AK’s New 4-koma Project: Sinduin Saga
OK, I’ve had this project around in my head for a while and I’ve finally decided to make it happen. It’s a 4-cell comic strip called Sinduin Saga. I made a brand-new blog just for it. HERE. Now let me talk a bit about this project..
The biggest problem I have is that I’m terrible at art. What I have done is rely on images that are in the public domain: copyright-free clip art, old illustrations, plus photographs and art released for use/adaptation on the condition of attribution etc. (I will credit the sources whenever known). One of my favorite 19th century illustrators, Arthur Rackham, will feature prominently. Basically I arrange some images, create others with Photoshop and, yes, MS Paint, then put in speech bubbles and that’s about it. I have seen similar projects around and the result can be quite funny, which suits me well [some examples: 1 2 3 4 5]
The second problem I have is that my plots tend to be convoluted and introverted. My main measuring rod is my own taste, with potentially disastrous results for any prospective readers, as I’m sure you can imagine!! The convolution I cannot help (it’s who I am!) but I am working on writing so that the audience won’t need to be (my) mind readers in order to enjoy themselves. It’s possible that I will fail, but I am trying🙂
Since I’m already having a lot of fun with this project, it will last for a while, until I get myself Comipo! maybe?
Initially I thought of posting the strips on this blog, but I didn’t want my treasured readers to be alienated by the constant stream of bad storytelling (hopefully I’ll be posting 3 4-koma strips per week for weeks and weeks) so I decided it was best to keep them separated. Also, up to the last minute I was going to use a flip gallery format by way of Slideshare, but I noticed that there was a small but annoying drop in resolution quality so I ended up just uploading the original images themselves.
One last thing, the matter of the story itself. Well, I can tell you that:
It’s about an alien observer stationed on Earth who likes anime, especially Leiji Matsumoto’s work. The story starts off very innocently but eventually goes, to borrow the immortal words of Soji Mikage, deeper…and deeper still. The tale is meant to read like sci-fi but feel like fantasy with a large dose of comedy thrown in for good measure. Sound appealing? OK, let me tell you the truth: don’t let this post get your hopes up.
True story: I once tried to get something published. I sent summaries of my work to several places, and a number of them asked for the manuscript. I was rejected everywhere, and one agent was happy to explain why: she said I was amazing at describing what the story was about, but the story itself was lousy. God bless her~