I know some of the editing in this one sucks. But...
hey, at least it's up, right? That's got to count for
Yeah. Maybe I should aim a little higher than my current
strategy of "Update more regularly than VG Cats"...
When I first introduced Tryphosa to the comic, I was
worried that she might end up being Pantariste Mark Two.
They do have a lot in common, even if you ignore their
improbably simliar (and similarly improbable) physiques.
But I think this comic illustrates the differences
between them very clearly. Pantariste pisses people off
because of selfishness, or because it's funny. Tryphosa,
on the other hand, honestly means well but ends up
pissing people off anyway. These things aren't always
easy to express in the fairly restrictive format of a
comic, and I suppose this got me thinking about the
differences in how I view the characters as opposed to
how they might be viewed by other people. The first
chapter established the characters with very broad
strokes: Ess is the underdog, Androdameia is the
overachiever, and Pantariste is the comic relief. When
you're also telling a story, and usually fitting in some
sort of punchline as well, fifty pages isn't a lot of
space for subtle character development. But if it was
the job of Chapter One to introduce the cast, then it's
Chapter Two's job to colour them with more subtle
shades. If there's an overarching theme to this chapter
(which, I have to admit, has barely even begun), then
it's characters turning out to be not quite the people
they always seemed. Not just in the eyes of the
audience, but in the eyes of the other cast members.
I'm sure that this isn't especially scintillating
reading for most of you, but what can I say? It often
plays on my mind. I have very specific, detailed ideas
of who these characters are, but I'm entirely relying on
these comics to communicate these ideas to you, the
audience. Obviously, things end up getting abbreviated
for the sake of the story. There are some tiny details
of the characters' backgrounds which, for me, are set in
stone... but they'll probably never be officially
established via the comic. I suppose this is why some
people write massively detailed essays on every aspect
of their fictional universe... but I think this spoils
the game somewhat, doesn't it? Movies don't come
accompanied by books explaining the life histories of
the characters, their motivations and so forth. Well
okay, maybe Star Wars. But I'm not sure I want
to be Star Wars. Not unless I can be as rich as
George Lucas, anyway.
My main worry, I suppose, is that characters who seem
like fairly balanced (maybe a little eccentric)
individuals to me come off as ludicrous stereotypes to
the readers. Take Pantariste: she's an arse, but she
isn't a monster. As a matter of fact, I had a very
specific anime character in mind when I first devised
Pantariste. But I'm not saying who it was, because,
through the strange forces that govern character design,
she bears a slight physical resemblance to said
character as well... and honestly, I think that'd make
me looks just a bit too much like a plagiarist.
Not that I am a plagiarist, you understand. It's just
that other people have my ideas before I do...