Episode 338 - Shared DNA of ideas

Sep 4, 2017

The saying goes that “Good artists copy, great artists steal”, it's attributed to various luminaries such as TS Elliot, Picasso, Tantz Aerine etc, but the important thing is the true meaning: there are very few original ideas, culture is built up out of inherited inspiration that is built on and developed by successive generations, many artists will just repeat ideas though (“copy”), without adding much of their own flavour to them, while clever artists take the ideas as influence and inspiration and reinvent them in their own individual style. It's best when an artist brings ideas together, like the shared DNA of two parents, to produce something new and marvellous! This goes for artists, musicians, webcomics, everyone! We reference Penny Arcade, Ctrl Alt Delete and PVP which were the super popular me-too gamer webcomics, we bring up music and cover versions, and my favourite example: the AT-ST from Return of the Jedi and all the other similar two legged mecha like the Zentradi battlepods from Macross/Robotech, the mecha from Mechwarrior, Ed 209 from Robocop and of course my very own Trompers from Pinky TA ^_^ Super Impact High was the theme for this week by Gunwallace. This track really calls to mind the modern, frenetic style of the artwork on Super Impact High. It’s wild, high energy, off balance, and aggressive! This should really get you in the mood for the story.

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ozoneocean at 4:57AM, Sept. 9, 2017

I agree. Some of the modernist experiments of the early 20th century are a sad testament to this.

GuyWithChainsaw at 8:37AM, Sept. 7, 2017

Yeah, being absolutely original is not only "trying hard" It's also pretty impossible. Art is already reflection of the real world, desperately avoiding everything that humanity acomplished is not a smart thing to do.

ozoneocean at 4:17AM, Sept. 7, 2017

It's pretty cool when you can trace the evolution of an idea. Two things are sad in art: outright uninspired copying, and trying to be absolutely completely original. The former is just dull but can sometimes be a little interesting at least, the later is almost always childish and rarely leads to anything good.

GuyWithChainsaw at 10:08PM, Sept. 6, 2017

To me taking inspiration from other works (stealing) is something to be celebrated. Long time ago people came out with ways to create different art, then other people took these ideas and evolved them. Throughout the generations, people were evolving these old ideas into something new. I think being inspired by something and making it into something new is a thing to be proud of. It becomes part of history of evolution of art. Awesome theme Gunwallace! Crazy and up beat!

ozoneocean at 7:53AM, Sept. 5, 2017

LOL! You had me desperately thinking for a second there...

ejb at 3:20AM, Sept. 5, 2017

I think that the episode graphic is missing a picture of an ostrich.... or at least that one ostrich with machine guns strapped to its wings.


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