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Oh, gee, this is getting kinda claustrophobic. So many characters in such a small space. Space with walls. That must be shaded. Man I'm missing drawing the outdoors... Or just not drawing those ebony bars, they eat pencil lead like crazy!

Wurr stuff me stuff.
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Wurr is an incredible graphic novel depicting the dangerous voyage of a hellhound pack evicted from their territory, from their homeland the 'crater' into the mysterious land of the enemy, the dogs. It teaches us the way of the hellhounds so closely the readers starts to feel like part of the pack. And just when we start to understand the hounds, we are faced with the whole new alien world of the dogs.

The story is filled to the brim with typical 'human' problems transferred to the hellhounds and dogs: Two enemy countries where prejudices about the unknown strangers flourish and history is written by the winners, a class society where low-bloded hellhounds are not allowed to reproduce, disabled hellhounds (crippled), mental illness (gateguard), eviction from the side of the 'loosers' and if you want to take it that far, you could even see 'black touch' as a metaphor for environmental pollution.

Despite that, the story does not lack it's funny moments and is so absolutely gripping you can't put it down. The well used perspectives adds further to the tension. The action scenes are drawn incredibly dynamic. The author knows exactly how much background to use when, how big (or how small) the content of the panel has to be, and how much of the scene to show us to create the biggest impact. The abstracted way of drawing used for history and tales told are a great way to differentiate the different levels of storylines and help us understand the complex story.

The story is fully grayscale, but this is totally fitting with the storyline and allows more room for the graphic details. This story does not need colour, no, colour would rather take away some of its severity.

And then there is the hellhounds themselves. Each of the hellhounds has his own unique appearance, character and set of abilities (and/or disabilities). There is the fierceness of Surama, the thoughtfulness of Crippled, and Iralbe who does not have eyes in her face but on her tongue and can see in the dark (I loved how this was made visible for us, how her 'vision' is different), to name just a few.

The great facial expressions and body language are used to express their emotions and make us feel with them (I didn't think I could cry with a hellhound for his lost siblings before I read 'Wurr'). The author uses the set of expressions and body language so well, she can make the 'normal' dogs look more evil than the 'deformed' hellhounds.

The only bad thing about 'Wurr' is, that it leaves me without any suggestions for improvement.
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Wurr is a gripping webcomic about a pack of hellhounds which get evicted from their territory by another pack of hellhounds and with little other options, they venture into the territory of the regular dogs.

I have so far very much enjoyed reading this series and am blown away by the uniqueness of the character designs. As all the characters are basically dogs, in normal circumstances, there's a limited amount of features that you can add to a character to make them individual, but as the artist/writer decided to make the hellhounds just mutated forms of dogs, they've come up with many unique variations, and even their speech patterns.

As of yet, I haven't found a flaw in the art style or execution of each page, besides a few spelling flaws (which aren't speech impediments), but as English isn't the artist's first language, that's understandable. The variation of tones in each scene, and in a few pages back, when they actually displayed one of the character's heat vision, it was just astoundingly detailed.

The only complaint I have involving this is that there are very few flaws that are worth pointing out.

I would recommend this to any friend of mine who's fond of animals and/or dogs.
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Respect-Knuckles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this comic. I can't wait for more!
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Erichan8DD Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this new guy smell like trouble..."_
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TweedPawn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
"Or just not drawing those ebony bars, they eat pencil lead like crazy!"

Have you ever thought about using graphite sticks to cover large areas? It'll be a good way to save yourself from using pencil lead.
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Hanyou-from-hell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fear for there is not a next page yet :fear: and it makes the perfect face for it.
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Sukimi123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, the wolf doesn't seem exactly trustworthy, but he seems to know things that could be valuable.

If that's blackwood they're using to block the entrance, I'm interested to see how they plan on getting out. Sure, Icar's strong but is he that strong?
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woo! A Pack of Hellhounds, two dogs, and a wolf! This is becoming an epic D&D party :D
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm thinking your hounds are getting a little cramped too lol
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Tanginello Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Hmm, wonder who this new guy is. Excited to see where this goes. He's got kind of a crazy face in that 5th panel there.
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Tagyr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Its the wolf! :D I think I like him so far :)
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CPereira Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I have to say, I thought they were sealing the wolf in on the last panel. Like, "heck no! You're a criminal!"
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Bloodwolf-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooh the suspense. should they trust that wolf or will he just betray them the first chance he gets.? I can't wait to see what happens.
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Moochy-hyena Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
That wolf seems trustworthy! Lets let him out and let him near the pregnant female, what could possibly go wrong?
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeees, hellhounds, leave me near the giiiirrrrlll!
Not creepy at all! xD
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QueenGhid Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I'm not sure I could possibly adore Iacar more than I already do.
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Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
like this is going to stop Iacar. That dog is like a four legged tank.
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
iiiii....... don't trust this wolf guy. i wonder what he's under arrest for.
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Rosyan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep, I have a bad feeling too...
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corkscrewfork Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
...why do I have a feeling this is another big bad wolf?
Either way, loving this rescue chapter... though I'm sure drawing the cave and the hounds IN the cave is a bit of a challenge. And a pain in the pencil :P
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werewolf-legend Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
O_O
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WolfSong-of-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are they getting him out or making sure he CAN'T get out? I dont' exactly remember where that rock was ^^;
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Aura-of-the-Emperor Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I think my favorite part of this is that this wolf just completely does not give a shit that six hellhounds just waltzed in here and busted out there buddy. I mean he's either a total badass or batshit crazy, maybe both. And I have no idea if that's a good thing.
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XxSlow-BurnxX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well poo, he doesn't seem like he can be trusted :|
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
P-p-p-p-paaaaage!!!!! :iconsqueeeplz: Best part of my whole day! :love:

Oh, oh! I can't wait to see what happens! I hope we can trust this dog! :eager:
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Diretooth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
If you want to save on pencil lead, try a mixture of ink and pencil shading. Lightly brushing the pen tip against paper will give a shading effect that shows up, but isn't glaring. The pencil part of the shading fills in where the ink can't.
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DgShadowChocolate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
WUURRRR!! WURWURWURWURWUUURRRRR!!! happyhappyhappy!!!
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(I love new pages!)
Oho! Wolfy wants in on the action? This gun be GOOOD!! :heart:
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Koceta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love it whenever I see a new page of Wurr in my inbox. It really brightens up my day~ *sighs happily*

If and when Wurr is printed as a graphic novel in English, you can bet I'll be buying one of these as fast as humanly possible.
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SaraaLuna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAARGH! I want to see what this wolf is going to look like and how he's going to act in comparison to the Hellhounds, but you keep dragging out the tease, Papermonkey! :XD:
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littlecrazyneko411 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Hmmm...To trust the wolf or not...That is the question :iconhamletplz:
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mirror-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
He is creepy... I'm not sure if it would be wise to let him out but it's kinda interesting...xD I'd let him out. Even if it's just to see where this is going!

Great new page as always!;) I especially love the panels where the creep is looking through the bars or is sticking his nose out of the cell...They're great!xD
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Miraveldi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I wouldn't trust that guy if I were them. He seems way too sketchy. :paranoid:
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tsark Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
wow! The locked up stranger with crazy eyes is offering his help at the chance of escape? What a nice guy!
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Zerox-Z21 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Oh, the suspense! Very exciting indeed.
There must be alot of dogs to so quickly block the cave up again with heavy materials.
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lastsorceress Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As always, this looks great, my only question on it is if the new guys fangs are suppose to be that far back. Particularly the foremost top one looks like it's a little far back. I LOVE the 5th panel. And though you might hate shading the bars I totally think it's worth it; they really stand out though I have to admit this whole time I thought they were really dark wood. If they were metal they'd be shiny? lol Really though it loos great as always! Sorry for all the critique!
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Paperiapina Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
It's not that far back, actually. While cats have their fangs almost aligned with the front teeth, canines have their front teeth coming more forward. I don't have a wolf skull, unfortunately, but I did take a photo of my fox skull for comparison. I tried to take it from the same angle as the wolf's muzzle in the middle panel: [link] (ignore the fang length, foxes have freakishly long fangs, longest of all canines compared to body size) ...though now that I look at it, I might have drawn his nose too small, making his teeth look too big in comparison.

The bars ARE really dark wood, so you were right all along. :) They are made of ebony, a tree that grows Africa (and some other places that I can't remember).
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lastsorceress Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That certainly is possible, a mix of the angle and the nose could have given it the appearance that it was further back then it was. And I'm glad to hear that it's wood. Means what I thought was grain really was! =D
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Altarior Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Nah. I don't trust that guy, he's gonna backstab them on their way out if they take him with them. Or at least sooner or later :P
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Heh, I doubt the wolf could do much damage to Icar. I have a feeling that if he's not an outright bad guy he's going to be an anti-hero.
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Raydis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I think the answer was "Nope" in not so many words
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Liz-Rosethorn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
The last panel is the outside being blocked, see how its different than the even bars of the new dogs cell?
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D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Possible ally, or an opportunistic enemy? Actually want to guess the former.
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Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Poor Icar! Haha I can imagine the dude WHATF GOING ON!! So much in so little time. XD
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
i don't like the looks of the guy in the cage
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you made the wolf's face squeeze through the bars, it was a really nice touch! :D
As other Deviants pointed out though, I'm a little confused with the last panel. I see a tiny stream coming out of the ebony bars, so I'm guessing it's the escape route being locked from inside?

I can't wait to find out! :)
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new character's! your party leveled up!
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TheMetasepia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
He looks kinda mad... Not like the most trustworthy type of guy if you ask me. And Iacar's sad/worried look is just like puppy eyes :3

This is pretty much what I got from the page without text, so kudos to you for making what's going on apparent either way ^^
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
...And who's this guy, and is he trustworthy or not?
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ZipZap1313 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Uh-oh I feel something going on with that guy, maybe its good maybe its bad *calmly waits with popcorn*
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:iconnotsureifseriousplz: I don't know about you, but I don't trust that wolf...
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Bloodwolf-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No I don't either, he looks more than a bit suspicious.
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Combak Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Not sure if they're unblocking that guy... or blocking him in...

Or if that is the other side of the entrence that got blocked.
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