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artistic license vs. being mean

I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I'm working on an LBF comic that isn't exactly sweet and kind toward a particular webseries that is well-known in the lesbian community. I think the joke is honest (and funny), but I admit I thought about censoring it a bit or discarding it altogether so as not to piss anyone off, burn any bridges, or generate resentment (then again, it is only a tiny, niche webcomic).
As I wrangled with myself over it, I knew deep down that I was going to publish it anyway. Primarily because it's distinctly my sense of humor, and to try and muzzle that in any way would probably make the strip suck - and what good is that to anyone? Just as importantly, I think art and humor are necessary elements of critical discourse. I have hesitated in the past in being honest about my opinions on lesbian content, particularly indie stuff, because there's so little of it. It seemed counter-productive to criticize what little we had, even when it was deserving (a lot of it really is terrible).

I've since changed my mind. I actually think it's more important to be honest in this case, as I do believe blind acceptance of inferior content doesn't push anyone to be better.

And I've never been one to hold my tongue. ;)

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ayrdaomei
Feb. 19th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Just as importantly, I think art and humor are necessary elements of critical discourse

Sure. Of course, those two things are highly subjective. You just have to trust your instincts, and your audience, I would think.
(no subject) - luvibobeg - Feb. 17th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC) - Expand
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