Hello! I haven't posted anything in a while, so have another thing. Believe it or not, I have been known to draw stuff with less than four legs. I don't have a place to post them though. Maybe I'll put something up here every now and then, if I'm going quiet like recently!
This is Titch. She's a character from a story I'm writing involving robots trying to coexist in a semi-futuristic human society. She's a persocom. (Who here has heard of 'Chobits'? make of it what you will - opinions do vary - mine is that the premise of human-analogue machines is undeniably interesting. There was room for more story in my humble opinion, at least in the anime.. It seemed to concentrate on Chii being adorable, but there was all this other awesome stuff that could have been explored.)
Since some of the other stuff I like to do includes the occasional spot of writing, and seeing as I had some ideas I couldn't put down, I'm putting them on digital paper. You can read the results here and feedback is much appreciated, if you have the time (it doesn't really have much to do with Chobits beyond borrowing from it for background details - if you've never read/watched Chobits you're fine, it stands alone - but I think it still qualifies for that site, seeing as it does draw upon the terminology and ideas). Fair warning: it will contain violence and some adult-themes, although I think it's not quiiiite enough for the M-rating, at least right now. Also, there might be a character name you recognise if you've been watching this account for a while. I insist there is no correlation, the names are just the same.
It's a nice outlet to write when making comics, as there really isn't a lot of room for dialogue there, and they take so bloody long to do as well. when I'm feeling productive but staring stupidly at blank canvas in Illustrator, I can do this instead. I've said before, it's tempting to do one for Websurfers, except it would interfere with the comic... At the very least, might spoil it, in a fashion? What do you reckon? And where the hell would I publish a Websurfers story, if I did? DA isn't very good for publishing text, I fear. The next comic is still a ways away.
I'd be happy to see it
New characters take some getting used to, but that's normal!
No time to read now, but it's going in my stories to read folder
Thanks for the heads up on the content.
Also I hope you don't feel self-conscious about posting non-art related things, especially if they impact on your art!
That's just me, anyway.
The problem is the "relevant" stuff is taking so long to finish!!! So there are long periods where I've nothing to put here really. I can fill those gaps with my non-relevant stuff but there would wind up being more of them than the primary subject matter, such as Websurfers and similar comics.
Need some sort of time-travelling device so I can post things quickly. Or some kind of focus-boosting mechanism that also prevents me from needing to engage in distractions like eating or sleeping.
I felt self-conscious writing this after my other super-long comment (and whenever someone writes in a different style from me I have to resist the urge to answer in exactly the same format with the same emoticons) but I'm going to write it anyway.
I think you should post all of your art here. I would be happy to see it.
I don't know what the other people who follow your work think... and I know there are comics where the content related to the series gets so much attention to dedicate the account to it, like Dash Academy by SorcerusHorserus. But it you feel the gaps are too long between posts then share things with us
Don't get me wrong, I love your work with your main characters... but as you say elsewhere, everyone has side projects .
Maybe you will find that in sharing those you will actually get more attention to your main project!
If you are unsure you can always ask for feedback!
Write a journal entry or create a poll .
That is one of the things I enjoy the most about about ThinkPink (who write several series for Equestria Stories), is that they ask for for feedback a lot.
4-5 years of reading/watching robot stuff more or less continuously and im fairly sure it's a dead niche from a it's all been done before. then again every whatever is someones first.
good luck on the story.
I don't know though, kind of applies to everything at this stage really! Here's hoping what I'm doing is interesting for reasons beyond the robots involved... Thanks for the luck, probably need it haha.
nice to know your still kickin
so a fic set in the world of chobits huh? sounds pretty interesting, definitely a lot you can do there.
as far as releasing some sort of websurfers story I suppose it would have to be a side story of some kind, the easy thing to do would be to an orgin story I suppose like how they met each other or some such thing. that way the only spoilers would be casual ones concerning the sort of internet worldy diddle that they live in.
Cracking on with this fic as well, yeah. I'm really enjoying the writing, it's sort of like getting to direct your own movie in your head (when I read, things seem to play out like a movie... it's like the reverse process).
yeah, same thing happens to be when I read. always nice to be able to visualize the world the author has created. unlike movies and other visual media writing gives the majority of the details up to the reader. always loved that about books.
coincidentally the first suggestion I thought of concerning websurfers was to write up a screenplay of sorts (on account of how big a role dialogue seems to play)
To me... It depends on what interests you the most. I mean, websurfers is definitely some really nice eye candy but I'm also more interested in the story myself so just reading it out at a quicker pace than the comic appeals to me a lot more. Buuuuuuut I feel that that's usually a trap and that if you do that, you might get ahead of yourself and get lost in the story too, possibly losing the feel that you had originally wanted/intended for each scene to have if it were to be made into a comic and so then you don't feel like doing the comic at all because you've lost your interest for the older scenes! The magic would be gone
I hope I didn't get too lost in myself there.
Basically, I feel that it's extremely difficult to make side/origin stories that don't distract/detract from the main one simply because they almost always feel like they stick out like a sore thumb.
If you've got your story down and you love doing the comic, keep doing the comic. Bad things happen when people are given more information than others (spoiler spills everywhere!) and they aren't on synchronized progressions.
Cripes, I feel strongly enough about Doll that if you set up a wishlist on Amazon.co.uk (the kind that allows people to buy you stuff on it), I will personally buy your copy of the first volume. (Not coincidentally, that's the cheap one. >_>)
Alternatively, I could just reimburse you for it via Paypal or something, but seriously, there is no better read for actually exploring the effect on society.
It does interest me, yeah! The issue of AI and how it relates to humanity is increasingly referenced in culture these past few years (or perhaps I'm just noticing it more) - it's a difficult subject, very very interesting, fixes all sorts of problems and causes all sorts of others. Enormous effort goes into AI research and development in the pursuit of more capable intelligence. To think that we might eventually be heading down such a road in reality is just bizarre and fascinating.
If/when you do get any of this read, for the love of god, drop me a line. I love Mihara's work in general, but especially related to human/AI interaction and the effect on society and psychology, but have no one with whom to discuss it. I enjoyed Chobits, but it's sort of the fluffy, fun, but light on substance version of this kind of thing.
That's kind of what I felt about Chobits too. It sort of scratched the surface but the focus wasn't really on the world so much as the characters themselves. Sounds like these stories will be worth the read!
Alas, once more I am banished from the Internet until we can get it set up here (oh, the joys of a tentative 3G connection.. let's hope this comment submits successfully)...
Somehow discovered only AFTER arranging the move and finally getting access to the new place's telephone number (previous inhabitants wouldn't allow it to be divulged because they suck) that barely anyone can offer unlimited internet at the new exchange. So it's 40GB/month max for more than twice the price or I risk tying myself into a contract with a rather cheap and questionable ISP. Went for the latter (can't do limited... 40GB is like a few day's usage, haha) so we'll see how that works out when it's all set up...
When the exchange gets upgraded it apparently all goes straight to fibre (FTTC, but I may even be able to get FTTP, I'm neighbours with the exchange, it's practically across the road) and apparently there's a high likelihood many of us will get auto-switched to the new technology once it becomes live. THAT will be nice... up to 75Mbps unlimited with little effort or more with FTTP. Honestly though I'd be pretty happy even with 20Mbps unlimited ADSL, that would still be the fastest service I've had in years.
I haven't been watching SC too closely for some months now, to be honest - unexpected, right? My reasoning is I feel like I'm already playing the game and I don't want to be bored of it when it gets to a really playable state. Right now it's buggy and a bit poor to play imho, although it looks beautiful.
How's the surface three? Got my original Pro next to me right now, playlisting while I ferret through all these boxes haha.
But personally, for Websurfers, I'd still rather see it come out in comic form. You've gotten this far as such, maybe all you need is a different form of comic drawing format.
But all of that is just my opinion.
I've been inspired by your story enough to think up my own story with the browser ponies. A kind of idea of a computer-savy pony ending up on the "wrong side of the screen," and going on an adventure with the browser ponies as his guide.