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    eek Speak Softly, Carry a GIANT SWORD!

    Giant sword haters get ready! A great deal of the weapons in Erfworld will appear to be quite large for the people wielding them. This is a visual choice on my part because frankly, oversized weapons amuse me greatly.

    Actually, some of the larger items will make sense in the context of the story. And the others are just because I like drawing gigantic things!

    So I guess here's a place where you can make fun of me for drawing giant props (is he making up for something) or you can make suggestions for future things that I can sneak in (man, I'd like to see a gigantic paper clip).
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    Will there be a giant hat? Perchance with a giant feather? I do so love those hats...

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    Will there be a Giant in the Playground? *ba-dum pssssh*

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    Nice one, ElfLad.

    There needs to be a high horse that some annoyingly... Arragont character rides on. By high horse, I mean a giant horse. Get the picture?
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    I think you should have a giant shrimp at some point...

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    I love Giant Swords.

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    I'm the master of giant swords.

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    The only problem I have with giant swords is that the characters can't possibly lift them.

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    Speaking of giant swords - does anyone else see the resemblence to Cloud Strife from the FF/ game. -- Not that it's important - giant sword are still funny

    Most of the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwagiebard View Post
    The only problem I have with giant swords is that the characters can't possibly lift them.
    Easy, they're made of styrofoam.
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    Woo! More people with huge swords!
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    Default Re: Speak Softly, Carry a GIANT SWORD!

    Of course, there is a rather persuasive theory that people with oversized swords are compensating for their other... shortcomings.

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    Yay Freud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwagiebard View Post
    The only problem I have with giant swords is that the characters can't possibly lift them.
    I will never understand why people can accept characters who shoot fire out of their hands, or flying dragons that weigh in excess of 5000 lbs., but can't accept disproportionately large weapons. Especially given that the very HEADS of the characters are disproportionate in the first place. Why are some laws of physics apparently so sacrosanct that you can't get past any violation of them, while others can be bent at will?

    News flash: It's an art style!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fwiffo View Post
    Of course, there is a rather persuasive theory that people with oversized swords are compensating for their other... shortcomings.
    Yeah, like public speaking.
    Why are things all… blocky? And what’s with this pickaxe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fwiffo View Post
    Of course, there is a rather persuasive theory that people with oversized swords are compensating for their other... shortcomings.
    Umm. She's a female.

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    Doesn't mean she's any good at public speaking.
    Why are things all… blocky? And what’s with this pickaxe?

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    I'd like to see, um, a spoon that is just way too big?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPoD View Post
    I will never understand why people can accept characters who shoot fire out of their hands, or flying dragons that weigh in excess of 5000 lbs., but can't accept disproportionately large weapons. Especially given that the very HEADS of the characters are disproportionate in the first place. Why are some laws of physics apparently so sacrosanct that you can't get past any violation of them, while others can be bent at will?

    News flash: It's an art style!
    I'll never understand why someone can't accept someone else not liking something. I've never really liked the big sword thing, either, but, hey, to each their own.
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    I've always chuckled at the idea of a dagger so big, it deals bludgeoning damage.

    And gargantuan creatures taking rogue levels. Sneak attack!

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    This is my obligatory poking-fun-at-ridiculously-oversized-swords post.

    Y'know...

    It isn't the "unrealism" of it that bothers me most about it; it's the homage to Japanese animation. The big sword fetish started in anime (Berserk?) and hit the big time with that terrible Final Fantasy VII. Why must absolutely everything reek of anime influence nowadays? Fifteen years or so ago, it was fresh, new, edgy...

    But now...it's so pervasive that it's become unoriginal. So far, Erfworld appears to me to be yet another in a long line of forgettable, cutesy, lackluster, anime-influenced comics.

    I love Order of the Stick, and will continue to follow it as long as it runs, but I will ignore Erfworld. Can't we have something innovative instead?
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    Hell, I think the sword's too small. If I'm looking for "funny big" I want the whole "pull a giant hammer thats bigger than you, out from behind your back and Whack 'em" kind of weapony.

    Is the current thing she's carrying just her pocket knife?
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    On a side note...

    Does the sword have a name?

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    Ooooh!!, I know.
    Giant Sword chucks

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    Sword chucks rule

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    Hrmm, ridiculously oversized equipment...
    I never liked anime. I never played FF. I don't eat sushi. In short, I'm not really into all that Asian stuff. But! As long as it's not done purely to reference some anime character, I really like these giant thingies. There's a certain something to them... maybe the Erfworld cast page puts it best: hack-slash-carve-stabbity-chopchop. It is clear what swords like that are there for, and this is not cutting bread.
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    Default Re: Speak Softly, Carry a GIANT SWORD!

    I think, frankly, that fans of a crappy stick figure comic ought to think long and hard about dismissing a comic based on its art style without reading a single word of dialogue. Because if you believe that the art style of a given comic cannot possibly be saved by the dialogue and/or story, why on earth are you reading The Order of the Stick??

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    Giant, you make an awesome comic and all, but you have dark secrets hidden in your work. Look at that and tell me that the sword isn't about the same size as Roy. That is, of course, only if you're willing to spew hateful lies.

    Obviously your once-original piece of work has become a derivative anime rip-off and it's in my best interests to stop reading before Elan goes Super Saiyan and Haley becomes renamed Sailor Alpha Centauri.

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    I'd like to see how big the toy/artifact hammer is compared to the characters personally...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElfLad View Post
    Giant, you make an awesome comic and all, but you have dark secrets hidden in your work. Look at that and tell me that the sword isn't about the same size as Roy. That is, of course, only if you're willing to spew hateful lies.

    Obviously your once-original piece of work has become a derivative anime rip-off and it's in my best interests to stop reading before Elan goes Super Saiyan and Haley becomes renamed Sailor Alpha Centauri.

    Good day, sir.
    *Smacks you for sarcasm.*

    Anyway, I'm really not sure why people are jumping to dismiss the comic just because of the size of a character's sword. It's become a part of culture, I honestly don't know what it is with people and such raving hatred. Personally, I'm fine with the art style and the size of the sword and I've got no problems about giving it a try. Honestly, I'm not sure why you guys won't even give it a try. You're just going to dismiss it over a part of the art? Very sad...very sad...
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    Default Re: Speak Softly, Carry a GIANT SWORD!

    People keep talking about not being able to lift the sword.... what about pulling it out of the scabbard?

    The character's arm isn't long enough to actually remove the sword from the scabbard unless she takes it off and places it on the ground.

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