For this day of harvest and connection (a socially-distanced fistbump to everyone celebrating!).
I’m not gonna run down a gratitude list, because so many of us have lost so much this year (and the origin of this holiday is problematic anyway). But I will say that I see, acknowledge, and hold thankfulness for the blessings of 2020 – both the obvious and the hidden – and I hope to learn and grow from the challenging moments.
Also – this drawing inspired by my Wife and I marathoning “The Great British Bake Off/Baking Show” for self care, lately. By the nature of “Tock the Gnome” Gnomes, that is likely a hearty vegan mushroom pie.
But Tock herself if a terrible cook. Do not eat it.
….now, I’m not saying these two are heavily inspired by a certain pair of idiots in a certain tumultuous, queerbaity show, getting to live in love together as they should have been in the first place, safely in Faerie, homo/queerphobia be damned. But…. 💙💚
This is Ruggels Sprizzenfritz, Bumble’s older brother, and his husband Alecs. Ruggels is an engineer/mechanic and taught Tock her trade, while Alecs is an inventor with a fascination with wings. They’re both deeply spiritual (worshipping Anosmia and Shipley) and bring safety and love to the less-than-friendly Sprizzenfritz household. They have been married for several years by the time the comic begins.
“Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest” is about a Gnome woman named Tock, who lives in a Steampunk culture in a high fantasy world. Driven by a Fairy Tale about a trapped Elven princess on a floating island, she convinces her friend Bumble – an airship pilot – to join her quest to rescue her. They hire extra firepower from unfamiliar lands, and together they seek the island and the princess. But what they seek may not be quite what they expected…
Proudly contains queer characters and romance, size-positivity, Faerie, spiritual magic, conundrums and tomfoolery.
You say the word You know I will find you Or if you need some time I don’t mind I don’t hold on To the tail of your kite I’m not like the girls that you’ve known But I believe I’m worth coming home to Kiss away night This girl only sleeps with butterflies
And one more Orctober catchup, finally making that a complete challenge!! 🙌
Once upon a time, I intended to include a lot more of the faerie tales we’d be familiar with as humans in the main storyline of “Tock the Gnome.” I’ve veered away from that plan now, in interest of not muddying the main plot, BUT those stories do exist in that world, for fun.
In that vein, I’d connected “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” with “Snow White and Rose Red” – having Rose be the daughter of the Evil Queen (Snow’s stepmother) who was young enough to grow up with Snow, and thusly, they both fled the Evil Queen’s reign and sought refuge with a band of adoptive Dwarven siblings, among them a woman named Bear. Snow and Bear, of course, fell in love, leaving Rose the odd-person-out after they reclaimed their kingdom. After that, Rose leaves to find her own way – tying into “Little Red Riding Hood” by looking for her grandmother, mother of the Evil Queen, in the forests of the Lowlands, which connects her with a peaceful Orcish hunter called Wolf.
That is all very vague as it’s not even really a complete idea yet (and I’m hoping that the wolfish elements of Wolf still strike more Viking than tribal, I’m trying to be real careful about cultural appropriation but also make it clear who he is in the story). But I am indeed veryvery happy to get these two together on the page, at long last – and that the design for Red’s jacket and tunic underneath are reminiscent of a certain jacket style already seen in the comic proper and pieces of bonus world building material!