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Exit Rave: Tomorrow with You

Here we are again after…I don’t know how it’s been since I last did a full drama review. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active with original content lately. While I have been busy with activities that take away from my drama time considerably, I also have dropped a large number of dramas that didn’t hold my attention so far this year (Voice, Missing 9, Hwarang) or have finished certain dramas that I just didn’t have anything so say about, or were already so widely discussed that I didn’t feel I had anything to add (Goblin, Age of Youth, among others).

But finally, I finished a quality drama in 2017 that was worth writing about.

And it’s one that nobody else was really talking about. Which isn’t to say it was all quiet on the Western fandom front, but there was considerably less buzz than I expected considering the cast, the premise and even the station are usually fandom catnip.

Tomorrow with You is a romantic drama about Yoo So Joon (Lee Je Hoon) a bright young man who, after an unforeseen tragedy in his life, is suddenly granted the ability to travel to the future using the subway. He uses this ability to become filthy rich and in the process becomes detached from his life and from ordinary people. However, he finds that his fate is inextricably linked with that of Song Ma Rin (Shin Min Ah), a fallen child star trying to overcome her public image and embark on a respectable career as a photographer. Dark clouds are on the horizon for the both of them if So Joon doesn’t do something to change the future. Selfishly, in an attempt to save he own life, he marries Ma Rin without love, but in the process of tampering with fate genuinely falls for his wife.

 Lee Je Hoon was a hot commodity, coming off of Signal, and Shin Min Ah is Shin Min Ah (I don’t know, I have a bias toward her. I think she’s a queen.) On paper, this immediately felt like it had all the necessary elements for a fan favorite. However, that did not turn out to be the case.

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wingedauthor  asked:

STOP MAKING ME FEEL BAD FOR LOST IDEAS!!! T_T ((I really love your comic, these last few pages have been super emotional for me though as a writer))

If it makes you (and all the other people sobbing in my inbox) feel any better, I feel just as bad- and the character I used in these pages is evidence towards that fact. That character is, or was, called Pitch.

Pitch was an idea for a short animation which I came up with just before the time I started work as a storyboard artist at Rainmaker. I’d come up with it in the 6 month gap between graduating and finding a job, and as I wasn’t sure if I would get one inside the last year I had to spend in Vancouver I figured making another short might be a good way to use the time. As things went, however, that didn’t happen, and time has moved on, and now with this discovery of the very real physical limitations of my body the possibility of animating that short, or indeed any short, while working on the comics that make my income has dwindled and dwindled into almost nothing. The extreme enthusiasm I had for that particular story, too, has faded, and while I love the character and part of me will keep him forever I have to accept that the short I had planned for him will, very likely, not happen.

That well has run dry, and it would be unfair to force myself to reverse that natural progression of events. The least I could do for Pitch was to have him explain one of the ground rules for the comic, and one of the issues that concerns and compels me to keep drawing despite how hard it can be or how much it can hurt. If I am lucky I will be able to keep drawing for a very long while longer, but none of us can tell what will happen in the next five minutes, never mind the next twenty years. Acting on the ideas we have now and doing our best to fulfill them is more important than we can ever know; if I hadn’t made the decision to just go for it and start this whacky story with a dapper tellyhead/adorable child duo I have no idea where I would be now. The kindness and joy it has brought back to me from other people is immeasurable, and so while Pitch was important, it’s also important to be able to let him go, and focus on what I can and truly want to do.