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 based on another movie or a natural history documentary. 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, "An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment." 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.
Are you planning to do all of David Attenborough's nature documentaries?
Yep. We've planned a story arc through all current documentaries from Life on Earth through to Conquest of the Skies!
Why did you start with The Life of Mammals instead of the first one, Life on Earth?
Mammals are easier to relate to for most readers. We'll slowly develop the story and move on to birds, reptiles, insects, and so on. The Private Life of Plants is going to be a real challenge!
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.
"Marmosets & Meerkats"??
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 four episodes, and wrote the first strip.
So who are the Comic Irregulars?
The creators of Marmosets & Meerkats are Andrew Coker, Andrew Shellshear, David Karlov, David McLeish, David Morgan-Mar, Steven Irrgang.
More questions? Praise? Abuse? The natural world is changing.