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Yesterday, 1:35 AM #1
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Kyo:
...and pray for me please


Best of all luck, Kyo!

I didn't notice any downtime today, but things are still somewhat slow and the comment / replies are acting wonky (slow-loading, not always displaying reply boxes, etc.)
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2 days ago, 4:09 AM #2
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Zombienomicon:
Labyrinth of Saint Thomas: the meeting of Jack Morasco and The Presence...


Your characters are staccatto and restless, even while asleep. It fits the mood quite well. Brilliant use of the stripe pattern around the borders to indicate and segue into the dream sequence. Disembodied voices being given a different quality by color of text is a great visual trick. You also do a lovely Jupiter. Excellent, solid page all around!

In the newest page of The Extras,it's time for science class, and Nita learns a bit about the local fauna.
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2 days ago, 3:49 AM #3
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I've written about this sort of thing from a slightly different perspective elsewhere.

The biggest problem with creating something original is that no one cares.

Yet.

This is sometimes hard to remember. After all, you know your characters, and your world, and your storyline. You know how good it all is, how interesting. You love the main character's arc. You love that reveal at the end of chapter 2 that's gonna break hearts or make spirits soar.

But no one else knows. Not yet.

It's your job to make them care. You are, in essence, building a relationship with the readers.

Think about it this way- if you went to a gathering in a strange city that you'd never been to before, would you be completely self-assured and eager to start talking randomly to a stranger? What if that stranger had on a T-shirt from a show or comic that you loved? What if you unexpectedly spied an old friend across the room that you've been eager to get back in touch with?

It makes perfect sense to me that people who love a franchise would want more of that franchise, especially if the story is finished. People hunger for the familiar. They enjoy stories set in places they've visited and enjoyed before.

They might come to enjoy your worlds and characters, too. But they don't know them yet. There's that long awkward small talk stage and the getting to know you that has to happen first. That can be a long, hard slog. You're also competing against large publishers and famous creators who have deep pockets and marketing budgets. It's why so many artists who get good end up working for the big publishers and end up drawing decades-established cash cows while pursuing their labors of love and original works on the side. Batman anything will always sell; Captain Original won't, unless he's been around long enough to carve his own niche in the rock.

It's also tough because anything you do will be compared to what has come before, even if that comparison is unfair or just plain wrong. If you do a superhero character, you're competing against Batman and Superman and the X-Men- characters who have been around for decades (in Batman's case, closing in on 100(!) years.) People have an idea of what a superhero is supposed to look like and sound like and will compare yours to the well-worn tropes. You're fighting decades of inertia. Don't expect to overcome that inertia quickly.

But don't give up, either. Keep up the work. There's so much to be said for being original, for doing your own thing and making your unique mark. Sweat those dreams into fruition.
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2 days ago, 2:10 AM #4
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3 days ago, 6:54 PM #5
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During WWII, my dad's dad was in the US navy, my mom's dad was in the German army, and my wife's relatives were in the Japanese navy.

My great-grandfather Joseph was a ditch digger by trade. He built an enoromous trunk out of scrap wood to hold all of his tools. I recently restored it and am using it was a food storage chest.

One of my great-great aunts killed her abusive husband with a shotgun. She was acquitted.

I am related to Eli Lilly of Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. Not closely enough to share in the fortune, though.
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Result in thread: -nervous wave-
3 days ago, 6:31 PM #6
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Welcome to the crew. This site lets you do what you like and interact as much or as little as you want to. All types and all stripss make this place their home. We're glad you're here.
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3 days ago, 4:43 PM #7
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KidCthulhu:
Chantilly has officially been added to the roster. That link makes her remind me a little of Pearl from Tangentville ^_^


If you need more distinctiveness from Pearl's sprite, Chantilly also wears her hair up in a bun.
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Result in thread: three-word story
4 days ago, 9:18 PM #8
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The robot said,
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4 days ago, 9:15 PM #9
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Slow here in Detroit, though marginally faster than last night (12-15 seconds to load pages instead of 20-25.) At least it doesn't time out- I was able to upload new material just fine.
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Result in thread: Would you give it up?
4 days ago, 3:26 PM #10
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Shuffle:
Would you give up the chance to wear anything besides a simple outfit/uniform (think plain tee-shirt and jeans as an example) if it meant you could design fantastic clothes for other people or characters?


Yes! I've been married for almost 20 years so I'm at the point where I don't give a crap about what I wear. Seriously, I've never been fashionable, and the ability to gain a new skill and be able to make cool stuff for my wife and friends to wear would be great. Maybe a new gardening apron for grandma. I'd also be able to use it to do things like design practical fabric items for folks with disabilities that would be easy to put on and take off without help that look like regular clothes. The one drawback is that I'm hoping someday to take part in some kind of cosplay- like maybe a Wookie costume- but I'd have to borrow or have someone else make it for me under the conditions of the wish.

Would you achieve your grandest artistic goals, whatever they may be, but in exchange any friendship, business relationship, or romance you have from now on would last a maximum of five years? For example, you meet a person who quickly becomes your new best friend, but after five years they would inevitably move away, drift away, or otherwise not be your friend any more. Love affairs and business partnership arrangements would work the same way.
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Result in thread: Would you give it up?
4 days ago, 5:57 AM #11
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JitterbugJive:
Would you give up ever having a comfortable place to sleep for the ability to make your favorite foods appear any time you want them?


No. I don't mind cooking, and I prefer my own cooking to almost anything else. Plus I'm not as young as I used to be and I no longer have the ability to sleep anywhere and weke up rested. I need my own familiar bed!

Would you give up your current living situation for a comfortably appointed house of the right size for you that you own free and clear, but is located in a place that's both distant and inconvenient? For example, if you currently live in a Chicago apartment within walking distance of your favorite shops, you'd get a comfy house you'd pay zero for, but it would be in the middle of Kansas wheat country.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
6 days ago, 3:36 AM #12
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machineheadstudio:The Phantom Pube...sounds like a Golden Age comic hero.


From her secret hideaway deep in the Mound of Venus... the Phantom Pube curls forth to entangle crime!
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One week ago, 6:49 PM #13
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Chantilly from The Extras would love to play Scimitar Online. She'll play whatever character class is needed to round out the party.
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Result in thread: Minor Annoyances
One week ago, 4:40 AM #14
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mitchellbravo:extra thermal


Sounds like the pair I started wearing this winter. Nice and warm, but every so often I feel a pinch and tug as it rips out another of my leg hairs and adds it to the collective.

I told my wife this and she thinks it's hilarious. I assure her it is not.
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9 days ago, 3:40 AM #15
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My "aha!" moment was when I had my first book published by a publisher who wasn't me. If someone else was willing to pay money to publish my written work, then I was a writer. The confidence boost was indescribable. The imposter syndrome was harder to sustain. Being able to look my work up on Amazon.com, finding it in the local Barnes & Noble, was further proof (though it still felt surreal) and it was also nice to be able to point that out to the more non-supportive members of my family. I've never made near enough from it to live on, but dammit, I'm a writer.
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9 days ago, 12:31 AM #16
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10 days ago, 11:11 PM #17
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vaslittlecrow:
RaspCat


Your work has a Rick Geary quality to it, but is softer and more appealing to look at. The effect of Getter's skin is unsettling. I love the complex but muted color scheme. A long conversation that doesn't feel cramped. Rasputin is instantly relatable, as is Getter. Fascinating stuff and I will be exploring it further. Great job!

I'm also interested to learn more about your art collective. I too am part of a collaborative workshop.


On the latest page of The Extras,Chantilly's best-laid plans hit a snag.
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10 days ago, 8:01 PM #18
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I'm a middle-aged man. My main characters are teenage women. So I'm not like any of my main characters. They are, however, bits and pieces of how I used to be at that age, and reflections and refractions of the many students of that age I've taught over the years. Introverted. Extroverted. Anxious. Confident. Mildly rebellious. Too eager to please. Alternately serious and un-serious about school and the future. Terrified of the unknown but facing it bravely. Hyper. Lazy. Quietly introspective. Up. Down. Human.

I'm much more like some of the adults in the story, though we haven't gotten to know many of them yet. In the background. Trying to educate, support, and guide without being too leading. Setting an example while allowing space to grow into who they want to be.
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Result in thread: Rest in pepperoni!
12 days ago, 6:20 PM #19
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Let me get my white polyester disco suit out of the back of the closet and I'll join you.
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Result in thread: How Cold is It?
12 days ago, 5:05 AM #20
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8 inches / 20 cm of snow. Spent all day shoveling and cooking. Had to use the snow rake to clear the roof of the old garage so it don't fall down go boom. Tonight it's supposed to go down to -4F / -20C. We're used to it, though.
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