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The webcomic process

The webcomic process published on 6 Comments on The webcomic process

Me: Hey, this is a pretty funny standalone joke idea. I’ll draw it up as a Sunday strip, and just add it to the queue once I’ve drawn enough dailies to go that far.
The strip: Good news, you have a wonderful backlog of Sundays! Now you just need to draw 70 daily strips in a row to catch up.

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Me: Think I’ll do a little mini-arc in connected Sunday strips. With only a week from one to the next, readers should be able to follow it pretty well.
The strip: Ahahahaha, I can’t hear you over the sound of the main arc churning up three plot-heavy Sundays in a row.

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Me: If I make this character too femme it’ll play into a nasty stereotype, and if I draw this one too butch it’ll play into a different one, and if I have this particular guy wear skirts it’ll have Unfortunate Implications, and if that other woman never gets to wear them it’ll be problematic, and…
Also me: Wait, frell, now every single character is falling neatly into gender norms that their society isn’t even supposed to have.
Google: Guess how many pictures I can find of hot butch lesbian haircuts.
Me: I’ll take one of everything.

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Me: Wow, it is super hot out. Giving me lots of ideas for a storyline about a summer festival.
The strip: Yeah, uh, you just made it late autumn in-universe.
The queue: And don’t forget, whatever arc you plot out next will be going live in February! So think snow.

And we’re troperfied.

And we’re troperfied. published on No Comments on And we’re troperfied.

Awesome, Leif & Thorn has a tropes page.

Slipped in and added some of the language stuff. Now I get to sit on my hands and resist the urge to add tropes that would be spoilery for not-yet-posted strips.

Other misc notes from the artist’s desk:

  • I just learned there’s an herb known as Bennet. Looks like a certain background/cameo character just got very easy to name.
  • The sexy art challenge has been a runaway hit, and would love to keep getting prompts. Surprised to see that half of them so far have been for canon romances, and the other half are for total crackships — with absolutely nothing in between. Anybody want to take on the middle ground?
  • Current shortlist of Worldbuilding Things To Work Out: in-universe tipping cultures; global distribution of language families; wonders of the ancient world; logos of fast food places.
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