I haven’t been updating the comic lately because I have been consumed doing something elses that I have to do to pay my bills. I already feel terrible and half-panicked about it, so really, just keep the anonymous little hostility nuggets to yourself.
Forgive me if it’s incredibly self indulged to reblog things like this, but I can’t not acknowledge the creative work (and general adorableness) they put in. I’ve been prone to bitterness about the art theft I’ve been uncovering as of late, but this is an especially touching reminder that being able to share the work online is nevertheless an incredible privilege, persistently good for the heart.
I’m terribly honored. Thank you for sharing this, and congratulations on taking first place!
I have a short greeting from Sweden. I understand that your workload is giving you trouble to catch up, but please, don´t think about giving up your work. By now you must be aware of how important it is for a lot of people all over the world.
I will give you one example. I work as a librarian and now and then I appear in a radioshow where I give advise about interesting books. This spring I had just discovered Lackadaisy and I decided to make a big deal about it on the air. The showhost had never heard of onlinecomics before so I directed her to the Lackadaisy site.
After a while I lost count of all the ”Wow!, Amazing!, I never knew this existed!” and ”This is right up my alley!” cries I heard.
A part of the program is to read some of the text from the books out loud and I saw no reason not to do so that time. It took some time to transcribe your dialogue into a text that made sense without your pictures, but always remember this when you feel uncertain about whether its all worth it or not:
Some of your dialogue have been broadcasted on swedish radio. Translated to swedish. And people still enjoyed it a lot.
Now thats quality for you!
So, at the risk of sounding like a broken Kate Bush record: Don´t give up! You are making life a lot more interesting and richer for a lot of people. As for your statement that it is ultimately up to us to decide whether it is worth sticking around waiting for yet another page of Lackadaisy, I have this to say and I think I speak for a lot of your readers:
It doesn´t matter if you only manage to publish one page a year. It only means that Christmas comes two times that year!
With a lot of gratitude: Peter!
I had no idea. It means a lot to hear that. Thank you! Thanks for the mention on the radio show too…and for sharing this. Wow.
As to the question, uh, I don’t know. I haven’t been following any writers’ manifestos, really, so I’m probably breaking somebody’s rules, but I’m not sure I care.
Rocky and Mordecai feature most often in the side material, I guess, and that’s generally because they’re the two characters I’m most often asked about. I try not to let the mini-comic stuff reveal too much, but if it’s true that Mordecai’s backstory is quantifiably more developed than Rocky’s right now, there are a couple of reasons I don’t have an issue with it. First, Mordecai’s history is an indelible component of Lackadaisy’s history. When I expound on him, I can also relate things about other important elements of the story, like Viktor, Mitzi, Atlas and Lackadaisy itself. Rocky, as a comparative newcomer, has a backstory pretty far removed from that scene and those characters. Secondly, Rocky’s backstory is kind of a slow reveal in the canon comic. Where he’s been, why, what it was like, and how it influenced the things he’s doing now are intended to emerge gradually. I can’t say too much about it in mini-comics without treading on my own toes.
The thought of abandoning it makes me feel rather ill, but having it loom over me like a giant failure I can’t put to rest isn’t a pleasant feeling either.
I really just have to take it a piece at a time right now, get the volume 2 book done and see where that puts me. If it manages to buy me more time to devote to the comic, that’d be amazingly great. If it doesn’t, I might have to reevaluate what the hell I’m trying to do here.
For now, while I can’t make promises, I still very much hope to be able to bring it to its proper conclusion some years down the road…and it’s up to you whether that’s worth sticking around for or not.
Thank you! That’s very kind.
Writing in a historical context can be tricky. Here are a few thoughts on dealing with that based on the approach I’ve taken:
- Research is ongoing. It doesn’t stop when you start writing/drawing. Keep reading, find pertinent museum exhibits, buy cheap old out of print books on Amazon, watch documentaries, and if possible, talk to people who lived it. (You might not find a bonafide WWII spy, but you can probably find some grandparent type folks who can tell you what wartime life was like).
- Narrow down your focus a bit. It’s good to learn as much as you can in a general sense about your historical subject, but at some point you have to start picking your battles. Remember you’re telling a story about a specific set of characters and circumstances. You’re not writing an encyclopedia.
- Find the parts that interest you the most - the parts you’re wildly, rabidly interested in, because you’re about to spend ludicrous amounts of time immersed in this, dumping time and energy into it.
- Don’t get overwhelmed by the details - you can’t front load the knowledge intake and know everything about everything from the onset. If important plot points don’t hinge on it, a lot of it can be tackled one bit of story at a time. (For each new page I work on, I end up digging around for things like era specific slang and turns of phrase, dated fashion and uniforms, decor styles, architecture examples, specific firearms, laws and court proceedings, how phone calls were placed, how cars without electric ignitions were started, how to drive and stall such a car, period medical knowledge, what paper currency looked like, and myriad other things I didn’t have thorough knowledge about ahead of time.)
- Double or Triple check your references when possible. There’s a lot of great information on the internet. There’s also a lot of crap information on the internet (and on TV and in films).
- There’s nothing necessarily wrong with creative license or asking an audience to suspend disbelief a little bit. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re working in shades of outlandish or realistic or something in-between. Just understand what type of story you’re telling in that regard and respect the audience. If you’re making shit up, do it knowingly and with intent, and not because you were too lazy to look something up.
- You’ll screw up sometimes. There are scads of internet dwellers ready to leap on you the moment you get something wrong about their pet interests - sometimes with polite tact, sometimes with indignant nerd rage - but don’t get hung up on it. Just acknowledge errors, fix them if and when you can, and move on.