Frequently Asked Questions
Why does it say "The movie" if it's an epic?
This was originally going to be a movie. But then I realized it was going to take too long to do the whole thing in Flash, so then I decided to make it as a series of comics. But then I realized that would take too long. So then I decided to make it an epic. "Tavakai: The Epic" does not have as much ring to it, and let's face it, just calling it "Tavakai" would get confusing. And anyway, I did release part of it in Flash, so that gives me the right to call it a movie.
Well, actually, to tell you the truth I'd probably swap the "The Movie" part out for some other titley thing, but I've kind of got a poster and a banner and 23 title images (for each chapter) that say "The Movie," and I'm not in the mood to change them all.
I haven't read your comics before. Do I need to?
No, although it would probably help you. Since this is the BZP Library, I was aware that there would be a number of people who hadn't read my comics, so I've tried to make it as friendly to those people as possible, by including a prologue and character bios. There isn't much storyline that even happens before this epic, so it's not really much to summarize. If you want to read the comics, the very least you would have to read would be this, this, this, this, and especially this one.
Additionally, I did release some of the movie as comics. The epic will still cover those areas.
Also, one thing I'll have you know is that this gets much better as it goes on. This story is pretty much a transitional phase of my comics--going from the old, stereotypical Artwork III premise of making comics in a studio, to a newer and more original thing that's actually plot-based.
Other things I'd like to note: If the term "cameras" ever comes up, it's probably referring to the type of sprite kit that's used in the comics. This is a thing the ICC made up to explain the canonical existence of different kits--the RZMIK camera displays things differently than the Chimoru Omega camera, for example.
VakamaTK: Once a maskmaker, VakamaTK decided he wanted to leave Metru Nui and pursue a career in comic making. Once reaching Hapori Nui (also known as the Comic Land), he had mixed results, though overall gaining somewhat in popularity if not being completely mainstream. He has worked on cameras somewhat, mainly Chimoru Omega. He is red and gray, with a red Great Huna.
Jacku: A Matoran who is inexplicably obsessed with destroying Apple Jacks. One of the characters VakamaTK had hired as a character in his comics. He wears a red Noble Ruru, and has red and lime green armor.
Yoobye: A salesman whom VakamaTK hired as a character. He loves to rip people off. He is a brown-and-tan Po-Matoran who wears a brown Pakari.
Grav: A result of Nuparu's failed attempt to clone himself, Grav is extremely selfish, and takes joy in the misery of others. He is not an evil character--he merely makes mischief now and then, nothing particularly evil. He crashed near VakamaTK's studio after being ejected from Nuparu's laboratory. He looks exactly like Nuparu save his orange Hau.
The Seeker: This mysterious being has numerous powers, their number perhaps beyond comprehension. Little is known about his true nature, though he seems to have resided on the Hapori Nui for quite some time. "The Seeker" is merely a nickname given to him after he started seeking out new comic makers to send to the Comic Land--his real name is unknown. VakamaTK was one of the Matoran he brought over. He is gold and silver all over, and wears a golden Noble Mahiki.
Bladeran: The hero from Meta Nui who wielded the Meta Sword against the wielder of the Meta Edge. The records of his quest have not yet been released, however. Beforehand, he had been a simple comic maker on the island, and formed a friendship with VakamaTK, each of them becoming permanent guest stars in the other's comics. He also loves to eat muffins. His armor is two shades of red, and he wears a red Hau.
Hero100: A friend of VakamaTK's, from his days on Metru Nui. He came over to the Comic Land to start comics himself, but soon went bankrupt (after spending all of his widgets on salt and vinegar chips), having to move in with VakamaTK. He used to be a Matoran of Pineapples, but later had an accident with the Element Experimentation Zone in Nuparu Labs, which resulted in his element being changed to Duct Tape. He is now gray and white, with a mask that is a fusion of the Kakama and the Avohkii.
Coleanuva: The second guest star to appear in VakamaTK's Comics (behind Velika), Colea became friends with VTK after a while, and was hired as a permanent guest star. He is native to Wava Nui.
Gavla: A rising star in Hapori Nui, Gavla is known for his perfect balance of red and blue armor, as well as his remarkable ability to produce comics in a rapid fashion. He had an early interest in VakamaTK's comics, and the two became friends. He is another permanent guest star, and is native to Sy-Nui. His armor's coloring alternates between red and blue, and even his Hau has different colored sections.
Gerlicky: A resident of Scrui Nui, Gerlicky is one of the most interesting comic makers. He has done much work with cameras--he has a few private cameras of his own (including the much coveted "Toon Kit"), as well as some very popular modifications to the Chimoru Omega camera, greatly improving the picture quality. He's had a few different series, and is currently doing "SpoofQuest!" which is a satire on comic making stereotypes. He is a Matoran of Plasma with blue, black, and teal armor, and a bright teal Ruru.
Philbert: He's a comic maker who has also done some work with cameras. He is from Zola Nui, and has brown and orange armor and a red Great Komau.
Jack the Magic Pirate: The emotionally unstable villain finally broke after envying VakamaTK's maskmaking abilities to the point that he accidentally injured himself. Fleeing his own maskmaking job (rare for Le-Matoran to hold, especially in Metru Nui where Matoran generally do not have a choice in thier career), Jack became a pirate and vowed revenge. It is also interesting to note that he does not remember his original name. Eventually, he managed to follow VakamaTK to Hapori Nui, and stumbled upon an abandoned castle, perfect for use as his headquarters. He is green and teal, with a green Noble Huna. He also wears an eye patch (resulting from his injury), and a pirate hat.
(All other characters are either newly introduced or have minor appearances)
Comments on Latest Update
So, I'm finally getting to releasing this. Good. Much of the story came to mind in 2008/2009. So anyway, the picture is just a collage of panels from throughout the series--much like Kahinuva has done, and largely inspired by him. These are mostly from the early comics, because that's most of what the prologue covers. For some reason I also stuck in a panel from the Haku340 guest star comic; I have no idea why.
People who have been fans of my comics won't really be seeing anything new until chapter two comes out, though. Chapter one is fairly long. That's the funny thing about the chapters of this--I mostly just broke the chapters whenever I had a good cliffhanger, or multiple cliffhangers. Towards the end, the chapters get smaller.