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1st Feb 2015, 1:44 AM #1
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As mentioned before it IS quite easy to overdo, if not executed right. I've seen it implemented wonderfully, and terribly, too. If it gets to a point where I feel I'm conscious of it every time that character speaks, then it might be that the author laid it on too thick. Comics are a bit weird in that regard with accents. It's so easy to mess up.

That being said, my main character is actually Australian, but I do not write his dialogue with an accent for a couple of reasons:

1 he's the main character and he'll probably be doing a lot of talking. I don't want to always have to be so conscious of that, and the reader might get annoyed with it.

2 I don't want him to sound like a stereotype.

3 People with accents, do not tend to -write- in accents, because they do not see themselves as having one, for the most part. What's important, to me at least, is the language itself. that's my line of thinking...

So what I try to do instead of the accent, is use words or sometimes spelling from that region or country. (trunk of a car in the U.S.= "Boot" in AUS, for example). Or even sometimes the way words are arranged. I just have to be a little mindful of that sometimes. It's subtly done, but I do it. Depending on the situation, it helps to listen to speakers of a particular area.
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31st Jan 2015, 1:40 PM #2
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@OccultViolet is me! (: I'll go follow some of you guys too!
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28th Jan 2015, 12:18 AM #3
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buffylove:
I don't know. My suggestion would be for LIMINAL would be to give the main character a GOAL or PROBLEM in his "real" world. A story about a man who is struggling to raise $10,000 for college who beings having hallucinations about some demon is easier to play with then just having some guy who keeps having visions where we see very little of his "real" world except glimpses between visions.

--Paul



Thank you so much! This has always been a main problem for me, giving the main character a clear goal. Chapter 3's definitely going to take place in the real world more to give this story more framework, at least that's what I'm hoping it does. I just also hope that it's not too late to turn it around.

Maybe I should have established the real world in the beginning. I don't know.

But I really appreciate the time you took to write this out. I'll be taking all of it into consideration and applying it accordingly. The last thing I wanted was to tell something convoluted but it seems to be happening anyway. There's a lot I need to think about here.

Thanks again!

Edit: Actually I thought of the idea of doing the entire first chapter over again to give the story and character some more establishment. I think I can swing it!
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28th Jan 2015, 12:07 AM #4
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Sure! I'd dig a comment! Ratings are fine too, but I really like that human (or otherwise) interaction on individual pages.
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27th Jan 2015, 7:03 AM #5
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80s-90s has been my 'aesthetic inspiration' lately in terms of design and color. But you know, actually the biggest part of it has to be the music, cartoons, and of course the video games. I listen to a lot of New Retro Wave, or "Synthwave" like Lazerhawk or Trevor Something (which are actually new songs, but have heavy 80s synth/sound to them and it puts my mind in a really neat place for creativity) or actual 80s-90s songs, and I really like listening to the distinction of both decades, as well as the look and lifestyle.

I think my nostalgia goes all the way back to the 70s, actually, but more vicariously since I didn't exist all the way back then, through motown/funk music I'd grow up listening to. And I dig the clothes from that decade too.

70s-90s seem to be very distinct in their own right. early 00s seems to be when everything congeals and blends.
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27th Jan 2015, 6:57 AM #6
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Yeah! I've got one! It's great, and I love it. And it's especially nice that it's adjustable for both the creator and the patron. I recently changed mine up a little to not just be for my comic, but encompass everything I do, which is comics, AND animation~! And I plan on producing a lot more animation this year, so I adjusted accordingly.

I find that one's patreon is almost always directly proportional to one's popularity/viewership, and I don't think I've got too much of one right now, but it's just nice to have anyway. I'm thankful for any amount. ANd I love creating. So I haven't a bad word about them either!
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25th Jan 2015, 3:21 AM #7
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Animating on picarto! come hang out!
Stream over~!
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22nd Jan 2015, 2:05 PM #8
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Occult-Violet is my main blog, but,

Voltie-Art is my art-only blog!

There's arguably more art on my main thus far haha.
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2nd Jan 2015, 11:37 PM #9
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Liminal's mine. I'm always so late to these critique threads…But I know that improving my writing is absolutely essential since I am a visual person first. As of this post I've only got 66 pages. If you're willing to read through it, I'd love to hear what you have to say. I know it will definitely help me.
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Result in thread: More Cameos!
31st Dec 2014, 10:25 AM #10
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Hey, my comic's got an alternate dimension built in, the one people end up in when they dream- except it's just as real. kinda like an onion-layer veneer over the reality we know.

The realm itself is starting to make itself known, and will be pretty much a permanent thing after it's fully introduced, so if that's something that seems interesting to put your character in, then feel free to add me! I hope I'm not late!
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Result in thread: just moved to the USA
21st Dec 2014, 6:31 PM #11
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There's still Florida, which is just a hop! You still get palm trees and disney things if you wanna go!
Welcome to the U.S.! I've no experience with living in SC. I'm a NJ person so it's cold right now, but uh.
Welcome, nonetheless!
Driving will take some getting used to but you'll do ok. Sorry our cars are reverse engineered for maximum coolness.
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17th Dec 2014, 4:54 AM #12
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Don't you?
I mean.
You're gonna be hard-pressed to find someone who's going to do backgrounds for free, regardless of where you go. You might get lucky. You're not getting 'nothing' out of this. You're getting realistic answers. You are not going to believe how many times other artists get that 'oh I can't pay you but it's good exposure/for your portfolio' thing. It's not really something any artist who's been working for years and years at their craft, wants to hear. In lots of cases, longer than eleven years.
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Result in thread: Unrelated Art (Post yours!)
13th Dec 2014, 5:08 PM #13
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A thing I made last night!
It's called "Side B"

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Result in thread: Compliments
5th Dec 2014, 6:22 PM #14
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I like compliments. They really help keep me going, just to know someone took the time out to read or look at and appreciate what I've made. I like to thank them, and tell them that I really appreciate it, because, I honestly do. I can't say I've ever liked downplaying myself after a compliment because I've always personally found it to be a little rude.

What does the person who complimented me say after that kind of negative thing, exactly? Do they keep complimenting??? It's sort of an awkward way to end things, and they might not want to interact with me again if I did that, or that they saw I had a habit of doing that...And I love to interact with my readers and viewers.

My thing is, keep it a simple 'thank you' at the very least. Selling yourself short is not a requirement of compliment receiving.
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1st Dec 2014, 11:05 AM #15
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It's a bit all over the place and I've not mustered up the time or interest to invest in it now. I've seen the first one (the first actual one) and I definitely like it ok. But that's about as far as my interest reaches. My older brother absolutely loves it though.
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29th Nov 2014, 3:42 AM #16
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Just an animation student. I do commissions, occasionally.










But i am also an assassin and getaway driver…


…you know. the next logical step….in case this animation thing doesn't quite pan out < <
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26th Nov 2014, 12:07 AM #17
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YES! yes and triple YES I love animating! I'm going to school for it now and I am working on my senior film, due next Spring.

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and here's a bunch of stuff I've done from late 2013 and current.
Sorry, I just get so enthused about this subject. I'm really gonna be looking into trying to animate more aspects of my webcomic. For now I have some after effects going on some pages and another one is a page that was animated in flash.

I dunno. I know a lot of people say it's time consuming and tedious, but I find it to be rewarding when I finish a piece. I honestly love it. I learn something every time I animate. 6u6
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1st Nov 2014, 1:53 AM #18
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@Rinkel I really dig the glow effect here. Dying is always a bit worrisome when you're linked like that! Nice page!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and welcome to chapter 3!
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26th Oct 2014, 5:47 PM #19
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I don't think that's false advertising at all. What you see is comic and what you're gonna get when you click that ad/avatar/whatever is COMIC! color or not, like biffboff said, a lot of comics do this anyway, especially in print. It's not like you need to add a "DISCLAIMER: NOT ACTUALLY IN COLOR" to your ads. Hehe. Just do your thing. Personally, it doesn't bug me.
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26th Oct 2014, 5:42 PM #20
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Generally if you're just yourself and respectful, that's the most genuine way to respond. I don't get a ton of comments either, they're unpredictable but I get so stoked when I receive one. Sometimes I like to encourage people to comment in my description section under the page. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
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