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Alexander has had enough... by Akril15 Alexander has had enough... by Akril15
I’ve gotten a little tired of this “angstifying” craze, especially when it seeps into King’s Quest. Sure, it was cool at one time, but once it becomes a trend, it starts getting annoying. Did I miss the meeting where angstifying became cool? Why? Is there so little angst in real life that you are obliged to inject it into other people’s characters? Yes, a character may have had a hard life, but he got over it, didn’t he? It’s just more of that “angst=character development” logic getting to me again.

To digress, I’ve liked Jasper Fforde’s concept of how fictional characters are different than real people, especially how the characters only exist in the present time, while their past is merely a backstory, the third-person characters only say what their authors write in the context of their books, while internally they can be thinking of whatever they want, and how they do pretty much anything they wish when they aren’t featured in the narrative. This explains how otherwise tortured characters live an endurable existence in fiction – no real person could survive what some fictional characters are forced to go through hundreds and hundreds of times as their book is reread.

I’ve loosely applied this concept to Alexander in this comic strip. In the words of one of Fforde’s more memorable characters, “Let’s make light of this darkness.”

What Alexander is about to do in the last panel is a concept taken from a piece of fan fiction I wrote when I was in a very bad mood.
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GrahamRocks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Hehehehe! :) I like this comic!

When it comes to Alex, personally, for me: I don't really mind him being angstified all that much, but I don't mind his self in the canon games either. As long as Alexander is made to be a likable person in general, smart, kind, studious and brave, it's all good with me.
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NagashaNeshi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
You know, it kind of sucks that your 'preview' doesn't lead you to the actual thing.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
*Sigh*...yeah, I uploaded this before DevART decided to change everything. I'd better edit the description to explain that.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
(Actually, I realized that I could just replace the preview image with the original file instead -- oops.)
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Jennedra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is getting repetitive...Do you have this somewhere else? I can't see it!
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Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
So the King's Quest fandom is that bad?
And I thought that the Kingdom Hearts and anime fandom is filled with fangirls doing what you called the "angstifying" craze.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Not all of the KQ fandom is that into the "angstiness" thing, actually -- just a small part of it.
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Xarti Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, okay.
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TheIronHorse Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
LMAO! I love this!
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dboywheeler Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
:rofl:

Good one, Akril!
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Kittensoft Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hehehe nice :D
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Akril15 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Thank you.
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Kittensoft Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :XD:
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KleinesKuhlesRutt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
..That's so awesome XD.
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
XD Ohyes. I would pay good money to see Alex doing this. And you're totally right. I certainly don't object to angst, but only in manageable, non-emo doses. :D I like the way Alex developed within the story - there's no need to add melodrama and child trauma to it!
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Garvis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
Hahahahaha...

Yep, it's sure messed up concerning his role in Kings Quest.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poke he Alexander O.o

Yeah, he does get handed a short end of the stick for pretty much his whole life, but you must admit, living under Manannanananana (I can't spell that guy's name ^^; I give up XD ) would give that effect on you- expecially with those cats. I've read the walkthroughs that Seirra released which states the mind thought process he has in KQ3 when he's trying to escape and he REALLY doesn't have any nice thoughts at all. He hated everything there and goodness knows what else would've happened and wasn't talked about in the game...

I am really not surprised they then towards it. He has issues that finding out he's a Prince doesn't fix :) It's emo, sure, but in the end, its how he was set up from KQ3
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
What walkthroughs are you referring to? I didn't know Sierra released any "official" walkthroughs. The only official walkthroughs I know of are the ones in the KQ Companion.

Still, his personality in KQ6 doesn't exactly reflect the one he supposedly has in KQ3. I mean, behaving in such a manner that a clown has to tell him "Alexander, this is serious"...
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah- I call the companions walkthroughs cause essentially, they tell the whole story and then give all the maps and stuff- it's a walkthrough with a more personalised effort in :nod: I like them cause it's interesting to see what the mind se of something is. Most games that I need walkthrough help on, I go "Why on earth do you do that for?" :lol: The Graham mentality solves alot of the 'Why should I pick that up though' XD I'm not sure what you mean with the clown thing though? You mean in KQ6 he acts like a clown? I'm fighting to think of where... I think his personality in KQ6 was reasonable to what happened in KQ5- he's fallen in love, and he has a hope to find her... I can't see where there are personality clashes... Exmples? O.o
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
When Alexander is talking to Jollo in Jollo's room, he makes a quip which I can't recall, but Jollo responds to it with "Alexander, this is serious!"

Also, if you try making Alexander talk to the falling ceiling in the catacombs after you've stopped it from crushing him, he says something that completely shatters the "just barely escaped a horrible death" mood of the scene.

He also makes fun of himself occaisionally, like when he's buying the magic book from the bookseller ("We shall see how rusty my spellcasting truly is!"). I've gone through the entire KQ6 resource.aud several times, so I'm sure there are other similar bits of dialogue, but I can't think of any at the moment.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh- I don't remember any of those... and damn, if my compendium isn't in storage cause I'm moving house *cries* I guess they were trying to lighten the story a little cause it's a pretty harsh story- I mean, dresing up as a maiden in one of the endings? It's hardly serious. He's due for a bit of humour, but on saying this, you'd think it would be a darker humour. Then again, what IS serious about Cassima's homelands? It has Alice In Wonderland all through it. Crying cabbages, barking trees, holes in walls (which I TOTALLY love!!) and dangling participles- KQ6 took the pi$$ out of soooo many things. It was full of double meaning ^^ Yeah though- escaping emanent doom and he cracks a joke? Yeah, that is a little silly ^^ *huggles silly Alexander*
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
I think his exact words are "Stay up, ceiling. Goood ceiling. Stay." :D
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL! I am SOOOO totally with him on that!! I don't care HOW emo the guy is- that ceiling was pwnage. Full credit for him saying that ^^ :giggle:
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Ladyeternalflame Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
hahah, I too would pay big bucks to see Alexander do a jester act. Jester hats are cool! Alexander is cool, this is great, so funny. I don't really like the angsty emo fan girls either. I thought about putting some info into Alexander's childhood in my Morena tales. No, he is not molested by Manannan.
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Ladyeternalflame Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
I am working on chapter 4 of my Morena's Tale, and Morena tries to rescue Alexander but fails.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
Thjank you!

(Regarding the coment about your fanfic: *Whew*...thank goodness for that. I was a little scared for a moment. :D)
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Ladyeternalflame Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
I plan on working on it. I am on the 4th chapter of my Morena's Tale story. She tries to rescue Alexander from Manannan, but fails.
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moodyblues Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist
:lol: You're awfully good at spoofing those squealy, girly fandom conventions. (Jester hat. *snnrrk*) Come on, ladies, he can't be emo; he has a mullet!

Unfortunately, I've noticed the "OMGSHAGNST" trend in the King's Quest fandom, too, especially the Silver Lining project. I love the fangame so far, and I think the team is doing an beautiful job. However, I sometimes wonder if they're taking the series way too seriously.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
You're awfully good at spoofing those squealy, girly fandom conventions.

Why, thank you...thankyouverymuch. I've never really gotten into a lot of these Internet trends and lingo (heck, for a long time, the only emo I knew was Emo Philips), and being a SQ fan tends to make you a bit more of a parodist who can't resist poking fun at everything.

I second what you said about taking the series too seriously. Several series I've known were at their best when they didn't take themselves seriously -- The X-Files, for instance. The first few seasons it was all paranormal kookiness with the occaisional depressing/dramatic episode, but once they started getting into the OHNOEZ ITS ALL A CONSPIRACY jive, the show pretty much started strangling itself. I hate to see the same thing happening to other series I like.
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
A lot of the fan communities I visit seem to follow the angsty trend, and I kind of know what you're getting at with KQ. King's Quest is meant to be a happy series, not some dark medieval fantasy adventure (though I would like to see one, just not connected with KQ).
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Amen to that. The Conquests series (also by Sierra) is nice if you want a grittier, more realistic, serious version of King's Quest.
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Kaze-Taco Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
Bahahaha! OH GOD! That's... I love you so much for drawing this...!

.... *clears her throat on the molested thing* >w> I'M NOT GUILTY! *runs away*
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
Thanks! Yep, I'd say a good chunk of the Sierra fandom could do with a good remirthing. :D
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Kaze-Taco Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
He needs to team up with Jollo, man! Do the Beer Dance, guys! XD
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Kaze-Taco Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
And I totally forgot to say that I'd pay to see Alexander in a jester hat reciting dirty limericks.
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chao-hellsing Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
:rofl: OH THAT'S EXCELLENT! I wouldn't want to be in their shoes that's for sure. :D
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