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My cartoon and comic creativity help thread

 
 
Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 07:12 pm
Hi. Rather than start individual threads asking for help with cartoon and comic creativity, which includes help with creative writing, I think it might better for me just to post about all this here. I also want to include stuff about help with drawing and voice acting.

I have a few ideas I would like to start with.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 07:47 pm
Here's one idea I want help with.

What would be a good name for this Black urban superhero?

He can generate hair blasts when he is angry and/or when he's under great stress or excitement (that's kind of like a super flight-or-fight response), but has to wear a special durag over his hair to keep his powers in check.

I wanted to call him "Black Durag" but that sounds too generic.

I am open to suggestions. Please help- thank you.
neptuneblue
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 09:00 pm
Just write it.



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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 09:09 pm
@JGoldman10,
Black Samson, in reference to the Biblical hero.
cherrie
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 10:41 pm
@JGoldman10,
Isn't calling him Black anything a bit racist?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 10:43 pm
@Rebelofnj,
That's offensive.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 1 Oct, 2019 10:44 pm
@cherrie,
No, black is the color of his durag. I am not creating a Captain Ethnic.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 12:12 am
"Nap Man" or "Napman" might work. I was thinking "Napper Man" or "Napperman" too, but that sounds a bit too busy.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 12:56 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

"Nap Man" or "Napman" might work. I was thinking "Napper Man" or "Napperman" too, but that sounds a bit too busy.


So Black Samson is offensive but all the above are OK.

Other than your mum, do you know any other black people?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 01:16 am
There is a hair related comic character already out there. You might want to look at it so you don't get accused of plagiarism.

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w7jTpcDH5VA/WEZvjRFr0UI/AAAAAAAAGcs/TL1Hf7rbU4gxr4Uhsh_SbZJPBb6CKH7FQCLcB/s1600/hewligancover.jpg
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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 04:23 am
@JGoldman10,
Nappy is seen as a racial slur.
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/08/09/412886884/the-racial-roots-behind-the-term-nappy

Without context, Napman sounds like a sleeping hero or a dream based hero like Sandman from the 1940s.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 04:37 am
@Rebelofnj,
Nappies over her are what you call diapers. Nappies are full of ****, so it's the same as calling one's hair ****.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 05:02 am
@Rebelofnj,
Rebelofnj wrote:

Black Samson, in reference to the Biblical hero.

He's already a comic book figure. Plagiarism is a law suit waiting to happen.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 05:09 am
@izzythepush,
And my dad was a White Jewish man. What's your point?

"Black Samson" is offensive for religious reasons.

Yes I know other Black people.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 05:15 am
@Rebelofnj,
Look at the first two definitions for "napper":

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=napper

https://books.google.com/books?id=mAdUqLrKw4YC&pg=PA1351&dq=nap+black+hair&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjnr9SDuf3kAhVvUt8KHVHDD-cQ6AEwB3oECAkQAg#v=onepage&q=nap%20black%20hair&f=false :

nap- the short, curly hair of a black person
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 06:04 am
@JGoldman10,
My point is that Samson is not offensive, not for normal Christian people, but nappy is offensive to a lot of black people..
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 06:09 am
@JGoldman10,
Urban Dictionary is not accurate.
The second definition entry also has numerous mentions of the N-word.

And the Google Books link says that Nappy is often derogatory.

Plus the link I provided but you didn't read says the term is still seen as offensive.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 02:18 pm
@izzythepush,
No- the character's powers have nothing to do with Samson. That's why I said "Black Samson" was offensive.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 02:19 pm
@Rebelofnj,
Why is "nappy" offensive when African Americans use the term amongst themselves to refer to their hair?
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Wed 2 Oct, 2019 03:13 pm
@JGoldman10,
The N word is also used in the community. That does not make it any less offensive.

To quote the article you haven't read:
"Hair texture was one of the many rationalizations of the perceived subhuman status of the African, according to Silvio Torres-Saillant, a professor of humanities at Syracuse University. He says the focus on hair began as Europeans tried to rationalize their dominance and superiority.

"[The argument] was based on the phenotype," said Torres-Saillant. "And that included the skin color, their build, their height, and it especially included their hair."

Those negative associations have endured for centuries."
 

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