Hi, I've got a question on names. My story has a pseudo-Victorian fantasy setting. I named my villain (traitorous war-mongering diplomat from the enemy country up north) Mordecai, because that was on a list of Victorian names, since Old Testament names were popular with Christian Victorians. But obviously it was a Jewish name first, and I don't want this character coded as Jewish since he's the Big Bad. Should I rename the character, or is that not an association readers would make? Thanks!
If I don’t want my traitorous Christian villain read as Jewish, do I have to change his very Jewish-coded name?
Yes, please change the name of your traitor away from something that is so super Jewy sounding. I appreciate you asking! You are a good egg.
I’m not sure if gentile readers would catch it, but boy howdy would
we especially since that’s a name we run into every springtime at Purim, and we’d wonder if it was intentional or not. Like for example, the sneaky little rats in the Freddie the Pig books (I love those books) are named Simon and Ezra, and now that I’m
a grown woman and have seen what people are capable of doing in their fantasy media I have to basically convince myself that of course it doesn’t mean anything. (Rats are another trope, like the betraying/traitor trope OP is asking about.)
Today Ken welcomes writer/producer Anne Beatts (SNL, Square Pegs, A Different World)
Ken and Anne discuss the sadness of rain soaked inaugurations, golden showers, writing TV ads in London, Canada, National Lampoon, Freddy the Pig, The New Yorker, being suspended from the McGill Daily, Queen for a Day, Quiz Shows, aluminium extrusions, Michael O'Donohue, Mad Men, how cigarettes funded National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, “no flies around the head..”, Walter Crankcase, The Californians, when Lorne Michaels left SNL, SCTV, Martin Short, Nathan Thurme, Dobie Gillis, Square Pegs, The Waitresses, dealing with network notes, Tracy Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Devo, getting killed by Little House on the Prairie, beverage signals, Trojan Horses, Mainway Industries Unsafe Christmas Toys, Ken’s favorite SNL sketch, A Different World, creating Dwayne Wayne and Whitley, Peter Bonerz, The Elvira Show, Julie Brown, appreciating tween media, Bill Murray, Al Franken, why people on TV can’t smoke pot, The Keith Moon deposit, staging a “piss in”, network censors, why you can’t say tits on TV, Square Pegs in the TV Guide Fall Preview of 82, and being robbed of the Rolling Stone cover photo due to your own boasting.
Anne has a fascinating life story and has been a key part of so many amazing moments in modern comedy.
It was an absolute honor for Ken to get to speak with her
I’m In Love with My Car – Queen (Fun Fact: Roger wrote this song and wanted it to be the B-side to Bohemian Rhapsody, for the royalties, obviously, and Freddie refused, so Roger locked himself in a closet and said he wouldn’t come out until Freddie agreed. Freddie gave in.)
Earth – Smile (Note: Smile is pre-Queen, the original lineup consisted of Brian May, Tim Staffel, and Roger Taylor. Freddie saw a show and started tagging along as a groupie and back-seat driver, and Tim left to join a band called Humpy Bong, and asked Freddie to sing for Smile– Smile then decided to change the name to Queen and eventually found John Deacon after going through a few bassists; warning: possibility of crying, very high.)
How do you go about drawing characters talking with their mouths open (in a sorta angry / sad expression)? I can never get it to look right :u
I’m not the best teacher, as I couldn’t really explain this well, I think. ^^;
But, it’s all about how much emphasis you put on certain parts of the face; more so the mouth (of course), eyebrows, and the eyes themselves.
When drawing characters in a more mad, angry state, I tend to bring the eyebrows closer together (and this depends on how close the eyebrows would even be in a more neutral position) and furrowed, while making the mouth line a bit more tight, almost as if you could imagine that character giving a huffed, “Hmpgh”. And as they talk, corners of the mouth tend to be ‘sharper’. If they’re yelling, they can loosen up a bit, but that sharpness in the corner is crucial!
With sad, I make the eyebrows stay as they probably would in neutral position. Furrowed, but in opposite format (I assume that’s how you’d describe that?). Eyes, sometimes bulged out, yet stricken with slight fear, maybe discomfort; all depends on the kind of sad!
Aah… visuals may work better for what I’m trying to get at here. :’D Here’s some actual demonstration of what I mean and extra words (with Freddy and Golden Freddy as my guinea pigs). -
Apologies if it’s not much, but I hope it MAYBE, kinda-sorta helped a bit~
I just watched Papillon. !REACHING! but at the start 1928 is mentioned 3 times by Pap and Louis himself (the year Louis went down i think)-28-. Freddie (Louis pet hog/pig) is mentioned 6/7 times-Freddie Tomlinson-. Pap says "The only animals in the world that shove things up their ass for survival."the goes on to talk about Making it inside- AM lyrics chorus- The whole escape plan is dependent on a boat-H tat-. "it's a horseshoe. When the waves break they have no place else to go-L horeshoe tat
My head is spinning, and I am a bit lost but throwing it out there for all.