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A few years ago, I tried something called “Fan Art Free Week” - an attempt to get people to stretch and grow and try their hand at posting only original characters, illustrations, comics, sketches or doodles for just one week. All with the hashtag #FAFW. A lot of people participated and it was a lot of fun.
I was also shocked by the amount of messages full of anger and hurt feelings I received for even proposing such a thing. They ranged anywhere from “Good luck, no one’s going to do it” to one person telling me about how the great Walt Disney often looked at other artists for inspiration and thus, all of his movies were technically “fan art”.
At best, some rolled their eyes. At worst, they were offended and incensed- as though fan artists are the ones with the uphill struggle.
So, I’m going to do it again!
This is what we need, Internet. We need original ideas. New concepts. And it’s only ONE WEEK. Think you can do it?
Let me know by a PM, a comment, a repost - whatever - if you’d like to participate and I’ll post more details soon!
Rockwell meets Bob’s
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cheerupbrigade said: How do you approach writing for characters that go beyond your own perspective or personal experience? I've often heard that writers use people they know from real life as a way to write characters, but what if you don't have someone in mind that matches a character you want to write?
This is a great question. I often hear people assert that certain writers shouldn’t ever write certain characters because they themselves can “never understand” what that character has gone through. That is complete and utter bull. The entire job of a storyteller is to get into someone else’s skin and tell their story in a meaningful and compelling way. If the former were true, then all my characters would be hairy, white cartoonists in their 30’s.
I think observing others, whether real or fictitious, IS a good jumping off point. I also think it’s useful to simplify a character, particularly at the start. I always repeat this nugget of wisdom: “A strong character can be described in one or two words that do not reflect their race, gender or occupation”.
So, ok. That’s a good way to start. But what about writing a character you yourself have very little in common with? Here’s what I think…
Each and every one of us has the capacity for every action, emotion, and experience in the spectrum of human behavior, but to varying degrees. You ever see someone completely devastated and inconsolable about the cancelation of a show you’ve barely even heard of? To me, it’s about tapping into the basic action, thought, or motivation of a character within myself, and then dialing up or dialing down the frequency. We all know what it’s like to feel like an outsider, even if it’s something as banal as having not been invited to a birthday party when you were 12. How can that feeling be applied? Tap into those feelings and emotions and bring them to the level that your character is feeling.
Do I know what it’s like to stare down the gullet of a rampaging snowbeast? No. Has a dog ever growled and frightened me in my life? Sure. Have I ever had the shit kicked out of me by people in a different social standing? Not really. Have I ever been in a scuffle that started to go a bit too far or been mocked by others? Of course. All experiences and emotions stem from a single place, but it’s a question of degrees and intensity.
Not only do I think that this is useful in writing characters that you have no frame of reference for (you do), but is also a way to have empathy for real people in real life. We CAN understand, if we take a minute to think about it.
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"Every time I’m in the supermarket and I’ll find myself wandering around and my eyes will land on a tabloid or a magazine and it’s just fucking Kardashians everywhere and I just think ‘Why do I try so hard to create art? Why do I try so hard to add value to the world, when I can just be a dumb, worthless piece of shit and a multi-multi-multi-millionaire?’ " - Wil Wheaton
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jaoblia said: Were there anymore Star Wars Ewoks comics planned before the Disney buyout? So sources claimed that Ewoks would be the new digest series when Clone Wars ended.
There were never any plans for an ongoing series. Sadly, that was just a rumor. There were ideas for some additional Ewok stories, as well as some non-Ewok Star Wars adventures, but by the then the Disney writing was already on the wall. I will say that I’m working with Lucasfilm on some things right now, but if you want to see more Ewoks (or any other Star Wars comics) from me, let Lucasfilm know! Who knows what the future will bring?
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Rooster Cogburn from “True Grit” written by Charles Portis. Drawing by me, Zack Giallongo.
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