Category: Anonymous

This comic has been with me throughout my enti…

This comic has been with me throughout my entire time in high school, and though I’m sad to see it end, I want you to know how much it’s meant to me over the years, and how much it has inspired me both as an artist and as a lover of fairytales. Can’t wait to see what you do in the future.

Thank you so much Anon! it’s been a real labour of love, and a real pleasure to share.

Do you think the 2017!Batb could have been imp…

Do you think the 2017!Batb could have been improved with Gaston turning into a beast? I could see that happen – and then one of the villagers shooting him.

I feel like it would have been too much of a departure from the framework they were ostensibly sticking to (although they mucked up basically every other aspect, so why not, I guess?)

If you’d like to see a movie where this exact thing DOES happen, try Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et le Bete!

Is there an english audio book of Beauty and t…

Is there an english audio book of Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve? Every time I tried to look for an audio I just keep finding the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont version.

I’ve never come across one, I’m afraid!

I saw the last ask and just want to shout out&…

I saw the last ask and just want to shout out—I’m also working on a BATB type story (embedded in a larger plot involving a civil war) wherein the Beast wants to stay a Beast because he can fight and survive better that way. Though he and Beauty know they love one another, they’ve agreed not to say or act on it until the war is done to protect the Beast as he fights. Just another example! Though mine is temporary, to a point. He does regain his human form eventually.

I love hearing about everyone’s Beauty and The Beast adaptations! Now that mine is nearly done, I’m finally free to enjoy what other people are doing with the tale!

Anonymous because I'm a coward: your beau…

Anonymous because I'm a coward: your beauty and the beast story has really inspired me to start one. I have the whole script/scenes already made, just not drawn out. I was thinking of doing it in a similar black and white (it's not for commercial since it was your story that really inspired this). Do you have any tips that you've learned along the way from making your lovely comic, like about set design or comic strip making or even comic font choosing? Any advice at all would be wonderful!

High five, fellow coward! Live that scared life!

I’ve learned so much doing this comic for the last six (I think it’s six?) years, it’s impossible to boil it down to any single quip or bit of advice. I guess the most valuable thing anyone ever told me was “Done is better than perfect”. This is incredibly true. You can draw gorgeous concept art ‘till the cows come home, but it won’t ever be as satisfying as the scrappy, but complete, comic someone else actually sits down and DOES. 

Other stuff I’ve learned…

-Great art can’t save mediocre storytelling, but great storytelling won’t be hindered by mediocre art.

– Think like a camera. Comics have more in common with cinema than anything else. Don’t be afraid to be cinematic in your shot choices and staging. Dissect films that achieve the emotional tone you want and see what they’ve done with their camera work to evoke those feelings.

– Save hi-res backups of EVERYTHING. Save them in multiple places.

– Figure out where you’re gonna put the speech bubbles during the thumbnail stage. I’m bad at this. Very bad. I’m still learning.

– If you can make your project smaller, do it. Starting with a giant epic story is why so many cartoonists burn out quickly. The satisfaction you get from completing a small thing will encourage you to do more small things, and learn more as you go. it also shows people you can complete projects. 

-Listen to this, coming from me, whose “starter comic” is over 700 pages in length…

-Learn from my foolishness.

-Heed my warning and learrrrrn….

-Nah, just kidding. Go for it!

The anon who asked the question about their st…

The anon who asked the question about their story, I would honestly love to read that. Complex plot with extremely monstrous beast, yes 👌 send that in

You heard ‘em, Anon! Write the beasty beast!

Hi, Miss Megan. I have a few questions. What…

Hi, Miss Megan. I have a few questions. What do you do when there’s so much you want to tell in a story, but it’s becoming more and more of a complicated plot? Secondly, how beastly can a Beast be? Could he eat people (in a mindless and unwilling state)?

Hey Anon!

I find when writing, it’s great to make a first draft that just contains everything. You can always go in later to trim and rearrange and tighten everything up, but that first go-through should be gloriously messy and indulgent. If your plot is getting to be too complicated, it may help you to make a bullet list of each important plot development in order, so you can see the bones of the story laid out before you. Then you get to enjoy filling in the parts around them.

Regarding your second point, as long as you set up the story to support it, you can do whatever you want. You may have to work harder to get audience sympathy if your monster is truly monstrous, but that can be a rewarding challenge!

YAASSSSSS BIIIITTTCCCHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAASSSSSS BIIIITTTCCCHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have been reading your comic for a few years…

i have been reading your comic for a few years now and have thoroughly enjoyed your reimagining of the beauty and he beast story and i just wanted to say good job!

Aw, thank you so much for joining me on this little jaunt!

Hey there, I love your comic, and I'm ver…

Hey there, I love your comic, and I'm very sad because I almost didn't find it! I originally read on tapastic, and when you left I waited for like a year with no update and thought you were gone forever, and I was so pleased to find the comic again (by accident). This isn't a complaint, it's all just to say maybe you should put a note on tapas redirecting folks? Anyway, have a good one ♡

blurgh, I gotta take that Tapas down and reupload it all properlyyyy