The Devil had it all thought out. Condensed it into big black clouds. A huff, and a puff, and his belly came through... Whoops! The Devil, now, he's looking for you!
A interactive "graphic novel" created by Rosto A.D. adapted from "The Four Riders of Dog", a small nonsensical book he wrote from which he based his entire fantastical world upon, and the songs created and performed by his band "Thee Wreckers".The novel depicts the lives of two anchormen, Diddybob and Buddybob who have spent the entirety of their lives in a television studio, recording episodes for their show "Living Interior". While Buddybob is quite content with this set up, Diddybob starts to question his surroundings and wonders what really is "on the outside". The story is divided into two sections: "The Open Horizon" which shows how the two men lived and the sequence of events which led to Diddybob being in the situation he is in, and "Diddybob's Travels" which portrays Diddybob's experiences and trials as he explores the world "outside" and tries to find a way back to the life he threw away.Booh Frikin Hoo.Perhaps if these fools had spent more time presenting and less time questioning, they wouldn't be where they are now. I'm the one running the show here, and don't you forget it. It's the perfect plan, set and stage for the ultimate performance. Behold as you witness their fall, their rise, and yes, their demise. You think you have problems keeping events in order? I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have to keep my eye on everything at once, all for one frikin idiosyncrasy to topple it all, and blow everything I made down. They ruined it all and now it's all gone catawampus! Well... It's not over yet. The script is still being written and I have yet to show my final plot twist.
This novel provides examples of:
All There in the Manual: Rosto explains a lot in several behind the scenes videos of the Triology movie, not that it makes things any clearer.
Anachronic Order: "The Open Horizon" is set in the past, "Diddybob's Travels" are set in the present, yet the series recommends switching constantly back and forth between the two,.
To add to this. A prolouge episode happens with "Episode VIII: That Damned Ol' Mirror of Perspective" followed by "Episode IX: So Far So Evil" which seems to take place just after Buddybob goes "outside" with "Episode X: Big White" going back to just after Diddybob left for the outside. And that's not even getting into the mess of time jumps that occurs throughout which implies that the events of Maps 3 and 9 and Episodes VII and XI are happening at the same time.
Arc Words: The little ditty at the top of this entry. Might be considered the series Leitmotif.
Art Evolution: The first few episodes are, for the most part, simple still images with line drawings with very short loop animation if there's any animation at all, though as the series goes on, the art becomes more detailed and the animation more ambitious and complex.
Art Shift: The art and style of story telling is ever changing in the sequences set "outside" compared the the more consistent style used in scenes taking place inside the studio. This is brought into sharp focus in "Map 5: Desert" and "Episode V: Xposure".
Mythology Gag: Everywhere. Since the series is loosely based on an old book and the meaningless lyrics of several songs the creator made before, some of the events and throw away lines are in there just because they where in the book or songs.
"Blood stains on your precious whites?"
Diddybob and Buddybob themselves were taken from a previous short called "Live to Work. Work to Live" complete with their furniture obsession.
The Langemahne, first appearing in the chapter "Hook" from "The Four Riders of Dog"
Virgil too first came from "Wreck-A-Lula", also from "The Four Riders of Dog"
Off with His Head!: All Langemahne fear to lose their heads. A fate which seems to befall any Langemahne that makes a theatrical appearance.
Oh, Crap: In Jona/Tomberry, the very moment Virgil realises he doesn't have his whale any more.
The Stinger: Jona/Tomberry has one linking to the events of "Map 4: Sky"/"The Rise and Fall of the Legendary Anglobilly Feverson" (Kinda... See Timey-Wimey Ball bellow.)
The Voice: Virgil narrates the ordeal and remains ever unseen right up until he presents himself in Episode 9: So Far, So Evil.
Timey-Wimey Ball: It starts out sensible enough, "Diddybob's Travels" take place in the present while "The Open Horizon" are the events leading up to the current story, but then a phone call from the future in Map 5 directly effects the past in episode V, then there's the Ugliest Man of the World who travels from Map 7 to Episode VII resulting in Buddybob leaving the studio to look for Diddybob which is continued in the "Diddybob's travels" where Map 9 seems to be happening at the same time as the events of Map 3 Where Diddybob is still alive but in map 10, Diddybob is already long dead due to Map 7....
Then comes Episode XII "The Evil Wicked Whale" which seems to imply the events of Map 12 coincide with the events of Maps 3 and 4 as well as the events of Episodes XI and XII which lead to the events of Episode VII preceding/following from Map 7
Which means that all at once Buddybob is A) in the studio having his eye hit by the mirror shard B) in the forest receiving the whale from the Langemahne C) in the hotel, smashing the mirror in the first place D) on top of the whale as Diddybob gets swallowed... Seriously, what and when is going on around here?
Villainous Breakdown: At the end of Jona/Tomberry, Virgil, now trapped without his whale and an incomplete mirror repeatedly throws his minions into the shards of glass in frustration when they tell him they can't get back his whale.
White Void Room: What seems to be outside and Diddybob finally explores it in the aptly named "Episode X: Big white"
Year Inside, Hour Outside: The "outside" which is inside the belly of a whale seems to be constantly stuck in the "now" while the Open Horizon Network Studio has a normal flow of time. This could be the cause behind all these time complications.