Lets start with the 'and so forth' part.
A while ago, I had the idea for a participation comic, and to make a long story a short story, it did not so well. So I gave it some thought, and decided a different approach was in order. That's what this is going to be.
I'm reminded of Charles Dickens, in that era when he did public readings of every new chapter of his latest work. He soon found himself tailoring his tales to suit , and play off of, the anticipations and desires of his audiences. The line there, between author and reader, it got a little blurry. Something special happened.
I don't think the idea of a story and an audience interacting, then, is by any means new. I know I've seen ideas similar to this elsewhere. But I found the idea of testing how far an audience and a creator can intermingle novel, a kind of Performance On Demand.
What I've done here is draw 27 pages of comic, which will follow this at the rate of a page per post, over the next day or so. In these 27 pages is a rather open setting/s, a small cast of characters, and a few open ended story hooks. Now it's up to you, so to speak. What I'm going to do is let you all speculate, conjecture, suggest, wish and what if in the comments - and then I'll divine the story from that for a few more pages, and then you keep commenting when you see a new idea and on it goes until it ends or I die. Occasionally I'll put up a poll, and put a certain crucial element to a vote.
It's sort of like when you sit and watch your favorite television show, and think "wouldn't it be cool if?", or "I wish that so and so would..." except when you do, it might well happen. With a dash of American Idol. And all you'll have to do is watch me draw it.
Now for The Rules: then I have to go and set my hands on fire for typing the words 'American Idol'.
The Official Rules:
- Do go crazy. Do have fun. These are most important.
- Do NOT heckle other posters. I will mail my feral cat to you, and she knows kung-fu. But seriously, blending different ideas and tastes is part of what I'm hoping makes this something special. On the other hand, feel free to heckle me or my work, just remember I'll probably find a way to use that.
- Do NOT post anything that resembles a script. I'll just delete it. All I want is a sentence or two, the seed of an idea, a what if or something like that.
- Do NOT post images, yours or anyone else's. See rule 3.
- In that spirit don't even bother mentioning other coyrighted works. Just don't.
Official Rules Errata:
- I reserve the right to use suggestions and comments in whole, part, or combination. I will do my best to credit those who have had a hand on any particular page, but no promises. Feel free to speak up, of course.
- I also reserve the right to amend or expand upon the rules as needed, but will make a post regarding such actions.
- All of this work shall fall under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License. Go ahead and read up on that there.
A few last notes, then.
I'm calling this Dogs, at least for the moment.
Dogs was done on sheets of regular 8 1/2 x 11 standard letter sized paper, folded in half, so the original art is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. It was rendered, with some rough pencilling, entirely in black ballpoint pen.
I imagine I'll be adding a Sharpie to the mix should the story demand a night time scene, or go underground or into space or whatever.
The first 27 pages are done on various pieces of resume paper from a sample pack, and the tooth of the paper tended to make the pen handle differently. I've sinced switched to a giant pack of smoother copier paper that will prove much more consistent. But if I had any complaint, it would be that it's not in color. Someday, maybe.
That should be it then, for now. I'm gonna go let this puppy off the leash.
[ quick edits:
Even if you're NOT on LiveJournal, you should be allowed to post comments. Yes, I know.
The best way to read this is to use the link to page one in the navigation bar on the upper left, that says: DOGS: PAGE ONE. Otherwise go to the same navigation bar and hit "Archives". Go to February 17, 2009 and choose it. All the posts since will line up top to bottom, oldest to newest, and you'll be able to scroll down through bunches of them at a go.
I'd like to make it work better, but it is still just LiveJournal, and my web fu blows.
If you have any problems or questions, ask me, please. ]