9th Sep 2012, 5:25 AM in Night Of The Dragon

NIght of the Dragon 1a

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NIght of the Dragon 1a
One night each year, you can walk through the picturesque forests of Clwyd-Rhan without being robbed. On that night, even bandits will not venture out...
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Reinder Dijkhuis 9th Sep 2012, 5:25 AM edit delete
Reinder Dijkhuis
The next two weeks worth of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan will feature a short story from 1993 - set in the year 993 - in which we see the circumstances of Kel's first meeting with a dragon. It's a fun story, and even the art isn't too bad for such an early comic although I've made a few corrections; see if you can spot them.
One notable change in my thinking about dragons is revealed by the fact that I've uncritically shown this particular dragon in flight. For Dolphins and Dragons, I considered using the conventional explanations for dragon flight - gaseous organs, ultra-light skeletons and small stubby wings for steering. In the end, though, I opted for a more likely explanation: that the "wings" of dragons are in fact display frills used early in dragon evolution to scare predators and later in mating rituals, and that dragons don't use them to fly at all.
That leaves me with an inconsistency because the dragon in Night of the Dragon flies. Perhaps the magical field over Clwyd-Rhan was stronger in those days; in any case, in the year 1000, dragons no longer fly because they are too big and heavy with tiny fake "wings".
Drawn in 1993, first published online on October 12, 2001. In that publication, the comic started with an illustration and the first page in full. We're now normalizing that for ComicFury, so you get half a page now, another half tomorrow and no distracting extra artwork.