Kadew:Though really my comic was hosted on deviantart long before, it was really nice having a place dedicated to actually presenting the comic as a comic, and so having smack jeeves just ruin everything led me to come here with the other refugees, seeking a place to post.
I really appreciate how welcoming the community has been in this time of hardship, it's really nice to see how cool and casual this place is.
Lesse, I'm Kadew anywhere that I am, I like pokemon, comics, gardening, cooking, and no longer perishing from higher education.
That's an interesting question! I'd feel similar about characters in my story that have to deal with lots of politics, that would get heavy. On some days I wouldn't mind being Iri, who's the backbone of the operation doing lots of work behind the scenes, but also any of my more adventurous (by choice or not) protagonists really, Sin Yasha Rabidus Porcia Idiko, any of the ones that eventually go all Indiana Jones. Both my stories are adventure stories with lots of moving about from different locations getting into crazy shenanigans, that's a fun life in moderation (sans the danger to ones life XD). When I'm not doing quiet work I like traveling to exotic locations and exploring when possible =)
Definitely agree! I wish I could say what that balance is but I don't feel like I've cracked the code at all, just keep polishing and moving forward with a story that you'd enjoy reading, while making it clear enough to at least be understood by someone else too, regardless if they jive with it :)
When I'm working on something other than comics I turn off artist brain and aim for thinking about designing something that serves to help a person, client, business, customer etc before anything else. Because I'm aiming for a pragmatic outcome or to solve an issue/need (PLUS MONEY $$). While I use the same mindset for comics (if a comics not accessible or comprehensible there's an issue XD) first and foremost it's to express my stories the way I wanted to express them, regardless if it fits neatly for a certain demographic or not. So it's a balance of course, but in the end I lean towards not thinking about demographic too much since my comics are more experimental passion projects. I feel a compulsion to just keep making stories without any guidelines for genre or such, but I appreciate that they do end up resonating with people though =D. Also I can't work on a story if I'm too conscious about demographic but that's just me.
I haven’t hade time to consume much fiction despite me constantly writing it, lately, but for some reason I bought “War and Peace” ...Santa let me finish reading this monstrous masterpiece in my life time pls
^ oh that's a good an interesting one! a hero for being honest.
Been mentioned a few times but I never get tired of the hero that never gives up, lots of shonen manga and marvel characters come to mind :). "Reformed" heroes who have a sketchy past but end up good (or any hero with a similar character arc). Also one's that are idealists fighting for good but are generally very crafty, competent and wise. Like Sherlock or such.
I got terrible memory so a lot of it was a blur lol, but I’ll miss it ups and downs. Feels like every decade becomes nostalgic eventually regardless xD. Though 90s were peak for sure *adjusts rose colored glasses* :P
Oh man interesting thread. It's something I've thought about and I notice a trend where people tend to like anti heroes or tragic heroes as opposed to maybe the Superman esque do gooder. This could be a variety of reasons, but I think a good protag in general has depth and feels real and relatable in terms of their insecurities, motivations, circumstances ect. "feeling" real means you can relate with them despite the fact that fiction is often hyperbolic for the sake of being compelling.
An anti hero kills and such and 99.9% of people can't relate with that fact and wouldn't endorse a murderer in real life, however in fiction it's a sort of intersubjective thing where we can empathize with the anti hero more because we see their motivations and why they're acting the way they do. The same empathy might not be exhibited if this fictional anti hero existed in reality where they're real consequences, but in fiction we expect things to be over the top because it's supposed to be evocative. So as a result one might see a rutheless anti hero as a suped up representation of dark traits and feelings that lots of people can relate with, despite not being able to relate with the bold Machiavellian actions that anti heroes take.
Watchmen was mentioned and that's a great example of interesting anti heroes, I feel like every hero in watchmen is a sort of allegory and exaggeration of a philosophy or way of thinking. Ozymandias is rule utilitarianism, maximizing "good" by killing millions to save billions. Lots wrong with that but people can get behind a character that's doing something to further the interests of the many. The comedian is an ethical egoist, but lots of people can relate with that cynicism, it's just that The comedian is those aspects of ourselves to the nth degree to the point of being a cautionary tale. I personally don't respect any of the anti heroes in watchmen per say...but I like them and think they're cool :D So I'd admit they're written well at least.
Overall though I dunno, I character can be a traditional hero too and be compelling if they have a strong human motivation for doing so. A hero who only does good at face value and we don't know anything else about them doesn't seem believable which is why it's not as compelling in general. So in the end any kind of hero can technically get my respect, I just focused on anti heroes here cause I've gobbled up that genre... but I think I prefer (respect) more lighthearted fish out of water heroes (Saitama) these days cause I've grown up reading LOTS of anti hero stories XD.