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06-21-2013   #1 (permalink)
Ethane
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Some of you might already know that I have a webcomic (here, and warning for content) and it's something I've been working on for over 10 years now. It doesn't have much of a readership, but it's something I love to work on and pour my heart and effort into. My first influences were Popeye and Peanuts, later on it moved to Bloom County and Robert Crumb, and a few years after that I discovered anime and manga. All of these things influenced me greatly because I love comics, because first and foremost it's a visual form of storytelling -- at least, it should be. I think that the visuals in a comic should do almost all of the entertaining and storytelling -- the dialogue and narration should only be present as auxiliary and certainly not as the foundation, as we see too much of in this boring and wordy new format known as the "graphic novel" but that's an complaint for another time.

Anyway I ran across this today:



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Originally Posted by atokniiro
Please donít remove the artistís caption/comment when you reblog a drawing/comic/etc.
I obviously canít speak for everyone, but in my case the caption is often an addition to the joke, and if you take it away, you take away a part of my comic.
First of all, this guy is a very competent cartoonist and that's not a compliment I hand out very often. The first few panels are by their very own nature are very fun to look at, and then he makes what is quite possibly the silliest complaint ever. Below is the caption that he thinks is required to make sense of this comic (and thus becoming somewhat meta.)

This whole comic/caption blog thing is something I find completely annoying, and it's become so prevalent with webcomics that damn near everyone does it, and many of them -- like this fellow -- have made their comic's understandability dependent on this caption/blog. This in itself is his failure of utilizing the medium of comics. Any medium, be it movies or literature or music or comics should be able to convey their intended meaning by simply standing on their own presentation. Sometimes they're not explicit in the process but that's one of those times where we're expected to reflect on the meaning, and that's fine -- but anything else, such as the "necessary caption" the artist is complaining about here, is a crutch; so chopping off the leg instead of the arm would have been far more appropriate.

Aside from that, if people like what you produce and show to the internet, it's going to get passed around. Despite what a bunch of 15 year old primadonnas over at DeviantArt think, this isn't a bad thing at all. It means your works is getting around and being seen, and if you place a url on your work then they'll know where to find more of it, and an explanation of the piece if there's something about it that they have a question about. Expecting them to drag along your additional comment is simply ridiculous.
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