A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

I have this extreme, knee-jerk negative reaction to white american faux anime shit. Whether it's in web comics (and it's mostly in web-comics. They're all copying each other) or in cartoons or just printed advertising.

I used to read a few web comics. But I stopped. Because they stopped holding my interest. After about a year on the same comic, instead of feeling more entrenched and committed to the story lines and characters I was only reading out of some sense of obligation. So I just don't read them anymore and it's no big deal. I don't miss them. I can't really remember the names of them beyond Goats, Sluggy Freelance, and the one that was actually very different... Bruno.

Anyway, I see that kind of drawing and animation style and I immediately discount anything going on in the piece. It might have some fantastic story line (though I really gaddamned doubt it) and I just won't be able to get through to that because I'm staring at some white guy's version of a 15 year old style of drawing that was popular in another country for 2 seconds but that's cutting-fucking-edge in the US.

It's just the extreme lack of creativity that gets me. Plus the fact that this style goes hand in hand with every ounce of Yiff I have ever seen. I see it and think "at some point, someone has drawn these characters with cat tails and ears fucking each other".

I like that people try to create things. I just wish more people took the time to develop their own styles instead of just cultivating this pervasive sameness.

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