turtlesoup: a confused robot holds a scarf and asks "?" (confused robot - winter wasteland)
[personal profile] turtlesoup
So one of these days, I'm going to use this blog to talk a little, as well as share images. I'm writing this at kind of an ungodly hour, however, so ... well, this isn't the time. Just had the kind of evening you go to comics grad school for: sitting up to the wee hours in the classroom with a few friends, working feverishly on final projects while loudly singing along to musical soundtracks you loved in your high school days. (There was a break to climb up on tables during "La Vie Boheme." Hi, it's essentially finals week.)

Here's a preview of my main contribution to the project:
anthology preview

I finished it tonight, but I'm going to wait to post the whole thing until I have the entire printed, bound retrofuturistic comics anthology sitting in my hand (and photographable for your viewing pleasure). I'll leave the explanation 'til then as well.

In the meantime, I've also decided to post, belatedly, my first longer comic assignment for class ... drawn back in mid-October. A combination of difficult circumstances (foremost being a sudden and severe case of art-block) led to me scrapping and rewriting this piece two-thirds of the way through the two weeks we had to work on it, pulling a really horrible all-nighter, and generally not getting the result I wanted. It was my biggest struggle of the semester.

That said, I might rework it sometime, because simple as it is, I did rather like the concept. (I'm starting to see a lot of my projects here as first drafts, since we don't actually have time for much revision.) We were asked to retell one of several of Aesop's fables. I chose The Birds, The Beasts and the Bat (Jacobs' translation), mostly because I hated the moral and wanted to challenge it.

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Oddly, after going on and on about how much I wanted to play with more fantastical themes (after years of diary comics), I turned my fable into a rather mundane high school story. (I made up for that in my next assignment, I guess.) The art came out quite crude, sadly, and the dialogue isn't exactly nuanced (although maybe that's appropriate, given the assignment), but there you go. That'll show Aesop.

Before I go, one last little tidbit! Following a heavily nostalgia-inducing field trip to the adorable toy museum in Quechee, we were assigned to create toy designs and pitch them to the class. There were some really brilliant parodic examples and seriously original ideas, but I basically went right back to the things I loved as a child: fantasy, cartoons, kickass female leads, and dress-up/roleplay. You might recognize Dionne from "The Swamp Bride" - I figure that, as with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, her cartoon show is a bit more kid-friendly than the ongoing comic adventures that have clearly inspired it:
toy design!

Okay, time to crash and hit "post" in a few hours - goodnight (good morning)!

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Date: 2011-12-02 03:02 pm (UTC)
sara: Well...I thought we needed some kind of official group battle cry. (official group battle cry)
From: [personal profile] sara
Aww. Both my kids have gotten the "are you a boy or a girl?" thing at school (they both have definite answers to that right now, but it still pretty much makes me want to smack people for raising their kids so ignorant) so Cam and Steve make me happy.

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Date: 2011-12-03 04:45 am (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
From: [personal profile] sara
I like the story; I think if you were going to redo it you ought to give it more space to develop in, but it's hard to do that when you're writing in a classroom timeframe.

(A dear friend once told me that it's all right if the characters take 10,000 words just to get on the front porch, if that's what they need to do. She was right.)

Also, I want a "Hello, Dionne, let's protect common sense!" icon. Hee.
Edited Date: 2011-12-03 04:47 am (UTC)

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Date: 2011-12-02 05:02 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Eeeee, comics! I'm sorry I never have anything coherent to say, but your comics posts always make the day brighter.

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Date: 2011-12-02 05:29 pm (UTC)
tuesdaysgone: (frank skeleton)
From: [personal profile] tuesdaysgone
I love your work so much <333

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Date: 2011-12-02 10:19 pm (UTC)
rhivolution: David Tennant does the Thinker (Default)
From: [personal profile] rhivolution
Love all of this, seriously.

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Date: 2011-12-03 09:09 pm (UTC)
archersangel: (jedi sheep)
From: [personal profile] archersangel
i'd check out the adventures of dionne.

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Date: 2011-12-03 09:27 pm (UTC)
were_duck: Katara from avatar: the last airbender does a cannonball into water with a huge happy grin on her face (Katara cannonball!)
From: [personal profile] were_duck
I like the Cam and Steve piece! Ugh ASSHOLES. Also I want to buy Dionne's sword. Especially the pommel jewel becoming a ~beautiful ring~ oh man that is PERFECT.


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Date: 2011-12-07 07:16 pm (UTC)
kake: The word "kake" written in white fixed-font on a black background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kake
Hello! I wish I could remember how I found your journal, but I can't, so I can't tell you that :) But I can tell you that I love the Cam comic, and I have subscribed.
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