The Blame Game
Chapt VII: Choices (Part 12)
The masks have dropped, and at the least provocation it seems… One hothead in a family would be more than enough. Do you ever wonder what causes some people to be so touchy and consistently ready to come to blows…?
During the time-frame of this story, therapy and even simple counseling were simply not an option. Asking for help was a sign of weakness and weakness was “bad”. That was for crazy people who couldn’t function at all in “normal” society. If such was considered at all it was with a snicker or a slow head-shake of pity that people couldn’t simply control themselves.
It wasn’t until the 1960′s that “counseling” began to become popular. The awareness of the role of emotional dynamics in dysfunctional behavior was emerging. More people wanted to learn more about themselves and found some hope that people really could change their behavior and therefore change their lives –and perhaps, their destiny…
Even those among us who appear to have everything working out for them could benefit from learning more about themselves and the dynamics that hold them to reenacting certain behaviors. Thankfully, the stigma is loosening its hold. The world is a much happier and more productive place when you know more about yourself and your place in it.
I wasn’t sure how to represent the swearing in this one. Or even if I should have put the words in at all? I want this to be readable by all ages, so I’m wondering what you, the readers, think:
- Should I blank out the words entirely? Maybe with a black bar completely covering the words?
- Should I use the “#@$%” convention?
- Or is the overlap of the balloons enough obsfucation?
The last month of 2012 was spent creating the Christmas Caption contest featured here these last two weeks. Then a couple of weeks of that time relaxing with my family and playing a lot of World of Warcraft with Mal, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. The farming, the pet battles, the improved leveling system for casual players makes it a lot more fun. This month (and beyond) I’ll be working on the following:
- Todd’s sketch request for his winning Caption.
- Replenishing the Aedre’s Firefly buffer after so much time off
- Returning to editing my novel “Endless Night of Stars”
- Continuing to find ways to keep the process simple and work faster
- Spending less time on “social media” (I require enormous amounts of solitude!) and more on relaxing so I don’t burn out.
- Getting more exercise with my new wii setup that Mal got me for Christmas!
This year instead of making art for people for Christmas I spent almost every penny I had on gifts. I’m happy to say they went over very well! As much as it makes me happy I also hate being broke. I mean I really really hate it! Frankly it kinda scares me. So I’ll have to be careful over the next little while. No kickstarters for instance. Often, my desire to support my fellow creators outmatches my ability to do so. There are so many –hundreds– of talented creators out here on the internetz– that deserve recognition (say hello and comment so they aren’t creating in a vacuum) and financial support.
A Small Disappointment
I’m finding that I’m somewhat disappointed by the appearance of some of the comics I’ve purchased through kickstarter–especially graphic novels. Those that have too often been printed too dark or on too glossy a paper, making them harder to read or to see all the lovely detail. This goes for some of the posters I ordered as well.
When preparing my own work for printing I find that the best thing is to lighten the final colour artwork (in Photoshop) as much as possible until all the detail is visible, then make adjustments from there. Also, use non glossy paper for the inside, but full gloss or semigloss for the cover. In a way this reflects the pulp origins of comics, and why the comic is created in layers of panel layout, lineart and colour.
Anything goes online. Our monitors can show us jewel-like vivid colour. But something is lost trying to squeeze all that onto a mere paper rendering. Keep the colours light and the linework crisp for printing.
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