Y’know what Tumblr? Last hours before Dr Who are a pretty good time to listen to the Spoilers ep of Unanswered : http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/show-17/
Great advice on spoilers and spoiler-shaming. And we don’t spoil ANYTHING doing it.
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I commented about Criminal Minds on GetGlue
“After Criminal Minds this week, have to wonder again: Who decides that “dreamlike sequences while in coma/surgery” eps are a good idea? Am I missing something? Is there an assumption in TV that US audiences believe that stuff really, REALLY happens when you’re near-death?”
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Anonymous asked: I'm trying to break into comics, but one criticism/concern I've already been getting in the early stages of the drafts of my current story is how difficult or tricky political commentary can be for the reader and publisher. The political commentary of social justice through the character's and their lives is the defining attribute to what I believe makes my story truly shine. What advice do you have for any writer who is writing a story with an unconventional political message?
if that is the critique are getting from your friends then I bet your characters are lecturing.
The trick with political messages or commentary is to make it so subtle that most people wouldn’t even notice it. people hate being lectured to. even when people are being lectured about things that they’ve heartily agree with. most people, when they are reading their comics, are looking for escapism or something fun or moving that makes them appreciate the world.
and just like you wouldn’t want to be stuck at a party with someone lecturing you with their political commentary, you don’t want to sit and read it.
that’s why most of the world hates Bill Mahar :)
now a lot of comics, and a lot of my comics, do reflect the world around us. most of my issues are social but I would be lying if I didn’t say that they influenced my work. and often I am writing characters who have the opposite opinion of what I believe socially and politically and I’m writing them to kind of discover how someone could think that way.
but what I don’t do is lecture.
It may just be that I’m noticing it this week, but between this post, and Si Spurrier’s recent comments, it feels like we’re getting to the nub of what I think of as one of a writer’s key roles/obligations, to the reader but most of all to their stories and characters.
Basically, if your character or story is just a direct mouthpiece for your own opinions, unless you’re really, REALLY inventive, you’re better off writing a blog post than a fictional story.
(Si Spurrier’s comments approach this area from a different angle, but the core message I took from it is the same: You shouldn’t be able to infer that the opinions that come out of a character’s mouth are always those of the writer, and the writer shouldn’t always be putting their opinions into the mouths of every one of their characters.)
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Think of a City is a new storytelling project, where a number of artists from around the world build a city, page by page.
Join us on an adventure into this City of the Imagination.
As to who is involved, this information is listed on our tumblr page, as is a bit more about the project.
As to *what happens*, please feel free to follow us to find out.
This project has been created and is managed by me, Alison Sampson, and Ian MacEwan.
It takes more than two people to build a city, though, and this project is a collective effort from everyone involved. As with a city, we each bring our own offerings to the group, and perhaps, together we are stronger.
- 01: Alison Sampson
more art: here
on twitter: here
I’m very excited by this one. Recommend you follow it. There should be some wonderful stuff in there.
This sounds pretty fascinating.