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Reply mitchellbravo, February 3rd, 2019, 5:32 pm

This is going to sound preemptive for something that's just a single line in one speech bubble, but I'd like to post this now, so I can link back to it when necessary-


One trouble with storylines dealing with things like race relations is where you draw the metaphorical line. Some artists create worlds where race doesn't play much of a role outside of what color scheme you use on a character, or the personal identity of the characters- maybe a little intergenerational drama comes into play with some of the more realistic approaches. Some artists are comfortable depicting really brutal realities that really graphically force you to acknowledge what real people face in real life.

Up til now, Loud Era has, with a cast of white people, fallen more or less into the first category. But I've always known that by setting my comic in the period it's set meant I'd have to be braver with my storytelling eventually.

But still, there's the matter of where to draw the line. You may disagree with me and where I place my own line, personally, and I do not judge people who place their line before or after mine. I'll say this- in terms of language, there's words I'm okay writing down that are considered slurs, or would at least get some side-eyes if someone burst into the room yelling them. Words I don't use myself, but my characters would realistically have used them.

Then there are words my characters would realistically use, but I can't in 2019 feel comfortable about writing them down with my own pen. Call me a coward, I'm just drawing my line. *looks back at speech bubble in question* Uh, literally as well as figuratively, apparently.

So yeah, that's how I'm gonna do it when the story necessitates it. If it bothers you as a reader, I've done my best to explain why I'm not censoring/avoiding more, nor being more linguistically explicit. There are plenty of better written and better drawn comics out there that place their line before or after mine if you find mine unacceptable.


READER'S DISCUSSION:

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, February 4th, 2019, 8:08 am

It was no mystery what Phil said, but it certainly is a different time in this comic. Most people in that time wouldn't bat a single eye at it and if we compare it to a show, it's often acceptable to maintain your rating by using a censor beep which is how I read it.
Much like you, I too have a metaphorical list of words that I wont put in my comic even if would be likely the character would say it given the situation, characteristic, and other contexts.
I'm not sure about Loud Era, but in my own comics the goal is to appeal to everyone (including myself), and not to just children or adults exclusively.

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Reply Oly-RRR, February 14th, 2019, 5:03 pm

...okay, it's getting much harder to like Phil now. >:C I get that he's a product of his environment but then so is Eddie and he's not like that.

I really liked your explanation! I can't really say much about it because I'm sure we discussed this multiple times but words can hurt, and while we all come from different backgrounds each of us can (and has to) choose which words we let out there in the narrative and which are too much.

Reply mitchellbravo, February 17th, 2019, 4:20 pm

@Oly-RRR: I wouldn't really *want* to know, I guess, but one thing I wonder about is how racist would a person have to be back then in order for it to be like, too far? I mean Loud Era takes place in the northeast U.S. so you don't have so much of the segregation laws as there were in the South, but things were still really shitty in lots of ways so I wonder about where the line would be drawn for the average person.

Yeah I mean it's not like I get a huge readership on here so I don't think me writing or not writing a word would make huge waves... I just would rather preemptively address it than wait for it to be asked, you know? :/


aaaah it's so nice responding to your comments again!!!!!!

Reply Oly-RRR, February 17th, 2019, 5:04 pm

@mitchellbravo: Now I definitely need to send you that podcast because they deal with a historical case in the South of the US as well.. Personally, from what I could observe, I think there's always a small percentage of people who treat others as they'd like to be treated themselves, a majority that "goes with the flow" (which usually means verbal casual hostility with occasional outbreaks of violence) and the other side of the spectrum that steps over the line to the point that EVEN BACK THEN police ends up treating it as a crime.

It gets me both hopeful and sad - it's great to see how things changed for some minorities even just during our lifetimes but then it always seems like too little, too slow.

Yusss, all our conversations going from Real Serious Issues to butts and back!!!


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