Earlier this week, Fortuna Favors the Bold readers were in for a treat when they met Daisingdale’s newest resident – Dr. Gnarlhawk Sinclair. A maverick iconoclast, debonair man-about-town and dedicated physician, Gnarlhawk has been an instant hit with fans, but long-time blogudrama enthusiasts may have realized that there’s more to the good doctor, than meets the eye. We sent Katy Zopf to find out more.
Katy Zopf: I’m here with associate producer Clyde Hastings. Thanks for talking to Behind the Scenes Clyde.
Clyde Hastings: Thank you Katy. You can go ahead and italicize that ‘you’.
KZ: I’m already hitting ctrl+i, ha ha ha-
CH: I’ll stop you there Katy. Like most intelligent creative people Katy I use a Mac. That’s probably a PC reference?
KZ: Um, yes. Sorry, I think for you it’s the button with the apple on-
CH: The command key.
KZ: Yeah. So command key and i.
CH: Oh I see, but the remark’s not terribly witty is it?
KZ: Not really. But I can cut this out-
CH: No no, it doesn’t reflect poorly on me. You can ask the first question now dear.
KZ: Well…. the question on everyone’s lips is, what is so familiar about Dr. Gnarlhawk Sinclair?
CH: Familiar? There’s a number of ways I could answer that question. In the archetypal sense, Gnarlhawk is known to even those who have never encountered him directly.
KZ: Could you please talk about the other Web site he was on?
CH: Rather a leading question. Very well. Gnarlhawk is new to the Fortuna mythos, but the character himself has been around for quite awhile.
KZ: You’re speaking of course about the short-lived Web site Gnarlhawk Sinclair P.I. M.D.
CH: You shouldn’t include ‘of course’ in those sort of declaratives dear. It’s patronizing to the listener. And short-lived is a relative term.
KZ: Well, again I can leave it out of the-
CH: No, please. You’ll learn this way. Yes, Gnarlhawk Sinclair P.I. M.D. was one of the first Web projects I worked on. It was another time, we had a certain naive enthusiasm about the possibilities of Web drama – this was before the term blogudrama even existed, you understand – every second word was hyperlinked to some convoluted subplot point. I remember, quite fondly, a remark from an ex-classmate of mine from Brown – where I graduated magna cum laude – he said that reading an average episode of Gnarlhawk was like trying to decipher Goethe’s original notes for the Urfaust. Ha ha ha!
KZ: ….So, the main character was a private detective and a doctor?
CH: I think that’s quite obvious from the title dear.
KZ: And what happened to the… Short. Lived. Site? Would you imagine that it’s total failure was the fault of anyone in particular?
CH: Indeed not. I’m sure the experience of ‘not getting it’ isn’t something completely alien to you dear. Any commenter worth his salt would conclude that the internet-viewing public, at that time, had not matured to the extent that a work like Gnarlhawk would find it’s readership.
KZ: No one read it?
CH: Many people read it.
KZ: But they didn’t… like it?
CH: They didn’t appreciate it… What say we move on to something more interesting?
KZ: I’m sure that’s what many of them were thinking at the time.
So there you have it – Dr. Gnarlhawk Sinclair, an exciting new character for FFtB readers, and a veteran of the world of blogudramas – the doctor will see you now 😉
Check back soon for more exclusive insights from FFtB’s Behind the Scenes.
Everyone here at BtS wishes Katy well in her job search.