You see... I've been kicking around some new ideas web-comic for a little while now. I do have some web-comic / artistic credentials, although my other project is kept separate from this blog in order to maintain its completely apolitical nature. But this new one would be HIGHLY political, so I'm thinking about doing it under "Niceguy Eddie" rather than my other pseudonym.
The reason I bring all this up is that I have a kind of stylistic question for y'all. Let's say, for example, that one is writing a work of fiction about, say, a vast Left-Wing Conspiracy to assassinate, for example, Rush Limbaugh and other high-profile RW Icons and Personalities. (No, that's not really what this ides of mine is all about, I'm just using that as a non-spoiler containing example.) Purely as a point of style, would it be better (IOW: less cheesy) simply to refer to these characters as their real world counterparts...
(Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Rielly, Sean Hannity & Glenn Beck)
or to use a substitute that's a pretty obvious allusion to their real world counterparts...
(Skip Harbaugh, Will O'Malley, Sam Haggerty & Ben Glick)
or are both options equally crappy, and names should be used with no real-world affiliation...
(Tom Williams, Joe Smithson, Ed Hanson &
...even thought the story is supposed to take place in the present day 'real' world, and the identity of some of the background characters involved IS significant, from both a story standpoint and a political one. (And would save me a lot of otherwise unnecessary exposition.)
I'm just curious what you think. I may post some of the early development work here, though I don't think I'll put the final comic here. (I'll link to it though, of course! LOL) And I'm still a bit way from being able to really get started anyway. But this is kind of a critical point so I figured I'd see what you all thought about it. (The names thing, not the overall idea, which is not quite as I described above anyway.) That's not to say that I'll necessarily TAKE your advice, LOL, but I would like some food for thought on the matter, if you don't mind!
And uh... don't hold you're breath for the first page or anything. I'm having serious software issues at the moment, and that's before factoring in that my current web-comic is drawn in a very cartoony style and I'd LIKE to do this one in a more realistic style. Which... I've never done before. Also, I'm entirely self-taught. So I've got a bit of a way to go yet before I can eve start any serious character designs, let alone start in with the story. BUT, just so you know I'm not completely hopeless (but at the same time, so you also have some idea how far I need to go) here's a couple of faces I skecthed out just now.
Male, in profile, female, straight on:
So... I can do it, but... this isn't quite what I'm envisioning. So we'll see how it goes. I am serious about it though. My other project can't go on forever, and there are two others that I REALLY want to do. One that I've kicking around since college (seriously - it will have been in the back of my head for over 20 years before I even start it!) and this one.