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Messages - Operative13

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 11, 2024, 06:33:52 PM »
This work was partly inspired by "Ascendance of a Bookworm" touched with my personal experiences working as a library assistant during my oh-so-long-ago youth. I was initially excited about the whole 'bookworm' making books and becoming a librarian aspect until around the halfway mark when the story started to change into a typical adventure-type fantasy.

With "Curations of a Bibliotech", I'm aiming to rectify that disappointment by truly capturing the librarian experience and really showcasing what we actually do in that line of work. We don't just collect books you know! It's a crucial public service that I think often gets glossed over due to the mundane tropes and stereotypes that gets depicted in media. Have a question about a very vague subject that's not common knowledge? Library. Need a place to work and study? Library Want to archive your work for safekeeping? Library. Want to promote your books and ideas but have a tight budget? Library.

I think the kicker of them all is simply how involved the library is behind-the-scenes in practically everything one does. They work with museums, news media, copyright offices, legal professions, academies and universities, charities, and most importantly, democratizing information for the impoverished. The vast majority of the world does not in fact own a computer, only having access to the chatter of friends, families, and colleagues and whatever free media they can get their hands on. To those people, libraries act as essentially a window to the outside world and to opportunities you otherwise wouldn't have known. Librarians are first and foremost curators of information, and information is power.


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Sadly, the original request may no longer be active. It has been 6 months since the OP has last visited this forum and is unlikely to pursue this further.

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Manga Talk / Re: So I Binge-Read All of Berserk...
« on: January 09, 2024, 06:43:05 PM »
In my view, the problem that just not Berserk, but many Japanese fiction works (and frankly many works in general), is that the conflicts and themes tends to be very surface-level. There's hardly any questions about how complex and strange life really is, and often the characters tend to be caricatures of tropes and ideals rather than reflections of reality. As a result, there's often a lack of subtlety and very often the story rigs the plot into forcing a certain idea or emotion. They dictate to the audience, and do not allow them to consider other options.

The best works I've seen come from those that understand that the audience is intelligent and will make interpretations based on what the plot presents itself. Hayao Miyazaki just keeps winning awards competing against the very best of cinema (i.e. Boy and the Heron) whereas others are barely lucky to get nominated for one for this very reason. This mastery of themes and conflicts baked into a interpretable story is what separates timeless classics from mindless eye-candy. Berserk may be popular, but it is no more a classic than the likes of Naruto, Bleach, or Dragon Ball Z. It's certainly not in the tier of works like Satoshi Kon or Makoto Shinkai.

Personally I think the best question to ask oneself whether they enjoyed the work is if they would go through the trouble of reading/watching it again. If the answer is a resounding yes, then it is a work that stuck with you well. If the answer is a very hesitant maybe, then it is perhaps little more than eye-candy that you get sick of after having too much.  :sick:

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 09, 2024, 02:28:12 AM »
@Suuper Good suggestion on the dialogue. Perhaps I can find a good middle ground between keeping the dialogue nice and tight without compromising story points or character traits.  :-\ The more efficient method is almost always the best case  8)

I might also try the print to see if that helps, though I feel in this case it might come down to the art style more than anything. It's very thin-line-heavy if that makes sense. Giving some depth and thickness while cutting down on details could not only save time, but give focus to more relevant details. An excellent idea to pass on to the team.

As for criticisms, by all means keep at it! I would much rather hear these feedbacks now than wait until the work is too far in to make any substantial changes. I'm of the belief that no work is truly the final version, and so as the author I can retcon and remake whatever I feel like and there's nothing but the most die-hard of fans can do about it  :biggrin: As long as it improves on the piece, I'm all for it.

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:23:17 PM »
Hmm... perhaps that might also be a result of the artwork itself. I'll take that into consideration as the story progresses, and we might look into a revamp.  :-\

I suppose if this was to be read on a typical 8.5inx11in paper, then the panels would be that width. I can see how  compared to other work they do come off as quite small, so we could revisit that and see how best to make them stand out  :hmm:

This is certainly a dialogue-intensive story. A fix for that could be to split the scenes into several smaller scenes, though that entails higher cost if that needs to be done. Tight budgets need to be managed, and if I had to choose between a well-written story and slight inconveniences, I would rather much take the story. The inconvenience can be fixed later when opportunity permits itself. Nevertheless, I'm glad to hear that the humor is mildly decent, even if it's not the Laugh-Out-Loud variety (Yet). We're planning for another 3-page set later in the months, so keep an eye out as they come in  ;)

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 06:56:21 AM »
@suuper Great to hear you enjoying it! We had this particular work sitting in the backburner for awhile, so it's a joy to know our efforts last year was worth it!  :thumbsup: And yes, the first page was first posted in Project Octavia, but for the sake of consistency, I reposted it to this new thread.

Originally, this was inspired by the 4-panel yonkomas you might be familiar with for some Japanese works, and a vertical format was considered, as well as a 2x2 format. I eventually opted for a horizontal setup both as a nod to Western-style comic strips, but also to indicate that the work is meant to be read left-to-right and therefore a horizontal setup would better indicate that.

As for art quality, having it too high is a new one for me.  :-\ I typically prefer higher-quality as that allows for infinite scaling where needed, but perhaps I can look into providing lower-resolution versions just for those particular cases.

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:44:52 AM »

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:44:37 AM »

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:44:16 AM »

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Develop Your Story / Re: [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:43:49 AM »

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Develop Your Story / [Project ATLAS] Curations of a Bibliotech
« on: January 07, 2024, 04:33:24 AM »
Curations of a Bibliotech
By O.P. Holden

Head Librarian Adelais (Left) and her Assistant Librarian Octavia (Right)

From fantastical tales of dragons and magic, to the emotional thrill of horror and romance, Octavia has long dreamt of becoming a librarian to indulge herself in the countless stories a place has to offer. And so when the position of Assistant Librarian opened at the famous Great Library of Atlas, Octavia jumped at the chance of fulfilling her longtime dream.

Unbeknownst to Octavia, the library would turn out to be far different than she had imagined. With the library void of any fun or exciting tales, and with the Head Librarian Adelais constantly watching her every move, Octavia must fight to bring the joy of reading to everyone through her Curations of a Bibliotech.

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Develop Your Story / Re: Project Serentedia - Week 14
« on: January 07, 2024, 12:05:09 AM »
Oh how time flies...  :ohmy: I was not expecting to go into hiatus for 6 months, but here we are. A short explanation of why, a bunch of delays both in the writing and artwork ended up setting the next update back much farther than I'd like, and the next thing you know, 6 months passed without any substantial progress. But we've finally crossed over that hurdle in December before the infamous MR shutdown of '23 happened.

With that said, we have the next piece ready for sendoff, but I won't update just yet. The team still has other priorities to handle for an upcoming contest we're competing in (details to be shared later), and so we will resume work on February once our workload is cleared. Until then, keep an eye out on new projects we have on the horizon.  ;)

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2024
« on: January 06, 2024, 11:53:54 PM »
And another glorious year awaits us! What new projects shall we have in store  ;)

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2023
« on: January 06, 2024, 04:03:30 PM »
I was worried the site had finally kicked the bucket after (checks time) 15+ years of operation and we had an impromptu shutdown. A month is a long time to be down and I was practically wondering where I'd move my posts to afterwards. There's no other site that quite captures the spark that mangaraiders has.  :D

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MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2023
« on: January 05, 2024, 03:49:21 AM »
Huzzah! The site is back!  :dance:

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