It is Indeed Nifty

December 23, 2004

The Apatheosis of Torg –

Apatheosis. Noun.
1. [n] the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

So I’ve been reading Sluggy Freelance effectively as long as I can remember. In reality, this is only about 6 years or so, but I have a lousy memory.

In my mind Sluggy is the seminal webcomic because the author, Pete Abrahms, does two things very very well. He has an actual story in his comic, and he updates the strip every day of the week (except, since a bit ago, for Saturdays). PvP updates daily, but its plot is not nearly as complex or evocative as Sluggy. Penny Arcade is much funnier, but they have no consistent plot. Megatokyo has an interesting plot, but Piro is the king of not-updating.

Sluggy has been there, day in and day out, for many years.

Today’s strip, in my mind, has elevated the primary character of the strip to the true state of hero. What’s more, Torg (the character) is elevated quietly and unassumingly. This isn’t a heroism where they he does some cool stuff and people call him a hero. He hasn’t decided he’s a hero. In fact, the panel in specific that elevates him is a shot of him standing in his room looking down at a pair of overshirts lying on his bed.

That shot represents, to me, everything that I’ve gone through in the past 6+ years with Torg. Excitment, heartbreak, fear, laughter…Torg has goals, friends, and a reality all his own. He’s earned his heroism the hard way, and it’s taken him a long time and a lot of mistakes to get here.


2005 is going to be a good year for Sluggites.

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