Archive for December, 2008

Profanity Away!

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

OK, so I went into WordPress and monkeyed around in there… now these main posts have been tweaked such that I can’t physically swear anymore. Well, kinda. I mean, I disabled two words, F-bombs and the S-word, two words I use very frequently. From now on, any time I type those words in my posts, they get replaced with a new word. Check it out: fuck fuck FUCK Fuck shit SHIT Shit … Other swear words are still enabled (like a certain N-word, as well as “it” [Ni!]), but it’s not part of my lexicon, so there’s no need to spend the time to disable them as I’ll never use them.

The beauty of this is that I don’t have to go through my old posts and erase the profanity in them, they all just get replaced by a simple code I threw into the works. And if I so choose, I can remove the code and make things go back to normal. This also means I can continue to write posts however the fuck I want to write them and they’ll be cleaned up for me. Nifty, huh?

Profanity in the comments are probably not affected by this, so you guys can swear if you want. Likewise I’m not gonna edit profanity out of the comics themselves, as well as the titles for each comic post, should a swear word end up a part of it. Hopefully this is sufficient to appease some important people as well as add that little extra professionalism that is required. Huzzah!

RING RING RING

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

First new comic in just about two months. And this page was originally was drawn and scanned exactly one month ago. So…. you can expect page 202 to be up in February 2009.

BONUS POINTS: I just discovered that there is no such thing as “Ameribucks Coffee”, so I just invented something new.

Profanity versus Professionalism

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Now that school’s out, I’m actually gonna embark on another little thing for this site.

As it turns out one of my coworkers works as a promoter (or something along those lines) and has all sorts of ties with famous people. He found out I did comics after printing pages of it at work and was interested in checking this site out. After doing so he said he enjoyed it but had one real criticism about it: the profanity. Not so much in the comic itself but more on the site. In his professional opinion he said that you can learn a lot about who someone is by just reading through the read me page, and the profanity on the non-comic portions of site has spoken a lot about who I am. Furthermore he said that if he’s gonna share it with any of his professional buddies, I’d have to cut it out (or at least mask it or whatever).

Now if you know a little bit about the kind of person I am, I’m not really one to do what I really don’t want to do. Profanity is just part of my regular vocabulary and I’m not gonna change it–or anything about myself–for anyone. But then again, if I don’t ditch the profanity, I won’t get a hand up that could actually help me in ways I wouldn’t be able to do on my own. This is where I gotta broker a compromise between myself; what’s more important, standing firm on who I am and being Mr. Independent regardless of what ups and downs I could pass up because of it, or should I go against my stance in a small way in order to get some exposure to some very important people? Going against my stance isn’t an easy thing for me because some part of me is calling me a “sell out” for even considering it. But then again, success is 25% skill and 75% networking; I gotta do what I gotta do to get people to read my comic, ‘cuz skill is meaningless when there’s no out around to appreciate it. And then yet again, maybe this is a test; if I do cut out the profanity on the site, then maybe it will show that I’ll go against my beliefs for a little bit of success and in the end I won’t get anything. Shazbot.

….I think I’m gonna cut out the swearing on the site. I guess it’s just one tiny edit to make this site look ten times more professional. I wanna make it clear that I wanna keep things the way they are… but making the best out of life means making compromises, and this is just another little compromise I guess I just gotta make. Bugger.

OK so in cleaning up the profanity on this site a bit, maybe I can add a profanity filter to the site which people can activate or deactivate on their own? That way I can still be who I am but only if people want to see it. ;)

Stuff and Things!

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Super Mega Comics is like the guy version of Wiki’s Lessons In Life. Or is it that Wiki’s Lessons In Life is the girl version of Super Mega Comics. I’m almost tempted to using my superior skills in style emulation to convert some Super Mega comics into Wiki’s Lessons comics and vice versa….!

I’m finished with school this semester. What a nightmare. I spent the last week doing homework and finishing up whatever assignments I’ve been missing. I haven’t gotten much sleep at all in that time. I’m gonna spend some time relaxing before I start the comicking schtick back up again.

Better Than Pretty Pictures

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

First off, I’m sorry for not posting a page. I have one in the pipeline but for some reason I keep getting sidetracked. Maybe I can get it done tonight?

I’ve always been somewhat critical of “pretty pictures”. That is to say, “pretty pictures” to me is artwork which has no purpose, no function, no reason for existing other than “to look pretty”. To me I think that is an artistic dead end. Why? Well I’ve always been a functional guy. Everything I do and everything I want is out of some sort of functional reason. Case in point, I own an 32″ HDTV, not because I want to own an HDTV, but because the only area for a television in my room is far from my bed and the old TV I had was too small for me to lay in bed and watch it with. … Now I used to draw pretty pictures myself, but I stopped doing it when I realized that it was doing nothing for me. Sure it maybe helped sharpen my artistic skills, but then again, so has Moose River, and at least I’m telling a story AND selling copies of it at cons.

My artwork likewise serves a function in my life, I’ve never liked doing art for its own sake. I have experiences and knowledge that I’ve collected in my measly twenty-six consecutive years of life that I want to share with everyone…. and so I do it through my comics and stories. Likewise, I enjoy other people’s artwork, provided it’s functional. For example, movies and comics tell a story, advertisements sell a product, music stir emotions and make long road trips bearable. On the flip side, I ultimately frown upon other artists who do art only for its own sake, do art for no functional reason at all, or have no other abilities or capabilities as an artist other than creating “pretty pictures”. I just can’t stand looking at an extremely beautiful picture that someone drew knowing that they aren’t going to do anything with it. Hell, even if they sold copies of it, that is a functional enough reason for them to do art.

Words that pop up in my head for “pretty picture” artists are words like… dead-beat, useless, lacking in any important skills… if those artists are enjoying what they do, then fine, they can do whatever they want to do. But I don’t have to enjoy their work, I don’t have to like it. I cannot tolerate the idea of them spending all their time creating pretty pictures and not doing anything else with their work… or lives. This is a harsh comparison, but pretty picture artists are no better than drug addicts who spend all their time sitting around and getting high and not doing anything else with their lives. OK yeah, I’ve got my own addictions in life, but at least I go to school, I do this comic, I work cons, I have two jobs… I’m doing shit with my life and my artwork. Pretty picture artists are straight-up bums… and the fact that they can do really beautiful or complex pieces of work will convince me that they aren’t useless.