- 4 days ago
- 5 days ago
I am quite afraid to promote UCBW. I know it may not seem that way at all, but I don’t mean posting flyers or video game avatars of our characters.
I mean, me, as Fesh, saying “Hey, come to this show!,” because I know that next-to-never works. So, I sit here a wrestle (uh-huh, honey!) with the…
- 6 days ago
- 6 days ago
have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down? there’s an instant, a fraction of a second before the world catches hold of her again, a moment when she’s outrun every doubt and fear she’s ever had about herself and flies. in that one moment, every little girl flies.
(via natasharvmanoff)Source: ackermanlevi
- 6 days ago
Every night, whether it’s after a shift at the job I hate or after doing whatever it is I find myself doing on my days off, I try to find a bit of time to write. Sometimes I write for hours, sometimes I’m only afforded thirty minutes; regardless, I try to write every night.
Usually, though not all the time, I have a plan for what I’m going to write. An issue of Weaselmeizters, an issue of Voids, brainstorming for THIS future project, brainstorming for THAT future project; etcetera, etcetera. Tonight, after reading Volume 5 of Scott Snyder’s and Greg Capullo’s Batman (Zero Year: Dark City, which is incredible), I sat down to write but I had no plan. No idea.
Sure, I have projects I could work on; scripts, prewriting, plotting, planning, brainstorming. But I just didn’t feel in the proper mindset to work on any of them. But I NEEDED to write.
So, I decided to write a blog post. I haven’t done that in a while and, honestly, there was a subject I’ve been meaning to write about for a while: comics, and why I love them.
Comics are a form of long term storytelling that cover all genres. ALL genres. You want horror? Check out Wytches, Nailbiter, Outcast, or Spread. You want superheroes? Well, close your eyes and grab a random book…you’ll probably find something. You want suspense? Go grab a copy of The Walking Dead, Southern Bastards, The Fade Out. You want comedy, action, adventure, spy, sci-fi, noir, mafia? Comics cover every interest, there is litterally something for everybody. Seriously. You go to Forbidden Planet, Midtown Comics, or any number of the local, independantly ran comic book shops, and you’ll see hundreds and thousands of issues, trade paper backs, graphic novels, and one offs that cover every story one could possibly want to read.
They’re also about longevity. They’re about keeping interest and intrigue, so they don’t (for the most part) give everything away all at once. They’re about slowly building the world and the story, building toward an epic crescendo of a climax. Some stories, like Supreme: Blue Rose, you read and, issue after issue, you’re like, “well, that was good…but what the hell did I just read?” Most forms of art, especially episodic television, that’d cause the person ingesting the piece to give up on it but, in comics (at least in my case with Supreme: Blue Rose by Warren Ellis), that mystery and confusion (usually) only leads to us wanting to buy the next issue, thinking that EVERYTHING will come together next month. It’s about subtle storytelling, inviting newcomers while rewarding people who have been paying attention since issue 1.
Comics are also about building believable characters and living, breathing worlds. This is my favorite part. Ever since I was a kid, I loved seeing the backdrop, the setting, being treated as a character. From Tattooine to Gotham to The Daily Bugle offices, I loved worlds that felt like they existed before the scene and will continue to exist after the scene is over. This philosophy is also what makes a character go from a “character” to a “dynamic, three dimensional, believable character”. It’s about treating everything, EVERYTHING, with esteem. Your readers aren’t idiots so lets treat them as if they were geniuses and poets. Going back to it, Supreme: Blue Rose is written like this. Warren Ellis believes in his readers to catch up to him, so he tries to stay five steps ahead. Every issue I read, I’m more confused than I previously was, but I love it. I want more of it. Because it’s a puzzle and every piece, whether it be the setting, the characters, or the story itself, is a fully formed, fully realized piece of that puzzle.
When I was a kid, I loved playing with action figures. I’d set my room up like a city; my bed was the good guys fortress, housing multiple Batmen, multiple Spider-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, X-Men, and Daredevil, and my closet (or, at times, the bathroom) was the bad guys fortress, housing Magneto, Joker, Beebop and Rocksteady, Shredder, Darth Vader, Venom, Bane, Poison Ivy, Mystique. I would play for hours, crafting huge storylines, full of twists and turns, good guys became bad guys and bad guys became good guys. Were these good stories? Probably not. DEFINITELY not. But that wasn’t the point. I had so much fun taking these characters, characters that were so defined and realized (thanks to comics and television), and seeing what I could do with them.
A lot of these ideas are also what drew me to professional wrestling and UCBW. The idea of crafting unique characters, incredible but believable worlds, and forming an intricite web of stories, all intermingling and intertwining, until it all came together…hell, honestly, that is probably what drew me to improv.
I don’t know, this is probably a mess, I’m bad at writing in this style, but I wanted to write…I NEEDED to write, and I wanted to express my love for comics and why I have that love. It’s a fun world that I want everybody to fall into. They’re the best.
Now, go buy comics!