I’m not okay
I’ll never be okay
but seriously, how often do you see a male main character- much less a main character of a shonen- be genuinely disappointed and angry with himself because he wasn’t sensitive and perceptive enough about a woman’s feelings? Not in a “because she’s mad now” way, but in a “I should have been there for her” way.
AND ACTUALLY CHANGE AS A RESULT OF THAT AND BECOME MORE SENSITIVE AND HONEST IN THE FUTURE?
not a hell of a lot.
It makes me want to cry because people focus on the fact that females get written so poorly because females don’t appear as much or they don’t have added depth but it’s really similar for males now too and not for the same reasons.
We as a society have run into an issue where the males that get more screen time become devalued as well and time and time again you rarely see a large amount of depth in the male characters that are written anymore because they’ve been written so much people just add a few attributes to a male and boom they have a character, nobody really takes the time to add depth anymore and growing pains and let’s us see what it’s really like to be a male in society
Yet a woman who wrote a story about two brothers that featured men far more prominently than women wrote all of these men to perfection and added depth and realism to their development.
Even the women had a lot of development.
A woman did that, she showed us what it was really like for men like Ed who have short tempers and are very opinionated and showed us his depth and emotion.
How sad and amazing is that?
Feminisim is a fight for equality and Arakawa helped the male side of the fight exponentially by writing FMA.
It’s ok for boys to be emotional because they are, boys aren’t emotionless, they go through a lot of the same abusive issues Edward and Al went through, it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be human.
Thank you Arakawa for opening my eyes and letting me really see what the male side of things is really like because as a female we don’t get to see that kind of depth for our male characters, people write males for females as though they’re strong and minimize their flaws and don’t give them emotion but as a female I want to get attached to a flawed male character and to this day Edward and Al are still my boys.
3. oct. 11
IT”S OCTOBER THIRD YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS
TIME TO BURN DOWN YOUR CHILDHOOD HOME
I'm trying to think up some challenges/memes/prompts for making comics for the beginners and the art/writing blocked of us comic creators online and off. Other than what Scott McCloud has, do you have any ideas? I already have a few, like a two part 20 page story where the artist and writer switch places between parts, or trying to tell a story with no words or dialogue...
hmm….. okay lemme just dig a little in my memory bank…
Back when I studied comics two-three years ago, we often had these little “games” that challenged us in a very fun and relaxed way but still kept us active drawing.
I remember two of these “games” the most:
"The Marvel/DC method"
Basically everyone gets a random title.
After that you write a script for a short 2-3 page comic.
Hand out the scripts in random order to everyone.
Now you’re gonna sketch the comic pages based on someone else’s script.
When the sketches are done, repeat the process again when it’s time to ink the pages.
(we called it “marvel/DC method” since most professional comic artists in sweden (and many other countries with a tiny comic industry) do most work on their own, and not in a team.)
“Comic Relay Race”
You arrange the chairs/desks so everyone is sitting in a circle/around the room, then you hand out a page to each person. Set the timer to 2-5 minutes, the artists now are going to draw only the first panel on their comic page.
Once everyone is finished or the timer runs out, you hand your page over to the person sitting to your left side. Set the timer again and now everyone will draw the second panel. Repeat this till the comic page is finished. This is a really fun game since the comics can turn out really random but also really funny.
hhhh okay these are the two I can come up with right now, I know we had a couple of more games but I can’t remember how they worked.
If little games isn’t enough for you, maybe try out the 24-hour comic challenge? I think the official event is happening right now actually (anyone can join it if they want).
The challenge is basically that you have 24 hours to make a 24 page long comic, everyone will get a random title to use for their comic as a starting prompt.
If 24 hours of drawing without any proper sleep is a bit overkill, make it a 8 or 16 hour long challenge.
I’m personally not that good at coming up with stories/plots myself, but I have some “basic knowledge”. And tbh the comics I’ve made from these kind of events actually got pretty good stories than I expected.
Here’s examples of comics I made from previous 24h comic events:
Other than that, the only thing I know that works for me is when I don’t think too much about the outcome. Don’t be afraid of messing around with the plot or the way you draw the characters. It’s good to make mistakes and screw it up here and there.
hmm… ah one more thing I’ve learned from when I was a teen and tried making my own comics: Set a page limit and don’t bite off more than you can chew.
For example a friend of mine made a whole comic about a guy that turned into a talking hamburger - just because he wanted to use as many food-puns as possible in the dialogue.
I think this is all I can give you right now. I hope you’ll find it useful :D
さすらいだー / vagabond with SW-1