iggnoremee asked: what was ur favorite brand of cigarette?
This question makes me simultaneously sad and glad. It’s as if you just said, “Remember in your youth, swinging on the swing set and listening to a Walkman with ‘No Rain’ by Blind Melon on it? Remember how you’d finished your homework and had a nice square dinner and a big bowl of ice cream for dessert? Remember a golden retriever puppy successfully catching a bothersome housefly in its cute, flappy little mouth? Remember the time you went to Vegas and performed with the Pussycat Dolls and they were like, “join our band!” and you were like, “no girls, my flight leaves in an hour”? Remember cheeseburger after cheeseburger, each better than the next, on and on for hours, never feeling full, never feeling regret? Remember doing pure MDMA in the Seychelles and then staying up all night in an air-conditioned luxury suite shopping online for everything with a credit card given to you by a wealthy, now-deceased benefactor ? Remember the hot air balloon ride over the final scene of Super Mario Brothers with the animated sparklies seen from high above, the castle, the neon green shades of patchwork lawns of a world fabricated just for your amusement and fulfillment, and remember when the hot air balloon began its descent and docked at the balloon station and you had to debark the balloon and endure a 2-hour car ride back to humanity in the way back seat of a station wagon listening to conservative talk radio?”
My real favorites were the original Camel Lights, before they changed the blend. After that, I smoked Parliaments because I didn’t care anymore. Now I just smoke my dreams. And pot.
Trying to keep “project diaries” on Issue Four, help keep myself moving forward. Progress so far: 20 pages of “pose” pages “penciled” digitally i.e. the 3-4 main characters in different poses which I’ll recycle over-and-over as clip art— not sure if that’s going to be enough, but fingers crossed. One “character” needs tip-to-toe drawing— character’s a dog, though, and, yeah, I don’t really know how to draw those in general, let alone in the same “style” as the human characters…? That 20’ll still need to be supplemented with splashes, establishing shots, action shots, etc. The hope is for the finished comic to be mostly super-cheap looking, but with non-super-cheap acting as a sort of punctuation— like Evangelion, if no one who made Evangelion could draw good. No backgrounds drawn yet, but three of them “planned” out in Google Sketchup…
On the writing end, hovering around 38 pages, 99% of which are unformatted dialogue. Still don’t have a great first chapter; still need to write one bit, which I’ve been avoiding, and at least two scenes in desperate, desperate need of a rewrite. I’ve probably gone to the “dirty joke” well one too many times— need a better variety of gags. Accidentally looked at the old Dracula comic a couple weeks back— new thing is significantly less funny, fewer jokes. Which is inherent to the project—trying to do something with characters and a story— but it’s made it feel joke-poor to me. Plus: maybe not right for the internet. For the internet, doing anything but “short & viral” feels like a mistake, but not in the mood.
Split between wanting to do another all-joke thing next time (if I get to have a next time), and doing something that’s not trying to be funny at all. The one thing I feel good about is talking heads— don’t have the time, energy or resources to do anything besides talking heads, but… the talking head thing really suits me, especially if the grid skeleton and punctuation ideas on this one works out. ”Two people in a room talking” is all playwrights have to work with, and doesn’t stop them from being interesting… I may be horribly, horribly wrong, though.
On the technical end, going to have to re-build from scratch again— I’ve used imageshack religiously in the past but technical changes in imageshack have made it unusable. Starting to wreck the comics that are up— the Dracula one is going to be unreadable in a year or two, at the current rate. Need to shift to something else, probably dedicated hosting.
Looking forward to color. No question, the best part. Not looking forward to lettering. No question, the worst part. Other things I want to try to write, but don’t have the right ideas yet for any of them. Not enough hours in the day.