have you considered first person? (would the prose narrative lend itself well to first person then you can just use “I, me, us” etc. Or just a shorthand version of their name everyone calls them.
Or everyone just inexplicably blurts out “y’all” instead
I can suggest Eth’s Skin for a good example of a gender neutral character?
Sfé talks about Eth’s pronouns and how people react to them on his twitter sometimes too, so thats probably worth a look.
yeah, Eth is a great character, but unfortunately since the comic is visual it’s not super helpful to me (but thank you!)
changing the story to 1st or 2nd person has been suggested, but unfortunately would hugely change the story (it’s a giant change to make in prose). thank you, tho!
12:51 am • 12 August 2014 • 32 notes
i cant say i have pieces to recommend sadly, but i think if you’re looking for a solid neutral gender pronouns, they is always good, but you can also pull up the mogai archive and just look through pronouns. alternatively, you can challenge yourself by questioning and challenging the concept of gendered pronouns, and of gender in general, simply with the language used by others to identify the character.
she/her, but what does it mean to be apart of girlhood? what does it look like? are she/her even female pronouns? stuff like that. abandoning pronouns is something ive done recently on a level, but i can imagine its much much different in a literary standpoint and it may be much more difficult.
i think that more ideas will come to you once you begin to use the neutral nature of this character to challenge your reader on a social level
yeah this is rly good thank you!! this will help me think about it a lot. thanks!!
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12:44 am • 12 August 2014 • 32 notes
All right, I have a creative conundrum.
The main character in a story I’ve long been building is, ideally, gender neutral. Given that I’d been conceptualizing this story as a comic, that’s not too hard to convey—absent secondary sex characteristics, neutral gender presentation, reactions of other characters—it’s not too hard, because with a visual medium, you can pick this stuff up in the same nuances and subtleties you do in real life.
That said, lately I’ve been thinking I’m more likely going to have to make it as some sort of combined prose + illustration + sequential imagery thing. This is intimidating for a lot of reasons—there’s no real road map to follow in the same way as there are roadmaps for comics and for pure prose—but also because it brings up the thorny question of pronouns.
I like “they” fairly well as a gender neutral pronoun, but it is much more suited to speech than to written prose; others, like ze, ey, etc, suffer in that they are still so unusual as to be jarring in text form (and also, I don’t much like them for this character anyway).
People tend to assume the character is male, anyway—I could take the easy route and just use “he.” I could go the other way and use “she,” too. Neither choice would change the character much, but they would definitely change how readers react to the character, and I worry about that.
I have considered abandoning pronouns altogether, but I can only think of one successful piece of prose that did that—the Doctor character in Railsea by China Mieville, who is a pretty minor character and who is usually just called “the doctor,” anyway.
Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Pieces to recommend? Pronouns to recommend even?
12:22 am • 12 August 2014 • 32 notes
french curve monster
took a french curve + pencil and threw some dumb curves down and then made a monster out of it. first hour or so of drawing was 100% unsketched fattish marker, then eventually did a few small pencil sketches for some layout stuff as i finished it up
wish i knew more about color
let me know if there’s a tag you think i should add to this post
2:33 am • 25 June 2014 • 23 notes
Dr Pumpkin Dynamo, Corgi-American. A character created more or less on the fly for a game of Fiasco. She has an MD and a Ph D in xenobiology and is super psyched to solve space-crime with the powers of life science. Fiasco is a real silly game.
2:05 am • 15 May 2014 • 15 notes
here’s the other little thing i’m going to get a few small prints of for tcaf friends. i know it’s kinda silly! but people seem to like small’n’cute :)
10:16 pm • 6 May 2014 • 163 notes
will possibly also have small prints of this at tcaf? and something else too but i wanted to post them separately because of mood whiplash
10:16 pm • 6 May 2014 • 69 notes
I’ll be at TCAF this weekend and if you can find me I’ll have miniprints of this to give out! :)
9:14 pm • 5 May 2014 • 19 notes