I bring forth tonight to you fine gentlemen another comic (about gaming, no less!) that has a distinct artstyle (heavily influenced by Gabe!) with a writing style you will have perhaps recognize (perhaps from our friend Tycho!) about a number of gamers (entirely original concept!) chilling out and screwing around and making jokes about your typical vidja games.
And honestly? I'm aware of the consequences I will suffer from putting my comic up here for critique. These are the Penny Arcade message boards; if a comic contains any of the above elements (standalone, even) it is automatically deemed a terrible ripoff and thrown into the shredder to burn until entire millenia have passed; this I am well aware of.
I am expecting harsh comments on my "rip-off" art-style, pointing out that my own artwork has been heavily influenced by Krahulik (completely disregarding that he may have indeed
favorite artist's style as a basis for his own; anyone here familiar with a man by the name of Stephen Silver?) and that this is the worst possible thing in the universe an artist could ever have happen to them. I will then recieve suggestions that I try my own take on real-life anatomy to try and develop my own style; thank you, I'll get to that on my own. I appreciate your warm support for the style I have obtained in this past year.
I am expecting equally harsh comments on my writing, perhaps strung too close to Holkin's own magnificent writing gifts. Maybe my writing is too wordy and elaborate for my own good; with any luck I should be able to forget all that I have learned from reading his wonderfully-crafted newsposts and revert to the writing skills an ordinary kid my age should
have instead of this fresh take on the English language and the mysterious world of words and letters that lie within.
I am perhaps most of all expecting the harshest comments to stem from the fact that this is a comic about games, technology and the world that revolves around this wonderful subject. As we all know, yes, there are plenty of gaming comics out there, and as we all also
know virtually every single one of them isn't worth reading
due to the saturation of the webcomic world that has taken place since this aforementioned world crawled up from the depths of the internet in the mid-nineties. Of course
if it is a gaming comic it simply must have no redeeming qualities: no matter what, the art will still be shitty, the writing terrible, the characters bland and forgettable. There is nothing that will ever break the mold since Penny Arcade is obviously
the only decent gaming comic out there, and even the greatest attempt by the most creative individual on the planet could not change the fact that the two guys in charge have never missed a beat, never made an unfunny comic, always made wise business and never sold their IP to any Alaskan parties in some freak book publishing accident. As we all know, they are perfect and have never made any mistakes or copied off of other's innovative ideas; as such, we must stay confined in our overflowing little genre because of their absolute perfection because of just how terrible we must be. Oh, a gaming comic? How awful!
However, in an attempt to better myself in ways other than repeatedly hearing "hay get ur own artstyle" or "oh god it's another gaming comic", I would hope that at least a portion of you are above this level and will be able to point out the smaller differences I could make to my comic to make it somewhat better in the long run, however long that run may turn out to be. I'm not here for the fame, the money or the success. My passion lies in the field of art, I've been labelled as an above-average writer by quite a few for years now and if nothing else I do like me some video games. Maybe this is the mutated offspring of those personality traits? I couldn't tell you, myself.
Am I rambling? Yeah, I probably am. Link's at the bottom, and keep in mind I realize that as a fourteen year old I still have a ways to go; I'm sure plenty of comments will follow reminding me of this fact, so I appreciate your taking note of what I already know, folks.
Thanks. And kudos if you had the attention span to read all of that.