Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:25 PM
what makes great music great is recognizable across genres. that there is great jazz and lousy jazz is moot, great blues and lousy blues, great heavy metal and not so great, awesome classical and weaker efforts are not the same.
for the sake of clarity and sidestepping the wearying ad hominems and straw men, below is an excerpt and a link to a script from mr. brian wood, from the northlanders comics.
nowadays there are tons of creativity squashing scripts around for people to digest, it's a wonder how any art at all gets produced in the genre of comics, what with all these guidelines and restrictions to artists imaginations, Heavens to Murgatroyd.
a rubric such as what i proposed, or a Bible, or the Encyclopaedia that Taranaich is writing, would make life easy for the artist and writer, save them the trouble of having to do due diligence which they often do not do as it's time consuming. and it would provide kind of what many writers already do, just not enough of it. which is why you get aquilonians dressed as centurions and what not.
mr. wood provides jpegs and links to how he envisions the story art to be, as reference material for mr. kelly, to show what he is describing is supposed to look like, but not all writers do that. for example he references a squad of rohirrim for the artist, and provides a jpeg of a turf mound peat house so the artist can get an idea of what such a thing looks like. or as some would put it, that way the artist's creativity can be properly stifled and squashed.
or in actual terms, that way the guy doesn't waste his imagination running wild and draw a walt disney castle, or a log cabin, or gingerbread house, not that kelly would do anything so preposterous... but why not after all, some people could find that to be cool, as some seem to argue.
an excerpt from the script:
Some additional character descriptions: The men that Ragnar is commanding, these are
a medieval version of special forces or contractor security, non-conventional soldiers
with high skill and discipline and a lot of leeway to execute their missions.
So they have all the trappings of a Viking warrior – the chainmail armor, the two swords
(one long, one short), the helmets, the shields... all that should be gleaming, well-
maintained and on or with them at all times. Some might augment that with axes stuck
into their belts, metal lined leather arm guards, things like that. And like any
accomplished Viking warriors, lots of bling: bracelets and rings mostly, that are worn
loose down around the wrists and forearms, not so much tight over the biceps.
Where the non-conventional stuff comes is is in their hair and beards... think White
Zombie – dreadlocky hair, long beards that either are a tangles mess or braided into
single or double bunches, with human finger bones tied into it. Their hair in the same
way, long, messy, tied back at times but always loose for a battle. You can have a little
fun with this. Facial scars, missing eyes, missing teeth, broken noses... we can’t forget
that these are professional soldiers, but like I said, non-conventional forces. Hunter-
I’ll give them colorful names like Lice-Beard and Slayer and Blacktooth.
"I live, I BURN WITH LIFE, I love, I slay, and am content."
"Here's to brother Painbrush, we drink to his Shade..."
"All Art Is Martial"- RZA
"Our basic purist premise:
ROBERT E. HOWARD, ENTIRELY ALONE, WITHOUT ASSISTANCE FROM ANY OTHER PERSON, CREATED THE CHARACTER CONAN OF CIMMERIA. NO OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS SHOULD BE INTRUDING THEIR WORK INTO THE VOLUMES OF HOWARD'S CONAN STORIES.
In essence, we believe that the work of any creative artist -- writer, painter, illustrator, musician, what-have-you -- is a unique expression of an artistic point of view. It should not be appropriated or altered by others without the artist's consent. No other writer has Robert E. Howard's unique point of view, and no other writer knows what Howard would have done with his character had he lived. Upon his death, his canon, the expression of his artistic vision, became fixed. Tampering with it now is desecration."