#789 "Order a pizza while you're at it"

December 20th, 2010, 12:30 pm

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Reply NtKGar, December 20th, 2010, 12:42 pm

As mentioned earlier, we're in the last couple of hours where you can nominate Neko the Kitty Comics for the Webcomics List Awards.

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Reply Ashy, December 20th, 2010, 9:23 pm

lol yeah whats up with the clenching of buttocks?

Reply NtKGar, December 21st, 2010, 1:31 am

that's anger!

Reply NtKGar, December 21st, 2010, 4:30 pm

ah yes, the old clench-n-shout, Brian Blessed style. Although giving elocution indications kind of takes away from the element readers bring to the comic. They've given Sidekick Man a voice, let them bring to themselves what Sidekick Man sounds like with his ass clenched.

You're pretty new to this whole writing malarkey, so you have a tendency to overelaborate. Fiction acts as a guide to the imagination, all the action takes place between the panels, the panels are just a series of signposts along the story. The comics reader plays a pretty active role in telling themselves what these guys are doing. Comics, books, any fiction, is basically just a way of borrowing someone else's imagination and using it as a guide for your own. That's why co-writing is such great fun, we're basically sharing an imagination and putting it up on the internet. It's kind of why I want people to share it more.

Anyway, top writing tip of the day: allow for the role of the reader in your writing. There are people who read for subtext and there are people who just want to see what's been going on in Neko the Kitty Comics for the past while. The characters in the comic have lives beyond what we give them. Ideally, people will have these characters fully-formed in their heads and we'll have done well as comics...guys. You've got to have the odd explain-what's-going-on scene for the people who are just reading it for the gags, and that's fine, that's just playing to the crowd, but you don't have to spell everything out. We've a mostly high-school-to-college-age audience. Now bear in mind these are smart people, who are in the process of being trained to read actively and introspectively. They're just really weird.

People like this thing for a reason, the readers think the right way to 'get' the comic. There's no reason at all to underestimate this ability. People who like the comic like having their brains guided around the contortions of language and consequence that are contained therein.

Sorry, went off on a bit of a rant there, I was just thinking about the craft of writing and realised you're doing a math course and I've got an M.A. in modern English literature, so there's quite a bit of writing technique and philosophy that I should be passing on to you.

Then I figured that's the kind of thing the internet likes and might be useful for high school and college students. So...TA DA! Continuing in the fine educational tradition of Neko the Kitty Comics!

Reply Enochia, December 21st, 2010, 4:49 pm

Dude, you just made me realise I am totally wasting my English major!

Reply DrakeFeatherwing, June 14th, 2012, 4:00 pm

Dude, totally loving the little backgrounds you give the strip numbers. Murphy's in the last comic was nice...

MariBummy. Mario McBummy Bummy McMario? Hmm

Reply NtKGar, June 14th, 2012, 5:38 pm

That keeps going for a little while, and eventually we replace it with Neko commenting under every strip MST3K style.

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