Archive for October, 2008

Thanks again for telling

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Holy shit! Page two hundred! The end of chapter six! The end of Book Two! I’ve done it and TOTALLY in time to get copies of Book Two ready for the Alternative Press Expo! FUCKIN’A!!!!

OK so Chapter Seven won’t begin until at least after APE is over. And even then I’m still working out what Chapter Seven will cover and how to begin it, plus I have a shitload of homework to work on, so that’ll add to any delay in starting Chapter Seven. Oh and this also means I’ll be switching back to a two-updates-per-week deal versus the three I had going on with Chapter Six. I’m sure you’ll understand. :)

Last Two Comics Will Be Up Soon…

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

…sorry for not posting them sooner though. I’ve been a bit sleep and energy deprived lately. Plus it was my birthday on the 20th, so I’ve been somewhat more focused on birthday related events. Furthermore my dog, Kuddy, got put to sleep a few days ago, which really didn’t make me want to work on comics. I’ll get back to them all very soon though, as APE is just around the corner and I wanna get everything done by then!

It was nice

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Eight days overdue.

I feel like my life is falling apart. I almost had a panic attack in class today.

I need a break from my life.

OhNoRobot! Comic Searching

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I totally forgot I had signed up for this OhNoRobot comic search engine thing a long time ago (I’m comic #152 out of 1269 registered with OhNoRobot). The premise of it people like you and me can transcribe each comic in my archive and in turn search OhNoRobot for any of my pages that have whatever you’re searching for. A nifty idea, huh?

Well below each comic page in the sidebar is a link that says “TRANSCRIBE THIS COMIC” for any comic that hasn’t already been transcribed. Currently it’s my entire archive, save for the last few pages. If you want, y’all can give me a hand and start transcribing pages for me! It’s really easy, just click on the link and start typing what the comics say. My only real request is for you guys to type the dialogue EXACTLY as it appears, misspellings and all. Oh, and despite the fact that I use all-caps for my typing, transcribe the comic using lowercase lettering… y’know, just like how normal writing is.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about; this is the transcription for this page.

ANNE: Mmm… Oh… No… No…
THAD: Ugn ugn… that this you drunk slut…
SFX (aside Thad’s butt): [pump pump]

[shot of Navy, Thad, Emo, Claire, Avery, and Evelyn standing outside the Yeti Skydive Lodge after the concert ended]

THAD: Oh man, that was an amazing show!
EMO: Yah, I underestimated how great they would sound love!
AVERY: Totally bro! Best fukkin’ concert of the year.

THAD: So… where’s everyone headin’ off to tonight? Wanna get some food at Red’s Diner?
AVERY: Not really… I gotta work at 9am tomorrow morning and I gotta take Evelyn back to her place too…

EMO: Ditto… I’m ready to just call it a night. I don’t wanna risk ending this night on anything less than the sheer eargasm that this concert was…

THAD: OK well… I guess I’ll just see you guys later then!
EMO: Totally!
AVERY: Adios amigos!
[Thad, Emo and Avery are shaking each others hands]

I don’t think that’s too hard to do, is it? The beauty of it too is that when someone already transcribed a page, the “TRANSCRIBE THIS PAGE” link disappears. Nifty, huh? Anyways, any help you can throw my way will be greatly appreciated… if anything it’s just one more way to get people to read Moose River. ;)

Conservative Artists versus Liberal Artists

Friday, October 17th, 2008

BUT FIRST, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS: Oops! Sorry about missing the comic on Friday. I’m gonna take care of it on Saturday and try to post it as soon as possible. I expect that Monday and Wednesday’s comics, the last two, should appear on the site on time. And just as a general reminder that I like repeating… once these last three pages of Chapter Six are posted, I’m not gonna work on any new pages (namely the start of Chapter Seven) until after The Alternative Press Expo, which is on November 1st and 2nd.

… And now, back to the show! …

Now I don’t mean liberal art as in “Liberal Arts“, the almost useless college major. My angle is more to describe a kind of artist. Now from my point of view there are two different kinds of artists. I mean, well, there are millions of kinds of artists out there, but you can organize those artists according to gender, race, and so forth. One of the ways I feel you can organize artists is into two extremes, Conservative Artists and Liberal Artists.

Conservative Artists use art as an ends to a mean. The end result of the artist’s efforts is to produce a piece of artwork for its own sake. Furthermore, Conservative Artists see art (be it design, cartooning, etc) as a job, a task, or something not to be taken beyond its face value.

Liberal Artists use art as a means to an end. The end result of the artist’s efforts is to invoke an emotion or share an idea through artwork. Furthermore, while I’m sure Liberal Artists wouldn’t mind making a living off their work, its purpose is meant to be beyond those kinds of concerns.

Of course, neither two ends are meant to be better than the other, they are just the opposite of each other (obviously). Most artists will end up seeing their work or themselves as anywhere between those two points. I see myself leaning heavily towards the Liberal side.

Categorizing artists into these two categories is the only way I can account for some of the observations I’ve made on that of my other artist friends and cohorts. On one hand, I have an artist like… well, myself (though not to toot my own horn here), where they are not afraid to try something different or new, partly for its own sake or for the sake of going against the grain, but also maybe to apply it to ones own artwork. On the other hand, I’ve noticed many artists creating art for its own sake, not for some deeper meaning or purpose, but just to show off a pretty picture… and maybe even because they are afraid to, or even refuse to, try something new or different, to go against the grain. Most of the artists I’ve seen on art sites like deviantART are more of the Conservative Artist type, as most of their work is pretty pictures or stuff that isn’t meant to be much beyond the surface. Then there are artists like many musicians who use their music as an outlet for their feelings or deeper emotions.

Like I said I tend to lean heavily towards the Liberal side. I’ve been using my artwork as an outlet for my own life experiences, and, to a considerable degree, I’ve been allowing myself to take on new experiences that I was at once afraid to do, for the sake of it and to also apply that knowledge to my artwork. In the past though I, in retrospect, was more of a Conservative artist, creating piece of artwork which was really pretty but nothing else past that. No deeper meaning, no application of experiences, I was just creating art to create art.

What d’you guys think? Do you see artists as being Conservative or Liberal like this? Is there maybe even a third type within this framework??