Do five people even read this journal anymore?! Whatever, who cares, here is something I lifted off my friends list:
FIVE HOWEVER MANY PEOPLE to comment in this post get to request a DOODLE of any character of their choosing. In return they HAVE TO POST this in their journal, regardless of ability whatever I don't really give a shit.
I am trying to improve my drawing through doing it a lot! Trying. I have a lot of work on my plate right now though and I don't structure my time well. I need to work on that.
Anyway, right now I'm trying to get a comic going for that reason. Also because I've been trying to get it going for years... I've had a lot of false starts, but this time I've actually made progress, so... we'll see. I think I'm going to make myself get through the first chapter before I start posting it on the interwebs, as a test of commitment. But then... to the interwebs it will go! And we'll see what happens then.
I have minimal faith in my own abilities, as always. But my companion has been helping me with the flow of the comic (dialogue comes out my ears and it's easy to scribble faces to go with it, but the pacing is something I'm less sure of, and he's been a great help in figuring that out) so I'm feeling okay about it right now.
That, and he and I just read the first volume of The Walking Dead together over the past few days and... wow. This is a popular printed comic? It was awful!
Okay, not AWFUL. But really, really mediocre for the following reasons which I will share with you though you did not request it:
-You feel no engagement with the characters whatsoever. All the men feel the same and all the women feel the same. And when he tries to add some extra qualities to people, it feels extremely forced/transparent.
-The plot lumbers. In fact, I'm not even sure what the plot is. It just kind of jumps from event to event. This might be less problematic were the characters more interesting--it's supposed to be character-driven, according to the reviews--but they just aren't there, so the lack of plot becomes glaringly obvious.
-It's ridiculous in a bad way. Sharp-shooting 7-year-old? Yeah, all right, whatever. And don't get me started about the ridiculous gender roles. (Despite being a [closeted] feminist, you know I wouldn't throw down the term 'gender roles' willy-nilly. In this case, however... Even my companion noticed how ridiculous it was--he even mentioned it without my having said anything--and if you know him, you know he's pretty far from being a feminist [we fight about it]. Yet even he said "wow, this is stupidly sexist." I was very proud of him.) Women just bitch and do laundry and scream and let men rescue them from the zombies...
-It's zombie-centered... but they are the shittiest zombies ever. Often they just kind of chill out and wait for you to kill them. It... it really takes away from the tension.
-Also, the pacing is way off (part of what is making me take a second look at my own work). Rather than work at building any tension (isn't tension the point of a zombie scenario?), zombies are just kind of plopped in and out, and then they spend pages and pages talking about what they're about to do. In particular, the main character is fond of addressing the rest of them and dumping all the practical details on the reader at once. It's awful.
I could go on! The point is that this is a massively popular published work. So, maybe I need to stop being so hard on myself?
Finally.... I miss being a troll scholar. That was the best thesis ever.