Lots of ideas for short stories and not sure what to do with them. I’m thinking a series of webcomics is a good solution…
Can a webcomic be art? Should it be mentioned here? I see my work overlapping art and commerce, and maybe by discussing the development of the work here, then it’ll start to feel more comfortable in an arts context … or maybe not?
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Been thinking about the stories, and have lots of questions. Is it better to focus on one story rather than 7 … it’s important to make all this manageable otherwise it will fizzle out. 7 rotating stories sounds fun, but might be too much.
What sort of storytelling style do I use? Again I think the stories need to be simple, easy to grasp, and easy to make. The drawing style needs to be fast, otherwise takes too long. Often simple is good. Do I go for a professional look – like graphic novels – or a quick off the cuff style? Sometimes the simpler formats work best. Here’s an example:
One of the stories – the lyrical terrorist – I’ve already started this to be honest. But I’m thinking of reworking what I’ve done and re-using it as part of this project, so that this is just one of the stories. This is actually a true story – about Samina Malik.
I wish people could post comments here – I’d like to get feedback and make this blog more of a community thing. Why can’t we do that here? It’s a standard feature for blogs …
I’ve picked out stories I think I can use:-
– the lyrical terrorist
– based on real event
– IT manager – dark and funny but based on personal experience
– the search for an england manager – based on real events but fictionalised
– lost in france (lost expats) – satirical spoof
– fear of office jobs – based on my own phobia
– the political hairdresser – fiction
– the making of little britain (or how mediocrity in the arts is rewarded)
Practically this is going to be a webcomic that contains lots of separate mini-stories – each one is a running series. The webcomic acts as the ‘container’ for the stories.
A theme/ overall subject/ name is needed. What could it be? A name which sums them all up? – collectively and individually – so then each story will work within this overall container. I suppose the idea is a bit like the Fast Show. Some stories deep and others just plain silly. Some one-off jokes, others longer stories which continue. One of the characters is an IT manager (pictured).