Frequently Assumed inaQuracies.
Because no one really asks us questions.
Ambition is great-looking comic and all, but it updates so irregularly.
This is entirely untrue. We update once a week (on Wednesdays, at this
time), and post notices on the main page if we're going to be late. If
a week is going to be skipped entirely, we post a notice the week
before. Usually, you get a joke filler comic instead (note: filler
comics do not remain in the archives - they are usually moved to the
gallery). You can always grab the
RSS feed and have your computer keep track of us for you.
Ambition has some of the best coloring of any webcomic! How come not all the updates are colored?
Oh well, the plain inks are very good too.
Thank you very much, but what inks? What you're looking at there is graphite.
The only ink present in the pages of Ambition
are the panel lines - those are done with micron pens to hold up to the
constant erasing that goes on during drafting. But the final result is
pure pencilwork. As for the color, you'll notice we've been getting
more detailed as we've been getting more used to the medium, so while
early pages were 40 hours of work, later pages take 50, 60, maybe even
70 hours to complete. On top of this, 2007 was a very rough year for
us, physically, mentally, and logistically, so we often had to update
without color to keep the updates coming. This is less than optimal,
because the color supplies you with important information (such as the
time of day). We will eventually have all the archived pages colored. In
the meantime, we're working very hard to do better in 2008.
Ambition would be a much better story if you would just do ____________.Uh-huh.
Maybe, maybe not. We're presently laying the groundwork for twenty
chapters worth of story. However great your ideas may be (and we're not
saying they're not) please don't assume that you know what we're doing
better than we do. This story is a long haul, and more or less complete
in the writing stage. We're aware that once a week is an
abysmally slow pace, but please be patient. In order to enjoy this
story, you're just going to have to trust us to know what we're doing.
The Prime of Ambition is yet another fantasy adventure spawned by the Dungeons & Dragons universe and/or settings. Too bad it's not more original.Is it, now? Why? Because D&D is currently the
largest conglomeration of fantasy elements in existence and popular to
boot? We won't deny that D&D is one of our influences, but it is
one of hundreds, and we aren't even fans of the system. We are far more
influenced by the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Madeline
L'Engle, Ursula Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, Simon R. Green, and Barbara
Hambly, to name the biggest ones. Even bigger influences are Shimizu
Aki, Katsura Masakazu, Kumakura Yuichi, Kishimoto Masashi, and on down
to Zhang Yimou, Miyazaki Hayao, Kurosawa Akira, then the anime Noir and Monster, and the GensoSuikoden series.
Of course the biggest of all is good old cultural history and
folklore. Influences do NOT include Greyhawk, Dragonlance, or Forgotten
Realms - mainly because we've not read them. We feel that the
humans/elves/dwarves represent the common
scope of Western high fantasy, and it is this that we respond to, not
any particular standout in the genre.
And speaking of genre, high fantasy as a whole is derivative, and
that's how it's meant to be. The original Dungeons & Dragons was
pulled entirely from a series of already existing works and concepts.
As a game meant to make it possible for fans of the genre to play
together, it served its purpose well. However, it is highly troubling
that later versions of the manual do not credit any of their
direct influences. Even more troubling was TSR's attempt to gain
royalties and intellectual rights to properties that were established
public domain and even already attributed to previous authors. Fantasy
is meant to be a modern take on or response to ancient literature.
Works of literature respond to one another. That's the way things are
and it's the way things should be. If you support D&D in its
attempt to consume and dominate all things fantasy by assuming all
fantasy belongs to D&D in some fashion, you are killing the genre.
But the drow are specifically a part of the D&D universe.Are
they? Because we were used to dark elves kicking around in books,
anime, and video games before we ever looked at anything D&D
related. There's no use recounting the history of Gary Gygax and such
to us - we researched it well while we were wondering if we would have
to make up our own name for them or not. If drow are specifically
D&D, then orcs are specifically Tolkien. Which is to say as orcs
were a pre-existing concept made popular by Tolkien, so drow were a
pre-existing concept made popular by D&D. We've kept up the general
image, sure, but D&D specifics such as Lolth, the Underdark,
dryders, and magic equipment that turns to dust in sunlight are not a
part of Ambition. Bottom line is that drow come from cultural
history, and are therefore public domain, barring particulars that we
But Thanatos is a copy of Drizz't DoUrden (did I spell that right?)!Huh. You'd think I (Sly) would have had to read the books to have done that... Well, sarcasm aside, I was working on Ambition
and fleshing out world settings and such during my senior year when the
Drizz't books were recommended to me by a friend. I took the bait and
read the Dark Elf Trilogy, which she called "sooo good." My verdict on that thought is "sooo
not." The only character I liked in the entire trilogy was probably
Masoj (sp?), as he was the only one that made a lick of sense. And then
he had to die in a stupid manner. Bah. The back of the book said
something like "compelling world building" and "triumph of good over
evil." I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that. In any event, yes,
Than does bear some passing resemblance to Captain Goodie-two-shoes in
the dark elf, male, noble, currently in exile (or is he?) department.
This was pretty unintentional, and I saw no reason to bow out and
change some very vague resemblances simply because there was a
pre-existing popular character. As far as I can tell, if someone makes
a dark elf character in any capacity, they'll get this knee-jerk
response. I'm not copying R. A. Salvatore or trying to milk off his
popularity or whatever. In fact, you're more likely to like Than if you
don't like Drizz't or Forgotten Realms.
Audriel and Than are gay.Wait, what?
<sar>Oh right. The only time characters argue a
lot and don't get along is when it's due to romantic tension. How silly of us.</sar>
Eloise is just the token big-boobed, air-head female character.Crap,
they're handing that out to C-cups, now? We'd kinda hoped being female
would preclude our being misogynist pigs. No dice, eh?
You guys are pretentious snobs.
Yeah, but if we admit it are we still pretentious?