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Balancing cute and serious.
Scialyte at 6:34PM, March 30, 2007
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For some strips, this isn't a concern. Cute/funny/flippant is the name of the game, especially in comics where you need to get your joke across by the last panel in the strip.

But for some webcomics, you want to paint a more serious picture, and too much humor or silliness can bring the reader out of the mood you're trying to set. Even in a serious setting, though, you occasionally need visual hooks to get a reader to care about an innocent character in your story, and one of the strongest tools to do this is to make it cute.

I'm currently having a dilemma where the need for cuteness and my need for a serious tone collide, in the creation of a slave race. On one hand, making them too cute makes the slavery issue like a flashing neon sign, which is really not something I want to do. It ranks right up there with people who only want to save the cute animals. On the other hand, making this race too earthy and alien makes it difficult for the reader to naturally connect with them.

As I complete my eleventy-billionth sketch trying to marry these two concepts, how do you personally include cuteness or silliness in a serious comic without losing the ‘mood’?

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ozoneocean at 6:48PM, March 30, 2007
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Children.

That's your answer. Make the adults earthy and alien, but have a kid or two among them so show how endearing and lovely they can be! That's what kids are for ^_^
 
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 12:14AM, March 31, 2007
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quite brilliant, ozone.
but fyi, scialyte, it's generally awesome to have humor. Real life has humor in it, it's not all dour and dreary and “oh, I'm a slave…” so yeah! don't shy away from humor~! ^_^
(my comment was utterly pointless, sorry)
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Scialyte at 6:48AM, March 31, 2007
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Wow, it seems so obvious. Thank you, Ozone. ;)
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ozoneocean at 7:12AM, April 1, 2007
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No worries :)
 
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