July 3, 2006

Logo for Even in ArcadiaFasten your seatbelts! It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan has traditionally had an unlucky hand at picking crossovers to take part in. The Framed!!! Great Escape was lost for years, as were several of the comics that took part in its side-quests. Glych of No Stereotypes and I have brought back our own contributions now, so you can now sort of follow that side-quest by starting at, say, the comic for August 23, 2001, but piecing together the glorious artifice that resulted from Damonk's onslaught on all fourth walls, everywhere — that's going to be difficult.

Another such project was Todd Michaels' Keenquest, in which characters from a range of webcomics, hosted on what was then Keenspace and is now Comicgenesis, were brought together and sent on a quest for the towel of the late Douglas Adams. I contributed Kel and wrote and drew two full pages of material. Those will be shown in the next two updates, even though they don't form a single sequence.

Keenquest, unfortunately, fizzled out and disappeared. I have some of the comics that other artists contributed on my hard drive, and I even have permission to reproduce some of those comics (from the last time I made noises about resurrecting the crossover). However, I no longer remember who did and didn't give me permission, and in any case, my collection of Keenquest episodes isn't complete. So these two episodes, with my notes, will be all you get of that.

A year or so after Keenquest, I made a crossover with The Pantheon, with that comic's creator, the artist then known as Timmerryn and now known as Rahball. That series continued from the events in Keenquest, right from the point where Kel, in Douglas Adams' house, spots a mysterious girl running off with the Towel. Unfortunately, a tussle between Kel and Satan from The Pantheon triggers the magic of the Towel, causing Kel and Satan to be transported to each other's universes. Timm and I had a lot of fun making this series, which was originally published on the The Pantheon website. It can still be found there, but Timm has graciously agreed to let me reprint it here. The Pantheon, as a webcomic, is no longer a going concern, so it's about time Even in Arcadia gets a new home. We hope you'll enjoy it.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:08 AM

July 4, 2006

This takes place just after Todd Michaels' character has told the webcomics character what their quest is going to be. Essentially, they have to form two teams, each of which will be looking for the towel. The characters are Carson from Carson Raycraft's It Hurts To Be That Stupid, Dylan from Dylan, Steve Nolan from The Nolans (I think), Ribcage from Grimstone, Satan from The Pantheon, Diane from Furfire, another character whose name I cannot recall, Kel from Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, the female lead from the defunct webcomic Not Gonna Take It, and yet another character whose name I can't remember. Please comment if you can identify any character whose name isn't listed yet! Or if you have links to characters whose webcomics arent' yet linked.

Kel and company are baffled.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:44 PM

July 5, 2006

Some time has passed. Kel, Diane and Dylan have separated from the rest of their team and are now investigating Douglas Adams' mansion.

Kel, Diane and Dylan snoop around at the Douglas Adams mansion. There are penguins.



Even at the time, everyone who read the Keenquest storyline asked about the penguins. They're a reference to the Dirk Gently novels, is all I'm saying.

Next: Even in Arcadia!

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 6, 2006

Kel overpowers the girl, but Satan arrives on the scene.

Pantheon art by Timmerryn/Rahball. ROCR art by Reinder Dijkhuis

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 7, 2006

Satan awakes in Clwyd-Rhan, and immediately attracts unwelcome attention.

Pantheon art by Timmerryn/Rahball. ROCR art by Reinder Dijkhuis

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 10, 2006

I have added four Keenquest episodes by Mike Wytrykus, featuring Kel, to the archives, starting with this page. I hope to get more Keenquest artists to allow me to post their contributions on the ROCR site, so this long-lost crossover can finally be restored.

Tamlin and Ragnarok make a grab at the devil, but his evil powers and Comic Sans lettering scare them off... or do they?
ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 11, 2006

Kel, meanwhile, is greeted by a goat-legged guy with a big ... sheep-dog.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 12, 2006

Kel is impressed by Pan's assets, but not by his behaviour.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 13, 2006

Duchess Guðrún is curious about the powerful evil presence that just showed up within the Duchy's borders.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 14, 2006

Satan is concussed and confused. The dragon, to its credit, is unwilling to take advantage of this.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 17, 2006

The Dragon is now a good deal friendlier to Satan than it was before. But its hunger hasn't been stilled.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 18, 2006

Kel tries to get one of the locals to say something that makes some sort of sense. That's a doomed proposition, though.




ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 19, 2006

Maybe it's Carpetfluff, the Worlde's moste potente aphrodisiacal moulde. Or maybe it's just a rather ratty old towel.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 20, 2006

Thanks to the Dragon's superior sense of smell, Satan is already on the Rogues' trail.




ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 21, 2006

Ianassa, Thetis and Echo are nymphy nymphs. Echo has a bit of a speech impediment.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 24, 2006

Kel has a bit of fun with the nymphs. Er. Not that way, you'll understand.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 25, 2006

Nay, I mean not you, wingful buck-wight, but this thing of pong afore my dwell!

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 26, 2006

Kel is rather taken with the centaurs. They are a lot more interesting than unicorns.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 27, 2006

Doan't go near the wee goat-man. He's a complete waste o'time.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 28, 2006

Duchess Guðrún makes her move and establishes contact with the strange alien entity.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

July 31, 2006

Satan explains that he can't go back to his own world.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 1, 2006

Kel ponders the pain involved in centaur sex, and realises that the air is getting chillier.


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 2, 2006

Just what Satan needs: an encounter with the local soldiery. Enter Scarabus...


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 3, 2006

Last time Scarabus found something in the shrubbery, it was a nude woman. Scarabus could be in luck again!


ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 4, 2006

Thor is quite popular among the fat nymphs in horned helmets...

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 7, 2006

Okay, enough of all that Kel nakedness for now. Kel gets a dress.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 8, 2006

The thundering contest ends with a thunderous applause and some blistering sports commentary.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 9, 2006

While Ukko celebrates his victory with some Nymphs, Kel helps herself to the towel. Then Pan notices something strange about her.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 10, 2006

Scarabus is overjoyed to have a real monster to slay at last.



ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

August 11, 2006

Kel recognises the place she has been transported to.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn. Diane drawn by Angela Beaman.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 14, 2006

Satan has his divinity back, but the towel remains elusive.



ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 15, 2006

Kel uses Feminine Wiles on Scarabus. Bet you didn't even know she had any Feminine Wiles.





ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 16, 2006

Guðrún and her lady in waiting discuss the fate of the Towel.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn. Spliced together from previously-used art by Timmerryn as I was exhausted at the time...

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 17, 2006

Satan and Kel make things up with one another in the nearest alehouse.

ROCR art by Reinder. The Pantheon art by Timmerryn.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 18, 2006

http://rocr.xepher.net/cmsimg/20060818-Eia-cast-94a7a1.jpg

Back in 2002, when we were working on Even in Arcadia, Timmerryn and I decided that it would be fun to have a group portrait of the entire cast of the storyline. I drew a rough sketch of where everyone should go. Timmerryn drew his characters in the appropriate positions... and then I sat on his art for four years. While we were working on the final episodes, fatigue had set in, and I couldn't bring myself to go back to the project after the story was finished and add my art.

Four years later, the re-serialisation of Even in Arcadia on my own website at least motivated me to go back to the cast portrait, just to have something to post on the site on a Friday. I don't like starting a new storyline on a Friday. I still got the heebie-jeebies whenever I considered drawing my own characters only and splicing them together with Timm's art the way we did the story itself, so using Timm's art as a guide, I drew the full portrait from scratch. So here it is, four years late and one Wythllew short (presumably she refused to pose).

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 21, 2006

I made this as a guest comic for The Pantheon in 2003. It features the trio of nymphs from Even in Arcadia...

Always travel with a banana on you.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 22, 2006

I wrote and drew this on a whim after finding yesterday's comic on my hard drive. I just like working with the world of The Pantheon...

Satyrs on the prowl... but they're out of luck today.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM

August 23, 2006

In fact, I enjoyed working in The Pantheon's setting so much, I made an unsollicited guest strip which took Timmerryn a while to find a time slot for. This is from late in 2004... I think. Might have been 2003.

Jesus finds a wallet in Arcadia. How can that be?

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 6:00 AM