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#535 Unsummoned Part 1

It’s been a long time coming but I think it’s finally time to bid Drake goodbye. When I first created him (as well as Devon) back in # 95, I wanted an unreal magical creature to counteract all the human interactions with some levity, much in the same way that Girls with Slingshots had a talking cactus and Questionable Content had a tiny robot to interact with their human cast.* They gave the comic some light-hearted whimsy and practically became the main stars in their comics. I used those characters as a model for Drake, but after a few years, it became quite clear to me that this comic is heading in a different direction and Drake, more often than not, doesn't quite fit in. So it’s with a little sadness that I present this three part farewell to Drake. But don’t shed a tear for him just yet. He may just turn up in another project down the road. (Can you say, Green man of Portland?) *Not like now where every other character in Q.C. is some damn robot or walking AI…)

6 thoughts on “#535 Unsummoned Part 1

  1. I just went on a quick archive binge for the greatest hits of Drake, and man, the art has gotten better over the years.

    I also note that this decision was discussed three years ago, so nobody can accuse you of rushing into it!

    1. bohemiannightsthecomic

      Thanks Brett. I feel the art has gotten better too. Did I really think of casting off Drake three years ago? I don’t remember. But it has been on my mind for a while so it doesn’t surprise me.

      1. Close – 15th August 2015 you asked for opinions. I think the consensus was “it’s your story, we trust your judgement”

  2. Well, the good news is, Drake will go out on a high note (how could he not?), but he won’t be missed in terms of the story, so I think it’s both appropriate from a character relationship standpoint and a narrative standpoint. Kudos to you for planning ahead so well, not everyone manages it. 😉

    1. bohemiannightsthecomic

      Thank you. I do like to think of the ‘long game’ for the comic. A kind of loose road map for all the characters that gets more defined and refined the closer it comes to creating the actual comic. Some characters go out years.

  3. Fare thee well, ya demon bastard! 😀
    Good call. The send off is also really well done.

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