So does every dude have a thing with Mitzi?? Cos seriously
She’s fixated on her deceased husband. She has history with Zib. She made an attempt at something with Wick (though it didn’t go at all as planned), and Rocky chases her approbation with unsettling application of zeal (arguably, something he’d do for anyone who’d give him the time of day). Certainly not all of her associations (Viktor, Mordecai, Asa, Freckle to name a few) have a romantic slant, but that’s beside the point. Mitzi is a central character who pursues and maintains a complex of relationships in a criminal, male-dominated business. It’s rather the crux from which the story branches. Does that seem problematic?
Have you ever thought about trying to make lackadaisy your full time job? I'm not saying you should, since you seem to be enjoying what you're doing, but I was just wondering if the thought had ever crossed your mind. Sorry if that question seems a bit abrupt and rude.
I would like nothing more than to do it full time. That doesn’t fit very well into the realm of financial reality, though.
Considering the whole Ivy Pepper thing, I thought it would be good to ask before I went ahead with this: Would it be all right if I used the name "Lacy Hardt" for my Drag name? How would you want to be credited?
Yes. It’s conceivably a real name. I can’t really claim ownership of it in an unrelated, non-commercial context and couldn’t very well demand you seamlessly slip intellectual property notifications into conversation or something If you have a web presence under your drag identity, I would appreciate a small note of acknowledgment. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. Thanks for asking!
They are listed in the character section of the LackaWiki and were marked in the calendars that used to be available (and which should be back again for 2015). Here’s most of them:
Rocky - December 19, 1904 Ivy - May 20, 1909 Freckle - March 10, 1909 Mitzi - September 25, the near side of the turn of the century. She swears. Wick - January 11, 1895 Viktor - April 16, 1886 Asa - August 19, 1884 Mordecai - March 28, 1899 Serafine - sometime between October 25 and November 1, 1902 Nico - July-ish, 1900 Zib - February 15, and about as likely to divulge his age as Mitzi Atlas - January 3, 1884 Nina - May 13, 1879 Lacy - September 6, 1904 Dom - June 21, 1890
How did you motivate yourself to start your comic? I'm trying to start a comic right now, but I keep worrying about dumb things like art thieves and people who in general won't like it. How did you get past these things and begin?
Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Theft and haters should probably be the least of your worries at this stage, honestly. Focus your energy on telling a good story, developing an artistic approach that complements the story, communicating effectively with your dialogue and your page layouts, working out a production schedule, and just hunkering down and doing the work (which will probably amount to more blood, sweat and tears than you can prepare for, assuming you haven’t done this before). Those are the things that are really worth troubling yourself over because that’s ultimately how the undertaking becomes fulfilling…they’re the satisfying meaty bits of a creative diet…the marrow even… …the colorful, delightsome dehydrated marshmallows in the soggy, beige compost of your breakfast cereal…not altogether unlike Life cereal, but not exactly Life, which is a shame because that would really drive this metaphor home…like the Kool Aid man through your living room wall… (Help me)
There will be people who won’t like your comic. It’s not hard to distinguish thoughtful criticism from ridicule and resentment, though. Filter out the former and sift through it for useful information. As to the latter, well, electronic outrage from anonymous assholes is rather a fact of life in this day and age, isn’t it? No matter who you are, what you do, what your art looks like, how you write, or what you choose to write about, there are going to be people out there who’ll glean some perverse satisfaction from telling you how much they hate it. You can’t spend your life hiding away from inevitable nonsense like that, though, and trying to tiptoe around it by making everyone happy is limiting, sterilizing, and equally futile. Come to grips with the existence of the vitriol, know that along the way at least a little of it will pelt you in the face, and though it will quite probably sting, understand that it’s often more about the individual it’s coming from and their personal issues than it is about your work…then move along because other things are more important. Do the comic for your own gratification foremost. Do it how you want to do it. Do it genuinely for your love of the art, the process, the story, the characters. When you love it, it’ll sustain your interest and will demand to be done with integrity. The quality of your output will reflect that - work really shines when you’ve loved it so much it could kill you - and the quality of the feedback you get will tend to coincide.
Art thievery is a pain in the ass, to be sure, and while it can make you feel like crumpling into a heap, lashing out, setting the internet on fire, becoming a cave hermit on impulse, crying and rage-vomiting all at the same time, incidents are fairly uncommon. When they do happen, they’re usually minor and the internal melodrama is quickly replaced with resolve to continue along and address the problem as best you can. Someone reposting something you made and taking credit for it, slapping your art on a set of table coasters and putting it up for sale in an Etsy store, compiling it with a bunch of other things into a slipshod publication or app - these things happen, they’re vexing, but they aren’t career-ending catastrophes and they’re usually not particularly detrimental to anything but your pride. For rarer but more heinous situations involving revenues and corporations that should know better, the art community at large is usually quick to come to the outspoken defense and aid of artists who have clearly been wronged. You can take sensible precautions as well, like including your copyright information on everything and registering trademarks if you’re making a business of your art.
Yes, conceivably something terrible and personally devastating could happen, but you have to weigh for yourself whether all the good that can come of putting your work out there - the people you’ll share something with, the friends you’ll make, the connections you’ll establish with other artists, the things you stand to learn, the freelance and job opportunities you’ll create for yourself - is worth the risk. I’ve had my share of art theft headaches and heartaches, but if I had to make the choice again, I wouldn’t flinch in decision to share my work online. It has made all the difference in my life and career as an artist, as it has for many others.
Well, that was a lot of words. Sorry. I hope it contains something useful. Good luck with your comic!
There’s a lot to like about these great new character posters from Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel TV series Gotham. The ridiculous new name of the girl who will grow up to be Poison Ivy, however, is not one of them.
DC isn’t my jam, but you know what is my jam? Lackadaisy. A pretty damn well known webcomic. What with the webcomics awards and the nomination for that Eisner and all.
And you know, names can be pretty common. Duplications happen! But if you were renaming a major character in a major franchise, wouldn’t you, I don’t know, GOOGLE the name to see if someone else had used it somewhere, to avoid confusion, lawsuits, or at least a crippling case of side-eye from the internet? And since a quick google of “ivy pepper” brings up a page-full of art, cosplay, character bios, and everything else, it’s not what I call obscure. It is, however, something I’d either call an embarrassing oversight, or (if I was little less generous with my benefit of the doubt) an outright ripoff.
tl;dr: GOTHAM, you didn’t need to rename Pamela Isley anyway, but you could at least have renamed her something original.
Well…that kind of makes me sad, however irrational that is. =/
Sometimes it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, cowed and immobilized by all the media out there. So many things are shinier and bigger and louder than what you can do as an individual; there’s so much material, so much overlap of theme, time, place and story, it’s hard to conceive of how you could approach anything from a new or refreshing angle, or how you could say anything without unintentionally parroting everything around you. You grow secretly resentful toward things that seem to encroach…and secretly embarrassed at yourself for reacting that way. Meanwhile, someone somewhere is stealing your work outright, repurposing it and selling it while you gape uselessly, knowing you have little or no recourse (except perhaps to berate yourself for your naivete and to grow ever more resentful). And things come and go so fast, it’s like a stampede - if you stumble creatively, you fall into the dust cloud and get kicked to the wayside. Even if you were able to keep pace with demand, the labor would ultimately be lost and forgotten amid a morass of other similar things.
I guess, though, that’s why it’s best when your primary motivation is a smaller, quieter thing unto yourself - a source of personal gratification…and a place you can disappear into sometimes, where all the rest is just noise.
Ugh. Sorry for all the whiny angst lately. It’s difficult to rein it in some days when things like this crop up….and most especially when other things are holding me back from doing what I really want to do.
Do you even have a social life drawing all these cats in clothes? Stop wasting your talent!!!
But what if my talent is drawing cats in clothes? Would my social life blossom if I drew something else? Cats without clothes? Please - more anonymous, vague, non sequitur advice around which I should restructure my life is urgently needed!
Have you lost inspiration/motivation for Lackadaisy? Or are you busy? ( When can we expect a new page?~ or some sketchs and doodles?~ ovo ) Have you ever had to deal with lost inspiration/motivation?/How did you deal with it?
I haven’t lost inspiration or motivation. I’ve had a milestone deadline to contend with at work (just one in a series of them), so I have lost time and energy. This is pretty routine in a game development job. My existence has consisted of work-sleep-work-sleep-work-sleep for the past couple of weeks. I have to take a related business trip shortly that will continue keeping me away from comics. I’m exhausted and immensely frustrated - Lackadaisy is my first love, but it has to be my second priority.
I regret not having new things to share here. I’ll remedy that as soon as I’m able. (Apologies to anyone who’s sent me a note that hasn’t received a response lately too).
Regarding 'Lackadaisy Interloper': is Mitzi the only person in the world who'd be *relieved* upon realising that the creepy man waiting in her car was Mordecai? (Besides his close relatives.) Even setting aside the fact that he's a hitman in the pay of her main rival, he just... doesn't seem the sort whose armed-and-uninvited presence would normally inspire the kind of mildly irritated trust she shows. (Um, this isn't a criticism! Just a blatant attempt to tease out more snippets of canon.)
Just about the only person, yes. Exchanged words aside, the entire encounter at lunch and in the car is intended to reveal a lot about the nature of their relationship, and how they’re both hung up on the same thing in different ways.
Asa brought Mordecai along expecting to intimidate Mitzi into relenting. Not anticipating that their relationship would be quite so familiar and perhaps not having Mordecai as figured out as he thinks he does, what he got instead was the two of them sniping at each other like sore siblings. (Similarly, Mitzi brought Rocky and Freckle along to make a show of possessing some muscle, but that didn’t quite convey the message she intended either.)
Um, may I ask? What was with the pineapple background that your tumblr was sporting the other day? Was it a joke? It was rather amusing. :)
Well, in regard to the Heartbleed bug, tumblr was one of the vulnerable sites, but states that it doesn’t have any evidence that it was affected. Mysteriously, though, a multitude of users logged in the other day to find their blog themes changed, including me. It’s probably fair to conclude that tumblr was indeed affected.
Out of curiosity! You draw the lackadaisy squad as hoomans fairly often - moreso in relatively recent years - so I'm wondering, as you worked through the comic, were there any points (narratively speaking) where you felt it would've benefited from a humanised cast instead? Are there any thoughts you have on how it might've affected the mood of the strip, or even your artistic direction? Thank you :D
With human characters, I think the comic would come across with a much darker, grimmer aspect than has been my intent. At the least, the characters probably wouldn’t be able to get away with all the mugging they do without looking downright creepy. Heh. I am aware that the talking animal/anthro visuals are immediately off-putting to a lot of people too, though, and I suspect that has limited its reach to some extent. That’s regrettable, but I don’t know that a perfect solution to style and representation exists. I do know that the cat theme felt right to me at the outset and still does - I think it sustains a certain amount of levity and playfulness that I want the story to have. That I have the option to draw the characters as humans when I feel like it is added bonus for me. Swapping between that and the cartoonier comic style resolves some of the creative confinement that goes along with all-consuming, long term projects like this, and gives me opportunity to exercise different types of artistic muscles.
What textures did you use for the newest pages if any? [Ex; The clockwork on Contretemps, Mordecai's fur on Calinda, etc!] It looks really good.
Thank you. There’s a soft grainy overlay across the whole thing, made from a scan of a piece of paper. Otherwise, there aren’t any textures applied - it’s just pencil art digitally modified with various standard Photoshop brushes.
You probably get this asked a lot, but I was wondering - will there be a restock on the physical copies of Lackadaisy?
The publisher just made the last few remaining soft cover books available in the 4de store.
It’s time for another print run. Hopefully that will be taken care of within the next few months and they will reappear on Amazon (don’t mind the independent retailers listing the book at absurd prices).
temporalequinox asked you: Hi! I love your comic and I’ve been working on a vintage inspired story myself for the passed few years now, but I can never find a great source for clothing of the time period my story takes place in. Do you by any chance have an accurate source that you look to for reference?
nosunlightinthecity asked you: I’m wondering where you researched 20’s fashion and style (and language!). My own foray lead me to nothing but cheap flapper costumes, but I’m hoping to be more put-together for this themed museum event. I’d love any nudge in a good direction. Thank you in advance! ———————————————————————————————
Hi, guys! Here are some online places you can find authentic period clothing reference from the past 130 years or so:
Old clothing catalogs. There are a lot of them archived in book form for pretty reasonable prices on Amazon. Scans from these catalog collections are plentiful online too - easy to find with a Google Image search.
Old photographs. There’s no better reference than real actual people wearing real actual clothing. Shorpy is a goldmine. Also, it may or may not be common knowledge, but the US Library of Congress site has a huge online archive of historic photographs. (Obviously, that’s a pretty American-centric source, but I imagine many internet-friendly nations have a rough equivalent.)
Vintage clothing stores. There are quite a few of them with fairly extensive online catalogs - just be careful to look for actual vintage articles of clothing as opposed to vintage style clothing loosely based on history.
Museum collections. The Metropolitan Museum, for instance, has a very large collection of historic clothes and ensembles by historic designers (Vera Maxwell, Coco Chanel, etc) available for perusal on their site (pick Collections>Search collections). There are a number of tumblr blogs out there too, like OMGthatdress, featuring such pieces with search tags that might make it easier to find what you’re after.
I hope that helps. If anyone has other resource recommendations, feel free to share!