|You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. |
Cop Story © Oly-RRR
I was featured by incredibly nice CassidyPeterson (seriously, thank you again) and this feature made me think back to how people react to my comics (often in less nice ways) and how some of those reactions puzzle me.
Because I often hear some variation that comes down to "you write about disability but your stories are not only about disability" and it puzzles me because it’d be pretty damn hard if not impossible to write something about only one aspect of life. But then I realise that right now most stories with disability in media come down to "HE PAINTS USING ONLY ONE FINGER AND ALSO IS A PERSON JUST LIKE YOU AND ME GO FIGURE" and yeah, compared to that my stories are nearly as multidimensional as an encyclopaedia.
Really I don’t know. I guess I stopped noticing around the same time I lost count of how many disabled or not disabled characters I have. Or I just got used to them and in a way to me, because there was a time when I though I’m not a writer who can handle writing about so many varied people and turns out I can and I’m not even a great writer, I just try hard (and had a really bad time for a couple of years). And my characters got used to themselves (most of them). I mean disabled people have other aspects of life besides choosing the right wheelchair same as any person has other interests in life besides clothes even though hey, we all wear clothes daily. We really only go on about something that’s either new, important or causes strong emotions so for most disabled people their disability itself is old news (the bastard who put his Volvo in a disabled parking space isn’t though – he does it every week but chalk it up to causing strong emotions). My favourite podcast is Ouch and it is about disability but really it’s more about life and humour and it’s a disability podcast more because it’s one of the few places where disabled people are allowed to talk about life and humour because if you are disabled you are not allowed any casual media appearance unless it’s a 10-minute news story about your hobbies narrated in a sugary voice.
Look... Cop Story's current chapter is many ways about a guy coming to terms with a loss of his arm and it's also a story about investigations and police work and friendships (or a lack of them when your best friend is transferred to middle of nowhere and you both think you can't talk anymore). Piss Business is about a quadriplegic guy using urinary catheterization and it's a story about scheming and lying. Next To Normal is set in a school for disabled kids and it's mostly a story about weird parents (and a little bit about cynical classmates). This short with a really long title is set in the same school and is about teenagers being fans of stuff without understanding what it is. Hell if I know when I start and stop writing about disability. I don't... really think... writing (or life) works exactly like that?
It’s funny, a while ago (before Cop Story existed) someone suggested I make an autobiographic comic. And I tossed this idea around in my head and realized that a comic with me as main character would bore me to death and I’d rather make a comic about all kinds of people who never get to be main characters same as I don’t. (Insert lots of going back and forth - I like to think I am less susceptible to outside influence than a lot of people but when half the people you know side-eye your characters it does take time to get used to.) Working on Cop Story has been great fun so far but sometimes I look at dumb shit my characters do and wonder if I tricked myself and really am writing an autobio comic in a way. Good luck figuring out which of my characters' daft acts are my own.
PS. I really need to change the banner. Silas is a good person- well, he isn't really but he tries- but anyway, he's been here for over a year and it's time to give someone else a shot. I'll change it when I figure out which of my characters looks natural in a very horizontal picture. Gavin is volunteering to do it naked like one of your French girls to make my pageviews rocket through the roof, somehow I doubt this is what I'll go with.
PPS. I really should sleep because I'm behind on art as it is and staying online yammering on won't make comic pages or Halloween-related pictures or character design or scripts happen.
PPPS. That smiley reminds me of Peter Capaldi's eyebrows. They are magnificent, Peter Capaldi is brilliant. The end.