Avatars & Avifauna


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a ripoff of DM of the Rings?
Inspired by. When Shamus Young ended his strip based on the Lord of the Rings as a roleplaying campaign, he expressed surprise that nobody else had begun one on another movie. I was surprised too. A gap needed to be filled.

When does the strip update?
Three times a week! On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Update time is 10:11 GMT, the same as Irregular Webcomic! Why those days? Because most other 3-a-week comics update Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We like to be different. And it gives you something new to read on the days many other comics don't update.

So how did this come together?
Less than 24 hours passed between my idea to do this, and the first comic being posted. I dithered a bit, worried about the time commitment. Then at lunch at work the next day I shared my thoughts with some of my workmates. They immediately said, "We'll be back!" So this comic is very much a collaborative effort with a hard-working team of 6 or 7 people behind the scenes, cooperating on the writing, the screengrabbing, and the compositing. This assuages my time pressure fears somewhat. But let's see how it goes.

What will you do when you finish Avatar?
Well, we're going to wait until James Cameron makes another movie, and then see if that's worth doing.

Why didn't you pick a director who's made more than one film?
Most roleplaying campaigns run chronologically, so it made the most sense to start with someone who was just starting out in the movie business.

What game system are they using?
It's deliberately vague and unspecified. There are elements of several different games in it, plus some stuff that we just plain made up. So either imagine it's some fictional commercially available system, or call it a home-brew system.

"Avatars & Avifauna"??
Yeah. Give us a break. We had to come up with a name within a lunch hour - the same lunch hour where we discussed the idea, decided to do it, plotted out a metaplot involving the players and GM through the first third of the movie, and wrote the first strip.

So who are the Comic Irregulars?
The creators of Avatars & Avifauna are Andrew Coker, Andrew Shellshear, David Karlov, David McLeish, David Morgan-Mar, Ian Boreham, Loki Patrick, Steven Irrgang.

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