Fisk (fiskblack) wrote,
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Original Life Webcomic

I've received a trickle of email over the last month that's lead me to realize something I knew would happen. Those who listened to me from the beginning and approached Original Life as its own comic, are enjoying it. Those who wanted Better Days repackaged with newer characters, are disappointed. From the very beginning I noted that Original Life would mostly be the kind of fun light stories I actually enjoyed doing more. I said there would be no named chapters to contain plot arcs so I would have the liberty to create single page comics on the fly, whenever it struck me to do so.

I'll restate everything I said from the very beginning of Original Life:

Better Days was an experiment in my first webcomic. Originally meant to be funny, I decided to give it very heavy dramatic moments and carried it a long way. But the most fun I had in Better Days was doing the lighter chapters. I also felt limited while doing Better Days. I was unable to react to observations of current trends and events (such as record cold weather, or Tron, or whatever video game I was playing). I couldn't insert a stand-alone page about a stand-alone topic in a chapter that's designated for a specific plot arc. I have all that freedom with Original Life and I'm enjoying it. I'm enjoying doing the light stuff I want to do. I'm enjoying robotic teddy bears, commenting on video games, movies, and philosophy, without being too heavy handed with the drama. If you're looking for rape, gunplay, and incest, you're not going to find it. If you're looking for Better Days part 2, you will not find it, and I've been clear about this for the beginning.

Better Days was created when I was a very different person. I had very different views, values, and priorities, and I evolved as a person as I was doing Better Days over the course of six years. There's a lot in Better Days that I wouldn't include if I was doing it today. There's a lot of things that I wrote that I wouldn't have written that way, now. I don't like looking at the old pages. I don't like looking at the old art. It's embarrassing and bad in my eyes. I don't like lingering on the past. It's enough that I've left the archive in place, and find myself having to explain some of the themes and events depicted in Better Days, by a much younger, less mature creator, compared to who I am today.

Better Days had an end planned out all the way from the very beginning. When it was done, I had to do something else: something I wanted to do and had more freedom to go in any direction I wanted. Better Days is what it is and it will always be that. I will not try to repackage it as something else and try to make lightening strike twice.
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