This Tuesday, I did it. I finally reached my goal of making 50 Spark Comics
. It's very hard to believe considering when I made this summer pledge, it was around April/May and I was at page 35. Considering how much time and effort I put into every comic, how long it took to make just 35 comics, and my difficulty trying to have time to make 1 comic a week with my busy life and priorities, I hardly thought it was possible for me to make 15 more comics within the span of 4 months. This was especially hard considering a few personal things and my skin problems that popped up over the summer which kept me far more occupied than I had expected. However, that didn't stop me and now I've finally reached that goal. It feels strange hitting this milestone since I've been working so hard to get there, but I'm glad I did it because it was certainly no small feat. I hope everyone enjoyed Spark Comics up to now! I'm going to take a 2 week break, now since classes are starting next week and I need to prepare and get adjusted to that... Plus, I really need the break from comics or I'm gonna burn myself out.
If you would be so kind, I would really like it if those reading this could fill out this survey
. It's hard to really get feedback about my comics and gather what people think about it. I get some feedback from the DeviantArt comics, but I very rarely get an idea on what was so great about a comic and how I can do better. I'm certainly not the best artist/comic creator ever and I want to improve. I'd love to hear your opinions in that survey telling me what you think, even if you tell me I suck, so I can get an idea of what I can do to get better.
Speaking of people telling me I suck, recently I was in a lobby with Maximillian
, the guy who makes those popular videos about Marvel Vs Capcom and other fighting games. I happened to see a tweet saying he was gonna open a lobby before I went to bed and, being a big fan of his work, I stayed up for a bit to try and get into his lobby. I barely got in and was last on the list to play, but I watched some amazing matches and waited. Finally, it was my turn to face Max. I went into the game fully expecting to get pancaked and die on the spot seeing as how he's definitely an infinitely better player than I am (I may play the game a lot, but I'm not that good by any means), it was 3AM, and I hadn't played the game in about a week. I was especially nervous since I never actually thought I'd ever play the guy, and he's one of the people who inspires me to at least try to better understand fighting games. But whatever, I play the game for fun, win or lose... But somehow I won. I sort of gasped in disbelief when it happened since I see no way that a guy like me was able to win that. I messed up all over the place while playing due to being nervous and slightly tired and didn't even want to try and risk the few extended combos I can kinda sorta do (And those combos rarely pan out online due to connection and such so I usually stick to simple stuff). But still, I won against an infinitely better player, and better yet a person I find inspirational and admired. I never thought that would ever happen. I would've been just as happy, and much less weirded out, if I lost. To make it even weirder, I ended up winning 2 more times against random people in the lobby, which surprised the hell out of me, though after Max left, I lost to the next opponent. It was an honor to face Max and I'm glad I finally got to play against him. Good game to him and the other people I faced online that night.
Now for the part about me sucking. If you've dabbled online gaming, message boards, or certain parts of the fighting game community, you'd know that most people their aren't generally nice and love to insult, backtalk, and pretty much harass everybody at any opportunity for no reason. Like I said, before, while I try to get better at some games, I generally play video games for fun. Nothing more, nothing less, and if it's anything more it's for the story, intrigue, and the unique experience of the game itself. However, the above groups tend to be very elitist, as in "if you can't do every move in Street Fighter without thinking by the age of 3 you have no reason to be playing this game"-type of elitist. They often insult and make fun of other players specifically because they didn't "Hadoken" themselves out of the womb. The elitists biggest problem is that they feel entitled to insult everybody who they go against even though, whether they admit it or not, they were once as bad as the rest of us and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Harrassment
of all kinds has long been an issue in the gaming community that needs to stop, especially the fighting game community since it's become quite infamous because of it
. The fighting game community of all things has been built from new players coming in, having fun, and trying something new. If the there were no new players of lower skill, nobody would learn anything and nobody would buy, play, or have fun with these games. I will admit, I'm often on the receiving end of this harassment and this game is no different. My matches are near the end of THIS 1ST VIDEO
and the very start of THIS 2ND VIDEO
. Max himself wasn't rude about it, but look at the comments. You'll see a lot of them are insults directed at me and people saying how much I suck. Personally though, it doesn't bother me at all and I actually mostly agree with it. In fact, I'm sort of proud of it, because, for better or for worse, I was "remarkable" enough to be talked about that much amongst people and while it's not positive comments, at least I won and I was unique and just not in the fact that I'm one of the only people in that game who mains Spider-Man, which is more than most people can say. Hooray for my 15 seconds of infamy!
While I don't usually play exactly like I did in those videos, the general strategy is the same. Play some keepaway with Spider-Man and Deadpool, only striking and going in when I see an weak spot in their strategy or an opening and usually waiting for THEM to mess up before I got on the offensive, with Ryu being the only character I play mainly offense and can work miracles on X-Factor. I don't do much rushdown unless I see an opening because rushing towards something like an angry Sentinel is going to get you killed, hence why I stay the hell away from most characters until I can find a weakness (Which is one of the main reasons I stay away and do mostly defense against Strider because I'm just waiting for a Vajra H to counter and against Amaterasu because I have some trouble fighting her). A main reason I use TACs often because I have a lot of difficulty with extending combos with my characters, especially online where the connection is bound to screw me up somehow even when it normally would work and I have a lot of difficulty with Shoryuken motions very fast which is terrible since most characters have their most important move mapped to it. I get a lot complaints for not being a rushdown player. However, if I could choose to be a rush down player who stupidly runs headfirst into an obvious trap or counter and gets pancaked all the time because he didn't think or a player who does keep away and comes up with strategies to defeat tougher opponents than himself so he has a chance of winning, I'm definitely choosing the latter, despite the hardship of it. While I do try to improve, I find ways to triumph despite my skill handicap, which is perhaps my greatest achievement in that game. I'm not playing to impress anyone.
I often get a lot of hate messages online (mostly when I trounce them) playing this game because I don't play like the average player, and even though I don't have a lot of skill, I play in a way where I can win despite it. Overall, none of these hate messages really make me care about what they think, especially since so few of them can actually spell and have BEYOND terrible sportsmanship. Despite people's constant whining, I still won, and no amount of angry messages or elitist comments is going to change that. I concede that I'm not a good player. I admit that everyone in that lobby was a better player than me. I've gotten enough hate from people online and in real life to really care about what people think of a few fun video game matches I played at 3AM at this point. After all, I love my life, I do great things, have a dream job in media production, and, in this case, I play for fun and won not just 1, but 3 games against people who were much better players than I am (and more than 400 wins in Ranked Matches). After all that, what do I have to be ashamed of?
If that's wrong, I don't want to be right. Update:
At the very beginning of his 3rd lobby video
, posted earlier today, Max showed a message I sent him about how I enjoyed fighting him and I mentioned SparkComic.com. With his videos being as popular as they are, I've gotten over 300 views a few hours and counting. What's more, most of the hateful insults from the first 2 videos have been turned into happy compliments for my comic. It's funny how things change, so fast. 3 videos and I'm still one of the main topics of conversation in that weekly series, so the haters can SUCK IT. Thanks for the week of publicity, Max!