In the early 2000s, when web comics really began to take off, a lot of commentators and armchair critics began to speculate why they were so appealing. As I came into my artistic identity at that time, web comics had a profound impact on how I viewed the world (artistically and socially, which probably says a lot about me). As such, I paid a lot of attention to these discussions.
One issue was the democracy of availability. Thanks to net neutrality (something that has been and continues to be under attack, but thankfully is still in place at this moment), anybody could post a web comic. So long as people had reasonable internet access, they could read the comic. Distribution became instantaneous and universal (or as far as the internet reached at least). There was no issue of shelf space limitations, production costs, sales minimums, any of that. Draw pictures, post online, and boom. Instantly available. Now, available and successful are too very different things (as evidenced by the failed comics), but that’s another discussion. Continue reading “Conventional versus the Avant-garde”
With Irma battering the United States, from Puerto Rico to Tennessee, I found it difficult to find much to write about it. It’s kind of hard to discuss the nuances of character development or neat exercise tidbits I’ve been exploring when some people are struggling with life and livelihood. Still, I wanted to write something, so I thought a quick project update might be in order.
My third novel with Caffeine & Ink, RocKaiju remains in development. We’re at the copyediting stage and things are moving slowly, but well. I am pushing to have RocKaiju available for Anime USA this December (more on that in a second), but that will involve hitting multiple subsequent benchmarks that are, shall I say, ambitious. I think it is doable and my publisher does as well, so here’s to hoping.
Continue reading “Status Update”
I want to write a buddy cop series about Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Robocop.
I think the two of them could make a fun pairing, especially depending on the circumstances of their meeting. Data was and is one of my favorite characters from TNG, played masterfully by the underrated Brent Spiner. The android with aspirations to humanity, he was a delightful Pinocchio metaphor brought to life, as sci-fi is so very good at. Over the seven seasons, though, Data turned into an increasingly complex and nuanced character who would be loved alongside cultural mainstays like Spock or Kirk.
Continue reading “Two Robots Walk Into A Slum”