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  • Writer's pictureSTEVEN YU

FRANK MILLER AND MARY SHELLEY HAVE A BABY; THE ESCAPE FROM IG AND FACEBOOK


What if Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Frank Miller's Sin City had a baby? It would be something in the vein of Frankie. Every Halloween for the past 5 years I've been itching to want to make a story about the hard-boiled life of Frankie, a tough-as-nails mob hand who's on the quest towards redemption. Here's a synopsis I wrote:


In the underbelly of Dead City, Frankie’s the top dog mobhand for the Count. If anyone looks and breathes the wrong way at his employer, Frankie’s the go-to guy to take care of the problem. All his years of loyalty and service to the mob boss has paid him well. Frankie has it all: the beautiful and lethal Bride loves him, the monster underworld is afraid of him, and the streets of Dead City won’t dare to disrespect him and the Count. But one night when the troubled Mina Harker comes into his life, everything he’s worked hard to build comes falling down.


It would be awesome to have a graphic novel ready for a Halloween release. While Joan's being reviewed by my editor, Robert Romeo, I've been using the time off to work on side projects, like these concept sketches for Frankie.




And speaking of time off, I finally mustered up the strength to quit Instagram. I hate feeling like I was obligated to post stuff on there. I mean, I feel obligated to share my works, but not like the way it was with Instagram. I can't put my whole entire blame on social media, because it sounds really ridiculous to blame an app, but there is a weird combination of my own addictive personality, FOMO, and the strange peer pressure created by the algorithm that made me feel as if I had to post everyday. And I knew a lot of what I was writing in the captions and sharing wasn't really being seen by a new audience, because the algorithm was not picking up any of my works. I'm sure there's a positive spin to all of that, but none of that applies to me.


I do worry though about what it means when I crowdfund Joan: Vol 2 next year. (Sigh) I might have to climb back onto IG again just so I can reach out to people about my project. Oye...


-S


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Jessica Warren
Jessica Warren
2022-11-10

I can so relate to the hate love mostly hate social media. This is what I did to solve the problem. I use social media as my diary. I know a lot of people don't like to do that, but it is the only way I have the energy to post or keep up with it and I have to for promotional reasons. For other artists, for success of a show. I do not split my personal and my work. I merge them. And I know that is considered a no no to most, but I just can't be a sales guy. I have to just be me. It is kind of a scarier way to live too, he…


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STEVEN YU
STEVEN YU
2022-11-10
Atsakymas:

I totally side with you on that. As an artist you and your work are connected. So it is important to show off your work AND talk about your daily life too. I might go back to it sometime. We shall see.


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