Created By: FallenLegend on September 24, 2011 Last Edited By: ZombieAladdin on March 5, 2012


Story takes priority over visuals.

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I think making your audience experience an emotional reaction is the core of good storytelling, and you canít evoke emotion without likable, relatable characters.
Lauren Faust

What makes a good work?

Authors of this school of tough give the story the most importance. While visual effects or drawings are important they are simply a medium to convey a good story. While they don't deny it is great to have good visuals and in fact they will strive for having the best visuals they can possible have. As long as the story is good it won't matter if the visuals are of terrible or of bad quality.

For them the heart of a good story is in the characters and/or the situations they face. Usually this kind of actors tend to focus on Narrative Tropes rather than Visual Tropes. As such they spend most f their time developing character's internal traits like personality and complex World Building in order to convey their stories, often through a Universe Bible.

Opposite with the John K. School of Thought


Western Animation
  • This is Pixar's official company motto.
  • Lauren Faust believes that the most important part of a plat are the characters, because they are able to convey trough their personalities emotions to the audience.
  • Greg Weisman from Gargoyles is unable to draw. This doesn't stop him however. He often leaves the visual work for artist. While he focuses on developing complex plots and interesting characters. His work often includes detailed background information to his characters and detailed timelines for each of them.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • September 24, 2011
    Well, I don't think it's fair to name it after Lauren Faust. Earliest author I know who actually did this (write a comedy as an actual story where the laughs are a side-effect) was Moliére.
  • September 24, 2011
    yeah it's goign to be hard who is The Most Triumphant Example lol
  • September 24, 2011
    Is that meant to be "thought" in the title?

    It's a good quote, and it'd be great if we could use it somewhere, but I think this would be too subjective to use as a trope. I also feel that the description and quote don't quite match- there is nothing in that quote about visual effects.

    What about making a page of quotes about different creator's approaches/philosophies on writing?
  • September 24, 2011
    don't worry it isn't a trope it's trivia :p
  • September 24, 2011
    Also, Pixar company motto: "Story is king".
  • September 24, 2011
    thhanks JS but I think I will redo this as sliding scale. I will put your example there :)
  • September 24, 2011
    Rainmaker Entertainment (formerly Mainfraim Entertainment) incorporated the limitations of their media (CGI) into their early works, resulting in some of the best shows of their time
  • September 25, 2011
    Even if you want this page to be under trivia, a Trope Namer is ill-advised. The effect is akin to saying that Lauren Faust invented story, I can think of a few great authors who would take offense to this. ^^^Story Is King as a title?
  • September 25, 2011
    This is meant to point out something that I'm a trifle surprised isn't obvious: people do not read webcomics to look at the pretty pictures. In fact, people don't read newspaper comic strips to look at the pretty pictures. The defining feature of Peanuts, Garfield, Dilbert, and quite a few others is the sheer simplicity of their art (Dilbert's creator has at times gone so far as to be very self-depreciating about his art abilities). If people wanted to look at pretty pictures they'd go to the art museum, or the art museum's web site. People read comics to read a story, or at least a funny joke, and the pictures exist only insofar as they help tell the story. That's all they need to do, and the quality of that art has little or nothing to do with it. ... So long as the art style you're using allows you to create as much diversity in your cast (and in what you portray) as you desire, and so long as it isn't so bad that it's an active turn-off (or serves to obfuscate what you're trying to say), your strip will live or die on your story and your jokes, and despite the claims of some critics to the contrary, your art style will have little to do with it. You may want to adjust your art style to help become part of the message or mood your strip is trying to send, but beyond that go with the art style you're capable of that will keep your story comprehensible to the reader and that will allow you to keep a regular schedule. Dresden Codak shows what happens when you focus too much on the quality of your art and suggests that perhaps webcomics are a medium that works best when the art is simplified and doesn't try too hard to be a museum piece.
    -Critically-acclaimed webcomic reviewer Morgan Wick (link)

    Art is overrated. As long as there's enough that's intelligible to get the joke across, you can throw some palettes of paint on a wall and call it a webcomic if the jokes are funny enough.
    -Woefully unknown webcomic reviewer Morgan Wick

    Perhaps we should call this the Morgan Wick School of Thought! :D

    Although a sliding-scale trope has been proposed in the John K YKTTW...
  • September 25, 2011
    Change the title to Story Is King. This title is extremely Fan Myopic. Also please make sure to only limits to cases were a creator actually says something to this effect. Otherwise it's just going to be used for gushing.
  • September 25, 2011
    Sure! will change the name thanks for th feedback guys
  • September 26, 2011
    Hitmen For Destiny and √ėyvind Thorsby's other webcomics. Most forum threads about them feature at least one person saying they couldn't get past the first page.
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  • March 5, 2012
    Every writer is going to claim this about their work though, even the creators of big stupid blockbusters where we know they haven't put a jot of effort into their story.
  • March 5, 2012
    Not nesesarily...

    Excuse Plot

    John K... (in fact he is prud of giving priority to visuals.)
  • March 5, 2012
    Oops, you're right! Sorry for being a cynic. Also, character driven stuff, allegories, etc would also be aversions for this trope.
  • March 5, 2012
    I've fixed the link to the "John K. School of Thought." I should go fix the spellings of 'Thought" elsewhere too.
  • March 5, 2012
    Does Walt Disney count? It is said that he had better directorial abilities than drawing abilities (which he left to animators such as Ub Iwerks). But in turn, he was responsible for the stories and personalities of some of his famous characters.
  • March 5, 2012
    This seems awfully subjective even for trivia
  • March 5, 2012
    Jim Shooter had a "secret" to good writing while at Marvel Comics, revealed in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide celebrating Marvel's 25th anniversary: "Tell a good story and tell it well."