Chapter 3 page 4: It Wasn’t Always Like This

posted 01/04/2022

Chapter 3 page 4: It Wasn’t Always Like This



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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

Rhodes looks back on his older work. Note the complete and total absence of bears.

KNM is a surrealist horror comic, but it’s also a comic about the personal significance of art and its relationship with mental health. It’s not the most marketable idea, but I’m not trying to appeal to a mass market audience and I feel comfortable occupying this hyperspecific niche. Write what you know, as they say.

Happy new year!

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view Tehpikachu's profile

1/4/2022

Tehpikachu

hmm maybe he has something to learn from Gideon 👀

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

He has a lot he could be learning from Gideon 👁👁

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view callmerocket's profile

1/5/2022

callmerocket

Perhaps Gideon could learn a thing or two from them, and yet - does he need to? He's an anxious recluse, but he doesn't seem unhappy!

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/5/2022

Lutzbug

He just needs to lose Gabriel somehow.

You’re picking up on a lot of themes that will be explored later on in the story… 👁👁👁

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view WynautWarrior's profile

1/4/2022

WynautWarrior

AAAAAAAAAA I know this feeling! I look at my old art sometimes, sure it was bad, but some of the details were great! I wish I could get something like that with my current style.

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

Oh yeah I’ve definitely been there. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the mindset where I was less disciplined but more free.

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view Firefly Jelly's profile

1/4/2022

Firefly Jelly

How about... COWS?!
(Feel the meta wave wash over you...)

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

But that would create a logic loop that would cause the universe to collapse upon itself!!

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view callmerocket's profile

1/4/2022

callmerocket

OMG

THE SULKY BLOB IN THE CENTER BOTTOM SHELF Rhooodes XD

Any comic or work of art that explores creative block feels as much like autobio as whatever genre it actually is, haha

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

I had a lot of fun figuring out what kind of sculptures he’d do in his less disciplined but more experimental younger years. I think he’s underestimating how many people would appreciate his sad blobs 😂

Honestly a lot of my work could be interpreted as thinly-veiled autobio lol. Sometimes I don’t realize how many pieces of myself I leave in my work until someone points it out and I’m like “…oh.” Art is a way for us to communicate what’s in our souls and what it’s like to be us, and tbh I find it beautiful when people allow themselves to be vulnerable in their work in that way

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view callmerocket's profile

1/5/2022

callmerocket

HELL YEAH SON I also subscribe to this philosophy. Art without vulnerability on some level is kinda boring, or at least not tapping into its full potential. It's worthwhile to put oneself on the line

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view melaredblu's profile

1/4/2022

melaredblu

Nothing kills your motivation like being stuck in a rut. Experiment, man. It's good for the skills and the soul.

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

A lot of his older work was more experimental—unfortunately it looks like he’s forgotten how to get into that mindset. He’s too deep into bear purgatory beargatory

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view khkddn's profile

1/4/2022

khkddn

Each of these statues is my dear friend and I'm leaving all my worldly possessions to them in my will

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/4/2022

Lutzbug

They would appreciate that very much. If you’re an organ donor, please leave those to them as well

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view cooks's profile

1/5/2022

cooks

the cross armed sad dragon statue is sending me
and that gondola lookn friend
an excellent collection
good that he saved them... !

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/5/2022

Lutzbug

His old sculptures are all friend-shaped!

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view Taily's profile

1/6/2022

Taily

Angsty dwaaagons ^u_u^

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view whiteshaix's profile

1/7/2022

whiteshaix

I think every artist can relate. I get nostalgic too when looking to my ancient, moderately bad, experimental drawings.
Interesting theme for sure!

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view Lutzbug's profile

1/7/2022

Lutzbug

Thanks! It’s very strange how we can be nostalgic for a time when we were much less skilled, but more free to explore ideas without feeling beholden to a certain standard.

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