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Ryan makes a webtoon #1: The idea


Ryan Dave Jimenez

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Way back in 2002 I was playing a game called "Battle Realms".

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I liked that game so much that I would skip school for half a day just to play. 😆 It was that fun for me. 

I also liked the eastern Japan feudal period it was in. It looks so beautiful. The architecture, the forests, the way the characters looked.

 

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Me and my friends were also making manga at that time. We were amateurs and it was just a bunch of nerds that thought making our own manga would be pretty cool.

And I needed a story. So I wrote one taking inspiration from Battle Realms.

 

Thankfully, it was somewhat original and not just a blatant rip-off. Which is common if you're young and a fan of something.

 

I also played "Throne of Darkness" and "Divine Divinity" during that period. So I guess I got some elements from those games as well.

 

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I like the story of Throne of Darkness even if it was a very simple one. And I like the seven samurais too. And of course the demons that you fought were awesome. Again, it was set in feudal Japan.

For Divine Divinity I only took inspiration from the PDF file that came with the game. I think it was the prequel story or background story. But it wasn’t the game itself. It was still a good game though.

 

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We were actually able to make one chapter of this story. The first and last one.

I called it “Terra Firma.” Which is a terrible name in hindsight. 🤣

 

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It’s 2021 now and I’m dusting the story off to bring it back. It’s basically an 18-year old story. Which is crazy.

 

I also thought it would be a good idea to post this on Reddit to see how webtoon readers would feel about it. This takes a lot of guts because you never know what people will say. Not recommended for people with thin skin.

 

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It didn’t get much attention to be honest, only one person commented saying it sounds so cliche but would still read it. That’s actually a good sign because it means this story has potential. It sounds cliche for now but still interesting enough if done right.

 

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I also set up a poll for users who don’t want to comment but still want to help. You know, those silent lurkers. And it got three votes.

 

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Three not four because I voted on my own poll. That was the only way you can see the results early in Reddit. I know it sounds weird and I think Reddit should fix that.

Two users found this story interesting and one user chose to pass on this one. So 66% of webtoon readers might be interested in a story like this. And that was good enough for me to give it a go.

I’ve always wanted to finish this story.

 

I never got the chance 18 years ago but I have the chance now. I feel like I owe it to the younger me to get it done.

 

There you have it. That’s where I got my webtoon idea, from video games. From 18 years ago. Games are not a bad idea to get weapons ideas from.

Let me know in the comments below, where do you get your ideas from?

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Best of luck with your webtoon! I'm sure it will be lots of hard work, but you'll have fun doing it nonetheless.

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11 hours ago, Wedgy said:

Best of luck with your webtoon! I'm sure it will be lots of hard work, but you'll have fun doing it nonetheless.

Thank you. I did made webtoons before but I haven't finished one yet. I'm hoping this will be one I can commit to.

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