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April 25th, 2006, 4:21 am

A Question Of Language

I'm in a bit of a dilemna. Our dear DSF is about to say something potentially insulting. I'm seriously considering getting her to say, either as an expletive or an insult, "Son of a Schutta!". Those who've played the game know that this is, in fact, a Twi'lek swear word, used in place of insults that might push the game rating too high.

I've been trying very hard so far to keep this commic cute and child-friendly, not least because I know that some children read this, but also stronger themes contradict the teachings of my religion. I'd never say "Son of a *****" in real life, so is it okay for my character to say an alternative in a comic?

Please help me out with this by commenting on this news post, saying whether you're for or against.


Charamei (Guest), April 25th, 2006, 7:56 am

If it appears in the game, it can appear in a comic about the game. Let's face it, very few people who *haven't* played KotOR will be reading this.

On a side note, and please don't take this the wrong way; if you want to write or draw professionally, I'd strongly recommend learning to separate yourself (and your religion) from your characters a little bit more. My characters say and do plenty of things that I wouldn't condone... it isn't necessarily a reflection on the artist as a person.

somedude (Guest), April 25th, 2006, 11:02 am

Honestly I think that an artist's
work is a reflection of who the artist
really is...

Hitokiri Akins (Guest), April 25th, 2006, 9:20 pm

Why not use it?
A schutta is a weasel-like creature native to Ryloth. Someone calling some a schutta within Star Wars would be like calling someone a pig, or a dog, or any other demeaning comment involving an animal on Earth.

Plutospawn (Guest), April 25th, 2006, 11:35 pm

I'm of the belief that words are made to be used. Granted, every word has a context, a person walking down a street just spewing obscenities is going to look idiotic, but if the word fits, why not?

But if there is a specific rating you want for this strip (perfectly understandable) there are several sites with explanations of ratings and you can use that to help your decision. But regardless, if religion or anything else is going to make you feel uncomfortable about doing something, certainly go with your gut, since this is ultimately your product and something that you should look back on and feel proud about.

Charamei (Guest), April 26th, 2006, 4:06 am

Reply to somedude
'Honestly I think that an artist's
work is a reflection of who the artist
really is...'

Okay... so, I write Malak torturing people and enjoying it, and I write this from Malak's POV (because he's my main character). According to your logic, that means that I, personally, approve of that kind of behaviour. Or that I am a sadist who enjoys hurting others.

A little bit of the writer will always find its way into the story, and into the characters, but what someone writes or draws is *not* necessarily a reflection on them as a person.

G.S.P.C.G rep, April 26th, 2006, 5:04 am

Its quite simple "scruffy looking nerf herder" works very well and no one gets offended.

Oh apart from the one being insulted.

JH (Guest), April 26th, 2006, 6:17 am

I'd say: Go For It.

You could always do an 'alternative' one, in which she swears...but if it's appropriate, go for it.

BTW, which religion restricts swearing? (in particular, I mean ;-)

suparhacka (Guest), April 26th, 2006, 6:49 pm

Well isn't "dang" an alternative to the d-word??? Just as long as you don't say an real cuss word, then it should be fine..

Nina (Guest), April 27th, 2006, 5:27 pm

Don't. Just say Schutta or Sithspit or Sithspawn.

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