Mental damage

When things come up repeatedly, you should try to take notice of them.In the past few days, I have been coming into contact with the idea of the psychological toll of living a violent life. Hurting people makes you start to see people as things that can be hurt. The act of physically enforcing your will on another person (even for the best of reasons) dehumanizes all people.

So, how does this affect the superhero? What is the mental cost of rearranging your life for the purpose of practicing benevolent violence?

Maybe I am leading Kinetic toward a breakdown. Or worse, maybe he is moving toward some kind of larger acceptance of the violence in his life.

It is exciting to see where this will end up.

Issue #9

The script for the ninth issue of the superhero comic book, Rapid City, has now been posted. Read and discuss it here.

Panel 1 Large panel of Coil stepping in to the apartment. The wires from his hand that unlocked the door are retracting back to his glove. He is being as intentionally non-threatening as he can be in this situation.

COIL

It's ok. I'm a friend. I'm... I was a friend of Hourglass.

COIL

We need to talk.

Panel 2 Kinetic and Coil in the panel as Coil closes the door behind him.

COIL

You go by Kinetic, right?

KINETIC

Yeah.

COIL

It's nice to meet you. I'm called Coil. I wish this had been under better circumstances, but it is what it is.

Panel 3 Close on Coil's foot as he steps among some small pieces on the broken phone.

COIL

This kind of thing happens from time to time. And when it does, we need to sort it out. Figure out what happened.

Laws of Motion

This is one of those cool writing things that just happen sometimes. I have been writing this experiment/comic book about a superhero struggling to get started. It is a metaphor for ME struggling to get started. It is a lot of fun to watch it develop organically.

The character's name was originally "Rampart"..as in "defensive structure". But, during the writing of the scene where he decides on his name, in conversation with the character Monkey....the name Kinetic arrived all on its own.

It happened in real time, right on my keyboard. The dialog tag even said "Rampart" as i wrote him arriving at a different conclusion... Kinetic.

The other day I was struggling to come up with a way to open issue 4. I needed a bit of room between the end of the previous issue and the action of the current one. I already had the second scene written, I just needed that buffer in there.

I started thinking about the word "kinetic" and a great idea occurred to me.

"Kinetic" means "motion". Our universe is governed by "Laws of Motion". Laws of Kinetics if you please.

As I said above, my story is a bout a character struggling to get started.

Any High School graduate should be able to tell you that Newton's first law of motion states that "an object at rest tends to stay at rest until acted upon by an outside force".

How about that. That is exactly the theme of my first story arc.

So now I have a guiding concept for my next two story arcs as well.

My first deals with objects (and lives) at rest and in motion.

So this means that my second and third arcs will deal with gravitation and equal and opposite reactions respectively.

Still not sure how that will present itself, but now I have an overall concept and possible titles.

I love it when things work out like that.

Josh

LitCrit

I have been reading Geoff Klock's How to Read Superhero Comics and Why. I was unaware of Harold Bloom's book How to Read and Why. The book is highly literate, to the point of being show-offy. It is very intelligent, but something was just putting me off. When the buddy who sent me this copy clued me in the the existence of Bloom's book, it hit me.

This is not an actual book that I am reading. This is a Literary Theory FanFic. A FanLitCrit. This guy is not actually saying anything about superheroes or comics books. He is just answering the unasked question: What if Harold Bloom had read Watchmen?

Seeing it in this way, it is getting more and more frustrating. Because this guy isn't really saying anything new at all, he is just showing off with someone else's ideas, and he is using a genre that I care about and take seriously to do it.

And, just to cram these two subjects together into the same post, I am excited about going to see Rob Zombie at the House of Blues in Boston tonight.