I'm having those same issues actually, but I think it can be solved quite easily by showing it to other people first for their reactions...if they start in with a case of nervous giggles, then it's probably not violent enough for a flag..
now if they run for the toilet, turn pale or faint...that's pretty darned violent.
Of course this would only work if you showed to a varied audience and not strictly to a crowd of grannies.
I think it's a good idea to practice all styles of writing, whether for prose or for a comic/graphic novel. You learn a lot on all ends and you start to learn what you need to tell the story and start balancing it with the imagery. I think it's entirely possible to tell an entire story from beginning to end in imagery only, but to write prose, you'll need to write visually, if that makes any sense.
I've written novels, short stories, flash stories and have had several publications thus far (two are coming out eventually, but they've been accepted and are paying gigs as well. Sweet!) In every instance, I've found visual writing to be a key to getting all of them published.
But getting my artistic style to a point where I feel I won't hurt my story is the trick. I've got a few grim and gruesome tales in store and it's a challenge to me to get the images right. But it's one I'm up for, seeing as it's either me or no one.
moizmad:After reading thru these, sob, now I know why I get, sob sob,
such lousy views...sob, sob, sob. So's here's mine (like anyone cares):
TOGM (like they need another plug!)
the one by Blackhoodcomics (shit, can't remember what it's called, he's gonna kill me)
Super Massive Black Hole A Star
Court Of Chaos
Wake The Sleepers
and the one by Tree Scab (she's gonna kill me too!)
and the one by Lunamy, (something about Grass, but she's too nice to kill me)
and of course Jennfers Show
and no doubt I've forgotten Michelle and her cats and a few
others but you know who you are Effigy Power and Thorns...
thank you very much for this award...oops, that's another show.
my own endeavor is fairly recent as well and I've been trying to market myself however I can. Which includes (along with socializing amongst the Comic Fury crowd) Tweeting and mentioning it on Facebook. I'm sure there's other ways to get noticed too.
I can say I'm extraordinarily lucky in having a supportive family...from parents to cousins. It does make it easier to do what I do in spite of what other people think.
Now my in-laws aren't too impressed with anything I do, whether it's having flash and short stories published or making comics. I have made a decision about that though, I'm not going to let it get to me. I think that's the only thing we can do.