Away From Reality

April 24, 2015

My favorite AFR comics: The leading pair

Filed under: Uncategorized — tabulacandida @ 7:07 AM

Here we are with Gord and Alaxia, the first two characters of AFR who have remained the leads throughout the life of the comic.

Alaxia the restoration druid (191 appearances)

Choosing a favorite Alaxia comic is really hard. I think Alaxia is my favorite character and she’s the one who has the most of me in her. I picked this one because I think it’s one of the best Morgatha-Alaxia friendship comics, and the relationship between those two characters is one of my favorite things in the comic. It reminds me of the relationship I had with my best college friend.

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(Behind the scenes: The last panel of this comic is the first time I ever had the β€œtail” of the dialogue box cross behind another character’s dialogue box. I agonized for so long about that. Should it go this way? What about over here? Should it be thicker? Thinner? A different color? In the end, I think it ended up being perfectly clear who was saying what, and all that fretting was for nothing.)

Gord the protection warrior (246 appearances)

I thought it was going to be really hard to figure out my favorite Gord comic. After all, to the extent that AFR has a main character, it’s him. He’s in more than two thirds of the comics. And yet, this was the easiest pick of them all, because there is and has always been one defining trait to Gord’s character: he’s Azeroth’s everyman. He’s the guy who can’t catch a break. He’s Charlie Brown trying to kick the world’s football. He’s Donald Duck. And no comic shows us that side of him better than this one.

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(Behind the scenes: Believe it or not, this was the first comic to feature all six of the major cast– Gord, Alaxia, Morgatha, Hurgon, Thizzible, and Targe.)

The background characters

The ensemble

Got a favorite AFR? Got a question about the comic, the characters, or how it’s all made? Let me know in the comments and I’ll write about it next week from a creator’s perspective and give you more glimpses behind the scenes.

8 Comments »

  1. Comic coming to an end in just a couple of weeks… /cry. Favorite comic? Tough choice – they’ve all been fantastic! Funniest comic? I’d have to go with Statistical abstract of projected fire hydrant maintenance outlays for fiscal year 1972 based solely on how it wound up coming to pass! πŸ™‚

    Love what you’ve done for so long and going to seriously miss it.

    — Tokkar
    (aka Cap’n Dave)

    Comment by Cap'n Dave — April 24, 2015 @ 8:23 AM

    • Heh heh, that’s a good story. I’ll nostalge about that next week for sure. (Yes, I’m declaring “nostalge” a verb.)

      Comment by wowafr — April 25, 2015 @ 8:42 AM

  2. Sunder armor! Sunder armor! Sunder armor! for Gord, and Alaxia singing into her staff as if it’s a microphone, performing Don’t stand, Don’t stand in, Don’t stand in the fire!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by ejensen — April 25, 2015 @ 6:38 PM

    • Whee! Two good ones. πŸ™‚

      Comment by wowafr — April 26, 2015 @ 8:11 AM

  3. Thank you for putting so many years into Away From Reality. It’s been one of my favorite WoW comics and your humor will be dearly missed. πŸ™‚ May the future smile on you and your next venture. If you come back to AFR, be sure to let Blizzard Watch know, since that’s where I found you from. ❀

    Comment by Marie Buhtz (@mbuhtz) — April 26, 2015 @ 5:55 PM

    • Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

      Comment by wowafr — April 27, 2015 @ 7:53 AM

  4. Gord’s such a fantastic straight man, though.

    It’s not my favorite-favorite, but I’ve liked the escalating ‘kill Santa’ comics over the last few years. πŸ™‚

    Comment by tremor3258 — April 29, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

    • Thanks, I’m proud of those myself. πŸ™‚

      Comment by wowafr — April 29, 2015 @ 8:54 PM


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