The story of Pete Porkins, the Damp Knight.

Slug-Man 14 Trivia

by Flyer Beast on 8th Nov 2020, 11:34 AM
Having finished uploading Episode 14, I thought it would be worth giving y'all some trivia about it again! This list follows the order of the comic page by page...
  • Another cover that isn’t a reference to any film poster, though if you want to say there’s a Die Hard reference here, go ahead!
  • The cover features the silhouettes of Swbo Bolg, Mason, Supreme Admiral Gnome, a Wormmech, Claire Blair and a mysterious fedora-wearing individual (Grrreal Gromb)
  • The NDC TV News station was first seen in Shopping is Difficult, and features in the press conference scene in Bionic Badger. The graphics used here are exactly identical to both of those appearances, barring their hand-drawn nature.
  • The UNWD has been, up until the Battle of London, one of the worst-kept secrets and heavily rumoured to exist. They announced their aims publicly in time to start clearing the most dangerous rubble from the city.
  • Grrreal Gromb doesn’t speak in the typical rough hand-drawn Gnome font, because he is far more eloquent and is a cut above most Gnomes.
  • The Slotham Abandoned Underground (Formerly Slotham Subway) is in fact home to many, many denizens, including the Cult of Wom, Doc Coyote and Gef Lesley, amongst others. Must get a bit crowded down there!
  • Confirmation here that Swbo Bolg was the first Bolg unit, but doesn’t necessarily just share that title with Glog…
  • Slotham is an ancient magical site, obviously. More on this later…
  • Slotham Radio Tower neighbours the Gaius Observatory atop Drosgl hill near the city.
  • The ‘last time’ Pete snuck into a facility illegally he refers to is the time he broke into the UNWD base way back in Slug-Man #3, but he could also be thinking of breaking into the Zopran headquarters in Slug-Man #9, which went only slightly better.
  • The man behind the reception desk is Gordon Thorn, fyi.
  • Gordon calls the UNWD ‘UWD’, a reference to how that is what the organisation should logically have been named. Unfortunately, it translates as ‘porridge’ in Welsh so that’s a bonus.
  • Here is the first comic reference to Slotham 365 – a fully-written audio drama following its reporters as they deal with a completely separate set of world-ending problems.
  • Legitimate Limited, GoLD MasTAH’s cover company for stealing gold, is still somehow in business and still does nothing but illegitimate activities.
  • Claire mentions her friend Oswald Overfield, a reporter for The Daily Snail over in Couresbury.
  • Of course, Claire has a DY laptop exactly matching her DY phone from the last episode.
  • My favourite callback in the whole episode is page 8’s first panel. It’s a near-identical, though vastly higher-quality, version of the very first Slug-Man panel and the first time we’ve seen Porkins National Bank since Slug-Man #2.
  • Pete’s uncle Paul Porkins must be one of the best-drawn human characters in any of my comics ever. Weird.
  • Paul used his influence and possible connections with Bill Large to get Pete the lab job he had at the start of Episode 1, with disastrous consequences.
  • ‘Going down in flames’ is a very apt way pf putting the events of Episode 13.
  • The buildings behind Claire as she makes the call are taken from the original cover for Slug-Man #1, which has since been replaced. These skyscrapers are directly opposite Porkins National Bank.
  • Is that ‘Scran Coach’ or ‘Scrap Coach’, or something else? I won’t tell you.