The following is an MSN correspondence between my friend Jamie and myself a couple nights back. As I was telling him all about my ideas, I realized I should save this thing for future reference. It basically outlines the rough background ideas for the comic as well as my current approach on how to deal with some of the issues I think I'll face. As for the contest that is mentioned (should you read on) I am going to work out the prize and the timeline for my next blog entry, so keep an eye open for that. I've never reproduced a MSN log for Interweb reading, so some parts may make no sense, and spelling (especially on Jamie's behalf) gets to be atrocious in parts. Give me some feedback of how you like this format. There are a lot of MSN conversations that Jeremy and I have shared that might have been entertaining for readers as well. I have made a few edits for simple clarification, and links where needed and possible.
Commencing Communication Replication:...
(edit: This conversation has been stepped into after the initial "Sup dogg?" greetings and immediately after I had sent him the sketch of the dude that I displayed in the previous blog post.)
NB (that's me,) : This is the plan for my main character. The background story to these characters (including fatso from the fart strip) is that they've been buddies since grade 7. Fatso is going to University for an engineering degree, and skinny guy is going for his Vis Arts degree. Basically an odd couple for college.
JC (dis is my bud, not Jesus Christ. Using initials here folks. Keep up please.) : Ill say
NB : The fat guy is socially inept, disgusting pig that likes porn, beer, and porn with beer. The arts guy works at a computer store (obviously) and is more the synical type that pokes fun at everything and everyone he sees. He is a little uptight but can get crazy when the mood hits him.
JC : lol
NB : They are both comp. geeks with a gaming/geek culture side but still happen to maintain normal social lives (somewhat). They both live in their own little worlds built up inside their heads (which stems from playing so much D&D together as adolesents).
JC : ah, cool
NB : The story line still remains mostly autobiographical of my own life, but many engineer story lines will have to come from Mike (my bro) and Terry.(edit: guy I work with)
JC : i see.
NB : Gaming influence I'll have to rely on myself, but mostly you and todd. (edit:another guy I work with, also featured in this comic.)
NB : I need you to start playing more console games.
JC : Only thing todd plays is BF
JC : a sacrifice you must make.
JC : buit it is for a noble casue
NB : Other geek culture will come from my buddy Jeremy up in LaRonge. I may take him on as a secondary story line writer. His humor is really close to mine and fatso is somewhat at least physically based on him.
JC : lol
NB : They still need names though, and that will be a blog contest (edit: Inspired by the infamous Hires Root Beer Contest.). So now you have the basic outline for the fucking comic that is a constant bug in my ass.
JC : sweet
JC : The fatso should have some name that turns into a really bad nickname.
NB : Even though not much has been produced yet, a lot of the stupid foundation stuff is starting to get tweaked. And in my opinion, that's the hardest part. Eventually, I hope this thing will build up enough momentum and practically writes and draws itself.
JC : but thast just top of my head sort of idea.
NB : Yeah, that's the kind of basic story lines that I need that I can take and flesh out.
JC : from what I read from others is that yes sometimes it does, and yes a lot of times it doesnt
NB : If it don't, and it becomes a hassle to produce, and I stop learning and enjoying myself, I'll quit this and do something else. The only person that feels guilty about it and wants to really see come to fruition (as far as I know) is me.
JC : and its either 'work with what ya know' or 'Make some crazy shit up'
NB : And I see a lot of crazy shit story lines in the future as well.
NB : Just a few strips of something completely retarded, like getting a happy meal. Whatever. Look at Seinfield. Anything, if delivered properly, can be funny.
JC : yeah
NB : To me, right now developing the art is key, without good art, the story isn't as good. But eventually, the delivery of the joke will far outweigh any art. I've seen some well drawn Mac Hall comics that either don't make sense or just aren't funny.
NB : But then Real Life has pretty basic art, but is consistently a good laugh.
NB : I have been doing my homework on this stuff, and I honestly think I can make something that will work.
JC : awesome
NB : It's not hard for me to make a joke, but it's hard for me to make one that will bust someone's gut. And that is the ultimate goal with this. Make a consistently humorous strip that will have readers wanting to read the next one, and the occasional gut buster. I still giggle everytime I think about the "Shit in my computer" or "Then we fucked like 20 times behind the barn."
NB : Not every PA (edit: Penny Arcade) strip makes me laugh like that, but I want to read every single one that comes out.
JC : yeah no doubt, its my favorite strip.
JC : I like Vgcats to, hes got awesome artwork, but only puts a stirp out once a week.
JC : Ya should read the new VG cast though its kinda funny
NB : I know, but if I can get it to once a week, I'll be happy.
NB : I'll make sure to check it all tomorrow. I was way to busy to be reading those things today, but I'm pretty much caught up now.
NB : Anyway, I'm fuckin tired and stressed. I need my bedtime smoke and get some shut eye. I hope I didn't bore you with this, but this is what occupies a large percentage of my thinking for the past two months.
JC : Ididnt bore me at all
NB : that's good. It's all I talk about too. Anyway, gnight.
JC : laters