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Enter the Sniper
Enter the Sniper by @Thorvald (El Thorvaldo)

My third submission to DYOS X.ii. [link]

Valve really was ingenious in loading their stock classes with such individualized and recognizable personality. Although I do not extensively play Team Fortress 2, and thus cannot attest to their gameplay qualities, as characters my favourite has to be the Sniper. I'm not sure if there was much inspiration to this beyond "let's goof off in Gmod", but this would become one of those many tangential recurring themes, and even (try to) evolve into a long-term subplot.

This was the first comic created entirely away from home during a vacation trip I took that summer. The Internet connection was very spotty and I'm somewhat surprised I was even able to upload it. I'd forgotten I hadn't moved the file to my main computer from the laptop, with the result that every subsequent Part II comic was misnumbered up until today; it was an error repeated in XI due to my later Christmas comics likewise being done away from home. Fortunately in both cases I'd caught the error before I'd started the first round of archiving.

"Rumble-Bamf" is another onomatopoeic phrase that I've tried to make recurrent in my comics; it appears two other times early in the story, and generally heralds the onset of some major calamity. I know "I'm the Prince of Wales!" is from somewhere else, but for the love of me I can't recall where. The glow around Billy Mays informs us he's now doing ad spots from the studio in the sky.

It was only after joining dA that I learned e350tb actually lives in Australia. Needless to say, he's done almost everything to suggest otherwise. ;p

[Originally submitted to DeviantArt January 2014.]

Map and models created/ported by various Facepunchers I'm too lazy to list at the moment.

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