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Conventional Wisdom: Patreon Gallery

Conventional Wisdom: Patreon Gallery

by Blitzkrieg1701
Conventional Wisdom is a journal comic about anime conventions and the general goofiness of geek life. It's been on SmackJeeves for years now, but recently extra comics started being posted on Patreon as well... and now THEY'RE on SmackJeeves too! This page collects the older Patreon comics so that the general public can see what they're missing, and hopefully, encourage ya'll to become Patreon supporters yourself!
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Conventional Wisdom: Patreon Gallery

Conventional Wisdom is a journal comic about anime conventions and the general goofiness of geek life. It's been on SmackJeeves for years now, but recently extra comics started being posted on Patreon as well... and now THEY'RE on SmackJeeves too! This page collects the older Patreon comics so that the general public can see what they're missing, and hopefully, encourage ya'll to become Patreon supporters yourself!

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Look, I just really wanted to draw Yoink as Lina.

If I ever get any "full sized" plushies of the Conventional Wisdom mascots made, I'm gonna dress them up as SO many random things. Like, you don't even know.

But yeah, that's all the Patreon comics for Otakon 2018... unexpectedly the last Conventional Wisdom Otakon comics for the foreseeable future. That's more of a downer than I expected. But remember, there's a fresh batch of Animazement 2019 comics that'll start hitting Patreon any day now, so there's still plenty to look forward to!
...because no, this was not a fluke mistake.

It is funny, though. The more I do comics with photo backgrounds, you'd THINK I'd gradually start to get better at taking the actual photos themselves. But no, not only so I still find myself having to go back to places where stuff happened earlier because I didn't get any background coverage, but even when I do, there's a VERY high failure rate. Even after all this time, I still wind up taking lots of pictures I don't need and not anywhere near enough of what I actually DO need. Like, I get a dozen angles of a room that never appears in a comic, then only get a single picture of a room where five pages take place (and it's at an angle that never gets used anyway)
One of the most depressing examples of how much has changed over the past ten years is looking at the decline of the traditional Digimon Cosplayer Party on Saturday night. Back when I first started going to Otakon, it was pure sugar-fueled madness. As timed passed, though, things mellowed out more and more until it was mostly just an excuse to mellow out and rest after a busy two days. Case in point, last year was just a handful of us chilling in a hotel lobby for a few minutes. I mean, that is absolutely ALL I had it in me to do by that point, but it's still a frustrating reminder of just how much time makes fools of us all.

And sure, one could easily blame Digimon Adventures Tri for sapping the fandom's enthusiasm for doing stuff, but I'm pretty sure all us OG fans would have been too worn out to party even if the latest anime had been amazing.
Two bits of context: First, if you've never subjected yourself to me on social media, you need to understand that I have an actual Scribbles plushies that appears in waaaaaay more convention pictures than I do. This nasty habit was SEVERELY enabled this year by the massive Dragon Ball stand in the Dealer's Room, which was basically just a bunch of elaborate DBZ photo ops piled on top of each other.

Second, every time I've gone to a DC con since I moved away from there, I've spent most of my pre-con wandering around the places I used to live rather than doing anything convention related. Among other things, it involved taking really awkward Scribbles pictures in front of various nations' embassies... most of which didn't even turn out all that well, since it's hard to take a forced perspective picture of a stuffed animal in front of a building without hogging a crowded sidewalk. And, well, also looking like this.
Well, this certainly aged well, didn't it? If you're reading this at a later time and don't get that, I'm finally posting these Patreon comics publicly to try and cover up for the fact that I wound up not going to Otakon at ALL this year. So, yeah, feels less like new-found optimistic enthusiasm and more like a deep sense of denial. But hey, maybe once I've spent a while only going to local conventions, saving my money and recharging my batteries, I'll totally make a glorious return to Otakon! With new costumes and photoshoots and panels and cool stuff! That's totally a thing that could happen and not self-delusion at all!
Like I said, you people are SUPER spoiled to be getting these comics in short, concentrated bursts.

So that's all the One Week Friends comics, but people actually pledging money on Patreon are getting to read even more comics about classic old-school mecha series Giant Gorg! And, of course, more bonus convention comics, which we're STILL not caught up on. I don't have them queued up just yet, but there's still a whole batch of 2018 Otakon comics that are well overdue to go public. Keep an eye out on all the various social media whatevers for an update when those go live! (And, you know, keep reading the MAGFest 2019 comics as they come out!)
AAAAAAaaaaaaaand we're back to the meta stuff. And really, it doesn't play into this show that much at all, and most of the times it does, it's resolved a lot more quickly than most of the shows guilty of this trope are. But there's the problem: there's SO MANY other shows that rely on "Character A didn't share information with Character B" to justify events that my tolerance for this foolishness was exceeded years ago, so even if the specific show in question doesn't even do it much, it still has to bear the brunt of all my built-up aggravation. That's not really fair to a show like One Week Friends (which, again, honestly doesn't spin its wheels on this THAT much)... but it's also not fair that I've had to sit through so many series-long plot arcs that could have been resolved in a single episode if the main characters would actually communicate with each other. So there.
I tried to come up with more of a traditional "punchline" for this one, but it kept sounding really forced and tacked on. Honestly, I just really wanted to draw Saki hanging out with with Osaka from Azumanga Daioh and Yui from K-on! They seem like they'd all get along... in a haze of spaced-out obliviousness. (Hey, at least it's not another meta jab at anime tropes, right?)

You know, it's funny. I have a deep-seated hatred for dumb or scatterbrained MAIN characters, but as a SECONDARY character they're almost always my favorite (Yeah, I know it's a bit of a stretch to call Yui a "secondary character", but in practice she spends so much time reacting to the rest of the ensemble that she might as well be)
It helps to realize that, at the time this comic came out, I was already well past the date when I'd hoped to start covering Giant Gorg, and was well and truly frustrated by THAT before anything else even entered into the equation. Well, at least I had crushing artistic disappointment to go along with my poor scheduling. It would have just been yet another play on general anime tropes (of COURSE a big, rosy sunset comes out from behind the rain once the lead characters make up!) but I still really wanted to do a comic of God at a big weather control panel covered in post-it notes with which atmospheric conditions best accompany which dramatic moments... but it just didn't work without seeing the accompanying moments from the show, and my attempts to draw those weather effects myself were so terrible that they killed the humor.

...but seriously, whoever painted the backgrounds in this show REALLY had a lot of fun drawing clouds and sunsets and stuff like that. I mean, it's not quite Makoto Shinkai or anything, but it's still a lot lusher than I'm used to seeing on a TV budget.
Yes, yes, I know this is addressed in the show itself, but honestly, would you have even noticed if it wasn't? This sort of thing happens so often, you probably would have just accepted it as the way things are. Explaining it only drew MORE attention to how trope-tastic it is for all the main characters to have a spacious, scenic, cinematic location all to themselves (Especially when the explanation was something as mundane as "Oh, a teacher gave her a key" that easilly could have been skipped over).

...I've been in an extra analytical mood for this series, haven't I? Like, even more than usual. I'd better cut that out before somebody start pointing out every single thing I've ever done wrong in Far Out There.
Not gonna lie, I was really reluctant to actually use this idea. It's kind of low hanging fruit, you know? But, well, I clearly wasn't awash with alternative comic ideas as the moment, or these would've come out a lot faster than they did. So here we are.

...seriously, though, I get having trademark artistic quirks in your character designs (I AM the guy who draws characters with crescent moons for eyes, after all), but it's REALLY weird to see those ever-present blush marks OVER a completely separate full-facial blush. How does that even work? Does everyone have facial tattoos?
It says something about the medium of Japanese Animation that "one of the leads loses memory of her friends every week" counts as one of the more plain and normal things I've watched.

Case in point: my original idea was to include one or two actual anime plot references, then spiral off into increasingly ridiculous "plots" that I made up myself... except I couldn't come up with anything of my own that real life anime didn't totally out-weird. Every single one of these blurbs is from a real thing. This is the same problem I have when I try to do April Fools comics. Normal reality is just too abnormal to out-do.
Hey, if I settled for doing things the EASY way... these comics would probably get done a lot sooner and have a much larger audience. And WE CAN'T HAVE THAT!

Also, be glad you people are reading the compilation version, because MAN these comics got done on a severely irregular schedule. An irregular, looooooong schedule. (I know, I'm totally making donating sound like a blast, aren't I?)
Oh, so THAT'S why the guests drink so much.

Well, that's all the Animazement 2018 Patreon comics, but we're FAR from caught up. Remember, becoming a Patron doesn't just get you extra con comics, donating $5 or more a month also lets you tell me to watch an anime of your choice and draw comics about it! And that's what we're gonna revisit tomorrow. This Saturday. a whole lot of One Week Friends comics!
I mean, they're hardly the sloppiest drunks to be found running around a con... but most of those other people aren't technically there for work.

I still remember the time one year when some voice actor got so sloshed he couldn't find his badge to get back into the con, and decided that his inability to handle himself like a professional adult was the con's fault. (Incidentally, it's the convention CENTER staff who check for badges, not actual con staff) But I digress. The point is, that table reeked like the alley behind a frat house.
...and that's not even getting INTO all the cosplayers who were doing an "interpretation" of a Pokemon, which basically boiled down to ears and a tail atop normal clothes (of varying degrees of skimpiness).

I should add, however, that in the months since I drew this, they got a bunch of newer Pokemon things for Christmas and have watched lots of more recent episodes of the show, so they officially know more about Pokemon than I do now.

And before anybody asks, I'm TRYING to raise them in the ways of Digimon too. It's just that Digimon toys were WAAAAAY scarcer than Pokemon ones back in the day, especially out in the boonies where we lived, so we barely have anything that's suitable for little hands. That, and Digimon has a LOT more "Wait, who thought this was appropriate for kids?" moments than Pokemon does.
I seriously have no idea why people are dumb enough to actually have me as a co-panelist on anything. I feel the the one thing I contributed as a panelist at AZ this year was making a pink bag to put over my head at one point.

That said, I suppose I AM being a little generous in my depiction of my illustrious colleagues' hard-working ways. I seem to recall this afternoon involving less editing video clips and more watching joke dubs from fifteen years ago on YouTube. You know, the essential stuff.
Seriously, I have no idea how this dude does it. It burns my brain out having TWO panels to think about during the same weekend, and I just keep scaling even THAT back further and further every year. This many panels is just lunacy, sheer lunacy. AND HE DOES THIS EVERY YEAR. Like, they should be naming some official something after the guy by now. It's crazy!

And as a way of drastic comparison (and to really nail in that "scaling back" comment), see the following comic...
After all that complaining I did about the cool, I really thought I needed to provide some context for just how out of character that is. Don't be fooled by the whole "born and raised in the South" thing, I'm not built for climates where the topsoil thaws for more than a month out of the year. Winters that are actually serious about being WINTER (once they actually start, that it) are one of the few things I actually miss about living in DC. Just to reiterate, half my problem this particular MAGFest was that I wasn't PREPARED for the cold. I packed with the expectation of being right across the street from the con, not being outside for more than a minute or so at a time. Walking several blocks across the National Harbor, absorbing ALL the wind coming directly off the Potomac, that's the kind of thing you at LEAST need to pack some gloves for.

And, ironically, I'm loading all these comics onto SmackJeeves in the middle of THIS year's polar vortex. Sure enough, everybody else is bundled up and freaking out about how cold it is, while I'm actually relieved at how it's finally pleasant out for once.

But I digress. That's all the 2018 MAGFest comics, tune in again TOMORROW for last year's Animazement comics!
I mean, I still think those surround sound chair-speakers are cool, and I get why one would feel a need to crank a game's volume up to ten in that game room, but still, that HURT. I actually had to spent the whole game leaning so far forward as to negate the whole purpose of a chair, just to make sure the next missile strike didn't rupture an ear drum... maybe it was one of those things where they rig up the game to cause actual physical pain?

Incidentally, back in 2017 I complained that the Cyber Sled machine wasn't working right... AND THE EXACT SAME CONTROLLER WAS ON THE FRITZ AGAIN IN 2019!