August 31, 2007
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Local Teens start Web Comic

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In the modern day world, technology affects life in almost every way imaginable. From transportation to publication, technology is helping everywhere. One of these ways is with web comics. Although not a practical, life-helping technology, a web comic is like  having a comic in the paper, only it’s online so anyone can view it, and so there is a site exclusively for your comic. Well recently, two teens by the names of Maddie and Zach have started their own webcomic.

“I write, and Maddie draws. We both benefit, so we’re both happy.” Says Zachery Thalen, the fifteen year old writer, who had the idea of the comic in the first place. “I’ve always wanted to do a comic, but I have no drawing talent. I met Maddie a few years back, so I decided I’d ask her. Now look where it’s got us!” So what’s this comic about, you might be wondering? Well I’ll let Zach explain that himself.

“See, I got the idea while playing a video game one day. I was fighting one of what was supposed to be the hardest enemies in the game, when I took out my fishing rod by accident. Well the enemy kind of stared at it, until I put him away, and hit him a few times. And then I did it again, and again, until I had won. And I thought, ‘huh. That’s really, really stupid of him.’ So I decided to make a comic called True Villains, about a villain who doesn’t make all the stupid mistakes of modern day book, game and movie villains.”

Now this brought up an interesting question: He got the idea from a video game, something widely regarded to encourage violence, will your web comic, or any web comic for that matter, do the same?

“Personally, I don’t think video games encourage violence. I’m not going to launch into a rant about that, but I can say with one hundred percent certainty that a web comic does not encourage violence unless the frames are quite literally saying ‘you should go kill something’ over and over again. Saying a web comic encourages violence is the equivalent to saying the writers of some of the best books of all time that have violence in them, Steven King, J.K. Rowling, H.G. Wells, are encouraging violence. These are books that are read for summer reading, or encouraged by parents. So in retrospect, that would be the parents encouraging kids to be violent. So, if you accuse web comics of violent encouragement, your also accusing almost all of the population of good loving parents of encouraging violence.”

Now that I got that cleared up, I had one final question: Why should we read the comic? To this, Zach simply replied; “Why not?”

So I don’t know about you, but I’m quite inclined to go read this comic and tell all my friends about it too. To find it, just go to This is Leer Sterk, signing off.

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