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...it's a thousand times larger than earth, yet its entrance is extremely tiny
February 4, 2011 9:53 AM   Subscribe


 
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It's one of those whimsical web comics, mainly hand written pages of text around drawings. The drawings aren't bad, it seems to be another one of those "you are special and should use your imagination" things, but I might have skimmed too quickly.
posted by paisley henosis at 10:16 AM on February 4, 2011 [5 favorites]


I thought it was a metaphor for homosexuality...
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:17 AM on February 4, 2011


BLORK!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:18 AM on February 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


It reminds me a lot of Doodle Jump. I keep looking at the artwork and thinking, "Nooooo, the monster's gonna knock you dowwwwwwn!"
posted by katillathehun at 10:19 AM on February 4, 2011


All the made-up words remind me of Rudy Rucker.
posted by brundlefly at 10:30 AM on February 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


The theme is fairly typical of inspirational children's stories, but I thought the art and concepts were quite enjoyable and creative.
posted by ryaninoakland at 10:38 AM on February 4, 2011


I thought it was an advert for TED. (See "punchline.")
posted by kozad at 10:39 AM on February 4, 2011


This reminds me a lot of Fantastic Planet.
posted by Pastabagel at 11:00 AM on February 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you. I quite enjoyed this. :)
posted by jillithd at 11:01 AM on February 4, 2011


So kids, the lesson is you'd better conform, but if you must be different you'd better give something back to the rest of us or we'll stomp on your shit something cruel.

Probably not the message I was supposed to take away from that. :-)
posted by Decani at 11:09 AM on February 4, 2011 [8 favorites]


Poor decaninoktious, he doesn't know any better. Where he comes from making glib comments is a polite thing to do!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:32 AM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


I thought it was a pretty competent pastiche of early-'70s psychedelia-lite self-esteem parables: The Point!, Free to Be... You and Me, that kind of thing.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 11:39 AM on February 4, 2011


I found that a little depressing.
posted by maxwelton at 11:55 AM on February 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


I really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting!
posted by slackdog at 11:57 AM on February 4, 2011


Something about the style gives me the heebie jeebies, a little bit.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:11 PM on February 4, 2011


I love quirky, creative comics - the point was the weird and imaginative world, so I looked past the heavy-handed moral and revelled in the odd names and lovely illustrations of improbable things.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:41 PM on February 4, 2011


Are you guys just trying to catch out Bing again? Furlqump indeed.
posted by zeoslap at 12:48 PM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Point!, Free to Be... You and Me, that kind of thing.

My impression too. I love when secret worlds like these leak into Normalspace. I like the imagination and play they display.

To the creators of these, I always want to ask for more on the ecosystem of characters and their world. The hero's quest is nice but it's been beaten dry by thousands of years of retelling. That narrative element is best buried where it can almost not be seen by the reader - more felt - (this was a bit in your face). I am curious though... What do they eat? He got hungry... Is this a mere village in a larger world? Why does the door move around in our space? Why is Furlump so large? More please.

Should be explored further. This has the makings of a Bean World . Great start and I for one would enjoy hearing more from the person looking into it.
posted by astrobiophysican at 1:42 PM on February 4, 2011


The attenuated, twirly graphic style reminds me a bit of the Codex Seraphinianus.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 2:31 PM on February 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Poor guy, Tedlow still looks totally forlorn and alienated at the end. I guess they're all communicating with him now, but who would want to communicate with these destructive, ignorant assholes anyway? Just a few days ago they were stomping on his plants and shouting at the Dippledrixus to leave. Moral of the story: Tedlow will be alone for the rest of his life :( :( :(
posted by naju at 3:31 PM on February 4, 2011


I feel like I should have taken some lesson from this... but... I just... hmm.
posted by cthuljew at 8:37 PM on February 4, 2011


So kids, the lesson is you'd better conform, but if you must be different you'd better give something back to the rest of us or we'll stomp on your shit something cruel.

Can't find it in TVTropes.org at the moment, but I'd summarize it as something like "Justify your existence, freak!" See also: X-Men, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:13 PM on February 4, 2011


Just a few days ago they were stomping on his plants and shouting at the Dippledrixus to leave. Moral of the story: Tedlow will be alone for the rest of his life

"Tedlow was a kind and forgiving Qumpod . . . "
posted by IvoShandor at 1:57 AM on February 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


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