Archive for September, 2007

You Did

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Yay! On time comic!!!

Moose River Book Cover

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

( Old book covers )

After seeing some old book covers hung up at a local Barnes & Nobels, I’ve been thinking about redesigning the cover of Moose River book one (and subsequent books thereafter) to look more like an old book. Something like straight out of the 40′s or so. What do you think? Does anyone have any book covers that are particularlly inspiring?

Hi Mom.

Monday, September 17th, 2007

OK so this past week I’ve been in a malaise, but I’m over it. I was gonna get this page up for Monday, but it’s 4AM and I need some sleep. I’ll take care of it later today.

So it took me 16 hours, but I finally got today’s comic up. Isn’t that nifty? The funny thing is, for some people it’s already Tuesday. :(

I’m gonna try to get more comics in on schedule.

Tales of Mere Existence

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

( Minimalism at its best )

My friend Martin showed this to me last night and it was totally right up my alley. I really like his deadpan humor combined with really simple drawings and musings on life.

Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

( Webcomic Criticisms )

There aren’t enough webcomic critics out there. Despite not agreeing with everything this guy says 100%, it’s a real breath of fresh air. I thought I was the only one sick of webcomic cliches.

I need to throw together a definitive list of my personal do’s and don’ts when to comes to writing. At least, the rules I’ve come to follow for myself. So far I have:

* Don’t use other people’s styles. You spend more time worrying about whether or not you have the style right versus spending it on actually writing a good story. It’s not THAT hard to come up with something original!
* Don’t make a gag comic. I mean, how often do gags happen in real life? Certainly not every five minutes as gag comics make it seem. Even in comedy writing, all the good funny movies aren’t really gag based, like The Big Lebowski.
* Don’t throw in pop-culture references. At least, don’t have the story rely on them. OK fine, I’m guilty of making some pop-culture references (the “Professor Houses” are named after Pokemon Professors), but I think it’s somewhat presumptuous for a writer to throw in Star Wars references left and right and assume that the reader is totally gonna understand what the hell is going on. … Oh, OK fine, if your comic DOES revolve around pop-culture references, you get a pass. I mean, I don’t expect that bushmen from Sudan will understand the twenty-something Californian-American culture of Moose River. …. But seriously, I’d rather write something where OTHER people reference my work than fill my work with other people’s references. I think it just makes my work look like a collage of everything else by my own ideas.
* Don’t use any know-it-all smartass Mary Sue who “wittingly” points out all of the world’s flaws and dispatches them either using mindless violence or extreme sarcasm. In fact, if you’re afraid to have any of your main character be in any way flawed way beyond the usual Mary Sue flaws, don’t use them. Yes, sure, there are smart-asses out there like that which I’ve just described (I know of at least one), but being a smart-ass isn’t their only flaw. I’m just sick and tired of seeing stories where everyone is fucked up EXCEPT for the main character(s), who end up being the SOLE savior(s) of the entire universe. I’m looking at you, Neo of the Matrix.
* This also includes token characters. Don’t add in a black dude just because you want to prove how racially diverse you can be. I honestly find token characters to be demeaning. Add characters if they actually serve a purpose to telling the story.
* You can’t avoid doing something that has always been done. I mean, look at me; how many drama-comedies already exist? On the other hand, you can be aware of what has been overdone, and just avoid being a part of that. Stories that place superheroes in real life situations dealing with transgalactic-homosexuality or AIDS-from-Dimension X are no longer fresh. Nor is the whole “high school is tough, but it’s even tougher when you’re a teenage necromancer!” cliche. Manga/anime, gaming comics, “insanity”, furries, superheroes… they are all things that have been way overdone. Burnt to a crisp. Please, PLEASE… don’t even touch them.
* Throw a punch or sit pretty. But never pull your punches. If you’re not gonna say “fuck”, then don’t even imply it. I’d rather see “go to hell!” versus seeing “feck you” or “f**k you”. Of course, having a character who says “feck” because you’ve written them to be a complete fucking dork is an exception to this rule.
* Inside jokes are to be discouraged. You’re not writing a story about 4chan. Or at least, again, don’t rely on inside jokes. Let the reader understand what the hell is going on.
* Don’t even think about writing the “very special episode.” Yes my comic has drugs and sex and shit, but I’m not interested in devoting an entire chapter to having a heart-to-heart discussion about it.
* I’m actually getting sick of the term “interweb”. And then I saw “Internetiwebitron”. Call me old fashioned, but I’m gonna stick with “internet”.

Simply put, I hate cliches. … Exceptions are to be applied to anyone who are in the middle of learning comic-fu and need to learn the rules in order to break them later own down the road. And yes, I realize I’m guilty of breaking some of these rules. I AM still working on my comic-fu myself…

Anything else I’m missing?