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    Is anyone else getting a Terry Prachett vibe form this comic? : D

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    Yes... a tentative yes. The humour certainly seems to have the same understated and cynical style. While Pratchett's name didn't immediately leap out at me, I can certainly see where you're coming from. Putting words to it is another matter entirely of course
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    Naaaaaah!

    It's a nice comic, but it has a different style of wit, and from what we've seen so far not the biting observations of the modern world.

    However, it is similar in that it has sterotypes acting like (kinda) real people.

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    Aw come on. I mean the names? The silly world?
    Also I think the way the first comic started was very Terry Prachett like.

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    I don't know, it seems like it might be a bit darker than Pratchett.

    Actually, he can be kind of..at times... so yes, I too can see what you mean.
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    It's pratchett-like but he's better then Pratchett in all terms other then volume. I grew tired of Pratchett after the first book I read, 'Interesting Times'.

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    Um... no. Not even close. Pratchett doesn't have to make up silly words, babytalk, or jarring non-sequiturs in an effort to cause the disquieting tickle that can either become humor or annoyance. This comic has to lean on those items quite heavily because it really has nothing else to go on.

    Pratchett's commentary on modern life is insightful and cutting, and is as successful as it is because so many people can relate to it. Most people can look at the wizards or the watchmen or the Ankh-Morpork post office and say "Yeah, that's pretty much the way it is with academics/cops/postal workers/etc." Erfworld... not even close. No one can say "Yeah, I used to get a croakamancer and a quackamancer mixed up," or "Oh, yeah, my boss has this Swingline stapler that turns every fifth walnut into a pigeon."

    This comic is trying too hard and failing miserably.

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    I can see how it begins Pratchett-esque, but the dialogue, at least, is very different. And I'm not talking about the r-replaced-with-w words either. It is at once too overtly silly and too subtle to be like Pratchett. They are both silly fantesy, but the comparison ends there. (Note: I'm not saying they're good/bad/better/worse, just different.)


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    I really don't see a connection, and I'm a Discworld fanatic. They're both comedic fantasy worlds, but that's as far as the similarity goes for me. Discworld humor is poking fun at our world, and I haven't seen that yet in this comic. Not to say it's not interesting in it's own way, of course.
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    What musicnerd said.

    I quite like this, but I think Pratchett is better. We haven't seen much of this however, so my opinion can change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moechi_Vill View Post
    It's pratchett-like but he's better then Pratchett in all terms other then volume. I grew tired of Pratchett after the first book I read, 'Interesting Times'.
    Well you see, there in lies your problem. You started with a Rincewind book, and judged it as the standard. Give good ole Terry another shot, and don't pick a book that deals with the least interesting set of characters. I recommend a Watch book, probably Guards, Guards!, because it's the first Watch book.
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    He's right. I preferred Interesting Times to the early watch books though, but I dunno.

    Of course, he might just not like any Pratchett.
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    gasp someone that doesn't like any pratchett?!

    the thought has driven me insane!!!!!
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    I must say, Prachett is good at least and so far, this isn't. Prachett doesn't build his world around baby-talk.

    Maybe this will get good over time.

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    I think Pratchett's humor is dated and boring, myself. He's the fantasy equivalent of jokes about how evil lawyers are. I don't call it witty, insightful, or cutting, I call it . . . blunt. It's like he's saying "See!? This is FUNNY! Laugh, everyone, LAUGH!" That is trying too hard.

    This comic, by comparison, doesn't care if we get it. Doesn't care if we laugh. It is, yes, a non-sequitur. It is The Far Side humor. It has interesting artwork, including dynamic perspectives and compelling imagery. It even uses pacing and beats, something very hard to do when designing comic strips. I'd say it even uses pacing better than OOTS (sacrilege, I know) . . . I shall go so far as to say that the pacing, with the "walk walk walk crack coo Hey!" reminds me of Neil Gaiman. It is the opposite of trying too hard, in my opinion. And it's just my style.

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    Um... no. Not even close. Pratchett doesn't have to make up silly words, babytalk, or jarring non-sequiturs in an effort to cause the disquieting tickle that can either become humor or annoyance. This comic has to lean on those items quite heavily because it really has nothing else to go on.

    Pratchett's commentary on modern life is insightful and cutting, and is as successful as it is because so many people can relate to it. Most people can look at the wizards or the watchmen or the Ankh-Morpork post office and say "Yeah, that's pretty much the way it is with academics/cops/postal workers/etc." Erfworld... not even close. No one can say "Yeah, I used to get a croakamancer and a quackamancer mixed up," or "Oh, yeah, my boss has this Swingline stapler that turns every fifth walnut into a pigeon."

    This comic is trying too hard and failing miserably.

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    The bit with the Arkenhammer reminded me of Pratchett a bit somehow, but that was it for me.
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    Dont foget there is not only Discworld. Erfworld remindes me Pratchettīs Carpet people pretty much.
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    I'm waiting for Death to make his appearance, or rather The Gwim Weaper, or Dweath.
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    Nobody appeared for Manpower, so don't get your hopes high.

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    It'd be the Gwim Weapew anyway.

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    I'm reading interesting times, and I like it. my favorite was Going Postal. or try any of the Death ones, like Hogfather or Soul Music, or, better yet, Mort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cult_of_the_Raven View Post
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    That was my very first Pratchett. I also suggest it, because it doesnīt require too much Discworld knowledge.
    Color of magic, as the first book in the series, is also good start.
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    I prefer Reaper Man and Thief of Time, myself. I love Death.
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    I love Lancre and the witches! Especially Lords and Ladies.
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    that's like comparing apples to marshmellows. And while opinions can't be wrong on a very technical level, Terry Pratchett has written over thirty books, and has 27 million book sales; just because you dislike like an author doesn't mean they aren't very good at what they do. Except Ann Rice.

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