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Quackcast 674 - Fashion

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Feb. 13, 2024

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Do you change your style to go with current fashions or do you stick with your own thing and stay independent of changing trends?
This is complicated by the fact that most people's styles are often influenced by an earlier fashion they just stuck with, but certainly not always, and some fashions reach a point where they become fully developed and eternal (like Art Deco), so it's worth sticking with those rather than changing to reflect ephemeral trends that are never properly formed.

Fashion in design concerns everything! We can talk comics: art style, panel style, lettering style, use of media, writing styles. We can talk clothes, product design, even the design of things that people mistakenly believe are driven by 100% practical concerns like firearms. Fashions in design are everywhere when you know what you're looking for.

Webcomics are a good example. They started in the late 90s as both sketchy graphic novel zines, and 4 panel newspaper gag strips. It wasn't till the early 2000s when they really took off and the first webcomic fashion started: gamer comics. These were comics featuring two slacker guys living together as room mates who played video games. These were EVERYWHERE. Since then a lot of fads have blown through webcomics from the rise of the fury comics, Boy love, the manga influence, Experimental comics, the infinite canvas vertical scrollers, fully digitally drawn and coloured comics and more.

What sorts of fashions have you noticed in webcomics? Do you follow them or do you go your own way?
Talk about any other fashions you feel like too if you want! I love a 1920s and 1930s influence to my clothing style for example.

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plymayer at 11:26PM, Feb. 14, 2024

Was a late comer to the web comics (2007 or 2008?). DD was one of the first I explored and it's still around. Trends do come and go. The variety is great. Keeps things interesting. THE one thing the net does with web comics that you don't get with standard comic books or newstrips is interaction. Web comics are interactive with reader feedback. At what ever level the creators want to participate in.

plymayer at 11:22PM, Feb. 14, 2024

I've been wearing the same type of clothes since the late 70s. Some adjustments here and there. Usually end up reverting to the norm.

Ozoneocean at 8:08PM, Feb. 14, 2024

@JohnCelestri - I imagine you with the moustache and nothing else hahaha

Ozoneocean at 8:08PM, Feb. 14, 2024

@Jason Moon that sounds amazing@ Very retro now and classic, but it's good to go for the old fashioned British punk look.

Ozoneocean at 8:07PM, Feb. 14, 2024

@PaulEberhardt tiger eating Koi is good! It's tempting to go for simple durable gear and I do that myself but I also make sure it fits into my chosen style look.

JohnCelestri at 11:09AM, Feb. 13, 2024

My signature fashion style has been the same for decades: my handlebar mustache dominates whatever I wear.;-)

Jason Moon at 9:49AM, Feb. 13, 2024

Spiked up mohawk with suede and leather jackets. Tank Tops. Fitted jeans with polar fox boots and spiked bracelets ;) The 1920's flapper girls have a really attractive fashion look. I love that film the Great Gatsby

PaulEberhardt at 7:00AM, Feb. 13, 2024

I've been accused of having a distinct clothing style that involves checkered shirts, denim and stuff in olive green, but all I ever really do is choose my clothes for durability alone and bulk-buy whatever stands the test of daily wear and tear. That way I also achieved what may be a lot of men's dream: banishing from my wardrobe all but one single type of socks, t-shirts etc.. Never having to sort them into fitting pairs after washing has turned out to be a real time saver and made life this tiny little bit less annoying. In comics I choose tigers over fancy fashions, but I remember that once upon a time everyone suddenly seemed to draw koi, which prompted me to draw Tiger catch and eat the koi from the neighbour's pond. Some fads are just too good to pass.

Ozoneocean at 6:36AM, Feb. 13, 2024

I often wear cargo trousers in a baggy kakhi style, because they fit into the 1930s adventurer summer look that I often go for- pair them with a tight black t-shirt or white long sleeve button up shirt with the sleeve rolled up... And a white Panama hat. Haha! It's hot right now so I zip the legs off and they become the coolest shorts ever. 😊

bravo1102 at 12:16AM, Feb. 13, 2024

I worked in the men's department of a better department store. I tried to have a working knowledge of fashion and style as opposed to cheap polyester ties and cheaper tone on tone shirts that didn't feel like cloth but some kind of plastic film. I used to have a closet full of clothes and nearly a hundred neckties.

bravo1102 at 12:10AM, Feb. 13, 2024

I wear a frumpy uniform to work. A little less so since we got cargo pants which have been part of my personal style since I joined the army. I'm so happy I don't have to concern myself with such things anymore.

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