Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Comic Discussion: Can I be serious?

While preparing for yet another web-comic adventure I constantly keep an eye on others to see what they're doing, what works for them and if I could make it work for me.

My current comic work "7 Eldest" so far has taken a very "serious" tone, which is not like me at all. Well, perhaps not "serious" but more mature. And by mature I don't want you to jump right to the conclusion that I mean "porn". But you already did, didn't you? Ah wells.

The thing is that serious comics appeal to an audience that I don't think I know very well. I read serious/drama web-comics but there's always some sort of humor splashed in. Like the occasional EXTREME emotion or exaggeration. I suppose I best define what I think is expected of web-comics.

Web-comics are fast paced, funny, and kind of like newspaper comics...only better. Or they should be for the most part. Let's admit the more heavily trafficked web-comics are the ones that do the gag-a-day route...or video games. Yes.

Yet there are a couple of gems out there that are full out dramas that are very successful without resorting to the exaggeration.

My ideal that I think of is "The Dreamer" by Lora. It takes a style different than what I'm used to, a more "Western" style I would call it which doesn't use the animated or cartoony avenue at all with expressions. Yet, it appeals to its audience well enough.

Roza by Kelly Hamilton is another good example of something of a serious story but not resorting to "chibi" anime moments. She does somethings more along the lines of traditional animation.

So here I am about to embark into a genre that won't use "anime" moments, not intend to be humorous in any way, and still set out to be a good comic story.

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