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More stretching

So I don't actually have to draw Swamp Thing for my Studio project. He's not in the five pages I'm working with, and I'm a little disappointed. I do, however, have to draw John Constantine, redneck poachers with shotguns, and a juicy, rotting skeleton, so I'm still outside my element. My teacher seems impressed so far, despite it being a great stretch for me.

And we went over the loglines we wrote last week. The overall assessment was that we were too caught up in the setting and details and needed to be more focused on the "human element" in the story. And I agree; someone recently told me about a sci-fi series he'd been reading, going in depth over the concept of technology and war and the history of the world--which may have actually been interesting, but I completely glazed over because I didn't have anything to really latch onto. Throw a character with a human situation for me to relate to, and I'm way more invested in what happens. The lesson: focus on the human factor first, and then give it richness by dressing up the setting.

No writing done this week, but a lot of soul searching. I've been debating for a while over what kind of stories I want to tell, since I have to come up with a lot of ideas on demand, and start building them along with my personal brand. I've had to figure out how I want to present myself, about who I am and what makes me unique in this field. Conference really helped me with that, and so did Fluke (the comics festival I attended). I've been having trouble with it because I feel myself loosening up a bit since I started school here and have had my horizons broadened, met a lot of different kinds of people and a larger world, and sometimes I feel like I have to evolve my voice and interests in order to fit in. Devolve, rather.

This week we had a class discussion in Self-Promo about adult content and publication that kind of clinched it for me. I learned that despite the impression that superhero comics (and comics creators in general) give, our medium is under a much tighter microscope than books or movies, and adult content significantly impacts sales in the broad view. Some publishers welcome the edgier stuff (usually for a very specific, comics-savvy readership), but others see the bigger audience in schools, libraries, and the general [non-comics-savvy] public.

Thus I decided that not only do I stand out from my peers by not including adult content in my stories, but it will make my work more marketable in the long run. I'm not going to worry about my work being full of fairy tales and sugar and spice and reason and softness. I'm just going to have a different audience than someone who makes violent, profanity-laden, pornographic stuff. So for the ideas I have to start developing, it behooves me to find the magic and heroism and romance about people doing the best they can to do what they think is right, and then tell those stories in a way that resonates.

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audrey_hok
Apr. 14th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for your teacher being impressed with your work! I think it's great that you're getting a chance to work with a style/subject you're so unused to. It's also neat that you guys have been able to talk about your loglines and analyze them for characters vs. settings emphasis. I'm looking forward to seeing a comparison between your original and your revised loglines!

And I'm excited for your decision about what kind of content you're going to focus on. I'm looking forward to seeing how you craft your professional image--and the works you will eventually create!
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