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Hi there VeggieBoarders,<br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Prélude Ã* general-midi d'un faune<br></span></b><br>
Have you ever been reading a book, watching a TV show, or otherwise enthralled by a gripping narrative, when suddenly the characters you have come to care about do something you donÂt like involving dead animals and youÂre forced to make mental and/or emotional compromises on the spot? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> And when itÂs a murder mystery, do you often shout ÂAh, thereÂs the killer! during a particularly heinous restaurant scene? Is anyone with me? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:"><br><br>
From my experience, most mainstream writers approaches (TV and film in particular, with the possible exception of those working on Pamela AndersonÂs pet projects) fall into a very specific and highly predictable category regarding veg*anism: usually there is no overt mention or slightest inclination of the characters in that regard (unless they are later to be shown villainous, a.k.a. Hitler syndrome), and on the rare occasions where the subject is brought up itÂs a curiosity at most.<br><br>
I think it would be great to introduce another censorship system based on how veggie-safe something is (wantonly disregarded, accidentally made it through the wringer, so far so good but fingers firmly crossed, V seal of approval etc). But letÂs return to the beaten path for a moment.<br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Hauptstimme</span></b><br><br>
It is my goal to provide a webcomic that guarantees to refrain from any animal nastiness, unless said nastiness is intended to stir feelings of outrage at the villainy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
Initially it would be a simple series of 3-panel strips or similar, but ideally later we could branch out into doing full-blown animations as a kind of feature (I can do music and audio when we get to that). Of course we could also provide merchandise for folks and all that good stuff if people get addicted to what we have to offer.<br><br>
IÂve already got the writing well underway (story arcs, character development and so on) and am looking for someone to provide the visual art (I am a writer/musician/programmer; the drawing part of my brain didnÂt quite work as advertised). I also have the web hosting set up and ready to go. To give you an idea of whether or not itÂs something that may interest you, here are some of the details, without giving away too much ahead of time and spoiling all the fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
1. It is set in the present day with a little tweak or two (the so-called Âtooth fairyÂ) as needed (see 2).<br>
2. The main characters are a group of vegans (some from Planet Earth, others from one or more parallel dimensions). They form a rock band, then branch out into providing security services, technical support, and a detective agency (inevitably).<br>
3. While the webcomic stars vegans of all shapes and sizes, veganism will not be hammered home in every episode as the main point. That side of things will be largely transparent, and rear its head only when necessary to provide momentum.<br>
4. The team enjoys playing RPGs (especially those set in fantasy worlds, such as D&D) and the story will sometimes be told through the eyes of their PCs. So the ability to draw dragons, dwarves, elves, castles, Â (whether in the cartoony style of the <a href="http://wizards.com/dnd/podcasts.aspx" target="_blank">Penny Arcade/PVP podcasts</a> or more like the <a href="http://www.idwpublishing.com/catalog/series/1451" target="_blank">D&D Comic from IDW</a>) would be a definite plus.<br>
5. The characters sit firmly on the geeky side of the fence, with plenty of in-depth discussions about music, philosophy, technology, ethics and everything else.<br>
6. The base of operations houses fancy computer systems and musical instruments, as well as some custom security equipment (often with a vegan twist).<br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Post hoc ergo helicopter lock<br></span></b><br>
If you have any thoughts or questions about this, please feel free to get in touch. I would love to hear from you.<br><br>
Many thanks for reading (if you got this far!),<br>
ij
 
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