I’ve struggled with how to describe this comic to people. Particularly when, in person, I meet someone who says something along the lines of “Oh! My (young) son/daughter loves comics, what’s the url?” How do I say “It’s an adult comic” without them automatically assuming I mean ‘Adult XXX’? I can’t say it’s for mature readers either, as that’s the same problem.
Thinking on it, I believe the problem stems from the fact that the only subjects we (at least in Canada) see as definitively out of the range of children are things of a sexual nature. Not saying that Deck of Fools doesn’t or will not delve into those topics, and the kind of “adult” I’m trying for includes them, but it is not so narrowly focused.
Way back in 2007, when I first began the narrative that would become Deck of Fools, the story was much heavier in the fantasy side than the drama. Over time, I feel the other has become more prominent, to the point that I’m unsure which genre should be the frontrunner. I don’t think this is a bad thing, I’m very pleased with my comic (why would I make it if I didn’t like it?), I do feel that it may be alienating to younger readers though.
But what do I know? It’s hard to analyse something you’re so close to. More probably, younger readers would like it, and I’m just too embarrassed to give the parents a link to something that contains (will contain) a significant amount of full-frontal nudity. At the very least, not without a disclaimer.
Which brings me back to the start. How do I pitch this? If I cant use “adult” or “mature” without invoking suggestions of illicit activities, what do I call it?
Hmm… I need a thesaurus…