I wrote a short story over the past couple days. A little fantasy story about an artist. I've been wanting to do some writing and try my hand at fantasy, but I didn't want to fall into a clichéd archetype for a protagonist: knight, wizard, rogue, really any of the D&D classes (though cleric might be an interesting one), nor any chosen one, youth, type stuff. Thinking about other professions and ones I might know something about, I thought about an artist. In a less medieval, more renaissance type setting there would be artists, religious painters, painters to do portraits of the wealthy, but also, someone to draw wanted posters. And someone has to make the illustrations for books of monsters and demons, or tomes of arcane lore. And so my protagonist is an artist, and I'll see where I get with that. My first attempt (first draft just completed) is ok. It probably needs more specificity, or at least markers of specificity. In fantasy it is easy to name things without explaining them, to hint at depths that are mere surface, until maybe later, at another time, you fill them out. We'll see there it takes me, if I continue to have ideas about the concept.
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My review of No longer Human went up at The Comics Journal yesterday. Already got some comments criticizing me. Apparently if I understood or researched Japanese culture a little bit I would have felt differently about the book, I guess. It's a frustratingly specious argument for multiple reasons. One of which is I have a pretty decent knowledge of Japanese culture. I've read a lot of lit, I know a bunch of art, movies, hell just yesterday I was reading a travelogue about part of Japan and received another manga in the mail. Seems like a weak excuse to try to excuse awfulness to women via the old "it's a different culture thing." Anyway we'll see if I get any other comments be nice to hear someone with a decent argument for or against what I said.
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