Comic 196 - # 15 The Antique Dealer

15th Apr 2018, 11:00 AM in Fabian W.
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# 15 The Antique Dealer
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15th Apr 2018, 11:00 AM
The last character from my old prose story of which Mirjam, Dronte, Frank, Dora and Mike come from:
A seedy antique dealer with an horrible fashion sense and a rather unusual shop, who takes a keen interest in the dodo Dronte because... extinct animals are also among the stuff he sells at said shop...

By now I am seriously pondering if I should adapt this very story for my comic, perhaps by throwing in Cleo and other Cryptida-characters into the mix, considering the "extinct animals for sale" angle fits well with my comics (often neglected) central premise...


15th Apr 2018, 1:21 PM
Chippewa Ghost
Guh, what a sleaze, you can tell from his fashion sense.
15th Apr 2018, 1:46 PM
"2003 me" described him simply as having an annoying voice, tacky clothes and a tacky hairstyle. And "2018 me" interpreted that as "evil Ace Ventura".
15th Apr 2018, 7:15 PM
Nice shirt buddy. Who shot the couch?

I could see this character and backstory retconned into Cryptidia. Like if the team get wind that someone is selling exotic animals on the black market and have to head off to investigate. That would be neat.
15th Apr 2018, 7:27 PM
Yep, that's what I was thinking too, at least it goes somewhat in this direction!
15th Apr 2018, 8:48 PM
I can definitely see a shady dealer of the unusual in your comic.
16th Apr 2018, 2:11 PM
Yep, me too! ^^
16th Apr 2018, 10:11 AM
A ruthless antique dealer answered the unavoidable question "What's an antique?" with "Anything older then the customer." Clever answer, but it is a horrid thought that the arkward junk of the 1990ies could be the antiques of the future. (I still cringe at many 1980ies "antiques", unless homecomputers).
Looking at this guy, I am not sure if I would find anything in his shop.
16th Apr 2018, 2:22 PM
Oh, I wouldn't be so sure about not finding anything interesting in there... His shop doesn't just sell old furniture or collector plates or something - his speciality are items that are unusual or just plain weird. (This happens to include extinct animals.)

BTW, the thylacine pictured here for example officially died out in 1936 - so this would make it an antique for anyone under the age of 84, according to that definition...
17th Apr 2018, 7:58 AM
The thylacine would be quite a methusalem, too, if made before 1936... Unless it is a younger fake, of course (illegal)!
17th Apr 2018, 2:52 PM
Is it perhaps a clone, Jurassic Park style? Or was time travel involved?? The Antique Dealer remains suspiciously tight-lipped whenever the question of how he acquires his goods arises...