Monkey Law goes silent
Submitted by Brad Hawkins on November 5, 2007 - 11:40
OK, so Monkey Law is back in actionâ€¦ with 100% less dialogue! I think this will please a lot of you, since the font I was using was kind of small and, you know, most of you donâ€™t care for the whole â€œreadingâ€ thing anywayâ€¦
OK, seriously, as many of you may be aware, this morning, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. This union, which represents primarily Hollywood screenwriters and television writers, was pushing for an increased share in royalties from DVD sales (Iâ€™m told from about 4 cents per DVD to 8 cents) and some kind of structure for getting paid from content sold on the increasing digital market.
I thought long and hard about how best to show solidarity with my scrivening brethren. Iâ€™m not a member of the WGAâ€¦ the only screenplay Iâ€™ve ever written was completed when I was 19 and about that the less said the better. Webcomics creators arenâ€™t union â€” unless theyâ€™re union at their day job. Most of us donâ€™t get paid a red cent to do this.
But weâ€™re still writers. And to do Monkey Law normally during this time, to me, felt kind of like crossing a picket line. I could have just kept slacking off and not drawing stripsâ€¦ but given my track record, that would have come across as more of the same old laziness, not any kind of statement.
So I decided on a compromise. I will produce Monkey Law on schedule, but for the duration of the writersâ€™ strike, there will be no dialogue.
I hope this strike is resolved soon, but for however long it lasts (the last one lasted five months), please keep coming back to Monkey Law for what I hope will be the very best in word-free entertainment.