The Roboblog Chronicles Episode 22 - Scattered Thoughts, Like Leaves

The first new Roboblog Chronicles video since the beginning of November, and I wind up dancing around my thoughts. Geez. Oh well, if it spurs some discussion, that'd be a positive thing. At least I got my giveaway and contest messages out there. Give it a look ...

(The ROBOBLOG COMIC CONTEST rules, by the way, can still be found here.)

Here's a thought -- if YOU have a ROBOTECH fan project going on you'd like to promote, give me a blurb and a link in the comments thread and I'll give it a look-see. If something really impresses me, or contains a kernel of an idea that intrigues or tickles me, I'll mention it at the outset of the next show, which I promise will be a little less half-assed. (If you'd like to know WHY it might seem a little last-minute and half-assed, well ...)

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  • I want SCWonkey.

    By Blogger StudioMMG, at 23 January, 2008 07:26  

  • Jonathan,

    Interesting discussion on fan projects. I think you make an excellent point about the role of finding time for projects, particularly after college. Time certainly is the deciding factor, but I’d like to expand on that a little bit more. I think there is another issue that ties into time, or rather, how people (particularly adults) prioritize their time and that is the issue of ownership (which you did touch on briefly).

    I think one hurtle for fan projects, especially projects that require a substantial investment of time is that there is no true ownership of your labor. You might have a personal sense of ownership for the result of your work, but the intellectual material isn’t yours. This isn’t necessarily so much a legal concern as simply a matter of professional/personal pride, but in either case, I think the affect is greater on adults, which is why this ties in very well with your original observation concerning the drop off of fan projects post high school/college.

    An artist, writer or whatever out of college may have the skills to make a great fan project, but such a project is unlikely to be of any use to them career wise (i.e. they may not be able to use it in a portfolio and certainly could never publish it without permission or a licensing fee or something to that effect). Now, they could engage in the project for the sheer fun of it, but that is still time they could use for their own original work. This is purely anecdotal, but I’ve been in similar situations. Although I am just an amateur artist, I’m periodically tempted to do fan comics. Of course, with grad school, I don’t have the time anyway, so it’s an easy choice. But even if I did, I can’t help but think that if I invest that time on a project, I should use my own original ideas, develop my own style, and not use the crutch of a preexisting storyline.

    That said, I can’t deny the appeal or the fun of fan art, and I look forward to the results of the comic contest.

    By Blogger Niff, at 23 January, 2008 17:43  

  • I've been trying to get a rather large project done for over a year now. I've got most of the work done, but I can't get enough hands in one place to help me complete it. School and work keep getting in the way too. (rips tuft of hair out) [/frustration]

    I'm working on one or two Robotech AMVs for Akon this year as well. I might cosplay if I have enough money. Not sure who I want to do next.

    If the deadline has been moved back I'll try to finish the comic I started for you. I'm not a very good artist, which tends to conflict my extremely anal attitude about anything I create >.<

    It's great to see you streaming again! Keep it up!

    By Blogger Treiz, at 27 January, 2008 14:02  

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