Other Side of the Eye, Page 39

Here’s page 39 of the dark fantasy serial “Other Side of the Eye,” featuring a version of the Lion that you least expected given the story so far!

Keep reading for the answer to last week’s question, and a bit of behind-the-scenes discussion.

Last week I asked where does Dee’s dog’s name come from? “Treach” is the name of the lead rapper from the rap group “Naughty By Nature”. They were big in the early 90’s.

…which brings us to an interesting bit of trivia concerning the story. From the initial idea of the story, Dee has always been Black in my mind (or African American, or whatever the hell we’re supposed to call ourselves these days). Her choice of pet (and the dog’s name) are meant to be a tad bit stereotypical. Not that White people don’t own pit bulls, but you get the idea. Or maybe you DON’T, if you don’t live in my part of the country.

Anyway, nowhere in the story do I indicate Dee’s race. For the first few pages, this was just an oversight. I was busy with hurricanes, bloodless zombies and giant bug-monsters, and it just sort of slipped my mind. After that, I figured that most people had already developed their own idea of what Dee looked like, and I didn’t want to screw that up. After THAT, I decided to leave Dee’s race indeterminate on purpose. Officially, she is whatever race you want her to be.

This has had a tiny effect on the story, however.

By now, Dee has encountered quite a few people. None of them have so much as mentioned Dee’s skin color. Therefore, she is either the same skin color as them, or is a color that they’ve seen before. In my original idea, there were going to be several instances where characters commented on her dark skin, especially the soldiers. They were going to be intrigued by her color, which, to them, marked her as unique and possibly dangerous (as in: she must be a witch). Now, however, its the sight of a woman with a blade that seems to set them off. Originally, the ‘wizard’ Mazoz was the only person who’d seen a black person before. If you’re familiar with the “Wizard of Oz”, you can probably guess why. His lack of reaction to her color was going to be a small but important plot point.

Now, however, we have to assume that Dee is White, or that Black people are somewhat common on this world. You get to decide which one on your own, I guess.


4 Comments

  1. nate, July 15, 2012:

    Hell, I’m gonna read on just because it’s written by Dark Icon.

  2. nate, July 15, 2012:

    And, I can’t wait to “find out”…

  3. epm, July 16, 2012:

    I am reading simply because this is fun !!!
    Excelent chapter as always. I imagine what will be the reaction of the woodsman when he sees the lion.
    And, what Mazoz can do (or can´t). After all, in the original tale, the wizard didn´t have magical powers, but he was very good at talking.
    I had no chance of figuring the name of the dog, unless I looked into google.

  4. Caber, July 25, 2012:

    Strangely enough, I see Dee as a black woman (if you saw the Spawn movie, picture Wanda(I apologize if any HAS seen the movie and my mentioning it brings back memories of watching it)), and not because she has a pit bull. I have one and I am white. I am going to start a pit bull thread on the forums and address those lovable, yet deadly, puppies there.

    I had to google Treach to find out he was a rapper. I thought I answered on the blog, but apparently I forgot to.

    And I am still waiting for the Lollipop Kids…

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