, one of my instructors had us read Abbey's Desert Solitaire. But one of his more iconic counter-culture books was The Monkey Wrench Gang, which was later re-released in the 80s with artwork by R. Crum.


Anyway, regardless of how you feel about his tactics or him (he was a misanthropic womanizer who hid snakes in his shirt to scare people...character, asshole, misogynist? Probably all these things), you can't deny his impact on the Environmental Movement. My dad was a land surveyor, and having read Desert Solitaire and how Abbey kept pulling out all their flags after they marked them in an attempt to prevent them from getting their measuring done made me laugh my ass off...since I've worked with Dad before and had to put those damn little flags in myself XD XD I dunno, it's an extra layer that just made me chuckle, even though it was probably a pain in the ass for the workers (but then, overtime is nice XD).

Kanna isn't all at interested in all the same things Rin is, so she mistakes the book to be a Boxcar Children rip off. If you like Steven Universe, that's what they were referencing with The No Home Boys). Being kids of the '80s and '90s, with older siblings, they probably would have read those along with The Baby Sitter's Club, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and numerous books by Avi XD XD).


lirvilas edit delete reply 20th Jun 2021, 11:06 PM
dunno why "eco-terrorist" is verboten when straight-up "terrorist" seems to be widely in style these days?
BlueDragon edit delete reply 21st Jun 2021, 12:48 PM
Oh yeah, these days we would drop the descriptions, probably. But this comic takes place in the late 1999s at this part. The eco is to define and differentiate the flavor of terrorist, seeing as the events of this comic were set in motion by genetic-supremacist terrorists.

Also, no context at all, but this happened. I am not making judgments yet, as I haven't finished reading, understanding, and imagining what this legislation is going to accomplish, or how it's going ot be implemented. But I think it's good to be in the know what's going on...
jmluvsbob edit delete reply 21st Jun 2021, 9:15 PM
Y’know, I hit the next button about three times before I realized I was caught up. I really can’t believe that I caught up to this already. It’s the same sort of feeling I get when going through other stories of similar lengths.

This comic is really special for a lot of reasons. The first of those is your immense dedication to it. I don’t know how long a process it’s been, but I can see you were at least uploading the earliest pages around 2009 or so. But not only have you been building this story, but you’ve gone back to rework things that didn’t sit right with you and you’ve made a great deal of progress with that as well. Just want to say that I think everything you’ve done so far has paid off.

Dark Horse is such an interesting story and I haven’t really read another story exactly like that. Of course there are elements here and there that are reminiscent of other stories, but I just love this whole blending of fantasy with time travel and such. And the main character essentially becoming the main demon villain was nice, as well as the whole backstory (frontstory? Since it’s in the future?) of how the world turned to shit and how our main characters changed over that time. It’s such an interesting plot and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

I think one of the main things I really love about this comic is your art style. It’s got this really nice blend of western and eastern influences to it. It’s kind of like it has the energy of a manga with an 80s-90s western Saturday morning cartoon art style, if that makes any sense. It’s just really unique and I like it a lot. Another thing that I like is your willingness to try out things with color, shading, line work, and whatever else. It’s nice seeing some pages with different aesthetics to them. Which reminds me, I also like your approach to backgrounds with having some nice patterns here and there.

Rin is definitely my favorite character. I like her personality the most and she’s the cutest one, especially with that cat face she makes occasionally. I’ve also grown more fond of Yulie as time has gone on. At first I didn’t like him too much, but he’s been growing on me a lot. Oh yeah, and Keisuma is a great villain too. I can’t wait to see more of her in action as time goes on.

Thanks so much for making this story. I really can’t wait to see where it goes next. It’s been very fun commenting on pages and seeing your responses as well. I appreciate how much effort you put into your responses. I can tell just from that how much this story means to you. Keep up the good work, and thank you again!
BlueDragon edit delete reply 21st Jun 2021, 11:30 PM
Oh my gosh, you just made my day *O* Legit, I don't think I'm usually very good at expressing how thankful I am (I always worry I sound hollow, and that's not it at all XD). Your comments have been a joy to read, and I honestly looked forward to reading them :D

I intend to drop by and read more of Minimal while I'm away next week (I got a plane trip, and train ride, so I'm gonna have looooots of down time finally). I started reading it quietly a couple weeks ago (and was getting a chuckle), so I want to invest a bit of time catching up on my faves and checking out some new ones :3

I hope I can live up to expectations, and will try to improve with each page :D (though, you're now going to be getting it frist time around XD When I revamp, I attention to what people say about things, or if they're confused, I tweak things XD XD).
Marcel edit delete reply 26th Jun 2021, 10:31 PM
You've basically written down my feelings about this comic. I guess I'm too lazy and inarticulate to express them that well.
BlueDragon edit delete reply 27th Jun 2021, 11:50 AM
Thank you, Marcel! Honestly, I really appreciate your readership and your comments (holy crap, I just got done looking at the place where I'd put "wonton" on instead of "wanton" and your comment made me giggle for like, a third time XD XD Seriously, I appreciate you taking the time to point hose things out ;) )