Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. barticle35

    barticle35 said, over 1 year ago

    You say poppycock, I say pish tush and twaddle!

  2. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ Ben Towle,
    I’m wondering if the pistols that Fink is carrying are supposed to be Lemat revolvers (they carried 9 rounds and a shotgun shell with its own barrel). Or they may also be the massive Colt Dragoon. From your artwork I am guessing they are cap and ball rather than cartridge guns. I know it’s a minor issue, but as a fan of antique firearms I am curious.
    Am enjoying your story and artwork very much.

  3. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, over 1 year ago

    “Hemogoblins! Hemogoblins after our precious bodily fluids!”

  4. Punished Snake

    Punished Snake said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    Gary, Ben, as a firearm aficionado myself, I must say that Fink’s pistol looks more like a Colt Dragoon with an underbarrel-pepperbox, like some sort of bizarre howdah pistol.

    And I can’t make out from the angle, but I think that one of Fink’s crew has a blunderbuss and the one with the mohawk has a either a Brown Bess or some type of Henry.

  5. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    I wish I could tell you that that’s a really accurate drawing of some obscure real-life firearm… but it’s a mish-mash of a few different things. The basic shape (if I’m remembering correctly) is kind of a combination of of a Dragoon and a few odd old Remington pistols from the 1800s a Google Image search. I figured in a story that involves ghosts, sea serpents, etc. I should have fun and make up some weaponry as well!

  6. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Punished Snake

    As I mention to Gary, none of the firearms (or ships, or architecture, etc.) in the story is true-to-life—I’m just having fun drawing/imagining stuff… But, yeah, the Dragoon was the main inspiration for that thing. Throughout the story, though, the “default” weapon that most characters use is a rifle that pretty closely resembles the classic Winchester 1873. That’s such an iconic-looking piece of hardware…

  7. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    “pish tush and twaddle”

    I may have to use that line later in the story!

  8. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    As a long time Maryland resident I remember as a kid hearing stories that along the Chesapeake Bay coast line there was legends of buried pirate treasure. None of it true at least as far as can be proven. Made great tales for kids by some of those old salts that lived there. But being a natural harbor and at the time sparsely populated. It would make a great place to stash things.
    As far as the firearm no one mentioned the Navy Colt. And the Captain better become a true believer. Disturbing remains or stealing treasure can make bad juju. To which he would respond poppycock and spirits be damned but when they give him a wedgie he will take notice. Of course it would have to involve his union suit (a confederate captain wearing a “union” suit. Funny.)

  9. win

    win said, over 1 year ago


    I say balderdash!

  10. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    The thing on the island they’re talking about here ties in just a little bit with some real-life Chesapeake Bay lore… but I’ll maybe wait until things are farther along before I let people know the specifics. But, yeah, there’s all sorts of legends and lore from that area of the country—and just nautical lore in general. I read a ton of it while writing this story.

  11. Gary McSpook

    Gary McSpook GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ben Towle

    Well, nice work, sir. Now that I know you’re not trying to be overly specific about things like that, I’ll jjust sit back and enjoy your very well done ride

  12. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, over 1 year ago

    @Punished Snake

    It couldn’t be a Brown Bess; muzzle loaders don’t have tube magazines.

  13. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, over 1 year ago

    @lamberger (from last week) “We old hackers (original meaning – not crackers) had names for all of the common print characters: in addition to bang, ‘!’. we had crunch, ‘#’. and splat, ‘*’.”


    I love it! But what is the original meaning of “hacker”? And what, come to think of it, would be a one-syllable name for “interrobang”? “Qbang” (pronounced “cue bang”) would work, but would be two syllables….How ’bout “quang”?!

    And how come I don’t have an interrobang on my keyboard?!

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ben Towle

    One thing I can tell you is that there are some bizarre real weapons of the past that are work using. Some with multiple barrels. The pepper box gun was small but had a kick for close on the street fighting. But I like you work no matter how you do it. It has its own peculiar look that is remarkable and memorable. Smashing, sir, smashing!

  15. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Gary McSpook

    My last two comics projects were “straight” historical fiction (both 1920s-era) where I had to be accurate with cars, clothing, etc., but for this project I wanted a little freer hand.

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