Yeah, the feedback I've gotten over the years from various readers indicates that Ulf is the most popular character. And I think his nothing-bothers-me attitude is a large part of it. Plus he does whatever he wants to do, says whatever he wants to say, and doesn't much care if anybody approves. I guess we'd all like to be able to live like that. And we could, too, if only we were muscular barbarians wearing rings of invincibility who didn't need a job.
Oh, she shouldn't need nose plugs. She works at a bath house, so I assume Ulf is now seeing her regularly and getting regular baths (for maybe the first time in his life). And he must really love her if he's willing to do that.
I enjoy doing full-color splash graphics for the masthead, but they take longer, for obvious reasons, and it's hard to find the time.
The current splash graphic features a character from a recent animated movie called SPARK. I wonder how many people have even heard of it? Probably not many; it was produced by a fairly small studio, and it bombed big-time at the box office. I knew about it only because I'm an animation fan, and I visit websites that cover all of the animated features. I was sorry to see that this film bombed so badly, because I like to see small studios succeed; the more of them there are, the more animated films we get to watch. Thirty years ago, if you wanted to see an animated feature film, you went to see Disney's latest offering ... then you waited three years for Disney's next one. It's better today, with Pixar and Illumination and Blue Sky and Sony and Dreamworks and various small studios producing animated features (although Dreamworks is in a bit of a slump lately).
Kira keeps insisting that someone should produce a CHIVALRY AND KNAVERY movie. But it'll never happen, and although she doesn't realize it, if such a movie was made, Ulf would be the star, not Kira.
The past year was a huge one for animated movies that featured anthro characters. ZOOTOPIA had an all-anthro cast, and it raked in more than a billion dollars. FINDING DORY was also an anthro movie, if sea creatures count, and it topped the billion mark as well. KUNG FU PANDA 3, SING, and ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE didn't make a billion but were still big hits.
It would be great if some Hollywood hotshot stumbled across CHIVALRY AND KNAVERY and decided to base a movie on it, but he or she would have to make some changes to the characters; Kira and Toby have sexy bodies and skimpy outfits, both of which are a no-no for animated movies. Ulf would have to cut back on the booze and violence --- I'm not sure he'd have any reason to continue to live.
But it could still be a great movie, with the team getting into all sorts of zany adventures while Ulf and Kira bicker and Toby tries to keep them from killing each other. Surely it would do better at the box office than SPARK, which cost tens of millions to produce, and then brought in less than $200,000 in ticket sales. Ouch.