#02 – Intermission: “The Next Level”


The Next Level

Every so often, a page will step out of character or continuity to tell a particular joke, message or filler. To make them easier to spot, I’ll mark such pages as Intermissions.

This particular page has been on my mind for some time, to the point where I’d once considered letting Beyond the Tree start with it. In the end I didn’t, but I liked the idea of a mostly visual gag with a punchline enough to keep it around for some travel filler. The idea is that if longer distances take one or a few pages to get to, there’ll be some sense of distance; and such pages should preferably have more content than simply “We walk now”.


6 Responses to “#02 – Intermission: “The Next Level””

  1. 1 Kermit
    July 26, 2009 at 18:17

    Haha, I could get used to this. Awsome comic.

  2. August 29, 2009 at 07:53

    I’ve read this two or three times, and only now have I figured out it’s Tiny who shouts, “Dong!”

  3. 3 Ronin
    December 14, 2009 at 00:35

    Uh… that really makes no sense to me. Why would she do that– beyond some sort of a pun? Are your characters motivated to kill (or render unconscious, with a probability of killing) strangers in order to provide a punch-line?

    I _love_ the look, and the first couple of comics, but don’t really get this one.

    • 4 Nhani
      December 14, 2009 at 00:58

      To quote the page description itself, “Every so often, a page will step out of character or continuity to tell a particular joke, message or filler. To make them easier to spot, I’ll mark such pages as Intermissions.”

      This page is entirely out of character, and can either be seen as a symbolic moment of rejecting game terminology-related within the context of the comic (what, with giving someone a knock on the head for yelling “Ding!” due to a level gain) or a poor joke at expense of the habit.

      Either way, it can and should be considered out of continuity and context both – it belongs to a type of humor I thought I would need as filler and actually ended up not needing at all. There’s a reason there’s actually not a single Intermission outside of the first chapter.

      That said, this would be the one page I consider the most out of place, and there’s been quite a few times I’ve considered axing it; especially around the point where a troll kept referring to it as part of an argument he was trying to make, even after I said it is both out of character and continuity.

  4. 5 UnknownreaderX
    August 2, 2010 at 03:14

    Haha..”Nrr?.” I love this.Made me giggle the first time :D.

  5. 6 Thairalumen
    August 9, 2011 at 22:25

    Oh, man…

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Beyond the Tree is based on (when not directly using) the art resources and story setting of World of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment.

That and all related and/or registered trademarks are the property of Blizzard Entertainment and Beyond the Tree claims no ownership of these or any affiliation with Blizzard Entertainment but hopes they'll have a sense of humour and appreciate it all the same ;)


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