337: Creative Process


I tried to do about 5 different comics today until I finally drewed this one.

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The significance of plot without conflict


stilleatingoranges:

In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.

The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.

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Makes me happy every time I read it

335: Lifestyle advice from a determined brown boot


335: Lifestyle advice from a determined brown boot

We’ve had a lot of advice from a small pink bunny, but Boot has some advice to give.

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ganbattesisyphus:

A photograph from the 60s of the Japanese roller derby team the Tokyo Bombers.

ganbattesisyphus:

A photograph from the 60s of the Japanese roller derby team the Tokyo Bombers.

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334: Tax Time!


If the Things got paid, what do you think they’d get paid in? Spoons? Whimsy? What would their output be measured as? Bhutan has pioneered Gross National Happiness as a way of measuring the output of a country. What is a unit of Things value? Individual Domestic Thingumery?

Best wishes to everyone who has taxes to do in the next day or so. We pay taxes in two countries, one works on the calendar,…

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