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New illustration/comic blog

Postby kizma » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:18 am

I have been considering starting a blog project for a few months, if not years, and now I have both the time and ressources necessary to do it.
This blog will be about Buddha Dhamma and will be illustrated. I have yet to decide if it will simply be illustrated concepts and quotes or a web comic.
The goal will certainly be to explore ancient buddhist practice and how it applies in the modern world.
This project can take many forms, so I thought I'd ask people here what they would enjoy seeing.

Is there anything Dhamma-related you would fancy seeing illustrated on a weekly basis?
Would you prefer reading a web comic or looking at individual illustrations/infographics?
Any crazy ideas?

Thanks ;)
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Re: New illustration/comic blog

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:44 am

Here is Dharma the Cat:

http://www.mahabodhi.net/dcat/

in case you have not seen that before and/or if you don't want to repeat what is already out there.
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Re: New illustration/comic blog

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:31 am

kizma wrote:Is there anything Dhamma-related you would fancy seeing illustrated on a weekly basis?
Would you prefer reading a web comic or looking at individual illustrations/infographics?
Any crazy ideas?

Thanks ;)

A webcomic is probably the best idea, because it allows you to dramatise the teachings as they apply to daily life and (hopefully) lighten people's day a bit - which is always a good thing in itself.

Good luck!

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Re: New illustration/comic blog

Postby kizma » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:46 pm

Ooh, I have seen Dharma the cat before, but I had lost track of, and forgotten about it. Thank you for the link!

Good point Kim. It will be easier to get into pragmatic and practical aspects of the teachings through character interactions.
One thought I had was to illustrate some suttas.

What could happen is that I may do a combination of different approaches.
For example, on one week I could make a comic that builds up the storyline, then the next week illustrate the various aspects of a pāli word, then make an infographic on a characteristic of ancient India's culture (I truly appreciate learning more about the historical aspect of the canon to put it into it's context.) etc.

Any more ideas?
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Re: New illustration/comic blog

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:33 pm

kizma wrote:What could happen is that I may do a combination of different approaches.
For example, on one week I could make a comic that builds up the storyline, then the next week illustrate the various aspects of a pāli word, then make an infographic on a characteristic of ancient India's culture (I truly appreciate learning more about the historical aspect of the canon to put it into it's context.) etc.

Any more ideas?

I think you will have different - though overlapping - audiences for the different kinds of approach. You could keep them separate the same way (e.g.) xkcd does - visit http://xkcd.com/ and you will see the "what if" posts are quite separate from the webcomic.
But look at the workload, too - you need a constant flow of new material, updating each stream at least weekly, or people forget to check and you lose them.

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