My thoughts on Bunny’s killing of fruit bearing girls.
Thanks for this, I listened to the whole thing. I’m probably one of your die-hard fans, although you don’t hear from me that often, I’ve literally followed your comic since I bought the ash-can printed version at Intervention 1 a few years back.
What I’ve always liked about Bunny is that, even though she seems like a random cute killing machine, she seems to have a reason for everything she does. When the comic reveals that, for me it makes the violence and death somewhat more understandable. It’s not just that she’s a violent person, it’s that she just doesn’t think like other characters in her world, and that conflict in world-views sometimes leads to violent conflict around her, and that can be very very funny if handled right. Think of “Abbott and Costello” or “The Three Stooges”, a lot of the humor is caused by conflicting views of what should be going on.
The way I’ve seen it, Bunny is not a part of this world, and she’s operating on information that either the locals don’t pay attention to, or information and knowledge that she’s privy to that the locals aren’t. I know some hints have been dropped here and there about that, and I think if you were to go in a modified direction, it would be good to reveal more of the origin of her extra knowledge, go into a bit more of her background. You don’t have to reveal everything, obviously, just give us a bit more of the world as Bunny sees it.
Sorry for not being able to articulate this better, prose stream-of-consciousness is not much easier than verbal, but I hope you can get an idea of what at least one of your hardcore fans thinks. I will be following Bunny for as long as you feel like telling us about her, and thank you for what you’ve given us so far!
I think you are doing a wonderful job with both the character development and the overall comic. I feel you have no reason to explain yourself. As for the relatable aspect, I fell that in truth I can not relate to bunny, however the fact is I still enjoy your comic and check for updates daily. I am not female, Im not a ninja. I’m not from [insert the, mysterious and probably very very fun, location of bunny’s origin, my guess the future run by bunny overlords, hence her out fit] I also do not, currently?, have the feelings bunny has such as remorse from killing someone. This, however does not lessen my love of this story because while I don’t relate to it, it feels real. Bunny’s emotions are shown on her face and by her actions and it is felt by the reader. It does not mater that the characters slightly psychotic, what what matters is the fact that her feelings seem real and deeply a part of her. I feel you are reading the comments in a negative light when the mere fact they are debating whether or not bunny killed a fruit carrier shows that they are enjoying the comic so much that they are upset by bunny’s shortcomings. They are not upset with your story but with the fact that they thought bunny was failing herself. Also, to discuss the whole internet is to entertain; while this is true, I believe the majority of your fans would be happiest when you do the story how you want it to be done. I know that, personally they only way you could upset me enough to quit reading is if you had bunny start speaking only in quotes from Jar-Jar Binks.
Regarding numbers, your estimates match my experience of trying to run a webcomic a few years ago, but my other experiences on the web lead me to believe there’s always a niche for anything, and 50k people are a drop in the ocean of the world population. It’s kind of like a foot fetish site closing down because it can’t find the right customers – maybe it needs to find the foot fetishists. Or the ninja bunny fanciers, in this case.
As for the rest, while the visuals of the comic are as you say top notch bunny’s character design, rather than her personality, may be what is turning people away – face it people don’t decide not to read something after making a cool evaluation of the character’s personality development after reading 30 pages, they hit the main page and maybe click back 2 or 3 pages, or more likely leave right then and there. Bunny is interesting to me because her personality is actually surprising and counterintuitive, contrasting with her appearance, which is a little cliche. So don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater…
Matthew Allen Weeden
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