A New Beginning
Jordan | May 28th, 2012
We’ve got a lot to talk about…
First off, we have changed formats. With Sale gone, we had to come up with a plan for what kind of comic we wanted to be. Now, the natural choice would have been find a new artist or draw it ourselves. We considered both but neither felt quite right; bringing a new person into a project that has been going on for a while is tricky and either Josh or I drawing would be a disaster rival to making Joseph Kony Principal of a Grade School. One idea kept coming up though, Photocomic. It’s rare, it’s cheap and it takes advantage of something our comic has going for it, most of our characters are (loosely) based on someone in real life.
Now, some people say you should NEVER make yourself a character in your own webcomic, it breaks some fundamental rule that people who “REALLY UNDERSTAND WEBCOMICS” all agree should never be broken. I see their point, if someone makes a character based on them self, the writer may start to idealize them, making their story more about self-serving Hero-worship than telling a good story with ups and downs. I think this rule would apply if not for a rule we’ve lived our lives by since comic one; our characters are deeply flawed dicks who deserve punishment, not praise. We don’t think that “Josh” and “Jordan” are the type of people others should want to like, be friends with or trust in the least bit. They have their good qualities too; Jordan is often caring, self-deprecating, loyal and clever, while Josh is… um, tall… I guess. Besides, the rule is kinda b.s. anyway; the most successful and well known webcomic characters ever are Gabe and Tycho, whom are directly based on their creators and are so indivisible that both men are better known by their character’s names than their own.
All I’m saying is, try explaining that characters can’t be based on their writers to Penny Arcade’s 2 million some-odd daily readers.
I don’t know where all that came from, back on topic…
Photocomic: A Great Idea Or The Greatest Idea Ever?
So, I want to know what you think of our new format. Keep in mind, that this is my first attempt at it and I intend on improving as I work on more comics. In fact, I would have had more time to work on it but the computer I use for Photoshop suddenly stopped working when I was about to begin editing. I had spent most of my time getting PS on my other computer and relearning how to do word bubbles (true story). Anyway, do you think it’s got potential? Is it too different for you? How do you weight in on our choice? Please, let us know in the comic’s comment section (don’t worry, we haven’t changed that part to photos only… yet). All constructive criticism is appreciated and all cruel criticism is accepted, assuming that it is at least somewhat witty and directed at Josh.
I will say that shooting this episode (and the other 2 we did that day) was a blast. I basically got to hang out with my best friend and my Wife (who gave up her afternoon to take pictures of me in my underwear) while making jokes and playing out ridiculous scenarios. The best part was getting Josh to laugh by staring at him when he was trying to hold his facial expression. His inability to hold a straight-face reminded me of back when Jimmy Fallon would do skits on SNL with Will Ferrell.
You can’t tell me that this skit would have been as good without the crackups.