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A comic?


Yeah, what would my life be like if it were a comic?

What kind of comic?

A superhero comic?


I don't think spandex is a thing for my body.

...


What?

I just got that spandex image in my head, man.

I'm going to need a fucking lobotomy.


Yeah, it's not pretty.

Maybe you could pull it off, though. A science fiction thing. Maybe that's what they think science fiction writers wear.


Two things:

Firstly, that's comic book writers—


Oh, yeah. Frank Miller and his Spiderman costume.

Forgot about that.


—And secondly, I don't write science fucking fiction.

Not this again.


I don't.

Fuck you.

You write weird shit, man, and what is weird shit? Science fucking fiction. Just 'cause there are no spaceships don't excuse you from the genre.


I keep telling you that spaceships are what make science fucking fiction science fucking fiction. If you're not referencing a spaceship at any point, you're not writing science fucking fiction.

You have such a complex about this.


I write weird shit. It's a fucking genre. Look it up.

You can't just make your own genre cause you feel like it.


People do that all the time, man. You should see authors make this shit up for no reason other than they don't like this or that label. It's like, one of the rules, or something.

That's bullshit.

Also, you also seem to be ignoring the fact that you live by yourself, you have no girlfriend, and you spend most of your time writing.


What's that got to do with it?

What kind of storyline would you have? Nothing? Even Seinfeld had something.

I mean, maybe if you were a fireman it'd be okay. It'd be exciting. I'd be behind it then. It'd be about saving people and putting out fires.


Maybe I could write a comic about becoming a fireman?

Really?


No.

Maybe a policeman.


It's not as glamorous as the TV, I'm sure.

Astronaut?


You think my year ten science would be enough?

Might need a few years of study I suppose.


I could always do that as a comic, though. Imagine: My life as an astronaut. I could put all the people I know in it. Like you, man. I could have this conversation in it. Sure, I could tweak it around for narrative purposes. Make it a bit more readable. Maybe change the word astronaut to cosmonaut. I kind of like that second one a bit more.

That'd be cool, man. We'd be fucking astronauts. I'd read that.

But, y'know, you won't do that.


No?

No.


You do a comic, it's just going to be like that shit you write, full of violence, confrontation, wank, swear words, and pictures of yourself fucking girls in the ass.


What are yo trying to say?

I'm trying to say a comic about you is not going to be about astronauts.


Comments

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elenuial
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
I love your experimental form: comics that are dialogues without pictures. ~_^
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
heh.

there majority of the series is actual sequential panels. it's just that the dialogue form allows us to do more, so when something is going to bigger and more talky, it's going to mash the dialogue form into it.
elenuial
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Why draw talking heads when there's no action at the moment to be shown? It makes sense.

Actually, I think it's a clever use of the blog medium -- this would never work on paper, nor probably with its own established webspace. But blogs seem more loosely defined, so this information-dense-but-eye-catching format seems perfect for internet reading -- especially if you use the strengths of each component to their fullest (simple example: highlights visualized).

Of course, I might be giving you too much credit -- and I suspect this use was at least partially born out of laziness. :P
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
heh. nah.

i dunno if you were reading this blog when i started doing these things, but my plan was to do something that was hugely dialogue heavy, but without slowing down the reading by putting descriptions in. i had seen sam shepard do a similar thing in one of his collections, though he didn't break it up like me, and i found it a touch hard to follow easily. there was no flow. so i figured i'd give it a go--i love writing dialogue, especially the stylised, quick back and forth shit that i often use here.

the only thing i tend to disagree with is that it doesn't work on a page. you get the same result on the page--they worked quite well in 26lies, and i've sold a couple of pieces seperately.
elenuial
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I meant specifically the dialogue/comic dichotomy. I think the dialogue thingies themselves are pretty cool, and have already told you so. :P

Besides, if I didn't like it in some form, I'd pretty much be calling the entirety of theatre writing bunk.

Dialogue really is often one of my favorite parts of writing, too.

Shouldn't you be jet-lagged? Or are you still too excited by having visited Disneyland?
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
yes, i should. unfortunately, i went up the road, bought some groceries, and had this kebab, cause it's like, some other time inside me, and that time said kebab time!

now i am wide awake and doing my washing.
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benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
thanks.
jody_macgregor
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
You are the new Kyle Baker, only white.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
haha. thanks :)
crookfactory
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
A year, huh?

I dunno if I could commit to a relationship for that long hehe...

Welcome back.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
pfft. like you have to commit. i'm forcing it ON you ;P
girliejones
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
Yay! Looks good! And having met Cas, I can totally hear him in the dialogue.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
just wait until you see yourself in it!
girliejones
Nov. 15th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
no way!
benpeek
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
way!
girliejones
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
woah!
girliejones
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
it's the moonshine, isn't it
benpeek
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
as if i could leave that out!
girliejones
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
yeah.

Ahh ... good times
benpeek
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
it'll be some time before it ends up here, though. but it was funny. and links in to a lot of the storylines that are emerging. you'll see how soon enough :)
girliejones
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
oooh! looking forward to it!
strangedave
Nov. 14th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
spaceships don''t equal science fiction. Just ask Jenette Winterson, she says she doesn't write science fiction, and her latest book has a girl with a robot friend who goes into space, and thats not SF.

in fact, ask Margaret Atwood. Its talking squid that make SF. If you write dystopian alternate futures, with no sentient cephalopods in sight, you are in the fucking clear.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
yeah, i know. never fear. my running science fiction thing will prove to be funny.

well, hopefully.
shadowsandice
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Is that Mt Fuji in the background? It looks like Mt Fuji. I suppose Fuji is nowhere near Savannah. And did you know you turned into a black man in that last most awesome picture?

Is there something you're not telling us?
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
okay. okay.

i'm black.

just, like, only on sunday's, though.
chanphenglew
Nov. 14th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Totally wonderful. Even without the images, I can see them walking in the neighborhood. Or maybe because there aren't the images, I can see them so well.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
thanks :)

that's our aim with the pics.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I love this! I wasn't 100% sold on the art in 26 Lies, but it's growing on me. Especially that second image has an instant wow element.

Look forward to more.
Agnes
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
anna is the awesome. people are going to be very pleased with what she does here--i never thought 26lies got to show her at her best, and this is part of why i'm into savannah so much.
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