A Walk in the Shade

A Walk in the Shade

So I may or may not be doing filler next week. It depends on schedules and such. As you can see, I’m still going with the “All Female” story arc. There will be lots of drinking, dancing, laughter, nudity, and lavish violence when the gals enter the roller derby. Of course you won’t actually be seeing any of that here because I suck at illustration.

OK, I’m not going to bore you any further. See you next time.

Pax,

-f2x

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A New Strategy

A New Strategy

As you may have heard, I solicited some feedback on reddit a couple weeks ago. Don’t bother going to look for it; I deleted it earlier today.

As I took one last look at the thread, I saw where a reddit user had left a scathing attack on my work about 5 days ago. He literally started out by saying, “Your art is tasteless and lacks style”.

Well that was nice of him.

He went on to lecture about art and pacing. After his delightful intro, I didn’t give two shits about what this cocksmuggler had to say regarding my work, and his advice was little more than boilerplate bullshit that I could have read off the back of any second rate author’s dust jacket.

So here’s something to note: He linked to one of my comics as an example of what he didn’t like. He got the premise because he was able to fully explain to me why he didn’t like it, and even rewrote the dialog in a way that he felt would have been better.

I read his version. It contained the exact same setup and punchline, and was marginally better. So it seems pretty obvious to me that he got it.

But there was one thing he said about the last panel of my comic that clicked with me: “I’m suddenly hit by an authorial voice complaining about something that I don’t really empathize with or fully understand.”

And that was when he explained his version of my comic back to me, demonstrating that he did fully understand it.

So this was my “aha moment”. We live in a society where we don’t care so much about what is said, but rather who is saying it. If a listener doesn’t empathize with the speaker, it doesn’t matter what the speaker says. The listener will not trust the speaker’s words or motivation if there is no empathic connection. It’s why Obama/Hillary supporters tend to not trust/understand Trump supporters and vice versa.

So I got to thinking… “Women and children first.” And since I don’t have any child characters (yet), I’m going to focus on the females. Same situations, same thoughts, same writing, and the only difference will be the gender.

After all, just about everyone loves women. Women love to relate to women, and since men are by and large sexually attracted to women, they tend to sit up and take great interest in every subtle move they make.

So here’s my new strategy: Every comic from now on will use female characters unless I absolutely need a male as a foil. I’m going to have to work on the female templates a bit, and I might have to run some filler panels while I create a few new female characters, but I think (and you’ll correct me if I’m wrong) that more people will like the comic if I shove the men to the side, and let the women run the show.

Pax,

-f2x

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Comic of Interest

Comic of Interest

I am not, I repeat, I am not explaining my comic in this paragraph. I’m merely elaborating my thoughts on the subject. Reading this shit is optional and never required to understand the comic. I’m also never going to put social media links on my site due in part to my very strong beliefs in visitor privacy. I refuse to Facebook.

I’m just sayin’ is all… But some of the other stuff that guy said was probably dead on. So in case you are wondering what’s going on, I posted a request for a critique on reddit, and here’s the linky-loo if you want to go see the converation. (sorry, I deleted the thread on 7-7-2018) Apparently my art is “frikking weird” as well.

Still, my original question was why do I so often get an unfavorable reaction to the comic. It’s like a visceral thing where people just scrunch their nose and furl their brow then look at me like I just ate a plateful of earthworms. They usually don’t want to talk to me after that, so it’s not like I’m getting any answers from them. Of course I’m still not entirely sure whether or not it’s just “frikking weird” art or perhaps something else, so if you’d like to chime in with your opinion, please don’t hold back.

OK, well that’s about all have I have to say about that. I will be looking into making more improvements as time goes on. If they work out, then great, if not… Well, who the fuck cares? It’s a joke of the day site with a comic on the side and an opinionated jackass tossing in his two cents. You can rate the posts, make comments, submit jokes, or just lurk. So long as the government and corporations don’t fuck up the internet too badly, I’ll be doing this shit for another 22 years, and then I will retire.

Pax,

-f2x

Comic of Interest
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The Age of Contempt

The Age of Contempt

We go through a lot of temps where I work, but one recently came through that really caught my attention. From the very first encounter I was instantly irritated by him. Normally, I’m a pretty open hearted guy, so what was it about this creature that bothered me so? Then it occurred to me: He reminded me of myself a long, long time ago.

The never-ending yammering, the optimistic world view, the overconfidence, and the unfocused energetic ethusiasm… Yep… That was me, and people hated me for it.

As the years droned on, I became more cynical, my body has become tired and worn out, I don’t talk nearly as much as I used to, and people tend to be a lot nicer to me now that I’ve mellowed out.

Meeting my youthful doppleganger was painful because it brought forth a the memories of myself as well as the memories of the unpleasant consequences I faced.

But maybe I should look at this from a different perspective. The world wasn’t quite ready for me back then. Maybe this time it’s more ready for me now.

Pax,

-f2x

The Age of Contempt
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To Make a More Perfect World

To Make a More Perfect World

So you signed up, drank the Kool-Aid, got in shape, and now you think everyone ought to be as cool as you. Yeah, it doesn’t work that way. Everybody’s different. You don’t know their personal situation, so you just have to accept people for who they are. After all, they didn’t sign up for you.

OK, so I’m going to shut up now before I make another typo that would lead to a mass genocide led by the AFT waving Che Guevara flags. It gives me the willies just thinking about it.

Pax,

-f2x

To Make a More Perfect World
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