2015-08-30 12:31 am

Should I create an LJ crosspost account?

Pros: LJ-only folks can follow me there

Cons: I'd be falling into the Same Old Trap of being divided between DW and LJ -- I hate that conversations are divided, that communities are divided. Maybe it's time to take a stand and stick to DW.

2015-08-30 08:57 am

Facets of Personhood and Social Media

This came out of a conversation with the Hoosband, and the basic concept is pretty straightforward, but I think it's helpful to put here at the beginning of this blog, especially as we're considering its relationship to tumblr.

And the idea is thus: you do different things on different social media platforms to be validated and accepted as a person. It's like how in real life small talk and ice breaker conversation differs depending on what type of group you're interacting with.

- On various internet forums, you are merely your opinion. People don't actually care if you have a dog or if you have a soft spot for round birbs

- On Facebook, for example, you post photos of you doing fun happy things with friends and family. People care that you love your dog, but not necessarily about your soft spot for round birbs.

- On the tumblrs, on the other hand, it's the opposite: people find out your love for round birbs way before the fact that you own a dog. But I think the thing that makes you really become a "person" in the eyes of tumblr is openness about the weird emotional bits of your life. People talk about their struggles with depression much more openly on tumblr than many other places.

But people don't talk much about real life events on tumblr, and people don't talk much about real emotions on facebook. (Example: I can find out that a friend is changing jobs on FB, but not how they actually feel about it. OTOH, I can find out a friend is feeling really displaced and lonely, but not the fact that they just moved cross-country.) Between tumblr and facebook I'll always choose tumblr, because tumblr's definition of personhood (internal emotions) jives better with my own than Facebook's definition of personhood (external accomplishments).

I don't think either is enough, though. When I follow people on tumblr, I *do* want to know their real life contexts. (What's your job? Are you too tired to create when you get home? Do you like your living space and your commute?) And when I look at facebook, I basically want to email my friends and say "Okay, I saw the photo, but what's *really* going on?"

And I think DW/LJ can provide some of that broader context that is often missing from tumblr. What makes someone seem like a "person" on DW? I'm not quite sure, but I'd love to find out. I *like* that DW is more ponderous than tumblr -- without the reblog feature, gifsets of cute birbs aren't cluttering up my flist. I can actually read and write longer, more personal posts directed at a much smaller audience, and more importantly, know that the lower traffic volume means that these posts will stick around for days, not hours.

Anyways, I think one thing that I will aim for is to post some of the more archival and personal stuff here and see what happens.
2015-08-30 09:56 am

The Actual Logistics: DW/LJ/Tumblr

DW --> LJ
- I'm crossposting at http://potofsoup.livejournal.com , so folks who prefer to check their LJ flist can follow me there
- However, I've blocked comments there because (a) it's not that hard to hop over and comment here, and (b) it'll keep all the comments in one place, which is the whole point of this endeavor in the first place.

DW --> Tumblr
- I'm going to manually crosspost entries here to tumblr, with a Read More that redirects here.
- After I crosspost on tumblr, I'll also update my post here with a link to the tumblr post, in case you want to like/reblog on tumblr

Tumblr --> DW
- I might redirect some tumblr posts here, either by way of answering longer tumblr asks here, or by moving a tumblr conversation here.
- I'll manually crosspost some tumblr entries here, specifically things that would benefit from archiving or having conversation threading.

- Pretty much all of my posts here are going to be public, since my personal DW is elsewhere.
- I might eventually do friends-only posts relating to my nsfw, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

- Tumblr askbox is the easiest way to get a public response from me, though now in addition to answering privately or answering on tumblr, I might also answer on DW with a link from tumblr.
- Private messaging on either platform is fine, but since they both go to email (potofsoupyfeels@gmail.com) anyway.... you can also just email me directly and cut out the middle man.

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2015-08-30 07:06 pm

Comics Feels

potofsoup replied to your photoset “Whoever left the “chainsaw should perch on adam’s head” tag on the…
> “how do people comic” — LEMME TELL YOU ALL MY FEELS

tell me your feels! (are they “oh god is this supposed to take this long” and “oh god i need to do more life drawing” and also “it can’t possibly be this difficult to draw the same face in every panel”? because those are pretty much mine. :D)


“Oh god you mean I have to draw it AGAIN?!”, both in terms of drawing the person again, but also in terms of the fact that you have to pencil then ink then color basically 30 little pictures for a 6 page comic. Usually after I pencil I’m like “I’m done, I don’t want to draw any more, everyone can read my circular scribbles right?”


“How can I make this panel different?” If you’re approaching from the movie tradition, you’re used to having a still camera and with each panel just show the bit of the action that changed. (Which then gets you stuck in the “shit I’m drawing the same person multiple times and they have to look consistent” trap) It’s hard sometimes to remind myself that NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE MIDGROUND SHOTS. That’s... kind of the magic of comics? Like, “let’s make this panel TALL” or “let’s do a close-up of the hands” or whatever. EXCEPT then you’re stuck being like “HALP PANEL LAYOUTS”


“Who designed this freakin’ costume with all the twiddly bits?!!” The answer is, sadly, often me. But I basically have no patience for drawing that page after page. SO MUCH RESPECT for all the people who just face up to the hard work of drawing ringlets of hair or 3 necklaces or armor plates or jackets with complex designs. People who step up their art efforts to match what they want the comic to look like visually, instead of what I do, which is simplify the visuals of the comic to match my art efforts. People are good at figuring out that rectangle-face with blond sideburns is Steve!

I’m not saying my way is worse, it’s just taking the other path. Like seriously, a major reason I draw so simply is because I *know* I’m gonna be drawing the same damn thing over and over again.

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