On tomorrow's C-Realm Podcast (#369), I'll be talking about the origin of the phrase "the C-Realm." It involves a comic strip that I did for the Maneater, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri - Columbia in the mid 1990's. The comic strip was called "C."
After I left grad school, I kept doing comics, but they only appeared on the web. You'll notice they do NOT appear on C-Realm.com these days. That's because, while I retain a fondness for my characters and for the medium of comics, the actual comics that I created are a source of embarrassment to me now. I just did a Google search for "c-realm comics" and the only actual "hit" on the first page of results is this one:
That's a relief. Those are my characters, but there's no dialog.
I actually have very few examples of my own comics available to me. There was a broken link in the archive when it was up on C-Realm.com which kept the spiders crawling the web on behalf of the Internet Archive from archiving most of the comics that I had posted there at one time. Then a harddrive crash sucked my local copy of the archive into the void.
When I look at what's still to be found for those who know how to search, I cringe. The only way I know to dilute the power of those old strips is to swamp them with new material. It seems as though maybe the digital realm, with the introduction of Kindles, Nooks and iPads, is ready for comics in a way that it was not ready back in 2001, which is about the time I quit posting new comics on anything like a regular basis.
I'd love to dust off my drawing skills, gently raise the characters from their long slumber, and make a new offering to the realm of digital comics. For this, I'm thinking I will definitely need a collaborator. Someone who can help with the art (no worries if drawing the human figure is not your strong suit. That's about the only thing I know how to draw and will handle that end of things). I really need someone who loves comics and understands the process of creating content that is optimized for the current modes of viewing comics on smart phones and tablets.
I could do a Kickstarter campaign and raise money to hire someone to do this, or I could partner with a like-minded soul who would be more of a collaborator than a hired gun. My ambition is not to put the material up on the web for free, but to sell it, you know, for money. Money which I would be happy to split with the collaborator.
This is the absolute wrong time for me to try to start a new project. Olga and I are doing the 2013 C-Realm Podcast Couch-Surfing tour in August, and I need to concentrate on getting my presentation in order and on raising money to pay for the trip. It makes no sense for me to throw this particular message in a bottle into the ocean at this particular moment, but the spirit has moved me, so there it is.
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