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Horse Age is a graphic novel about prehistoric horses living and surviving in semi-real pleistocene era, also known as the Ice age.

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Bazil3282's avatar

You know... when you start the comic by showing us obviously sentient, tool-using equine only to follow up with two issues of those equines just doing their thing like wild, non-sentient horses in real world would do, that is one hell of a letdown. Perhaps setting your story in later period and using flashbacks to explain how we got there would be a better choice.


Also, I'm wondering if there's any chance of seeing humans in this setting.

BUGHS-22's avatar

At first I wanted to show readers how horses in wild live and how they are not only emotionless things for riding eating grass all day. And this what they experience in their lives is what made them to get to the tool-using equines.

I know it feels long but in real it's only 2 unfinished chapters, which reader finish in like 30 minutes or less. It's me who is very slow with drawing.

Interesting is that I've heard most readers do not want the story become "king/queen animal" story yet or at all, and now I hear directly opposite opinion :D


I can assure you the goal was not forgotten, right now it only fills-in the reasons.

In Chapter 3 the things starts to happen, and much faster.

And yes, we will also see humans.


Comic fact,

In the very first scenario, all this should have happened in short monologue of Dalteri, and Tikeron with Lorko should not even be important, neither any other horse included. Everything continuing with already built what Dalteri wants to achieve.

But that would have been one-way boring, wouldn't it? ^^"

So I've made the story more complex and filled it with things I like. Leaning things about nature.


If it's not what you wanted to read, I am sorry ^^" but I am glad you stopped by and gave the story a chance :3

Bazil3282's avatar

At first I wanted to show readers how horses in wild live and how they are not only emotionless things for riding eating grass all day. And this what they experience in their lives is what made them to get to the tool-using equines.


I know what you wanted to show, but sadly, there is a huge gap between "living just like wild animals" state and "already having developed civilization" state. Too huge to be covered with just a few comic issues. That way, I'm afraid, it's gonna be a looong time - even excluding the fact that you draw new pages rather slowly (which I noticed myself much earlier) - before we get to see any of those horses actually using tools and wearing tribal garments and markings like the one in the intro. Not to mention all those neat character sheets with entire tribal organization and lore being actually put to use. Will we live long enough to see any of it "in action"?



Interesting is that I've heard most readers do not want the story become "king/queen animal" story yet or at all, and now I hear directly opposite opinion


I've watched enough animated works with talking animals acting just like non-talking animals (or imitating humans from any specific era, with zero inside lore nor explanation how does that even work), thank you very much. Showing story about animals in semi-realistic setting who gain sentience and begin to build their own civilization is much more fresh and interesting - in said animated works, animals either don't have any civilization at all, or they just borrow already developed civilization from us humans. Never saw them actually building it themselves. So I'm all for exploiting the whole potential of an idea which was rarely (if ever) used, rather than watching the same story I already watched countless times before. And if those readers of yours are too blind to see that potential and prefer to see just another (out of thousands) variation of Disney tale instead, that does not give them credit, to put it mildly.



And yes, we will also see humans.


But in what role? I assume they would be the pre-homo sapiens hominids of pleistocene era - already sentient, but still primitive and dumb compared to modern humans - but still, it would mean there would be two totally separate sentient species clashing with each other.


I don't think those intelligent horses would allow humans to ride them (because... why would they?), so what they're gonna do when they meet? There are many possibilities. They can maintain peaceful coexistence - either by forming one society consisting of two species living in symbiosis, or by living separately, but still in peace with each other. Both options would beg to delve in detail, how do horse-human interactions work. Or... they can just end up in conflict with each other and fight for territory or dominance. In that case, I don't think humans stand a chance, though. After all, human has always used his intelligence and tool-making to gain advantage over other animals. But if you give intelligence and tool-making to equines... then humans are no longer at an advantage. And physically, horses are still vastly superior to humans (and battles between primitive peoples are all about physical superiority).


This actually gives me a theory on how the hell is that horse in the intro wearing knots and braids. He either asked his human friend to make them - because hey, they are friends... or he made his human slave make them - because hell, he is stronger and might makes right.



So I've made the story more complex and filled it with things I like. Leaning things about nature.


Oh, give me a break. See above - I heard countless stories like that, and the way we're "learning things about nature" from your comic is not quite innovative, I'm sorry. Like I said, stop redoing something which has been already done countless times before and focus on things that make your comic truly original and unique. Nobody needs to hear how harsh nature is and how hard it is to be a prey animal for umpteenth time - focus on character development instead. And, well, things that gave those horses an idea that they can live a better life.



If it's not what you wanted to read, I am sorry ^^" but I am glad you stopped by and gave the story a chance :3


Hold on - I never said I'm giving up on this comic. I added you to my Watch, after all. And I'm still waiting for those horses to get to work actually - and show me some tools and tribal paintings, for starters. Kicking predators' asses. Or clashing with those pesky humans and winning.

Kaveirya's avatar
I can't help but wonder how he managed to make all those knots and braids without fingers XD

(joke aside, this page is fantastic :D)
BUGHS-22's avatar
Hahah :D It will be explained in the comic.
Thank you ^v^
Delta52775's avatar
Well, this comic really has has me impressed!
BUGHS-22's avatar
Aww, thanks! :3 I am happy to hear that!
Delta52775's avatar
You are welcome!
Zcat91819's avatar
Oh wow. Was not expecting this. But I am intrigued.
BUGHS-22's avatar
Plot twist, eh? :D
Horses going to fight back ^^
Zcat91819's avatar
I meant more of a horse wearing clothes but he looks cool in them nonetheless.
digitalbird06's avatar
Wait, where did the antlers come from?  
BUGHS-22's avatar
On the second page there is a time lapse of change (you can see the hero got braids and blue paint over the time) and panel design covered the antlers on purpose. You can see them hidden by pine tree on the first panel here :)
digitalbird06's avatar
Oh ok, is that explained later? I’m super curious how a horse is about to put paint on its face, let alone tie rope around antlers to wear them.
BUGHS-22's avatar
Yes, everything will be explained in the story :)
970099224's avatar
Is that a mountain lion or an American lion
BUGHS-22's avatar
I think non, it's one of the extinct sabertooth cats from pleistocene era ^^
Skatitajs's avatar
So how do they tie that hair?
BUGHS-22's avatar
It will be explained in the future of the story ^^
TheChotta's avatar
Ahaha that turned out AWESOME XD This comic is really well done ;w; 
BUGHS-22's avatar
Heh ^^ that's nice to hear! Thank you very much!
RavenHeart1984's avatar
bloody hell,good job
BUGHS-22's avatar
Thank you very much!
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