Wow, ewolf20. That comment is worth its weight in gold. All I wanted to do was share my art with people to overcome my fears and emotional scars from the last time I shared art online. I never expected it to be inspiring to be though I am so touched that you feel that way. Thanks.
I guess it's a very normal thing if you're a writer, NiaNook. I myself am sometimes paranoid about how my characters come across to people hence why I was so afraid for many years to make a webcomic at all. I think everyone feels that way not just you because our art means something to us.
When I used to be on DeviantArt, a lot of trolls would and they would vandalise the art for laughs. At first, I would just report it, but when it continued to happen every day until at one point, going online caused me stress if not from that, from the horrible comments, I decided to take my art elsewhere. Looking back on it now, trolls were a huge problem on DA in general and still are. I've seen troll account that had been there for years with the admins doing nothing. The admins of DA ought to be ashamed.
I get the joke. Although, this one always made me laugh;
A father has a friend whose a hunter so he shares his meat with him. This time, it was deer and just for fun, he didn't tell his kids what kind of meat it was. So at dinner, they're all eating it and liking it while asking what it was so the dad gives a hint saying "It's something your mother calls me". The youngest turns pale upon hearing this and screams "STOP EATING IT!!" which makes the father feel bad and confess to everyone that it is deer and he didn't know eating a deer would upset anyone. The youngest just looks at him and says "It's deer? I thought it was "stupid"".
Time for some positivism.... on the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of great characters out there whose very existence is just to be kind. They are fictional saints who wish were real and for some of us, restored our faith in kindness and in people. I think my own favourite fictional saints are the following;
- Uncle Iroh
- Garnet of the Crystal Gems
- Man at Arms (the reboot version of He-Man)
Oh, I do enjoy comic relief and such, but... I guess I don't like the constant meanness in the comics. I like to see redeeming qualities in a person and character growth because I believe that deep down, people are flawed, but good. Just because we make bad decisions and have been known to do bad things doesn't mean we as a race are bad. I can't remember who said the quote, but it is not in our nature to be evil.
I think the greatest proof of that is our ability to feel sympathy and regret. Or even shame for our misdeeds.
I have a confession to make. I don't like mean characters. Maybe it's because I was bullied a lot as a girl so I can't be entertained when I see someone be mean to someone else, but it's just what I am. It can get so bad that I will stop reading a comic because I can't handle the meanness anymore (I'm looking at you Team Fortress 2). I understand some characters are supposed to be mean and I'm cool with that, but what I don't like is when they constantly get away with it or worse yet, rewarded. When the bully gets rewarded for being a bully and consistently gets rewarded all the time for being a bully, I can't look anymore.
Has anyone else ever had this issue towards mean characters?
PS: I still like Team Fortress 2. I just avoid the comics because they make me sad. I prefer to make up backgrounds for the characters. I mean, there's so many PC sprites in the game. I like to fall back on the mentality that in the comics, we're looking at one specific guy. Like for example, just because one Medic sells souls doesn't mean all of them do. Or that one Engineer is crafty and shady, it doesn't mean all of them have to be. In other words, we're looking at individuals not the entire class.
Nice to finally meet you formally. You seem like a fun guy. Plus, I love that shot of your lizard. They are such misunderstood creatures... I always had a bit of a fascination with them. I guess it's also because I love dragons and she kind of looks like one. In a good way that is ;)
I think forgetting details is a good everyone is guilty of. Very often, I forget to finish parts of Jekyll's hair or to put a line here or there. Luckily, those details are correctable on the computer.
While I keep religion out of my comics to avoid touchy subjects, I can say that yes the Lord does exist. If magic and the spiritual exist, then the Lord and other deities need to exist. Can't have a forest without the trees.