Back in the Swing of Things!
Back in the Swing of Things!

Hey everybody! We’re back up and running again after last week’s downtime. The server that hosts this comic and several others was hacked and it took some time to get things back in order, but everything seems to be stable now. We had to go to a backup of this site, so some of January’s comics were missing for a few days. I’ve reuploaded all of them, so there shouldn’t be any holes in the archive for those of you who are either new to the site or going back and doing an archive dive. Hooray!

This week’s sketch is a very fun picture of a punky Pathfinder druid and her faithful, feathery velociraptor companion. She specifically asked me to “go wild” with the hair, so I gave her and the raptor matching orange crests. How adorable is that? I just want to hug them both!! (Though, I’d probably get bitten/stabbed.)

News: Posted February 8th, 2013 by Alina

^ 10 Comments to “Back in the Swing of Things!”

  1. Way cool! Reminds me of my WoW hunter days!

    Posted February 8th, 2013 at 2:50 am
  2. Jamming Says:

    It’s “Puff the Magic Raptor”!

    Posted February 8th, 2013 at 5:02 am
  3. Yitzi Says:

    Thanks for re-uploading the missing comics, but you might want to know that on those pages the “previous comic” button is still missing.

    Posted February 8th, 2013 at 8:22 am
  4. Harrow Says:

    Too cute! Though I stay away from people with pet dinosaurs. I enjoyed the “geek girl” storyline this week, but there was one comic that made me totally facepalm. I can pretty much guarantee that guys who wear sexy costumes get more hostility than the vast majority of sexy costume-wearing girls. They get shoved, spat on, called “fag”, “pussy”, “pansy”, “trap” or “freak”. And not just by men. And most of them don’t do it just for attention any more than the women, but because they like the character or costume. If Dustin thinks that makes them “annoying”, well, too bad!

    Posted February 8th, 2013 at 9:17 pm
  5. Jon Says:

    I teach biology, play DnD, and am such a giant geek, so it is with love in my heart that I provide you these links:

    First up, the size of a velociraptor:

    Second up, the latest images of velociraptors based on current fossil evidence:

    Finally, your drawing is still cool! That thing in the back of my brain just twitches when dinosaurs from the raptor family are drawn in the classic Jurassic Park scaled way. They were all sorts of feathered. And the large majority were very small. Even deinonychus, who was 11 feet long, didn’t break more than 4 feet tall. These are jaw-droppingly awesome creatures from earth’s ancient past! We should all endeavour to draw them with the proper size and feathering…

    Unless of course you’re jut going for cute….

    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 5:07 am
  6. Alina Says:

    Oh, thanks for the opportunity to geek out about dinosaurs, Jon! It’s one of my favorite things to do!

    Firstly, the girl is a gnome & on the short side at that, so I imagine that she’s about 3′ at most. That’s still a little large to ride around on a velociraptor, which at 1’6″ at the hip would still be smaller than her, so either it’s:
    a) a Dire Velociraptor, in which case I should have drawn it with fangier fangs and more hit points, or
    b) It’s been misidentified and is actually some other Dromaeosauridae species. It’s a little small to be a Utahraptor, but it could be a Deinonychus, who at roughly waist height to a human would be perfect for a gnome to ride. If that’s the case, then the snout I drew is a little too blunt and tyrannosaurian for a raptor. Unless:
    c) It was supposed to be cute and stumpy. 🙂

    It was actually hard for me to restrain myself from drawing feathers all over it. She requested a ‘classic, scaly’ raptor. I added a crest anyway because I couldn’t stop myself.

    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  7. Les M Says:

    Heh. *Our* Pathfinder druid’s favorite form is… a Deinonychus. 😉 Saved our butts more than once too.

    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 8:49 pm
  8. Ciji Says:

    Totally loving all the geeky dinosaur talk! Thank you Alina for reloading the missing comics. Life is so crazy right now that I’m playing catchup once a week, and I was puzzled mid week when it was jumping from end of December to suddenly Feb. Then the next day they were all there and I could enjoy them in sequence. Yea!!!!!

    Been loving the stories. Had to tell several friends about the Hobbit movie discussions 🙂

    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
  9. Jon Says:

    Ah! She requested the scaly raptor! All is cool then, I can stop twitching.

    They found evidence of feather-like shafts on triceratops! How cool is that?! I’d wager that, as time goes on, we’ll see that most dinosaurs had, at the very least, feather-like or protofeather features! It’s so cool!

    My favorite is Allosaurus! Big enough for a human to ride, relatively long arms with 3 clawed hands, and it’s a big ol’ theropod with all the awesome theropod features!

    Check out this allosaurus toy/model I got for christmas!

    Posted February 9th, 2013 at 11:13 pm
  10. Matthew Says:

    Fuck being a WolfRider! Now theres Raptorriders

    Posted February 11th, 2013 at 1:24 pm