Clearly I have a lot of time on my hands right now.
Which explains why I was able to dish out a concept page for this more in-depth comic I was thinking about illustrating. See below:
It’s just an idea.
A teaser page for what’s to come (if I decide to elaborate on the story more).
My idea for the lead character is this tall, wiry but toned sort of “bad boy” type who purposely gets himself mixed into trouble because he just. Doesn’t. Give. A fuck.
Everything about him will speak that. From the holes in his sneakers, to the constant bruises and cuts he gets, to his messy hair, to all the drugs he does, to the packs of cigarettes he goes through, the alcohol he knocks back, the probably unprotected sex he has while cheating on his multiple girlfriends, the amount of candy he takes from little kids — you get the idea.
His story will be fucking crazy and full of hi-jinx and theft and nonsense.
It’s a fun story. There’ll be lots of cool characters involved as well, since he’ll often associate himself with the wrong crowd. And it’ll be full of laughs and misogynistic humor (which seems very anti what I’m all about, but you’ll love the way I play it off in the comic).
So yeah. There’s that.
But then I thought, wait a minute …
Not everyone wants to read about some punk causing chaos.
Some of us might want a more human and relatable approach that seems more realistic.
And so I redrew the final panel in the comic into this:
If I explore the comic from this angle, I’ll be able to take you through the female character’s story of making mistakes, getting crushes, getting mixed into the wrong crowd by accident, blah-blah-blah — y’know. All that same girly whiney manga crap about falling in love and watching her heart get broken and yadda yadda.
The subject matter will obviously be a little more risque, and probably not something you’d want your kids reading (unless you’d like them to be in for a rude awakening on the facts of life), but that’s what makes it cool. ;)
It’s more relatable, yes.
Less about the physicality of what’s happening and more about the emotions (as most women’s manga typically is).
But it’s just one of those things where I keep thinking to myself, “Do I really want to write this story?” Because if I do, I feel like too much of me will be in it. Whereas if I write it from the male perspective, I can at least disguise my pervertedness and psycho mind in the form of an illustrated male figure who looks nothing like me and runs around fucking everyone (since it’s somehow more acceptable if a boy does it than if a girl does it).
But again, these are just concept pages.
And actually, I’d like to put it to a vote.
Help a sista out? I can’t decide.
Or if you have any other comic ideas, let me know.
XOXO Cheri XOXO