Doodle AZ

someone explain this to me

dannieross:

artificialzombie:

=> someone make a comic with a couple of lesbians with no personnalities, no developped story aside from random “lesbian jokes” and an awkward ending with “AT THE END THEY WERE GAY, OMG!”

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=> Tom Preston does it

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That’s because…

You didn’t really mention what comic it is you saw, so I can’t really speak for or against it. Unfortunately, without that, the rest of your argument as devil’s advocate also falls a bit flat, since there’s little comparison to act on. Plus you only address drawing style and plot?

I know plenty of people who are “worse” than Preston in comic quality, yet get more support than he does, and I never said those people didn’t exist. Though the people who make those kind of comics and get REALLY popular, I find tend to have something to set them apart: either really cute designs, good storytelling skills, or good placement with the audience, which is a point I forgot to mention before.

That other comic you saw had lazy art and a bad plot. Did the author have a toxic personality towards their audience? In today’s modern world where you can learn about anyone just by doing a google search for their name, it’s just reality that who you ARE can affect how people view what you MAKE.

someone explain this to me

artificialzombie:

=> someone make a comic with a couple of lesbians with no personnalities, no developped story aside from random “lesbian jokes” and an awkward ending with “AT THE END THEY WERE GAY, OMG!” 

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=> Tom Preston does it

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That’s because those other people know how to draw comics and understand the shoujo-ai genre well enough to exploit it. There’s no accounting for plot or character development when it’s a niche comic (yaoi and yuri usually make so little sense it’s laughable), but the proper style and visual gratification will go a long way for people who are into that genre.

Meanwhile, Dobson can’t:

  • Draw a consistent style that would appeal to the fem!slash niche
  • Come up with a coherent storyline (even in a genre where lower-quality plots are still well-received)
  • Design likeable characters
  • Understand basic human interaction enough to play on the ‘taboo’ part of the niche (tip: two girls holding hands or hugging is not glaringly homosexual)

So yeah, there’s that.

I’m aware there’s webcomics that cater to certain audiences, so they can make references to that audience’s interests without having to give too long an explanation.
But is it normal for comic authors to reference stuff from years ago when it’s neither relevant nor fit for a joke of any sort? I wasn’t sure who Roger Ebert was, and the original comic strip had me thinking he used to defend video games, not make slightly offensive comments about them, which seems to have happened only once.

To summarize: Roger Ebert once said video games were not art a few years ago. According to the original strip comment, gamers still cling to this, and should let things go now that the man kicked the bucket.

I’m aware there’s webcomics that cater to certain audiences, so they can make references to that audience’s interests without having to give too long an explanation.

But is it normal for comic authors to reference stuff from years ago when it’s neither relevant nor fit for a joke of any sort? I wasn’t sure who Roger Ebert was, and the original comic strip had me thinking he used to defend video games, not make slightly offensive comments about them, which seems to have happened only once.

To summarize: Roger Ebert once said video games were not art a few years ago. According to the original strip comment, gamers still cling to this, and should let things go now that the man kicked the bucket.

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DeviantArt has never really been a parade of good advice for growing artists, but some particular “words of wisdom” are way more bothersome than others.

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