Facebrooks SU 35 / A Brad Comic
Hey! A “New” character. Don’t worry, all will be revealed soon about who this knucklehead is.
I had a thought a few days ago during a very rough weekend where I was discovering a lot about myself, those around me, and what I need to be doing artistically. Last night I received a review of my comic work that was so on the mark with what I’ve been tossing around in my head about this comic that it was scary (it was a glowing review, just an fyi, by that site’s standards anyway. when they post it, I’ll post it). These two things coupled together have put me in a really weird area when it comes to drawing these comics. Not in a bad way. It’s a different area, though.
The reason I bring this up is because life is short. It gets shorter every minute and it’s hard to really know what’s right or wrong artistically, you just have to keep moving until you have a body of work you can leave behind. And with all of these thoughts flowing through my head, I just said ‘fuck it’, and decided to do something I wouldn’t normally do.
I map out a lot of my stuff from the getgo these days, and one of the stories I was planning on drawing in the main series was a recap of going back home again, where it’d be peppered by flashbacks to bits like this, above, kind of showing the difference between how mean and young we all were at one time and how it kind of mellowed out over the years. I started gnawing on that, though, and I thought ‘that’s a thing I’ve been utilizing for a long-ass time. No more flashback/flashforward things until I do something different’. Really thinking about it, it was fun the first few times, but now it seems old hat. And here’s the thing: none of these ‘old stories’ had anything to do with what I was wrapping them around! And that’s something I constantly pick at tv shows for doing. So why was I doing that?
So I was stuck, because I have a ton of these comics laying around from my old autobio series (named ‘Pow Pow Comics’) that I’ve been redrawing and putting back into my newer one for various reasons, and one of my goals was to get ‘em all in this one so I could case the older ones up and never have to look at ‘em again. There are a bunch of them. And I figured ‘Why not just start redrawing a bunch of them in the spin-off one, just for shits and giggles’. Stop pushing off what you’re going to do later and just do it now, that sort of thing. Life is short, blahdeeblahdeeblah.
What was setting me off though, from doing this, is accessibility. The spin-off is meant to help new readers understand the main series, and throwing in large amounts of old material into it is grounds for turning those same people away. That, and the review noted that the spin-off series was inherently less helpful than I thought it was even before attempting this, so I was probably exacerbating the problems at hand by tossing in these things.
But life is short, and on and on and on.
So I’m taking a gamble here. I don’t know if this is stuff that you guys are interested in slogging through in this spin-off series. I’ll need feedback. If it’s too difficult to follow, if there’s too many new elements at play here, more than usual anyway, etc etc etc – lemme know. I know I’ve mentioned Freddy and Fautma before, and that Oozin poster has been peppering strips since I’ve started this whole thing, but these might be a little more difficult to read for people used to the Facebrooks norm, and WAY more difficult for new readers to get interested in.
Let me know. Also: sorry for all the text.