Before I knew about power plants, I thought there was an engine somewhere in the walls making electricity for each house. I'd unscrew the power outlet covers with a butter knife and feel inside trying to figure out where the wires converged. When I inevitably got shocked, I'd screw it back closed, sat to think a bit, then go try a different one. I couldn't say how many times I did that. I never wondered what was powering that imagined engine, I was focused on seeing it first.
Except that bastard. Way to try too hard, showoff![/spoiler]
TV Tropes would be a pretty bad source for serious literary analysis, and even worse as a writing guide. But that's not what it's for. It's chiefly for entertainment, and a lot of people sure love to check out how their favourite tropes are applied in different works. It's also quite good as a directory to find media via criteria they're not usually sorted by, and of course, for creators, it's a free avdertising tool. That's what it's good for.
*: I'm sorry if that image comes accross as an attempt to ridicule your opinion. I tried rewording it but it still sounds smug. I'm leaving it in because I think it makes my point clearer, but please take my word that I mean no disrespect.
SharpyTheYellowKirby:I'm still waiting for a fan to make an INYF tvtropes page. It feels like a giant milestone for how far my comic could go. I have a tvtropes account, but I don't wanna make it myself, it wouldn't feel earned.
Fans need to be VERY enthusiastic to spontaneously do that, and besides, you know your comic better than anyone else. But edits on an existing page are less work than creating it from scratch, so making a skeleton page would help, even if you only add a short description, genre and one or two main tropes.
I think part of the problem comes from communities that actively rewards a hostile attitude. Peer pressure is powerful, and a sense of belonging is the reward for conformism. Communities bond with shared memes, and those don't need to be good.
Hating on stuff is a pretty easy way to get validation. Getting aknowledged for your pretty art is difficult, you need hard work and still it can leave people indifferent. But if someone just said vegetarians annoy them, it takes zero effort to agree with them, and if they respond well, bingo, you just found a way to get positive reinforcement any time! Even if the others don't mean to, they'll register that they can get positive attention by bashing a socially acceptable target. A community that lets hate boner stroking go out of control will get super negative and lose focus on its original topics.
And then the members spread out because who sticks to only one forum? And they take that dynamic with them, and expect the same reward for dissing whatever it was cool to hate at the previous place, will even get mad if those things are welcomed there.
I played with this and I think I can make sense of part of its tastes.
- Photography (the only picture it gave more than 1% was so blurry it probably didn't recognise it as such, it did tag it as "abstract")
- Colour drawings on white background (black and white drawings on white aren't penalised)
- Lineart and solid inking
- Dark and saturated colours
- Dense details
- Pencil shading
- Crude photoshops
I've read your comic and briefly discussed it via chat at the same time, and I think the comment I made would be more useful if I posted them where you can see them!
This is about the comic's general impression and not the latest story:
[19:00] Sci: Hey
[19:00] Sci: What's up
[19:03] Dodom: I'm reading Lady Puissant, an overlooked comic from CF
[19:04] Dodom: http://1998.thecomicstrip.org/comics I like the crimefighting alternating with PSA themes, that's strongly reminicent of classical comic books.
[19:05] Sci: Interesting
[19:06] Dodom: The artist really could use to learn better scanning techniques and speech bubble planning. Inking would improve the image quality drastically, but the former would be a higher priority to me.
[19:08] Dodom: The themes' treatment is naive, but fit the perceived age of the author. Globally I'd say this is a nice comic and this artist has a lot of potential should they choose to continue.
[19:10] Dodom: I should probably repost these comments somewhere they can see them.
[19:13] Sci: I personally think that these useful and thoughtful comments should be kept here for solely my viewing
How about if the planets are named after famous and semi-famous and relatively unknown explorers, pioneers, astronauts, and the like?
Not a bad idea. Since the story is set far into the future, there'd be plenty more of those that aren't born yet, but I can draw from the current period without
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worrying about the time in-between. Given how many people are and have been involved in discovering space, that leaves enough to also name cities, ships, and anything I may not have specific inspiration for.
It could also be an opportunity to add a toponymy page with links to the Wikipedia article about each selected figure.
Thank you, I'm pretty sure this suggestion will be useful!
The title says it. I manage naming characters now, as long as I don't need to introduce too many at once, but places still bother me.
So I'm preparing a sci-fi story, and while I'm working on other details in the meantime, I'm struggling with naming exoplanets. The names have to:
- Be nice enough that the inhabitants won't get up one day and say "Hey, lets change that stupid name seriously who thought of that?" Like, Planety McPlanetface (not canon) got renamed the minute its last founding father finished going through puberty, it was just embarrassing by then.
- Not be too "special". There are hundreds of planets in various states of terraformation, we ran out of Roman gods a long time ago.
- Not be a variation on "Hell". The first colonies used them all up.
- Be pronouncable to a human. There may be alien life, but they didn't get to name the human colonies.
- At least some must make sense in European languages. Because the story is written in French and English, the name of the planet the action takes place on should fit in the characters' speech. They don't all need to though, because there's no reason for currently developing nations to remain poor multiple centuries in the future and space colonisation initiatives could come from anywhere.
- Joke names have to stay on this side of the fourth wall, meaning that the characters can't see the joke. By example among the names I already have, there's "Richard's Utopia". Sci-fi trained us to expect anything calling itself an utopia to be a totalitarian hellhole. And the joke is that said Richard lost control of his project the moment the settlers outnumbered him (immediately) and it developped in a completely ordinary way! Shut up it's funny to me. But you know, from an in-universe perspective, Richard's project existed and their history isn't a joke.
I think discussing it will help me think more clearly. I'm open to suggestions, but mostly I'm hoping to talk my way around writer block, because on my own I'm just thinking in circles there.
Anyone working in health care is for dicks. Of the dickpenis variety of course.
A dick improves the quality of urine samples drastically. A lot easier to make urine that isn't cloudy with skin flakes and skin bacteria, without extra urine on the outside of the pot, with a dick. Everyone should have a dick.
Though the prostate business is just stupid. Abolish prostates.
"Hey that guy over there just got stabbed by a mugger, he must have left his wallet hanging out, what a loser!"
"Sure it's sad that their kids died in that fire, but what do you expect when you cook at home?"
"Full time jobs don't HAVE to pay a full rent!"
"That's just how it is, don't get involved."
"I can take that bribe, anybody'd do that in my place."
All these things get said by people for real and they already do lead to many crimes never being stopped, many injustices never being challenged, but imagine everybody consciously tought them. Then anything'd go. How evil a place can get depends on how cynical people are: why would you intervene when you believe things can't get any better anyway? And since cynism can be taught, they wouldn't have to be bad people and most wouldn't actively do harm, they'd just let it happen. Sure they'd feel bad about it sometimes, but they also learned that sticking your head out was asking for it, and they're not stupid enough to ask for it.
Autoplaying ads and flash ads made it entirely impossible to visit some sites. smbc comics crashing half of the time is what made me download an adblocker and setting the browser flash plugin to "Ask me" before it runs *anything*.
There are pages that reload entirely when the ad cycles. Those aren't stopped by adblockers, so I avoid the sites altogether (they tend to be tabloids anyway).
Ads that hide the content of the page because they're on floaty layers and don't align right. Any ad that breaks the page layout really.
Ads that disguise as site content (by example inserted between articles with an article-like title on cracked or clickhole)
Ads that redirect you away from the site even if you clicked nowhere. Who even wants that on their site???
And of course virusy ads.
The very most intrusive ad I've seen was a virus/toolbar on my grandmother's computer. It added a frame that took up one third of the screen and displayed ads in there.
It was very difficult to uninstall, it always had several copies of itself in different folders with names of regular Windows files, I had to look for which executables were not in the Program Files folder matching their name, and I missed some twice before I could take them all out.
I'm ok with the gore. I regret using so much of it in the early pages of my comic because once it found its groove it turned out it wasn't all that suited to full on gore, but I wouldn't quit reading another comic for the same level of violence and visual horror.
The only time I'm not comfortable with fictional violence is when it's used as a statement. I can think of some ways for it to be appropriate, no need to point out fair cases, but often it just sends the message "I want to hurt X but I don't dare to yet, so here's me hurting an image of X in the meantime."
Oh well I'm going to jump on the bandwagon. Fairy Dust monsters doing it!
I hesitated posting this because the goblin looks baby sized next to the troll, but people told me don't worry, it doesn't actually look like a baby. (you have my word that it's a fully grown goblin either way)
Bad science annoys me the most when it's not even needed for the story.
"Super Buttman's power works by particle physics and DNA magic and something something radiation" when it's obvious Super Buttman's power is not physically possible and it would be better left unexplained. Suspension of disbelief can take a couple of breaches into the laws of physics, but not if you keep insisting on rooting it back into said laws. Then you make the clash obvious!
My advice as the official "I'm not a doctor but everybody asks me for doctor advice anyway" person:
Manage the symptoms in whatever way works for you, so what others said.
But if the throat ache lasts several days, if there's white stuff in your throat (that won't go away when you swallow; pus, not gross mucousy drool, nobody cares about your gross mucousy drool) and you have fever, go to the doctor even if you think you can tough it out. It could be a strep infection, which is better off treated with antibiotics than left to your immune system.
Because yes, your immune system will beat it, but the antibodies it forms have about 3% chances of attacking your own body too, it can seriously damage the heart, kidneys, joints and skin.
Hey, they got them away from the bomb didn't they?
I like it, but one of the first things I see is the jagged black and white lineart. I don't know if that's a style choice, but on the first sight it looks like a technical issue. (If you need scanning tips you can write me) Aside from that, I love the concept and the cute aliens' design and the page is funny.
Today in Dairy Dust: (Mostly SFW partial nudity) Jean-Marie is being ashamed on others' behalf again, he understands love about as well as his sister understands clothes.