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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=78

Recovered from the browser cache of: Leon Arnott

The author writes:

Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick is a long-form comic about a bunch of schoolkids who play games of make-believe with long sticks in a park, somewhere in suburbia. Each episode portrays a different game - in one episode, they're witches and wizards on brooms fighting a zillion-headed dragon that breathes fire and corn chips, and in another they're canoeing down shark-infested white-water rapids - and fall down Niagara Falls twice (but don't worry - the canoes became jet-skis just in time).

What's remarkable about it is that Burlew draws two versions of each and every episode - the "make-believe" version, where the dragons and aliens are portrayed in vivid colours, and the "reality" version, which can be seen by moving your mouse over the comic, revealing the kids in the park or sand-pit with just those wondrous sticks. It's a neat storytelling effect that could only ever appear on a computer comic.

I was so impressed by this technique that I decided to "borrow" it for just this one strip. But, I've inverted it slightly. Mouse over it to see what's happening inside Wanda's imagination!