You keep talking about things that are going to happen like it won't happen for a while. How far ahead have you planned? Is there a definitive stopping point where you'll just be done with Love Me Nice? If so will you start another project?
Love Me Nice’s story is mostly planned out. There’s a lot of room for me to make up stuff as I go and writing opportunities, but it’s going in a specific direction toward a decisive ending. It’s just a matter of mapping how I get there, I have chapters like… towards the end completely planned out, but a lot of in-between chapters have lots of room for changes and new ideas. I have events that have to happen along the way, some in a specific order following a timeline, some that can happen anywhere if it works. Some are actually time sensitive and I gotta be aware of how time and months are progressing. But I also rewrite stuff all the time.
I hope to be working on other projects before Love Me Nice even ends, as Love Me Nice is gonna… it’s gonna be long. It’s going to be , like, another 10-12 chapters *before* the time-skip, and the time-skip marks the half-way point. So, uh, yeah. If I wait til LMN ends to start other projects, well, I don’t think I’ll be doing much else!
I do have plans for stuff I wanna do alongside it or after it, just need the time :P
You said: "I always feel kinda sad when people say Praline is their favorite, because she is a minor character and half-way through the story, she becomes a sorta ghost. She still makes appearances, but she’s just not a major player in the story." -- Then alter accordingly! Mo subplots is good
Well I’m not sad she doesn’t have a bigger role, I’m happy with the story as it is being written now and I don’t have the desire to write anything for Praline, especially as dense as things are gonna end up getting. I’m just kinda sad that people might be disappointed, but that’s how it goes. There’s room for her to make an appearance or be useful if i need her, but I’m not desperate for writing opportunities with her.
You know, every time I see Fran's last name, I think it says "Human" for a second, kind of like how Mac's last name is Monkey. Also, I'm re-reading love me nice, and I gotta say, it's amazing! It flows so much better when you're not waiting a few days between each page.
Oh god, I never noticed that about her name before! I mean, uh, I did it on purpose. I am clever. o_o;;
And that both makes me happy and sad! I’m so glad the comic reads well, but I am super bummed because my ideal update rate for this comic would be 3 pages a week, sorta back-to-back for that very reason. The beginning of this year was not kind to me and I’ve been recovering and trying to work back up to my goals since.
But things are looking up and I’m hoping to get back to where I was headed in February.
I always feel kinda sad when people say Praline is their favorite, because she is a minor character and half-way through the story, she becomes a sorta ghost. She still makes appearances, but she’s just not a major player in the story.
Wait, so are Fran and Kelly actually dating or going to be? Or is this just meant to be a cute doodle and nothing more?
As far as the comic’s timeline goes they have just started dating, and they’re taking their sweet time of it. It isn’t a secret spoiler or anything, like knowing that doesn’t change anything at all, which is why I got no qualms drawing it.
It’s just a fact and a subject that hasn’t come up in conversation yet (though in the chapter after next, it’s the subject of a big loud fight). It’s the details surrounding their being together and staying together and past relationships that are spoiler-y-y.
Do you have a favorite character to draw? Favorite character story? Who are you most excited t introduce to us?
Claire and Kelly are kinda tied for my favorite to draw. But honestly, I designed my characters in a way that makes me enjoy drawing all of them. That was my main goal, after them looking the part, making sure this was a character I’d enjoy drawing a million times.
As for favorite character story… I’m gonna say Roger because his is, like, the most influential on everyone else’s story. I think if it weren’t for his story, everyone else’s stories would be drastically different — he’s singularly the one piece that if removed, nothing would work anymore.
I am excited to introduce Bongo and Melissa. They are fun to write. Because they’re assholes.
Swear to god I'll leave you alone after this, but after seeing the adoption talk and running through the archives today, I just wanted to say I found out the exact same thing Carolina did at the exact same age. The two of us are kinda in the same boat as far of being distantly curious but too wrapped up in the wackiness of life to give it any serious thought. Sometimes it sorta feels like adoption is something invisible or at best dismissed in a lot of media. It feels nice being represented.
Aww, I’m glad! I didn’t want her adoption to be the source of drama, but just a detail of her life. It was the Toon thing that was the “big deal.” I’d like to think if it weren’t for that, they’d have moved on with life pretty cozily. But it didn’t work out that way.
I dislike stories where finding out you’re adopted ALWAYS like unravels your life. Yeah, that happens no and again, but it’s not so consistently… dramatic. It’s just a fact of some peoples’ lives.
I don't know if this has been asked before, but do the toons in Love Me Nice follow classic toon tropes? If you drop a piano on them, will they just see stars and play a silly tune on the keys stuck in their teeth or die? Or can they pull items, like frying pans or mallets, from behind their back?
It varies toon-to-toon. Some are naturally gifted in that department, some are practiced/skilled, and for many it only works when it’s funny. Or not at all.
Claire can’t bounce back from physical harm, for example. Mac and Kelly are really resilient but can’t take extremes, and only pull things out of “hammerspace” out of an extreme necessity. Not-yet-introduced Bongo could pass through a wheat thresher without anything more than scratches and bruises, and can do old classic toon tricks at will, due to natural talent and training. Carolina’s the same way as Bongo, she’s just completely ignorant of it.
Hey! I love your comic, and I love how much you talk about the behind the scenes writing process. It makes me feel a lot better about my own stories when I see people who have made something I really like talk about the same kind of worries I have! For a question, are we ever going to learn more about Carolina's birthparents?
Not in any detailed accounts, no. They are practically ghosts, plotwise. They aren’t active players in the plot and she doesn’t have an interest in them for the run of the series. As far as she’s concerned, she already has parents — and since their relationship with her and her brother has been a bit strained lately, she’s too concerned with that to even think about them. Give her a few years, and she’ll be interested in that part of her life. But not now.
As an adopted person who watches over and works with other adopted kids and their families, I'm sorta offended that's you'd compare it to rehabilitation. Yes, there are sometimes kids who get into bad stuff while going through foster care, but it's definitely not a majority. Maybe I'm just being defensive, but it sounds sorta belittling to my family, and the families of the people I care and work for.
Err, you seem to be strictly using a single use of the word “rehabilitation” and taking that definition to heart.
1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.3. To reinstate the good name of.4. To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of.
Children and teens up for adoption need to be adopted for a reason — why is it so important to get them into a “home” setting if they’re fine where they are? It has nothing to do with them being bad or “messed up.” It’s because they need security, structure and a safe home life. Adoption means bringing someone from a completely different background and living arrangement. You can’t take someone out of the foster system or their previous life arrangements, put them in your home and just say, “Okay, there’s the food, school is in the morning. Have fun.” There’s a period of adjustment, they need to get used to their new home, their new family. They may not be trusting, you won’t know all their interests. It will be a considerable period of time before this is their home, honestly and truly. You have to be patient, be there for them, help and guide them. I think you’re stuck on the term “rehabilitation” applying to drug addicts or people in dire straights or poor physical health, and that’s why you’re assuming I’m saying kids needing to be adopted are bad or live in bad conditions. This is not the case, as I hope I explained.
Also sorry if those are really annoying questions but I always wonder that with stuff about toons interacting with humans. LMN is one of my favorite comics on the web and reading about you pulling it off in the middle of work really helps invigorate me with my own attempts to get stuff done.
Naw it’s cool! It’s fun because this is the kind of stuff I think about and write so the world is solid but doesn’t necessarily get featured in writing the plot.
I always wondered this in Roger Rabbit so answer for LMN. If I go to Japan and meet Toons living there, do they look more like Sailor Moon and less like Mickey? Are there "races" among cartoons as we bleed into different styles of animation? Are there weird cubist Clone-High styled toons wandering around Seattle right now in that world, and if so were there in the 40's and 50s?
Toon appearances are pretty varied and sometimes how they look on TV/film is a result of make-up and special effects. In certain countries, specific aesthetics are prefered and therefore in the media more — I mean, Carolina and Claire could probably pass for “anime” with the right conditions, but they clearly don’t where they live and work. So in Japan, there’s still be Toons that look like, say, Roger, they’re just not gonna be the ones who end up on TV. Same with other eras — just like with our media, what has been desirable and attractive has changed with the times. Just because, like, during one era super-skinny women were popular and in the media most of the time doesn’t mean curvy women stopped existing, and vice versa.
Sorry if you've already answered this one, but why is your comic titled "Love Me Nice"? I've always been curious ... 8->
Because of lyrics from “Witch Doctor” by Ross Bagdasarian (Dave Seville). It was kinda-sorta the prototype first “Chipmunks” song.
“I told the witch doctor you didn’t love me true
I told the witch doctor you didn’t love me nice
And then the witch doctor, he game me this advice.”
It was originally to comment on an aspect of Mac and Claire’s relationship that doesn’t exist in a lot of the rewrites, but I kept the title because it syncs with a sort of theme throughout the comic about affection and validation for a lot of the characters, not just romantically.
Hi :3 I love LMN a lot, and your art style in general! My fave comic page is prob still Page 13 (and Page17) cause Claire's hair is just sooo gorgeous~ :D I guess I don't really have much of a question, but just sharing the love ^^ xoxo
Hair is one of my favorite things to draw so that pleases me.
Why not adopt when you have the funds for it? The world is really over populated as it is and there are plenty of children that are left behind from careless intimacy.
1) I may never qualify for adoption, based on income.
2) I would like to adopt later in life, when I may be more settled down. Adoption isn’t the same thing as having a baby, there isn’t that instinctive mother/child bond. In many ways, it is basically rehabilitation and requires more care and patience. A lot of mothers expect that instant bond that is instinct, and become disenchanted when it doesn’t happen — I’d at least like to get that out of my system, and have the right goals, expectations and environment to rehabilitate a person. I’d also like to adopt a much older child or teenager come that point in my life — they’re the ones who need the help the most.
3) I really want to experience pregnancy and childbirth at least once.
4) The world being “overpopulated” is kind of overhyped on the subject of adoption. While I fully support adoption and wish the system was better and there were more open homes, new children still need to be born — some countries are experiencing low birth rates, and that’s actually a serious problem. In other countries, the opposite is true, and is just as much of a problem. It’s not as cut and dry as that.
what is your ultimate ambition or are you pretty much doing it right now?
Ultimate? Hrrm. Just to make a living off comics eventually, solely so I can have an excuse to be constantly making comics. I don’t care if, like, Love Me Nice gets big enough to do that for me, or if I have to take on like 5-7 projects to make that a reality.
As long as I’m doing it, and making comics, I’m happy.
OH OH OH ultimate ambition, I wanna be a mom! Totally want to have a baby right now! But they cost money, and I’m not exactly makin’ a living off comics yet :U one ambition fuels the other!!