The Hiatus is over! OoME is starting back up and we want to thank all the fans for being patient with us as we prepare the buffer for chapter 3. Now, as the twitter feed for today will show: OoME has come under scrutiny. That’s fine. We like hearing what people have to say and we love to have actual critiques. (One such poster has avidly informed the artist that her profile shots require some work and the artist in turn has worked on the profiles a bit in order to rectify this problem as she had thought that that aspect of her art was lacking as well).
Now, what I don’t like is that we’ve got people not coming to us about their concerns. I’ll address some of the thing that I browsed through while peeking at Bad webcomics.
Point one: A very important one to me is that some fans did not appreciate the ‘rape joke’ that was made. I apologize that this offended people, but I will warn you right now, OoME is not a comic about butterflies and happiness. While nothing explicit is going to happen, there are some very dark corners in this story. These have been planned and are part of the story. They are not put in there to be edgy or to generate traffic, these themes are in place for particular reasons that cannot be revealed at this time because it would be considered heavy spoilers.
Neither my wife nor I condone any kind of rape, and we do not seek to make those who are victims of this crime to feel uncomfortable. It was a jest, and I’m afraid that if you cannot take this lighthearted joke, then I must request that you inform us of how we have offended you so that we can reply and apologize.
Point two: The ‘sheltered little Jill doesn’t know what snow is. You’re right. This would be incredibly sheltered if this took place in our lives. There are some spoiler parts here, so I’m going to have to leave it at that.Just know that there is a reason and it will be revealed.
Point three: Lazy writing by having characters say their names. Hah. Yes. I never refer to my friends as ‘Joe’ or ‘Marc’ or ‘Paula’, No, I simply say: ‘Hey you’ and they know I’m talking to them. Now, if the characters were to yammer on saying: “Hey, Lucien Malroy, I want some cheese.” Then yes, that would be bad writing. Sadly, I’ve checked this over and gone over various dialogues, nowhere would any of the characters not say the name in the way they had. Now, if Lucien called Whistle ‘Wilfred’, then yeah. We’d have a problem.
Point four: OoME is not steampunk. Okay. I’ll bite: What is steampunk? So far (in two chapters) we have not divulged anything about the world, which is influenced heavily by ‘steam’. The world is obviously in a victorian-esque era, which has been seen and we’ve got a run down part of town with vents and stuff all over the place. So far, not a compelling argument.
Here’s the kicker though, you have to keep reading so that you as the audience can discover the world outside privileged life (What Jill is used to) and see the ‘new things’ through the protagonist’s eyes. Yes, it’s a gimmick, yes it’s there to keep people wanting to read more of the comic. Just because we’re doing this for fun doesn’t mean we don’t want to have excitement and wonder behind every new page.
And that’s my rant. As the writer of OoME, I love hearing what people think of our story, our world, our characters and their mannerisms. I love explaining things in long winded phrases and giving insight on the creative process behind my works.
Once we’ve reached the end of Chapter 3, the wife and I will consider putting in a forum for all of you who prefer not to have your comments ‘up in lights’. Until then, please don’t be afraid to tell us what you think under the comments section.
Critiques are the only way to be informed if there is a problem somewhere. While it may seem like I’m ‘defending’ OoMe in my rant, I assure you, this is simply an explanation as to why I think these opinions need to be talked about as I know there are some fans out there that are like-minded. This is just my way of letting you all know: Don’t worry, it get’s better and all will be explained
Still building steam, (And patting his own ass in the process)