Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Influences from books:The Big Sleep

The first time I knew about this story, it was because of the 1946 movie with Humprey Bogart. After that I decided to read the novel, and courtesy of my college’s library I read all the Philip Marlowe novels by Raymond Chandler.

The novel is not perfect and the plot is confusing, but it’s a great introduction to the P.I. Marlowe.
There are parallels between “The Big Sleep” and my fist story “Blackmail”, like well…the blackmail to a rich man and his crazy daughter. 

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But the greatest influence is the point of view. The narration of all the novels is from the P.O.V of Marlowe. Everything we read is as the P.I. experiences it.
Detective Fausto is like that too. He is in every scene. And the “flashbacks” are what people are telling him.
I recommend you to go and read any of the Phillip Marlowe novels. 
  I also have the comic adaptation.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Influences from books: No happy ending

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto

When I told my dad that I was making a comic about a mexican Private Detective, he asked me if it was like Belascorán Shayne. At the time I didn’t know about Paco Ignacio Taibo II, so I bought “No happy ending” and I loved it. Then I got the compendium.

Fausto likes too

Héctor Belascorán Shayne is an ingenier who quits his job and becomes a Independent Detective fighting for social causes.
Fausto and Belascorán share profession and an addiction to nicotine, but they are different approaches to life.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No more shipping

Ever since I was a little girl, I ship. Even before I knew the term shipping (fandom).
I ship Babs and Buster when I was in kindergarten, then Sailor Moon and Tuxedo mask, and I totally ship Seiya and Shaina (the hell with Atena!) 

When I got older I started shipping Mulder and Scully, that “will they won’t they” drive me crazy for years. I even forced my parents to take me to the theater and see the movie. I was so excited when they almost kiss.

The rest of my teenage years, I ship a lot of couples in tv shows and comics: Catwoman and Batman, Sabrina and Harvey, Grissom and Sara, Phoebe and Cole, Kelly and Dylan, Fran and Mr. Sheffield, Daphne and Niles, etc. 

Then in 2009, I was happy with a main ship in a tv show, hoping and wishing for them to get together. The writers delayed the hookup (like many shows do) with a “love triangle”. 
The woman gets together with someone else, instead of the protagonist. But I didn’t hate that new couple, I loved them, I shipped them so hard, like no other. I knew it was impossible, but I wanted so hard for them to stay together, I wanted them to get married and have babies.
I knew it was a couple doomed to fail, but I didn’t care, I thought it matter for the story…guess what? It didn’t 
The whole “love triangle” was rushed, concluded off screen, addressed with a throwaway line, and the woman started f*cking the protagonist like five minutes after the break up.
I was so angry, so sad and my tv viewer heart was so broken. I never watched that show again, and I swear off all shipping. 

I enjoy the moments, but I’ll never be a fangirl, like I was for my one true ship.
No more fan arts, no more fanfics, no more daydreaming.

What does this have to do with my webcomic? Well, I’m a creator now. I have characters, and I want to see if I can pull off a great love story. 
After all, this story stars with Fausto broken hearted.

I want you, dear reader, to ship Fausto and someone else. I want you to care about my fictional detective.
I'll give you my best, to achieve that goal.

PD I know my  ship is not getting back, but I still dream about them

Friday, September 30, 2011

Influences from TV: Case Histories

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto

I describe this BBC show as depressive and a series of random crimes.  But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show, it makes an excellent show

Based on the novels by Kate Atkinson “Case Histories” has as protagonist Jackson Brodie an ex military ex cop turn in Private Investigator.
Haunted by the murder of his sister when he was a young boy, Jackson always tries to help everybody, which brings him more trouble with the police and his ex partner Louise Munroe
Murder young women, abused girls and violence in general surrounded Jackson, as he tries to do the right thing. But Jackson isn’t perfect his a little self destructive and emotional disattached to everybody except his daughter, who is moving to New Zealand.
6 episodes carefully produced with great performances and an amazing soundtrack (only female singers) that show us that solving crimes is heavy on a man soul, but there is always hope.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Influences from TV: Veronica Mars

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto

Veronica Mars took the “kid detective” concept updated and gave it a more realistic and criminal approach.

The show begins with Veronica investigating the murder of her best friend, the murder that ruined her life and her father’s life (ex sheriff). The blonde amateur detective is a social outcast, she is cynical and she doesn’t mind to push the good will of her father and best (and only) friend Wallace. She doesn’t stop until she obtains justice.
Gangs, drugs, money, corruption and family traumas surrounded her cases. 

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Veronica Mars was a great example (Being honest, I only watched the first two seasons. I lost interest in the “collage years”) of a “teen crime” show.
Oh! I forgot….Logan ♥

Monday, September 26, 2011

Influences from TV: Terriers

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto
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Terriers was a FX tv show, cancelled after one season, but still a wonderful show.

A couple of Private Investigators in San Diego, Hank and Britt are best friends who struggle to keep their agency afloat. The characters are interesting; Hank is an ex cop and an alcoholic in recovery who still is in love with his ex wife. In the other hand Britt is an ex thief trying to leave his criminal past behind him as plans a new life with his girlfriend.
In 13 episodes we see our protagonist deal with blackmailing, robbery and missing persons. The unifying arc is a real state fraud (ala Chinatown) treating to ruin their home town.
If you have the chance to watch, do it. You won’t regret it.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Influences from TV: Cra$h and Burn

Everything that has influenced my webcomic Detective Fausto

Cra$h and Burn was a Canadian tv show that only last a season, but what a season. The series mixes dark comedy, drama, romance and crime perfectly.

The lead character Jimmy Burn (Luke Kirby) is an insurance adjuster working for “Protected” that wants to be the company’s private eye. Soon we see how many corruption Jimmy has to lead with it, in and out of the company. He also has to lead with the Russian mafia, his fiancée Lucia, who doesn’t know about his past, and the company’s lawyer Catherine. Jimmy was a juvenile delinquent, and is trying to forget the past and have a normal life, but the police and old friendships keep him away from his goal. In 13 episodes we watch Jimmy get beaten, threaten, fired, re hired, and getting deeper in criminals dealings. While planning his wedding to Lucia. There is a love triangle with the lawyer Catherine, a divorce with addiction problems, who sometimes seems to understand Jimmy better than anyone

The dark humor comes from mocking the Insurance Industry and their hypocrisy. Being set in Canada the series shows a cultural diversity different from the US shows. “Cra$h and Burn” had great performances, interesting storylines and a wonderful soundtrack. If you have the chance to see it, do it. It’s a gem.