Archive | December, 2013

The education of wolves

19 Dec

From the offset, understand that I am/was an avid reader of webcomics, particularly the likes of Penny Arcade and CAD. I would consider myself a fan, even though I haven’t read in a while, but that particular fact has lead me to missing out on the whole Dickwolves debacle.

To the point, I think both sides took the issue to much greater lengths than they needed to. On Penny Arcade’s side, the dismissive nature of the author’s response to fan complaints is disturbing and the perpetuation of the dark joke makes the fan base believe that it’s their official position to support and perpetual rape culture, even if this isn’t really the crux of who they are. It simply would have been better to be apologetic about it, and leave the comic as is.

This next part is a little tricky, so I’ll tired to be mindful and clear.

On the other side of the issue, what things can we make fun of? It is a serious question. Would we classify the abuse that Meg takes on Family Guy to be of the same offensive caliber as Dickwolves? There are children out there that are abused daily. Would we take the racial self depreciation of Carlos Mencia and Dave Chapelle as being overly racist? I sure some people do. But never within my culture (I think this me claiming my long inherent geekdom), have I seen something this troubling. I am glad there are movements against injustice in our culture, but I am wondering, how sensitive should we be?

So for my benefit, could someone please enlighten me? Was it really the comic or more the dismissive nature of the author that set people off? I’m trying to figure how a comic, using a fictional world, with even more so fictionalized antagonists became a talking point of the geek culture.

Edit: Currently, I am watching the numbers of the latest Humble Weekly bundle sale featuring Penny Arcade. Currently they are sitting at a little over 20k in bundles sold. I feel that number is a little telling and has someĀ correlation to the continued controversy. Of course, I could be completely wrong, as both the books and the games have been out long enough for most stalwart fans to have already picked them up.


Nanowrimo or how I came to hate myself even more as a writer

16 Dec

So another Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) has slipped by me yet again. I keep mulling over stories of workplace generational gaps and time travelling truck drivers, but I never get anywhere or even close to creating a title page, let alone the first line.

There are a couple of issues I have with Nanowrimo. Really? It has to be in November? There could not, for me as a University employee and a partaker of Thanksgiving, be a worse time. Second, I know that the goal is to get something, anything on paper, but it’s called National Novel Writing Month, not National Paragraph Writing Month. Every time I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, I instantly become bored with what I am writing. I ask myself, “Would this be something that I would want to read?” While I think my concepts are strong, I get tied up in the minutia, the typos, the grammar, the tone. The designer/editor/A-type in me takes over and doesn’t let me proceed. And in a sense, I enjoy it more than the actual writing. My troubleshooter can’t be satiated, even at the end.

I know that good work takes time and refinement, but as I have gotten older, I find my time to be limited. And my patience for those saying, “Well, make time” wearing thin, even if it’s just me, yelling at myself.