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I've been thinking pretty hard about this ever since I started seeing these Influence Maps pop up around deviantART, and since I probably won't have anything interesting to post for a while yet (woohoo finals :sarcasticclap:), I thought I'd fill this in and egotistically ramble about my artistic development in case anybody would find this even remotely interesting.


1. Looney Tunes. My first-ever "real" gag comics (as opposed to preliminary chapters of never-to-be-finished epic manga fanstories, which were my norm at the time) were Looney Tunes fancomics I made back in middle school, and the first OC I ever made with any semblance of a distinct personality was for Looney Tunes (more info on page 6 here: [link] ). So that's where I developed a lot of my cartoony art style and my sense of humor. Though funnily enough, all my Looney Tunes gag comics used humor based on funny situations and characters' personality traits rather than the series's trademark slapstick; so really, about 95% of the slapstick you find in my "Madness in a Box" stories is a result of me being too lazy to think of anything more clever rather than "my Looney Tunes upbringing showing through".

2. Disney Ducks comics. Specifically the Gemstone-published run. Although Looney Tunes provided the inspiration for my first gag comics, those were more in newspaper comic strip format rather than multipage continuing stories, so it was when I was trying my hand at Disney Ducks fancomics that I really started absorbing a sense of page layout and panel composition. When I made my old mangas in grade school, although I would steal ideas for panels from specific manga I was reading, I would lay out most of the story based on instinct, whereas working with my Ducks fancomics, I was consciously trying to emulate that certain style, and so learned a heck of a lot more about visual storytelling in the process. (For the morbidly curious, an example of my coming-up-on-a-decade-old efforts can be found here: [link] .)

As a random side note, even when I was at the peak of my Don Rosa obsession, and even as much as I love Carl Barks and Marco Rota and Al Hubbard, I never learned as much from any of them as I did from the works of William Van Horn. Which is especially funny because I used to hate his artwork, and constantly got mad at Gemstone for always giving "the guy who draws them all rubbery" the first story slot in every issue.

3. The Tick. Of course I love almost all of the The Tick comics ever made, but back in the day, all I really had was a few episodes of the cartoon show on VHS and two issues of the The Tick Golden Age miniseries, but they were pretty much the funniest things on Earth to me. A lot of the "straightfaced weirdness" dynamic I've got going in my humorous works, where patently illogical/absurd/bizarre/etc circumstances are treated as being perfectly normal, came from here.

4. Amelia Rules. I've been collecting Amelia ever since her first issue came out, when we were both nine years old. (So why the heck is she just turning like eleven while I'm in college?) One could argue that my "Madness in a Box" art style took a lot of inspiration from this book, although "MiaB" really evolved as a corruption of my style for drawing manga chibis, but even so, Amelia Rules is the first comic I ever read where the visual storytelling had a strong impact on me. Even before I knew I wanted to do comics for a living, I would read it and notice little things Jimmy Gownley did in setting up a page and go "Oh, that's clever". And it's still great how he plays with his own art style to tell his story in different ways, like presenting characters' scrapbooks like clipped newspaper comic strips.

5. Herobear And The Kid. This series is pure magic. No exaggeration. Herobear taught me at a very young age everything that comics could be and do. And it's beautiful. And Mike Kunkel needs to get more work so he can get more popular and continue this series, because five issues collected in one volume (even despite the overwhelmingly huge and beautiful "behind the scenes" section at the end) just isn't enough.

6. Warrior U (by *hot-choc). This is a much more recent influence, but I can't even begin to explain how much this webcomic has influenced my shot choices. I mean, it entertained me back when it was a page-a-post gag comic, but when "Harv The Second" came out as her first multipage story, the visual storytelling just blew me away. I sat down and screencapped and took notes on this comic, and it's still beautiful to me. And hilarious, of course.

7. Gotham Girls. Of course Batman: The Animated Series in general has been a huge influence on my artwork for the past few years, but I always have and still do specifically love the incredibly underrated The New Adventures Of Batman-based comic miniseries Gotham Girls, telling in five issues the story of one night, constantly switching between the POVs of Batgirl, Montoya, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn, while still maintaining a fluid and dynamic narrative. I really wish this miniseries would get collected and reprinted in trade form, because not only is it excellent on its own merits, but it really taught me everything I know about scene-to-scene transitions.

8. Fanfiction.Net. I cannot stress the influence this site has had on me, both as a contributor and as a reader. In elementary and middle school, when I did comics, I was always more worried about how they looked than how they read, and so the stories mostly fell flat and were really unoriginal and uninteresting. When I got into fanfiction, I no longer had to worry about visual styles because a) this was pure prose and b) I was "borrowing" the visual style of whatever show I was fanficcing, so I really got to explore the kinds of stories I liked to tell and how I liked to tell them. And how I discovered that I really liked humor that involved long pauses and non-sequiturs. As well, although I haven't done any really serious comic stories, the writing styles of all of my more serious fanfics were strongly influenced by some of the really great writers on that site, all of whom I would link you to, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that most of them have deactivated their accounts. :(

9. The works of *Pinkys1985. I don't know if I've told this story on this site before, but suffice it to say that my "Madness in a Box" would not exist without this girl. In fact, although I'd had a few aimless sketches of a similar design in an old sketchbook, the main reason Harvey Johnson came into existence is because I was immensely jealous of Pinky's ability to create original characters in original universes while all I ever did with my so-called talents was write fanfiction. She's also just been such a great friend, and been such a great supporter of my projects, that the Crackpot you know today wouldn't really exist without her. :) Which is why she needs to upload more of her beautiful artwork more often, blast it.



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Orange-Octopi Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
I've also been influenced alot by the Disney Duck comics, the Looney Tunes, and of course Fanfiction.net. Mostly in my writing work, not my art. But its fun to see all these different influences, I'll have to check this Herobear out, I'd never even heard of it until now.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Artist
Yes, Herobear And The Kid is truly excellent, I'd recommend it to absolutely anyone of any age and any reading background. Aside from the general difficulty of trying to buy the original issues (even though there are only five, unfortunately), I'd recommend you pick up the collection, because there's a ton of really beautiful and wonderful sketches and "behind the scenes" stuff in the back of the book, it really makes it worthwhile for the extra money.
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Orange-Octopi Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
*Sigh* Now if only I had money.
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hot-choc Featured By Owner May 15, 2011   Artist
Isn't it sad, none of my later comics are as good as harv the second ^^;
I'm so flattered to be in here! :la: my box is so pink!
I wish I knew all these other comics ( like OF COURSE I know looney tunes and donald duck but not as comics) When I think about it I've read very few comics :S
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Artist
I think it's just more that "Harv The Second" was more straightforward, with only one plot (I mean, it split between Finn and Harv, but they were mostly both in the same place at the same time and both their goals were related to each other, so it was really just one story), whereas "The Tournament" and "Harv VS Emet" both have multiple storylines playing out at once, with more characters trying to achieve vastly different goals...basically just that all your stories since "Harv The Second" have been significantly more chaotic. :P The visual storytelling is still wonderful in all of them, it's just that since HTS was less "cluttered" in terms of story, the visual storytelling was easier to pay attention to.

But if you can get your hands on any of the Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics (specifically the American artists like Carl Barks, Don Rosa, William Van Horn...there are a lot of really good Italian artists, but the Italian Disney art as a whole is pretty overrated), I'd highly recommend them. They're all out of print, but if you can manage to get your hands on any of the collections put out by the Gemstone publishing company, those are the best of the best.
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hot-choc Featured By Owner May 21, 2011   Artist
@_@ The tournament was hard because Darren's bitch, I mean He was a new character and I had to introduce him right and also he's a bitch :P
I'm thinking gonna try a new comics making process and see if that helps anything...
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halfeatencandybars Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Artist
:) I love you, Rachel! You've been a huge influence for my art as well, so that's awesome.

"Harv the Second" is what really drew me into Warrior U. Before then, it was like, "Ah. Cute." Then I read that and was like, "D: IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL."

Yay to Amelia Rules! and Looney Tunes. :)
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Artist
D'awww. :meow: Glad to be of service.
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halfeatencandybars Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Artist
:)
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havent-slept Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Tick! Spoooooon!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Artist
"Not in the face! Not in the face!"
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havent-slept Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmmm, your battlecry seems lacking ol' chum
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CassieThomas Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic influences you got here!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Artist
I wouldn't've gotten far without 'em.
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