I don’t mean to hate on Tolkien-esque elves! They just go in the same category as werewolves and vampires for me, where there are PLENTY of other stories out there that focus on them and I don’t need to feel compelled to add them into Skin Deep because they’re popular. Also I just don’t have much interest in drawing things like elves and gnomes and dwarves etc etc.
Understandable. These guys are used to much for their own good. Also, have you heard of the Hidebehind? It’s not something Gravity Falls made up.
In one of Manly Wade Wellman’s “John the Balladeer” stories, the Hidebehind was called the “Behinder.” John caught a glimpse of it, and wished he hadn’t.
Yes! Hide behind and other fearsome critters! The hugag, the sidehill gouger (related to the dahu,) the upland trout, the snipe! So many more.
So basically needs to be a little furry, or it’s “small crappy humans”. XD
Scales and feathers work too, no doubt. =P
See, I always like the various types of gnomes. Are they feral violent pests, similar to rodents just vaguely human shaped, or are they garden protectors, or are they tinkerers, or shoe makers. Lots of gnomic variety.
Spoken like a true palaeontology fan.
‘Tiny Crappy People’ by Weird Al Yankovic.
I’m almost surprised that Weird Al hasn’t done that song. LOL! I’m sure some people would say “Weird Al wouldn’t write that kind of song”… and yet, he turned “You’re Beautiful” into “You’re Pitiful”. So, yeah, he’d probably do it… just not if anyone actually suggested it to him.
He’d have to be careful to make sure people knew it was about fictional dwarves / gnomes / etc., though. I can easily imagine people with Laron’s Syndrome or other forms of dwarfism getting really mad about a song like that.
I like to change the words to “Whiney crabby people everywhere”. Or I do about the third time I hear it every day working retail.
Ed, I sympathize. I have worked in retail before (and I still work in customer service, but not for a retail company). I have the perfect theme song for anyone who’s ever worked in retail, because at some point, on the outside you’re all smiles and sunshine, but on the inside, you’re all out of **** to give:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXK03FHVsHk (warning: explicit lyrics)
Actually, I just found an even better anthem for retail workers. (Again, explicit lyrics.)
What creature do you think Weird Al would be?
Jub-Jub bird, I’d say. He’d fit right into Wonderland, especially with his polka accordion and songs like ‘Dare To Be Stupid’.
I wonder what a Japanese avalon would look like. Over there stories have animals or even objects which became yōkai so I imagine it’d be really lively!
Animals like weasels, snakes, racoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, etc. can all become inhabitants of such a place.
For example: http://yokai.com/gyokuto/
Wapsi Square has a fair bit of that, although the art style is rather…focused on a certain part of the anatomy. They have a yōkai and a whole mess of different mythologies.
I think KoryBing or the friend that writes Monster Pulse had a comic about that already.
Does anyone else remember the bit about “How the heck did an ipod become a Yokai so quickly”
Do you know the name of the comic? That sounds like a fun read!
I think they’re talking about Weird Pets! It was made by me and my friend Sfé Monster many moons ago http://monster-bones.com/
I just want you to know that it’s a damn shame that little gnome won’t be in there because he’s hilarious and I support him 100%.
Shades and Ghost Dogs exist in Skin Deep, so do other types of ghost-esque creatures exist? Revenants? Banshees? Ghouls? Poltergeist? The like? I mean….do even something as fantastical as a Bone Dragon or Ghost Dragon exist?
Ghost aquatic dinosaurs that haunt places that used to be underwater when they were alive?
What about knuckers/ Knockers? The local name for Kobolds here in Wisconsin mining culture, they would get the crusts of pastries in exchange for the safe exit of the miner.
Tommyknockers in Colorado mining country, but they’re kinda like really smol gnomes here.
Huh, now I have to ask about kobolds. I know in D&D terms they’re small reptilian people who worship dragons. Do they exist in the Skin Deep world?
The best thing about an own world is that you make the rules.
‘I can’t say anything that isn’t already said a million times.’
So… than give it a twist.
It should be thumbs up words, not to push you
So basically brownies fall under the “crappy humans” territory?
Hee, I actually expected that to turn into a text-only RQ page (if at all), thanks. :-)
(Given their lifespan, I suppose that the elves’ standard reply would be “what, only a million times?” … ;-)
“Is there anything you will not draw?”
“See these drawings I drew!”
Okay so humanoids are out of the question, but what about animated objects? They are yokai in Japan who are literally living objects and furniture.
Not sure if they would count as “too human,” but any thoughts on domovoi? Brownies? House-spirits like that are some of my favorite folklore critters. :3
Love the eyes on that gnome.
I am fairly certain you can explain away elves and nearly human creatures as being extinct via breading with humans, very tall and very short people probably have elf or gnome blood in them.
Are there any living Montauk monsters in Skin Deep?
Are Nuckelavees a thing, or just an elaborate bugbear-prank once again?