Anonymous said: For many reasons, I've decided to do a webcomic. The thing is, though, that I kind of want to start out with a parody based comic, mostly to learn the rules about comic making, like composition and researching topics, and to try and challenge myself to stand out from other comics that cover the same subject. Is this fine, or should I start out with a more original idea?
(autor’s nose: i am not an expert by any means)
i think if youre making comics to learn the ropes you can make it about anything you damn well please but if youre intending to make this for an audience you need to consider the point of your parody+what it hopes to accomplish.
are your comfortable enough with your subject of parody to tackle parodying it? are you saying something new or saying it in a new way? do you KNOW what parody is and what it hopes to accomplish? because i dont know what youre planning to do these are all questions you should ask yourself!!! otherwise you wind up with shallow, petty parody that risks coming off as trite. i get if youre just trying to make something simple and easy (or easier) just to learn so these questions are totally dependent on the audience for what youre doing.
i dont know!! i dont know if this is ultimately helpful because i feel like this is so much more work than whats required
I would urge any young creator to fight the “parody” impulse
when you’re starting out and still full of piss and vinegar, I think it’s pretty common to want to mock and deconstruct everything around you. I’ve been there myself. but the longer you’ve been working and improving, the more embarrassing that is to look back on
if this is your first project, you’re probably not in a position to tell anyone else what’s what, anyway. not when the dunning-kruger effect is about to eat you alive. for the still-budding artist, it’s much more valuable to learn to stand respectfully on the shoulders of your influences than break them down