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Got to work late, as that migraine was still here this morning. (now mostly gone, except for a nagging ache in the back of my head, arg.)

[ profile] cicer used the AutoShoujo Title Generator to come up with a few titles and gave them one-line descriptions, and I again found that knowing shoujo story conventions, it's amazingly easy to come up with an expanded description. XD I'm reposting my comment to her here.

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I was listening to the lastest podcast of Writing Excuses while on the exercise bike,* where they interviewed the Foglios about writing for webcomics, and that reminded me of a webcomic project I'd love to do one day.

It would be about exploring the possibilities that the web offers, and not in that silly scroll-until-your-RSI-kicks-in way that Scott McCloud suggested however long ago it was. Instead, you'd tell a story, perhaps one or two panels at a time**, and when a character moved offscreen, the reader would have the option of following them and taking up *their* part of the story from there. So you'd have, say, three characters meeting for a scene, then at the end of the scene they'd go their separate ways and the reader could opt for whichever character they wanted to read about, and follow them, and then maybe pick up one of the original characters' storylines later on in the story. (And you could have offshoots - follow a random congoer passing by to the next panel they're going to, frex, although you'd have to have an exit from that branch to get back to the main storylines without running into a dead end. And you could ahve silly little offshoot stories and jokes that way.)

Ideally you wouldn't get the *whole* thing unless you read all of the storylines, and each scene might have a different implication depending on which character you were following at the time.

I think it'd work best if the overall story were set in a pre-defined area, and each storyline developed at about the same pace so that when you stopped following Character X and took off following Character Y for a while and then picked up X again in a later scene, it wouldn't be a big jump. (Although I just realized that you, as writer, control the amount of time passing between panels, so that wouldn't be much of an issue for the reader. Er, I doubt that makes sense to any of you BUT IT DOES TO ME SO THERE.)

I originally wanted to do this in the context of my/[ profile] mothoc/[ profile] myrialux's late unlamented webcomic Can't Sleep, Con Will Eat Me, and I still think that the setting - that of a con of some ilk - would be a perfect setting for this sort of thing, since it's got natural physical and chronological boundaries, and a set pace through the convention.

Aaargh, now I'm all fired up to find someone to work on this with, as I think it would benefit from more than just me plot-noodling, and I neeeed to be getting ready for AnimeFest instead. Aaargh.

Still, does this sound like a nifty project to you? Questions, comments, thoughts, ideas?

* Head pain gone. Utter exhaustion still here. Assumed 20 minutes on the bike certainly wouldn't hurt, and might get the fuzzy out of my head. Result: slightly, but no miracles, and I still want another nap.

** Obviously, you'd have more text in the panels than in any comic save Death Note. But as the whole panel would fill the entire browser screen the way I'm envisioning it, this is less of a problem.


Jan. 29th, 2008 02:02 pm
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If I stay here, I know what will happen. If I go with you, I don't know what will happen.

... I had this dream the other night. But this post isn't about the dream, but about something spurred by the dream. Read more... )


Oct. 8th, 2007 01:35 pm
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* All Knowledge Is Contained In Livejournal.

Does anyone here happen to know of any books about the An Lu-shan/An Shi Rebellion of 755-763 AD that destabilized the Tang dynasty? I've got my hands on the book cited in the Wikipedia article about it (E. G. Pulleyblank, The Background of the Rebellion of An Lu-Shan, London: Oxford University Press (1955)), but it actually stops three years before the rebellion itself, with the author's hopes that a second volume would be published. Er.

Or, if not books about the rebellion itself, books that contain a chapter or so on it?
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My head is full of foxes. Also, the major drawback to reading all these books on Asian fox spirits is that the authors keep mentioning these wonderful stories, which are all in books written in languages I can't read.

In Alien Kind: Foxes and Late Imperial Chinese Narrative, which I'm reading totally out of order, the author mentions that Chinese foxes often threw roof-tiles at people when haunting houses, from which she extrapolates that falling roof tiles were a common problem in Chinese houses. :) (and also mentions that roofs are liminal spaces, boundaries between the outside and inside.)

What I find fascinating is the commonalities between Western and Eastern things - houses haunted by foxes often have the same phenomena as poltergeists in Europe, and mediums could be either possessed by foxes or hold seances in which people and things behaved in ways that would have been completely familiar to any turn-of-the-last-century Spiritualist medium.
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...that I mentioned back here. I think I've figured out a sort of good overall things-happening-behind-the-scenes, which explains why stuff is happening to the protags that they don't know, and why creatures from the heavens or whatnot would be interested in them. Not that I'm telling you because I do know that if I tell too much, the story vanishes; I'm just making a note here to remind myself.

As a vaguely-related aside, if your world has the typical sort of reincarnation where what you're born as depends on your merit/karma from the previous life, what would be a sort of animal that would be a good stop right before being born as a human, but which is still vaguely embarrassing to be born as? Maybe a duck. Ducks are always funny. It just sounds like a good setup for a joke. :D

I'm rambling way more than usual. I need to go the hell to bed.

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