Woo hoo! It’s a new self-contained 8-9 page comic, starring Derek and Rox from “Damania” (the last “Derek & Rox” comic was made in 2013). If you want to see more of Derek and Rox (plus a couple of other characters) they also appear in comics here, here, here, here, here and here.
This is probably my favourite page of the comic so far, but I still don’t quite know the difference between a bordello and a bawdy house. I presume that the latter could only be found in Victorian London.
And, yes, Derek’s dialogue in the final panel was originally a lot more articulate and cynical, but I worried that it was perhaps too cynical, so I altered it to something a lot shorter.
And, for the record, I have very mixed views about the sudden increase in political criticism of games over the past 3-6 years. In some ways, it’s a really good thing – in other ways it isn’t.
If it leads to more well-written and interesting characters, a wider range of playable characters, more complex storytelling in some genres of games, a greater diversity of game types, more 1990s-style indie adventure games that will actually run on my computer etc… then all of this political criticism is undeniably good.
But, if it leads to censorship and an end to the rebelliousness that games and game culture used to have, then all of this modern “liberal” games criticism is just as bad as the “conservative” moral panics about violent videogames in the 1990s.
Games are art, but they’re also still a relatively new medium and this “newness” won’t last forever, so game developers may as well enjoy shocking the establishment before they fully end up joining it.
Stay tuned for page five tomorrow 🙂
As usual, this comic page is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.