Comics Are Great! 13 – Swears
Disclaimer on this one: Due to the topic of this discussion, some salty language made it into this episode. It is, as they say, NSFW, and those who are sensitive to coarse language should use discretion before listening.
The roundtable returns for a discussion inspired by some blog posts made recently by John Sanford of the Chippy and Loopus comic. Does using swear words in your comic limit your audience? When is it or isn’t it appropriate to use that kind of language in your story? How does language fit in with the overall storytelling choices facing you when creating a comic? How might you think about managing a career when making “G-rated” comics as well as “Mature” comics?
Lucky for me I’m joined by a smart and funny group of people to help me navigate this dicey topic:
Brandon Dayton is the author of the acclaimed Green Monk graphic novel. You can see pages from his next volume on his website and read his fascinating thoughts on storytelling and game design on Feature Creeps.
Lots of links to things mentioned in this episode:
- John Sanford’s blog post about swears in comics
- Kasey Van Hise’s Tumblog
- Dave Roman’s Tumblr
- Ryan Estrada’s Tumblr
- Jerzy’s Tumblr
- (waiting on Brandon to get a Tumblr account)
- Happy Tree Friends
- South Park
- Fish Bones
- Dead Like Me
- Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame
- The Secret of NIMH
- Platinum Grit
- Oglaf (definitely NSFW)
- Lunchbox Funnies
- Johnny Ryan
- Steven King’s On Writing