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Puck Character Guide by ElectricGecko Puck Character Guide by ElectricGecko
It has come to my attention that some new readers are curious yet totally baffled by this thing called Puck, and may find the prospect of reading through 100+ strips daunting. Therefore, I've created this handy character rundown for the cast.

The comic really only has a four-person (plus extras) cast, but the relationships between those four characters are complicated, so I'm hoping this clarifies some stuff for the confused people out there.

Some may note that I've finally nailed down ages and time frames after much waffling. Seven years have passed since Puck graduated; her degree was three years long. Because she was 621 at the beginning of the strip, she's now 631.

It all makes sense. I think.

EDIT: I bumped up all the characters' weights due to numerous complaints by people who insist that Puck cannot weigh 124 lbs and be 5'8". Even though my wife weighs 124 lbs. and is 5'8". Go fig.
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D3v14ntF4n46 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for adding this handy guide, I was a little confused. I've told myself I'll read your old comic pages but it is a little daunting. 
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Yeah, I really need to create a new, updated guide that really simplifies things even further.  It's not a confusing comic, but it sort of looks confusing at first glance.  I need to better address that.
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JardimStudios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a complete, descriptive panel. A highly functional way to present your comics to new readers. And I'm sure they are many!
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Yeah, I needed something simple for new readers. Glad to hear it works!
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Yumi-Taro Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
who would complain about that? people can be that size. I mean I'm 4'5" and I weigh 95 lbs
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Well, if you're 4'5" that would make sense. People's weights can really vary. Oh well.
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Yumi-Taro Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
oh silly people XD
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freaksofwar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Awesome! This'll come in handy when I want introduce some new people to this cool comic!
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Well, just the thought of you possibly wanting to introduce people to the comic fills me with glee!
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SilentLeona Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This can be a really good reminder for others too :D !! Thanks for making it :3 !!
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Well, glad it works! A good reminder for me too, I guess.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Satan deserves his own entry, in my opinion.
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:iconelectricgecko:
ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Well, I may well come up with a second sheet detailing minor characters. Satan would be at the top of that list for sure!
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That last sentence is not to be taken out of context. ;)
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Enh. People are hard on Satan. He's interesting, at the very least! Let's put it this way: were it not for Satan, the Bible would have been a very boring book. So much peace and harmony and no original sin ... BORing.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite what the fire & brimstone brigade keeps telling us, the Bible doesn't spend much time talking about Satan.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
True enough. And when he does pop up (like in Job), he's going to God's dinner parties. Go fig.
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Caraphae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, people have no idea about the variance in body builds. S'why I pay no attention to height-weight charts. My best friend is 6' 4" and weighs about 120. Granted he's built like an articulated skeleton, but still. It can happen!

...I really thought Daphne was older. Poor kid, watching her mom get all dopey and pregnant just as she's personally hitting the worst years of a modern American's life.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
6'4" and 120 pounds? Crazy! Well, someone recommended that I look at the BMI charts, and looking at those things, I got ... confused. The chart for guys is simply confusing. According to the chart, the ideal weight of an adult, six foot male is around 160. I've never known ANY guy who is six feet tall who weighs that low.

But from what I've learned, women's weight varies more drastically than guys because guys' bodies are more similar in construction. With women, it all depends on the variation of fat and muscle ratio; muscle weighs a lot, lot more. I know a girl who is quite fit, but she has a strong build. She weighs seventy pounds more than my wife, but you'd never guess that to see them standing next to each other.

As for Daphne's age, her attitude makes her seem older, I guess. She'll be able to survive the craziness fairly well, though. It's like she was forty-five when she four.
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fatguy88 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
every girl i like is over 300 lol
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Into the older women, I take it?
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fatguy88 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol well old women that look like younger women
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bah, people take weight too seriously! my god, give it a rest! oh well, know that there are those of us out there who like a character no matter what they weigh :love:
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Well, I'm glad that some people look past the numbers and find something to like! Serves me right, though. That's the LAST TIME I ever create a profile with character weights on them.
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bah, people are too weight sensitive! followed by age sensitive :D
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Hey, are you calling me OLD? ;)
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Everyday-Grind-Comic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope! just that people get uppity when you make an old character, lol! buuuuuuuuuut only an old guy would ask about being called old...:D I love getting older, take that you kids!
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Shannonandklara Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Being a new reader this is some good insight though I've been able to follow along rather easily so far.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Glad to hear! I try to make the comic as accessible as I can for new readers, but some general confusion is bound to set in for some.
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Shannonandklara Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
I prefer less exposition, I don't need to know every detail of a character or a story to enjoy it. The only time it's really needed is for in jokes and running gags.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
True enough. My mind seems to gravitate toward in jokes and running gags, though. Curse my mind.
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snarebang Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I totally dig this :nod:
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Well, thank you!
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snarebang Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey! you're most welcome :D
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newtonthenewt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Re: the heights debate: I'm impressed by your devotion to realism. I still haven't figured out how to do make coherent physics. Fish with lakes underwater? Sure why not.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Well, TOO much realism turns me off. I like a healthy shot of ridiculous in my comics, but if I'm sort of presenting a twisted slice-of-life type comic, then it helps if I can establish a consistency in the models and their size relations. As for fish with underwater lakes, hey. If it happens in Spongebob, it can happen anywhere!
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newtonthenewt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough. You're definitely not overdoing it.
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PhoenixForce77 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Thanks! I was kinda confused. I was also wondering...
There's a character that I have invented named Maggie. She's 13 years old, and a tall pale girl with fiery auburn hair and beautiful blue-grey eyes, with a calm but dangerous aura. I have commissioned my friends and family to cameo her in their art (I come from a LONG line of artists) to see if she is a good choice for my new series. So I was hoping that you would try cameoing her? Pretty Please?
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Well, there really aren't many opportunities for cameos in the comic, because it's a pretty closed cast. I don't usually do crowd scene or that sort of thing. If an opportunity comes up, I'll consider it, but it's not likely in the immediate future.
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PhoenixForce77 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Alrighty then. Thanks for considering it though!
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BLUEamnesiac Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Video games and cheez wams isn't that much of a waste of time. I can think of far more unproductive things :XD:
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Really? Like what? I'm curious.
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BLUEamnesiac Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Drugs, doing stupid/deadly stunts and trolling others. :XD:
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Ah trolling. Don't they have anything better to do? Oh wait. No, they don't.
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BLUEamnesiac Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that's the sad truth. I'm glad not everyone is like that.
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Bellette Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thanks for this, now, the new ones as me can concentrate in only laugh, and not try to guess the names of everybody and then laugh
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
There you go! Or, if you're like me, you'll forget the names anyway by the time the next strip rolls around. (I'm really bad. I have strips that I really like, but even after reading the comics for months, I STILL don't know the characters' names.)
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jansLabyrinth Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, Gecko. Dearest Gecko. Not you, too.

It has come to my attention over the past year that many male writers/artists/people seem terribly confused about how much women actually weigh. If Puck is 5'8" and only weighs 124 lbs, she is a hair's breadth away from being clinically underweight (even for someone who is *not* pregnant). At 5'4" and 96 lbs, Daphne is right smack dab in the middle of "and how long have you had this disorder" land. Phoebe's weight is perfectly within the normal range for a woman her height (with a small frame). And it's not that I'm saying any of these designs should change. No, you drew them just fine. I'm saying that, if they actually weighed the weights listed for them, they would look very different from the way you've drawn them. Especially Daphne. She'd be a skeleton. Here's a chart: [link]

I point this out as a friend in hopes of helping you surpass your male peers in this regard. :)
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Okay, here's my defense: my wife is 5'8", and her build is very similar to Puck's. She generally weighs in the 120's. (And the listed weight is definitely not pregnant weight.) Phoebe's a bit more mesomorph in her build, so I put the weight up a bit. (My wife's the one who told me that Phoebe would weigh somewhere in the 130's. I trust her.) Daphne is NOT an adult yet, and she's got that thin, whippet-type build that hasn't filled out yet. I really don't think (how I've drawn her) that she'd weigh much over a hundred pounds. I mean, I teach thin high school BOYS who don't weigh much more than 96 lbs. But I'd like to hear your perspective on the weights, so that I might possibly fix any horrible errors.
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jansLabyrinth Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Puck can weigh in the 120s. I was pointing out that 124 is the lower threshold for her height. As for Daphne, a girl her age and height should weigh 105 lbs at least. As a woman with a mesomorph figure (who is 2 inches shorter than Daphne), I can attest to the fact that my cheek bones were incredibly define and lean when I weight 145. It's not really a matter of perspective: it's how gravity works. :')
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