Duck Boy (the graphic text)

A question I get about my hybrid graphic-verbal text use is: How do you edit the graphic? Mostly the question isn’t based upon revisions or re-inks of the graphic image (although if you would see some of the original ‘Xanax Kisses’ work, you’ll see some pretty poor stretch dimensions in the frames within the hyperframe). The question–usually–refers to why would a verbal text writer pick that set of graphic text imagery to convey a meaning that wasn’t solely using the verbal text.

I don’t think this is in the flash fiction version of ‘Duck Boy’, but it does demonstrate a bit of non-intensive graphic text use. The graphic here is symbolic of the overall concept of the ‘Duck Boy’ story. It isn’t really pushing the narrative forward and is just a ‘one off’ type thing. If one were to use Scott McCloud’s categorization of graphic text usage with verbal, this would be placed in a weak additive classification.

Is the graphic text needed for the story? That is what every hybrid artist must ask him or herself. Is this text needed? In the long run, the answer was a firm ‘no’ for ‘Duck Boy’. It was a graphic, a one-off and added a very weak additive graphic text to a flash fiction story.

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Duck Boy

‘Duck Boy’. Yes, good ol’ ‘Duck Boy’. I do get a few questions on ‘Duck Boy’. Mostly the questions are along the lines of ‘Does your mom know what you write?’ and the simple, most direct answer to that is ‘hell no.’

Should writers write for an audience that includes their parents? Maybe, but I don’t. I write for probably the really weird voices in my head. What goes on in my head that produces the love story that is ‘Duck Boy’? I think gremlins. Lots of them. All fondling each other and screaming out ‘We will not go until the Marshmallow Man takes us!’

It seems that a lot of my author friends have touching stories on how they come up with the theme for their shorts. I just see things and think, ‘Jesus, that looks like something the Pope would get flogged for!’ It is usually those moments that I capture in my mind. The ‘What If’ moments. ‘What If’ that can of adult toys you saw in that work room so long ago had to be really shared openly? ‘What If’ you needed the money that bad…just how far would you go to make a dollar?

I am not really a flash fiction writer. I once joked that it took me longer than 2k just to get the person to the car door. Trying to focus on flash fiction (and to do so for a foreign magazine) was a great exercise for me. I have taught flash fiction techniques to students learning how to write abstracts. In abstracts, much like flash fiction, every word counts. I think Twitter, when used properly, can help focus that part of the brain. Norm MacDonald is a great example of that with his book club. Slight Warning: Don’t rock Norm’s boat because you’ll go from him following you to this: NBCtwit

I’ll tease out a small sample, but if you want the full story you’ll have to look around Pure Slush or even Google Books. If you want the printed version, then Amazon.ca/com/uk/wherever will have something for you.

Quack Quack.

Oh, and Norm…I’m sorry for that iconography comment.

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Mind Maps aka Clustering

Some call it ‘clustering’ and some may call it ‘mind maps’ but the basic thought is the same: You went to college because of ‘Magic’ Johnson.

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