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 1 Tidal Wave 17, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:06:01 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
I once had an idea about writing a comic revolving around a forum.

Each panel would have a comment made from one of the people on the site, but would also show the person making the comment in real life, mostly their reactions to a certain response.

If someone posts some like "-stabs tvlover15 in the face-" it switches to a fantasy version of one of the commentors doing that to the person they're talking about.

Now, what do you think? I know its not much, but it could work.
 2 Philosopher, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:22:41 PM from Behind the Wall
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Sounds like it could be interesting if done right. Do you plan to use their avatars to represent them or trying to make what real people would like doing those types of actions?
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 3 Tidal Wave 17, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:28:32 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
I was thinking maybe: Like they either show up as themselves, their avatar, or just their ideal selves.

It would be kind of strange if their avatar was weird, like a whale or something like that.

Oooh! Maybe have them just dressed up like their avatars?
 4 Philosopher, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:33:20 PM from Behind the Wall
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I'm not an expert but why not try switching between those in your first chapters and see what the readers like most.

Maybe you should watch your readers and occasionally allow them to cameo in the comic when they do something really funny.
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 5 Tidal Wave 17, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:37:09 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
That could work. tongue

I would have to find a way to keep the cast to a minimum, though. Maybe make it a forum for students from a certain school, or something like that?
 6 Leradny, Tue, 13th Dec '11 8:57:19 PM from Alameda, CA
I recommend completely different avatars in regards to the people who use them. Seeing as I'm not a sprig of holly, or named Holly, it would be realistic.

 7 Tidal Wave 17, Tue, 13th Dec '11 9:06:51 PM Relationship Status: Singularity
Good idea, Leardny. smile
 8 Philosopher, Tue, 13th Dec '11 9:12:40 PM from Behind the Wall
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I would like to at least on one occasion see a sprig of holly stabbing the eyes out of a demonic rider.

edited 13th Dec '11 9:16:27 PM by Philosopher

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 9 chihuahua 0, Tue, 13th Dec '11 9:15:27 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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You can easily use this technique to make a silent sub-plot. For example, if you show the real people, their surroundings might reflect a plot arc.

 10 nrjxll, Tue, 13th Dec '11 9:19:33 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Maybe you should watch your readers and occasionally allow them to cameo in the comic when they do something really funny.

To be honest, I've never seen this kind of thing work out very well in practice. I'd advise against reader cameos.

 11 Tidal Wave 17, Wed, 14th Dec '11 6:27:16 AM Relationship Status: Singularity
@Chihuahua: ...I like that idea. grin
 12 chihuahua 0, Wed, 14th Dec '11 2:52:37 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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For example, one of the forum users might be a recent mother that slowly goes through pregnancy...And then a baby appears in one of her arms.

Another possibility is to have someone post in different rooms that are shown in the background, depending on what angle you decide to use. This has plenty of possibilities. For example, one of the forum-goers parents are divorced. Or is hanging with the wrong crowd. Or retreats to his/her room while a fight is happening right outside the door.

Or you can go lighter and have amusing events. Like a rowdy family, or an eccentric roommate. Or tons of textbooks and papers all over the dorm room. All you need to do is to write up the basic "arc" for five or main regular forumgoers. The sky's the limit.

edited 14th Dec '11 3:03:06 PM by chihuahua0

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