Yea.. I read some Panel One after Mike mentioned it in his strip. Eh.
Really, it isn't that funny, witty, intelligent, or deep. My money is on the Apophina monkey and always has been.
Panel One isn't really meant to be any of those things. It's just a little writing exercise that gives me a way to test out ideas that either aren't good enough or aren't fully developed enough for me to use in my more serious efforts. Basically, it's just a sandbox for me to play in.
That's good to know, as people who are only reading Panel One would be prone to judging the rest of your work by that standard.
'Course, its hard to expect someone to put up a disclaimer 'Warning:Sandbox'
It also doesn't help when someone represents the above sandbox as that thing I said "funny, witty, deep, ect."
Just to clarify a bit, because I think it was diengenuous for me to say it isn't intended to be funny--I do try to make it entertaining, but only for the sake of entertaining myself. Personally, I find a lot of humor in taking an absurd, even dumb idea and playing it completely straight. I had no expectation that many other people would be with me there. Though, apparently more people enjoy it than I anticpated.
As for the "Warning: Sandbox" -- the funny thing is, the description below the comic that got me called out by Gabe/Mike for pretention was meant to be exactly that: a warning not to take the comic too seriously! Admittedly, it was badly written, due to my writing it while over-tired, but still, I found that funny.
I'm definately guilty of not getting the joke. Strange that, I like jokes, jokes are funny. ;)
How do you keep the neighbourhood cats from pooping in your webcomic?
2006-01-27 09:45 am (UTC)
I don't apparently! But that's okay-- it gets me lots of readers.
hey! maybe that's the deeper meaning of the strip, that when writer-monkeys and art-monkeys work together work together instead of cutting each other up in a monkey knife-fight they create something greater than themselves...
That's certainly the not-so-deep meaning of this little sequence
.nah... monkey knife-fights are awesome
The one does not preclude the other.
It was that very sequence of strips that came to mind as I typed that run-on sentance.
Great minds think alike (to which I usually add "but where does that leave us?"; <lj user="thessalian" replies "And fools seldom differ").
That's what thessalian
usually says when I quote that adage (in fact, I first heard it from her). I actually tried to say that after the semicolon, but (now that I actually look at my comment) I guess I must've forgotten to close a tag. Hence my "oops" icon.
I personally can't read Apophenia 357 on a quasi-daily basis... Because there is not text, I basically need to wait till you're done with a chapter then I go through it all at once.
I don't know how many other "readers" are like this, but we are out there, and may not necessarily show through the statistics.
Is it okay if I root for Apophenia in this little knife-fight we're having, or does that spoil the fun?
Seriously, Panel One is just a toy for me to play with while I'm mulling of ideas for better things. I never expected it to garner more than a handful of readers, and it wouldn't have if not for Gabe/Mike. Not that I didn't enjoy seeing it climb the charts, but I really felt rather guilty about it climbing past so many comics that are clearly far better, Apophenia included. I even considered taking Panel One down entirely--it's certainly not the work I want to be known for--but kept it up mainly because it's now a good tool for me to cross promote my other stuff.
To answer your question above--I can't really draw. I toyed with it when I was younger, and probably could have become at least competent if I had worked at it, but I just never had the same passion for it that I do for writing.
That said, I will be playing a bit more with visuals as it moves along, though most of what I'll be doing will be closer to design than illustration. You can see the very small beginnings of my first attempt in the strips running this week.
Its perfectly ok to root for the other monkey. Betting however, is illegal.
Who gets to keep the money if both monkeys take a dive?
I think then it goes toward sending in an angry gorilla who doesn't even *need* a knife. Gotta keep the audience happy!
I can see the angry gorilla standing there now shouting "Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?"
That would be the fight promoter.
Bweeeeeheheheheheheheeeeee! Love it!