OKAY so I thought about it and I might skip some of the Runewriter-related asks I’ve gotten because ahhhhhh even though they’re awesome I don’t wanna talk too much about character stuff while the comic is paused; that’s like gossiping about them while they’re out of town and hardly seems right! I’m thinking I might save those questions for when the comic restarts or to make vote incentives out of or something. >o>
But I just saw these this morning and
ONE of these questions is answered in the next chapter! 8D
We have a new movie coming out, which is going to mean more baby Bay fans!
BE FUCKING NICE TO THEM.
The other day I was out and a girl at the cash register looked at my shirt [had a bunch of G1 Autobots on it] and brightly asked if I liked Transformers. I chirped right back that I sure did, and asked if she was a fan. She was VERY ENTHUSIASTIC in her response, starting to talk about how much she loved it, and I asked if she was a long-time fan or a newer one.
She stopped dead. I actually watched her close up with fucking serious fear body language as she mumbled around the question. She looked like she thought I was gonna HIT HER.
I told her there wasn’t a wrong answer but she still ducked behind the freaking counter when she really quickly blurted out that she’d only seen the movies and she looked like she was going to cry in relief when I started gushing about my excitement for the new one.
We had a nice conversation between customers for a while. Because she clearly needed someone to fangirl with.
TO THE NEW FANS.
Just because they haven’t been following their whole lives or don’t like the same versions as you, or versions you don’t think highly of, does not make them lesser fans and sure as fuck does not make them lesser people that you can just be assholes to at your leisure.
Please guys? Lets not be assholes, alright?
Agreed! We should, nay must, accept our new brethren! After all, they’ve got canon Transformers Slash. :U But seriously folks, TF is TF, and the fandom is big enough for all of us. That’s part of what makes this dang fandom so special and wonderful.
And, frembly remomber : the Bay Movies help keep the franchise afloat in the public eye, and allow the other series and toy lines to be greenlit by Hasbro because of their runaway financial success. Also when you go into the movies with the Terry Faraday analysis in the front of your mind, they become great deconstructions of the TF mythos as well as legit Shattered Glass movies. There’s so much to look forward to! Like all the new headcannons! And Headcanons! And pretty vehicles!! And gorgeous Chinese architecture!! And Crosshairs’ beautiful coattails *goes off to cry in his closet some more over Crosshairs’ design being what Lockdown’s should have been again like the big crybaby he is*
YOOOOOOO THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY THAT CAN APPLY TO EVERY FANDOM
This was only mentioned in a vote incentive once, but no, Traders typically have dark hair, ranging allllllll the way from black to near-black-brown. Xira’s half-Varænski, though, and Varænskis often have fair hair, so that’s probably where that came from.
how are witches marked?
Witches get a symbol marked on the skin! You’ve seen it before:
do most places mark witches?
Each city-state handles it differently!
does Jonan get aches and pains or does he just look older?
He doesn’t have creaky joints yet, but I mean, not everyone does by their 40s or whatever it is that he seems like he should be, so it’s hard to say.
OKAY YOU GUYS I am gonna keep singing this from the rooftops my whole life! Don’t ever care if your ideas have been done!! Don’t ever be afraid of copying someone’s idea!!! Don’t ever be afraid that you had an idea that’s really similar to someone else’s idea!!!!! Don’t ever think that “A UNIQUE IDEA” is the important thing to strive for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The truth of the matter is that what’s important is making an idea/story/character that you as creator can connect with and fall in love with and make real. ESPECIALLY when you’re dealing in broad strokes like “naive half-demon.” Like, your character’s goals and psychology and history are probably VERY different from Derrin’s. His world is different, his story is different, his story’s themes will hit on different things. The fact that they are both demonic-looking nobility is (a) not really something that’s NEVER BEEN DONE but (b) could be done so many different ways that it doesn’t even matter that the surface is similar.
Honestly, things become “overdone clichés” when they are shallow, because then they don’t go deeply enough to show anything beyond the basic trope.
When I first started telling people about my Glitching Hour story idea, I got “so, like, Dot Hack???” as a response a lot. Well, it’s different in a lot of ways, so I don’t really feel like I’m completely doing .hack//again, but it’s a bunch of people in a video game who can’t log out for some reason. THAT’S A BIG SIMILARITY. There’s a few other similarities too. So…. yeah, okay! I started telling people “it’s kinda like .hack//sign, where they’re all in a MMORPG, except…” and embraced the similarity — if you liked what .hack did, maybe you’d be interested to see what this story does. I think it’s okay for stories to kind of come from the same place, the same concept, and then branch out to touch different themes.
The only time you have to care about copying or being too similar is when it’s going to be distracting, and that’s something you kind of have to ask yourself. If your main character is from a race of aliens that call themselves Spartans, is it easier to explain to five million people that no, it’s not like the Halo Spartans, or is it easier to just give them a different name? You can do Game Of Thrones But With Lions and everyone’s going to compare you to Lion King, but if they read Chapter One and aren’t thinking of Lion King anymore (or if they think “it’s like Lion King but awesome in a different way”), then it doesn’t matter. But if the main character’s name is Simba, that’s going to be distracting. If the king is killed in a stampede while trying to save his son, that… might be distracting. Maybe do something new instead? If the main villain has a scar over one eye, you might wanna make very sure that he’s really visually different from Disney!Scar, or design him with some other wound.
But don’t make yourself crazy looking for a broad idea that nobody else has ever done; you’ll be wasting your time on the wrong thing. Even if you DO find something no one else has done before, that doesn’t make your story better. What makes your story better is saying something that nobody else has said before, or bringing something new to a theme that people can connect with. And the only way you can make that happen is to make something you’re enthusiastic about, something you’re personally invested in and love! SO DO THAT INSTEAD and don’t worry if your character is similar to another, and don’t freak out if people say “wow that’s really similar to this other thing” BECAUSE MAYBE IT IS, AND MAYBE THAT’S OKAY. c:
AT FIRST I THOUGHT THIS WAS LIKE, one of the fandoms I’m in, in which case I was like “oh absolutely the Night Vale live show” BUT THEN I REALISED IT MIGHT BE LIKE, FANS OF MY STUFF??????
GOSH no that’s hard because there are lots of little things that make me happy, people who left amazing comments on things, people who dREW MY CHARACTERS????, people who said hi at conventions and little kids buying colouring books and ahhhhhhhhh it’s all too cool I can’t pick just one! ; u ;
I think my favourite convention interaction was a girl who stopped by the Athena Studio booth (Otakon, I think) dressed up as John from Homestuck, who kept burying her face shyly in her father’s side as she slooooowly worked up the courage to approach our table, said that I was the reason she started drawing, and when I offered to sign the book she was buying she acted like I was handing her a celebrity autograph worth millions of dollars. ; u ; I DON’T REMEMBER IF THAT WAS THIS YEAR OR LAST YEAR BUT NOTHING BEATS THAT, MAN. NOTHING. That made my whole weekend!
I THINK MY FAVOURITE GENERAL INTERACTION has honestly been response to Runewriters, and everyone’s responses to Xira, just because there’s such a wide range from “HE’S CREEPY I DON’T TRUST HIM” to “XIRA IS THE BEST AND COOLEST AND I LOVE HIM” xD The fact that there are people who know who these characters are and care about them enough to have an opinion on whether or not they should be trusted is so incredibly and indescribably cool. ; u ; THANKS FOR LIKING MY STUFF YOU GUYS, here’s hoping for even more cool stuff in 2014!!
Okay if we’re not already friends I think the only one I could make friends with that fast is Severian, but Sev is entirely too wild for me. I don’t think I could take two weeks of him. >A>;;
I feel like Xira would be awesome to hang out with, but he seems like one of those people who would try to make sure I’m happy while vacationing and make sure I’m having fun and is this what you want to do we don’t have to do it if you don’t want to and maybe that would be a little stressful for me.
If I were friends with Jonan or Quentin I would pick one of them. They both have weird interests and a lot of knowledge, so they could pick somewhere interesting and I could just tag along and learn about it (I’m sure Jonan could find somewhere fun to go)! At the same time they’re both introverted enough to need down-time, which is good for me.
Though in the process of GETTING there, Jonan would make me a little crazy by being very controlling of schedule and being one of those people who rages at the staff when there are delays, and Quentin would make me crazy by forgetting important things (tickets, passport) or being very late and forgetting that security takes an hour to get through.
Tareth and I would just hang out and go to a book store and talk for two weeks, and that sounds kinda great! I might just do that.
Ahhhhhhhhhh what gosh you are all so cool! .//u//. Thank you! ; u ; And thanks for the New Year’s wishes, I hope you all have a great New Year too!!
Oh definitely! This year has honestly been very rough for me and I think the store is the thing that’s been most neglected for it — plus I’ve had to switch to a new store system and getting the hang of everything is taking some time for me. I have books and I want to put them up soon, and I also want to put the new TNH book and Runewriters books up to purchase!
But I’m going to admit this is something where I’ve decided I’m not gonna rush. I’ve always tried to adhere to deadlines and this is one instance where I need to give myself a break. Please be patient with me while I get everything figured out — I promise, nobody wants this to be up and running again more than me! ;u;
I've been wondering, why does nobody think of making Jonan drink through his nose? Does the spell block that up too? (as for food... I once accidentially swallowed a spagetti through my nose, so...)
Mostly because, since he can’t breathe through his mouth, it would be scary bad if it went wrong or didn’t work — he could drown or choke if he suddenly couldn’t breathe through his nose. I know it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drink through your nose but the how-to reference I found on that specifically said to use your mouth for breathing while doing it… plus these guys can’t just google it to make sure they are doing it right/won’t get Jonan killed.
I’m sure Severian has suggested pouring water down Jonan’s nose many times and I’m also pretty sure the idea is terrifying to him. He’d probably try it if he thought he had no other option, or if someone could assure him it’s safe, but the possibility of accidentally drowning himself in the stupidest way possible is a strong deterrent.
(Right now, though, he’s unconscious, and that seems like the WORST time to attempt to introduce water unexpectedly into a person’s respiratory system, just to say)
I would like to get to know more about what you like/dislike about RPGs. What's your favorite genre to play in? Fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalypse, steampunk? Do you like being aGM or a player? What types of characters do you gravitate towards playing? Do you like math-heavy systems, or perhaps the more narrative ones?
I GUESS I’M BEING FASHIONABLY LATE AND DOING TMI WEDNESDAY
I haven’t actually played many (any?) systems other than D&D / heavily homebrewed D&D / games that are basically fully homebrewed! BUT:
— I prefer Fantasy! Though there’s no logical reason for it, I have difficulty being interested in things that feel like sci-fi, even though you would think aliens and stupidly advanced technology would basically be the same as a fantasy world? SOMEHOW IT’S DIFFERENT. Plus as soon as something feels too much like the real world it’s really hard for me to get into for some reason.
I also have a really hard time being interested in a world where I can’t be magical, haha.
— I’ve never GM’d! I’d love to try, but my favourite part of the game is usually GETTING SUPER INTO MY CHARACTER so I suspect it wouldn’t be my preferred role. I also have difficulty inventing plots, but I’m good at coming up with terrible things to do to the party, and I think my knowledge of the game would make me a good co-DM!
— I gravitate towards playing mage-type classes! Also towards playing people who are outsiders/don’t fit in, in some way. My first actual-D&D character was a paranoid, antisocial werewolf barbarian, and when I finally got sick of him and allowed him to die, I switched to a nervously humble psionic drow (male drow, so y’know, you can’t be too assertive) whose name translated from drow to common as “Mindflayer Bait”, and I had so much fun being a psion that I pretty much never went back to mundane characters again.
(Except for Mr. Hyde.)
— I’m kinda not sure of my answer to the system question. I would say that I lean away from math-heavy systems EXCEPT I LIKE D&D SO UH……
But when it comes down to it I don’t feel like it’s the system that brings that? Ultimately it’s the DM. I’ve played D&D under mathy, optimisation-loving DMs and under storytelling, narrative-loving DMs, and that difference affected how the game played out wayyyyy more than the actual rules of D&D ever did!
While the optimisation aspect isn’t my favourite part of the game, I find I tend to shy away from narrative-focused games because they seem to tend to want to enforce that focus? In D&D I feel like I can kind of interpret sorcerers and clerics how I want, to some extent. In Mage: The Awakening I’m a little more locked down to their ideas of what it’s like to be a mage.
My ideal system would be one that has enough flavour to give me ideas and get me excited, but also enough freedom that I don’t have to be restricted to that flavour. :”)
So, on the character page, you say that Esra's song is "Temporal Shenanigans." Do you choose some of these character songs based more on the sound and feel than on the specific lyrics, or is this a (not so subtle) hint that we can look forward to time-related hijinks in regards to Esra sometime in the future?
I sort of touched on this a bit in the FAQ question about character songs, but lyrics actually do factor pretty heavily into my choices! In Esra’s specific case — “Temporal Shenanigans,” despite its name, doesn’t actually have a lot of lyrics about time travel.
”Everything’s in order, everything will come in time,
just as long as I complete the tasks that are mine.”
The song is originally about Aradia’s understanding of what she must do to keep the timeline on track, but taking it out of context, it describes someone who is sure that she alone understands what must be done, and that she can make everything work if she sets it up perfectly. In that way it reminded me a lot of Esra — though that first verse is the one that struck me the most, there are a few other bits throughout that fit him.
The feeling/sound of the song factors in a lot as well - I’d be lying if I said that the steady metronome-like ticking didn’t make the song feel perfect for his intense need for order. But no, he doesn’t travel through time.
Also he’s not a frog/ghost/robot/fairy.
A lot of them are kinda like that — the lyrics fit but the context doesn’t. Take Sev’s, “Kryptonite” — while he’s not literally Superman flying around the world and the exact scenarios described by the song probably don’t happen in the story, it’s not hard to imagine “I’ll keep you by my side with my superhuman might” applying to him.
There’s not an exact science to it, but I do try to pick songs that don’t spoil anything specific. Quentin Agorath has a different song that I think fits him VERY WELL but it would sort of spoil a lot of the story if you thought about why it applied to him, so I uh, I didn’t put that one on the website. c:
The song I chose for the necropony is just based on sound and feel, though. That just sounds like his theme song, and I can’t be convinced otherwise. Listen to it and imagine him prancing happily through a field of flowers while Jonan stalks beside him, looking displeased about the whole thing. It’s perfect.
Heeey! I really want to share your comic on introverts over on FB but I feel bad downloading/reuploading, so I was wondering if you had a FB page where I could go fetch it and share it from there? :)
Oh dude, I totally never thought to put these things on Facebook THAT IS A GOOD IDEA.
But tbh I probably won’t put it up there until the store reopens (sometime in October) so that I can properly link it, haha. Though if you just wanna share it with friends, you can always post it on FB as a link to my tumblr or deviantart! c:
o man i just tore through all of Runewriters and its FANTASTIC i love it im feeling hella inspired by your art and story wow. so right now i have blue hair i just gotta ask! what sort of magic does that colour indicate? squirrel-head magic? trapped inside a box magic?
Ahhhhh my gosh thank you! ;u; I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it so much!!
But I might have to be coy as regards the rest; blue is a runewriter colour we haven’t seen much of yet. c: These questions will be answered in time~
I think it’s really important, even if you do decide to go for an art college, because it points out some of the major flaws of art school so you can make an informed decision, as well as a listing a LOT of resources you can use outside of traditional schooling!
I think getting a college degree of some kind is still nice, because it makes a lot of things easier — but while art school is an awesome place, and you should definitely follow your passion, be willing to look outside of the idea of MUST GO TO ART SCHOOL IN ORDER TO BECOME ARTIST if it seems like that won’t work for you. ;u;
Don’t feel rushed, either! Would it be helpful for you to take a year off, and pour yourself into studying art outside of school, and making sure you still have the passion (and discipline) to sit down and do art even when it’s work? Then see if you can do that!
Ultimately it all depends on what direction you want to go, though. I can tell you a lot about webcomics, but I didn’t go into illustration and I can’t give very good advice as to how to break into that field. ;u; The only place full of illustrators that I know of is conceptart.org, but there are doubtless others — Look for people who are doing what you wanna do and ask them! :”)
Could you do a comic for extroverts too? Because now people act like extroverts are terrible people (totally not blaming you, how could I?).
Aw, I hope I didn’t give that impression! I know that attitude exists, and that’s part of the reason I worked very hard to make the Introvert poster explanatory rather than anti-extrovert!
But you gotta understand, this is a pretty tall demand! The introvert poster is drawn from my own experience of being strongly introverted all my life, and having to explain the way I function over and over again — I don’t have that kind of knowledge of how extroverts see the world without a lot of research. ;u;
Though actually, I had already started discussing the idea of a companion poster with some friends and drafting ideas with some of the extroverted feedback I’ve gotten. But I spent months drawing and designing the Introvert poster, even when I already knew exactly what I wanted to say and was very sure that it was accurate because it described my experience! There is no way I would be able to make such a comic for extroverts until some time next year, at earliest. xD But I’d like to! We’ll see. c:
Alert: Personal Question. Sorry! Basically, your journal comic thing said that you were flirting with asexuality, and I was wondering if something ever came out of that?
Ahhhhhhhhhh this has been sitting in my box for weeks/months while I try to figure out how to answer it. It’s not a TERRIBLE question, but this kind of thing always bothers me a little, because this implied idea that you have to Fit In A Category Or Else You’re Undecided is icky to me. Like, that if someone said “I’m not interested in a romantic relationship” and you said “but then are you asexual” and they were like “I dunno about that” then that would mean “OH YOU HAVEN’T DECIDED YET” when it should mean “okay, well, you’re not interested in romance and that’s all that’s important right now.” Because, like, there is no uncertainty there. You shouldn’t have to declare your sexuality like you declare a major in college in order to belong somewhere. That’s awful, and I think that as much as no one’s saying it directly, there’s a cultural push to PICK ONE that I don’t think is a good thing. :c
The thing that makes this weird is that I’m not in the closet or undecided — I have always been really open and casual about being uninterested in smooches from anyone, and the only debate was over whether I wanted to use the word “asexual” to describe myself — on the one hand, it’s very empowering, I’m so happy that concept exists, and I like identifying with it. But on the other hand, there’s a danger in defining yourself as a category, and I didn’t want to take that lightly.
It would be easier, and not unreasonable, to tell a guy or girl who’s interested in me “too bad, I’m asexual” rather than to carefully talk them through the reasons I don’t date and the fact that I’m uninterested in any kind of physical relationship, and that they have to be able to accept that regardless of what my sexual preference technically is. But while no disrespect is meant to those who strongly identify with asexuality and use the word proudly, I think the choice not to use it is ALSO valuable.
If someone just wants to say “I’m not really interested in anyone” then I really think you have to be okay with respecting that, and not press them to pick a category. :”)