Part Three: Why Can’t I Get This Comic Book Post Right?
Previously, I almost talked myself out of my desire both to write and to do the art on any comics projects I had coming up. It didn’t stick. There is a desire, a need to do the art. I’m compelled. So who am I to argue?
Now, I had originally wanted to write an analytical post on LGBT comics. But I really don’t have enough background to do an adequate job. I don’t (usually) read comics by and for LGBT.
And that led to my second plan. Why don’t I take Dale Lazarov’s article in Bleeding Cool and go from there. That could work despite my limited knowledge.
But, would you, the reader, really want to read me review a small amount of gay erotica from Class Comics?
So, I’m in a bit of a bind as to how to approach this.
Maybe what I can do is discuss what I want. What I want to see and what I want to write when it comes to comics (by which I also mean manga).
For most of you who read this blog, you know that I’ve had my eye on two projects recently, a shonen inspired series and a gay erotic comic. I’m going to set the more mainstream project aside for a bit and focus on the erotic project.
My initial idea was a type of slice of life inspired by my college years. But the more I thought about the idea, the harder the time I had finding a plot. I want to write something more than the romantic and sexual misadventures of a promiscuous young gay man.
Idea B was centered around an island and a criminal enterprise. I don’t want to go into too much depth here, though. I like the idea. It would give the characters more to worry about. But, there is a huge issue. How economically feasible would it be to set up such an island?
So, I’m stuck. Until it hit me. Why not just use one of my other ideas that involve a gay protagonist? Or modify another project. And then sexy it up. That could work, I think. Or soap up the first idea.
Going on a tangent to discus art, I know that I need practice. A lot of practice. But I can build up my skills while writing novels. (One of these days, I need to blog about my idea notebooks).
To get back on subject, the kinds of comics I want to write and read have LGBT characters. But they’re not overly concerned with what could be called an LGBT common culture.
Take Class Comics. I like some of the art, but the writing is, often, atrocious. There’s that same quality to it that reminds me of Dryland’s End that I just cannot stand. I don’t quite know what it is, but it is just downright off putting. Maybe there’s too much camp. (Remind me to revisit the issue after I’ve read more comics by and for LGBT.)
To be honest, I’m not happy with this post either. But it will have to do. So ends my three posts in one day.
Now I need to go get the laundry.
I hate it when this happens. Oh, well, so I was struck by more questions this morning and afternoon.
One, are most American manga style comics shojo? To my knowledge, I’ve only ever encountered one shonen (Jason Thompson’s King of RPGs). Are there any others? I would like to know.
The reason why I ask is while I’m determined to go with a more traditional American style comic book, I’m still interested in manga style. But I recognize that there is a huge problem.
I want the serialized feeling of a monthly release of new chapters/ issues. But (as far as I can tell) American manga style are almost exclusively in tankobon format (save for web comics). Am I wrong in this assumption?
Two, I’ve been thinking a lot about magic in fantasy lately. And my train of thought has led me to several questions.
Why does magic have to be explained or treated as a science? Why is it that J.K. Rowling is criticized for not being absolutely consistent in her magical rules? Magic is not a science!
And, furthermore, why should I accept the notion that magic should not completely work in the ways intended? That just seems silly, if you want my opinion.
I guess one of the annoying aspects of fantasy being thrown in with science fiction is having science fictional approaches imposed on fantasy. Oh well.
Three, we come to a recurrent question I have. How does a writer of many genres determine which genre to utilize?
I was working on one idea (the apocalyptic southern gothic fantasy) as a novel, but it seems to want to be a comic book series (more like miniseries). And I have another idea (the Babylonesque fantasy city intruding onto the U.S.A.) transitioning back to a novel from being a comic book.
Well, I think I’m out of questions for now. Tomorrow, expect a review of Scalped volume one and Morning Glories volume one. Until then. . .