Dragging my feet..

As far as “The City” storyline.. thing.. goes, there’s still one more page I’d like to do about the 20th century.. a quick homage to medical, legal, and educational advances, and how they helped shape the skyline.  Unfortunately, I’m thinking ahead too far (I’m extremely anxious to get going on the 19th and 18th centuries… as in, they’re the reasons I decided to start this project in the first place).

There are also a few ideas that Tertius and I have had over the past few years that I’m keen on putting into comic form, but a lot of them are going to require both of us to capture the humour.  So.. there are lots of things that I want very much to do, but just haven’t been able to get started on.

Also, I’m back to my horrendous “go to bed at 1PM” schedule, so judging “work” time against “sleep” time is pretty difficult.  I guess I should get used to working whenever my energy is good, no matter what time it is… either that, or force sleepytime.

Finally, I do believe I’ve fallen in love.. with stop-motion animation!  I’ve always liked The Nightmare Before Christmas, but just last week (or two weeks ago.. can’t remember) I saw Coraline for the first time.  Then I remembered the existence of Corpse Bride, and promptly rented it.

Stop-motion animation has always sort of baffled me.  Why would anyone put so much time and effort into a 70-minute feature that could easily have been done digitally, or even conventionally?  But there IS a distinctive look that brings a wonderful life to such films.  As an adult who loves cartoons, watching something that I KNOW took an extraordinary amount of effort to construct also adds a level of enjoyment.  Finally, as someone who can pour hours into a simple comic strip that will take most people between 10-30 seconds to read.. well.. let’s just say that I empathize with the creators of aforementioned movies.

For me, stop-motion is a redeeming feature in animated films.  Nightmare’s music was fun, I guess (though the lyrics were sometimes painful to listen to – an awful dependance on near-rhymes) but the story was a little weak (though extremely imaginative).  Corpse Bride was fantastic.. but it did feel a little to contained.. closed-systemish (it didn’t create a world.. just a diorama).  Coraline.. I never read.  My only exposure was the film.  I didn’t even see it in full 3D.  I loved it, though (but I honestly feel it would have been a bit boring, run-of-the-mill if it were done in any other way).

Each film needed to be done through this medium.  Whether it was the world they created, the characters they contained, or the story they told.. the uniqueness that stop-motion animation provided for them was paramount to their standing out.  Maybe it’s something about discovering a new world (Christmas Land, Land of the Dead, The Other Apartment) that makes the medium suitable to this kind of story, I don’t know.

But enough of me rambling about things I know very little about.. new comic will be up soon, though I can’t vouch for its quality.

MJ


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