Legendary does a lot of the stuff I had hoped to do with my comics, Second Arrival in particular and, lately, Cybergenesis 3 as well. It features multimedia such as music, flash animation, and some lovely art. The only problem is...
I work alone.
-_-; this is going to cause me so many problems and I know it'll be the reason I can never do anything with my work, but the fact remains: For the most part, if you want me to do something with any degree of artistic efficiency, I work alone. Yes, I work on CG3 with Michael, but as I believe I've mentioned, most of the time he acts mostly as an editor. We RPd the story enough for me to (hopefully) get enough of a feel for most of the characters to write decently for them, and any questions I have, I bring to him. I also love him enough that, despite the fact that he edits my work, I don't have an urge to kill him (I loathe editing. Short of spelling checks, I absolutely despise it. If I wanted it to be different, I would have written it that way in the first place. Yeah, I'm a bitch. Don't fuck with my work.) Usually, instead of editing, I have too many things that I want to change, so I simply redo the whole project. This has been evidenced in many of my comics, most notably in CG3 and SA, which have seen no less than 5 drawn/written versions apiece, not to mention T-893, an old, old story of mine that has been rewritten so many times that the first version and the current one don't even appear to be the same story.
But if you take a look at Legendary, you can see (it's evident in the artwork, at the very least) that a LOT of people put their work into this project. And I just couldn't do that. There's simply no way I could:
(A) Ask people to put as much thought and work into my project as I do - at least not without pay. And how the hell am I gonna pay a staff of professional animators? (go with amateurs, you say - but I've seen amateur work, and without insult intended to any animators out there because I know it's HARD AS HELL, a lot of stuff done by people who aren't used to it is, well, crap. The stuff I make is crap (there's a reason you've not seen it). And I won't be happy until it portrays exactly what I have in mind.
(B) Find enough people who draw the same style I do, or who are good enough copycat artists to fake it. While Legendary's art is usually quite good, it's very very obvious that it was done by many different artists with quite different styles, making it look almost like a compilation of fan art done as a tribute to an established series. Does that make sense? Some of the pictures are really high quality, some have excellent coloring, but the line art needs work, some have issues elsewhere; there's no consistency in the quality and form of the work and that would bother me way too much. Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me at all - while I was watching/reading. But if it were my own creation, I think I'd rather not see seventeen different versions of Kenji in the same animation.
(C) Find music I like for the background. The likelihood that I would be able to find bands whose music works, who would allow me to use their music is slim. Besides.. back to that old habit of "I'll do it myself, dammit!" It's times like this that my complete inability to write music really haunts me. I know what kind of music should be in the background because I know what's going on in the character's minds, whether the audience does or not, and that can make the difference between the readers/viewers figuring out a scene and simply sitting there going "huh?". I'm doing my damndest to work with a few different music programs to try to compose something worth putting to use, but it's very hard for me.
*sigh* but I would really really love to do animation. I would be overjoyed to be able to make a short film with SA or CG3, or ML, (particularly ML right now, since it's the only one really up) but it would require more time than I have. To me, animation is like acting, only with more freedom of expression. Perhaps that's why I love it so much.
But I will try, dammit. Mark my words. I will try.