April 25, 2020


page 48 of the bimshwellian comicoid.

the gnomes are regrettable but elpse was pretty regrettable for a long time and now I find it very amusing. The colors on this page at least are nice. i think they are nice!
i worried that the “kaiser monarchs,” the motorcycle gang-like assemblage the gnomes belong to was among my least inspired groups of characters, and maybe i was right because i just learned [thursday] that the ill-fated pixar film onward also features a “pixie biker gang” similar in appearance and presumably to some degree in behavior to the gnome collective. I look forward to people talking to me like I ripped that off in a few years.

ehhh my approach is still probably awkward and contrarian enough to not retroactively be construed as a rip-off of that by people who need to see everything i make in terms of recent media they consumed. Due to various factors including a worldwide pandemic that you may have heard about coinciding with its theatrical release, “onward” may also be one of the least-seen pixar films so i have even less to worry about. Even though the more people think i am inspired by recent media the more they accept what I do so perhaps I should encourage them to think that but I don’t like being liked like that!


my gnomes are more awkward than onward but at least I like them. I don’t like these at all.
According to this blurry picture and I didn’t want to go searching for more, “pixie dusters” is their name. Whereas i thought a gang name that directly alluded to my characters being gnomes was too on-the-comically oversized nose. However they like butterflies and “monarch” is a powerful-sounding type of butterfly, and then kaiser because i thought kaiser helmets were really funny for a bunch of years, hence the name.

I got to thinking about onward because i inadvertently read that pixar had paid whoever owns dungeons and dragons now to use a Beholder in the movie in some capacity, which made it necessary for me to skim its synopsis to be certain it wasn’t just doubling down on the wreck it ralph formula, but I think instead it is just quadrupling down on the pixar formula, which is essentially the same thing but the characters have smaller eyes and ugly little footless stump legs and prefer annoying existing songs to ones that they sing themselves. Prior to then i had seen pictures of the main characters and thought they looked sort of like greegorp and lactorp, the pointy-ears imbeciles from my beet cartoons but had no reason to presume the behaviors were similar.

LATER ON in the one other picture I saw, it became apparent to me that one of the characters is holding a drink bottle many times larger than itself, which would indicate the creatures are rodent-sized, which would make them QUITE different from my gnome gang. I would question why something that could fly would need a motorcycle or how at that size it would get one. you can’t just say “oh magic” to explain that because nothing else about it is magicy. I would accept and grant credibility to the gang if they mugged Runaway Ralph and Stewart Little during the film because disney can buy and use just about any character they want in any way they want but that would still only get vehicles for two of them.



4 Responses
  1. 1
    9:09 am, April 27, 2020

    Purplespace sez:

    Lope would make a great bird! I can see why the gnomes are confused on this!

  2. 2
    7:37 pm, April 27, 2020

    Charmlatan sez:

    Even as a fan for over a decade, I prefer Kaiser Monarchs over that Nixar’s black market tested hoohah because at least KM came from your vision, raw, and uncensored. Kaiser helmets are funny. After all, what was the point of those spikes on top? Was it going to frighten the bombs and bullets away? Plus I’m sure those pixies share the same body mass to save on budget. They look so hollow.

    They had a good idea to trash lope’s place. Too bad mitz is a terrible eloper. You know, to elope with elpse. That’s my otp. I’m sorry you had to to learn like this, in the middle of a pandemic.

  3. 3
    3:51 am, April 28, 2020

    Frimpinheap sez:

    spacko: the only bird lope would be good at being would be a very bad bird.

    charmo: i say negative things constantly and yet often feel the need to dial it back if i worry i have influenced someone else. those pixiar figures might look more convincing when they are actually in motion. and yet somebody specifically designed that static graphic to promote those characters and thought both that it was necessary and also that it looked really good, so I shan’t challenge your statements.

    lope seems to have an odd attachment to elpse but i don’t want to emphasize that too strongly; to ME they have known each other 19 or so years but to somebody reading the comic strip all at once those imbeciles have only been acquainted about a day. also i don’t know how much of that is specifically about elpse, who has done nothing to deserve it, and how much is the lizard being desperate for ANY non-overtly hostile company that isn’t also a clothing accessory, because despite the large number of non-comic strip pictures both of them have appeared in with other characters, none to my immediate recollection constitutes character development and even if one did I couldn’t guess where in time after the current position of the comic strip that would occur, assuming they shared a stable continuity.

    that is true even if you were kidding!

  4. 4
    12:45 am, April 29, 2020

    Charmlatan sez:

    Don’t worry, I was only kidding!…hm, for the most part..

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