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A Collins Story

has posted the first part of a story he's written with my Collins boys in it.

If you know Lou, then you'll probably already know there's going to be some macro/micro play involved. Since Roni's SCIENCE will be involved, this is obviously a non-canon alt-verse, but Lou has still taken great care to try and portray my boys as close as possible to their canon personalities as I imagine them, and I think he's done an excellent job of doing so. This story is awesome, the boys are done justice, and well to be blunt, it is just fucking hot as all hell. ;D

Even if macro/micro isn't particularly your thing, that's not all there is to the story and I think there's more than enough in this series to satisfy most of you out there. So check out the first chapter, and keep your eyes open for future installments.

I also need to put a bit of disclaimer, though. A lot of people have asked to write fanfics with the boys and I have a pretty solid policy against it. I don't want a bunch of requests from others asking to use my boys in a story (I will say no unless you're one of like, five writers who've already had me gush significantly all over anything I've read from you without you needing to ask me to do so) and I do not want people to send me (or Lou) notes asking "well how come he gets to do it?" please. I could (and have, more times than I can count) fill PAGES explaining exactly why and what for and what not, etc, etc, explaining my reasons but right here I'm going to just expect a degree of maturity and adult understanding from you guys and just insist that 'my preference' be explanation enough.

Put simply, this story is an exception because it is exceptional, and I'm too much of a squishy softy nice guy to want to tell a bunch of people that their writing isn't exceptional enough, because there's no nice way to say that and I don't like hurting peoples' feelings. But I will do so if put in a position of either doing that or ignoring my own feelings. :P

So go check it out, join Cashew Lou as he meets Cam, Roni, and Jesse, and has lots of gratuitous sexy cum-covered fun with them; because as protective as I am with these guys, they were created to give people boners. And I think Lou has done a great job of helping them to do just that.
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Added: 7 years, 1 month ago
7 years, 1 month ago
Reading right now ^^ I wish I could write as good as him X3
7 years, 1 month ago
Ohhh I know I can't use the boys.  But a bunny can dream
7 years, 1 month ago
Can a wusky dream with you?
7 years, 1 month ago
Rufus and I are already camping out on his profile, waiting for the next installments! XD
7 years, 1 month ago
Damn...I don't know what to say in the face of such glowing praise from an artist whose work I have admired for over a decade who has also become a great friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Blade, for your trust, encouragement and friendship!

7 years, 1 month ago
Awesome story I just finished it :) can't wait till the second part <3
7 years, 1 month ago
Cool, gonna have to read it soon <3
7 years, 1 month ago
I'd ask you to read mine, but I'm sure you're too busy to bother with a mediocre writer like me.  XP  In the mean time, let's see about this story by Cashew Lou... *goes to read.*
7 years, 1 month ago
What about fanpics? I want to make a 3D model of Roni!
7 years, 1 month ago
Aren't you being a little 'too' overprotective? I mean, I can understand that you love your own characters and that you have a special connection with them, but in the end they're just characters who end up in a piece of entertainment for others. (to put it really blunt)
I can understand why people have a problem with Rule34, on the other hand it's just some innocent fun another person is having with copyrighted characters, they don't mean any harm by drawing it, it's non-canon thus not your story and not your problem and on top of that I wouldn't give a single fuck if someone were to enjoy himself with originals characters I created. If someone would draw porn or fiction of Nymond or Cresco, I wouldn't mind at all as long as they give credit.

Now I could understand the problem if the people who wrote them would be either outright trying to troll you with their fiction or  would be asking money for a story they wrote involving your characters. I respect your opinion and choice but I just don't see an actual problem present. If you have written your problem somewhere than feel free to link it to me and I'd give it a good read.

For the rest, keep up the great work and I'll be off to read Lou's story. =3
7 years, 1 month ago
If I may...

I am not in any way pretending to answer for Wolfblade here; I want that to be crystal clear from the very beginning. I also realize any response I may give on this issue will be dismissed by many people; they will simply roll their eyes and say, "Oh, sure, he got to write his story. He got his way, so why should he give a shit?"

Like it or not, the Collins Brothers are Wolfblade's creative and intellectual property; he created them, and he has every right in the world to see that they are represented in any manner he sees fit. Cresco, I am not intending what I say here as a lecture or admonition to you in any way; many folks are more than happy to have their characters represented in artwork and fiction created by others. I, myself, have genuinely enjoyed the great and lucky luxury of having Lou interpreted by many very talented artists. But even so, Lou is my character, and there are settings and actions I wouldn't ever want associated with his character; I would hope folks would recognize and respect those requirements.

With that said, the Collins Brothers are painstakingly well-defined characters, with traits, quirks, and a detailed history. When I was in the process of writing my story, Blade and I literally spent hours over emails, personal messages and IMs discussing what could and could not take place in the writing. Cam, Jesse and Roni--and this is no secret to anyone, especially here on IB--are very popular characters, and if Wolfblade was to be forced into that deep a level of conversation for every single person who wanted to draw or write about them, he wouldn't be able to get anything else done. And from what I am able to glean from him, he gets tons of these requests.

Please indulge me when I share with you the process that was undertaken when I wrote this story. I have been friends with Blade for over ten years now, and our friendship has really grown and deepened over the last year or so. Several months back, I told him I had some macro-style shenanigans in mind for the Collins boys, and he very respectfully told me thanks, but no thanks. I don't do that; I am very wary about who I give permission to.
7 years, 1 month ago
Sorry; accidentally hit enter while composing.  :P

Anyway, I openly admit that after Wolfblade initially told me no, I persevered (I didn't badger; there is a big difference), and after I submitted several thousand words of writing that showed I "got" the characters, he gave me a reluctant go-ahead to continue the story--but only after making it very clear to me that he may not be comfortable with my ever posting it publicly. That is an important point here; this story is a labor of love. Not only do I care for the Collins boys for the obvious reasons that thousands of other furs do, but they helped inspire me to write after a dry spell of well over three years. In a very real way, Cam, Jesse and Roni have been my muses.

Anyway, as luck would have it, after time and several edits, Blade gave me the green light to post the story after it was completed, provided that he have full editorial rights. I was more than happy with that arrangement--they are his characters, after all--and this in no way implies he was a micromanaging tyrant about it. Quite the opposite was true; he suggested some changes, yes, but very minor ones. It was a wonderful collaboration that I am very proud of.

Here's a major point: Wolfblade invested several hours of time with me over the entire time I worked on this story, and he offered a lot of input and direction. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to do the same for the dozens of requests he receives to have the Collins boys represented in artwork and writing.

My bottom line is this: I ask that everyone who reads "Sizing Up the Collins Boys"--and this journal related to it--simply respect Wolfblade's policies regarding how his characters are represented, and let that be that.
7 years, 1 month ago
Well, seeing this long post (and reading it in its entirety) I understand the reason behind it.
He treats his characters with a respect that no-one would ever commit to.
Can't say that this is entirely sane since it treads into 'separating fiction from reality' territory, but on the other hand I can't blame him either and seeing your strong bond I can fully understand why he would select you over everyone else.
I would've probably done the same thing if I was in Blade's position. ^^;

Anyways, I wanna thank you very much for taking your time to explain this to me, it was an insightful read. =3
7 years, 1 month ago
You are more than welcome! I just wanted to give a little background behind the creation of this story in particular, and a little "walk a mile in the other guy's shoes" perspective.  C:
7 years, 1 month ago
Lou answered most of this pretty clearly, and I'm glad you understood the points he was making, which all are pretty much right on the money.

I do want to respond to the "separating reality from fiction" part though because that is a very big and important point to me. I like to always be very clear to people that there is a very distinct separation of the two for me, and that whatever I may draw, I get bothered too when I am not as confident about others keeping that distinction very clear.

I created these characters specifically for porn. Their purpose and reason for existing is to get people off. My intent with the first comic was to give just enough personality and depth to give that that bit of character that is behind rule34 being so popular. The drawing itself may or may not be hot, but the established personality attached to the visual representation is what can give so much more attraction and appeal than just the sum of the lines on paper.

In developing them though, they did get quite out of hand and grew well beyond the initially narrow range I'd intended for them, but I think that is still part of their crazy appeal with so many people. And yes, as a creator, I did get particularly attached to my creations. So first, from a personal standpoint, I do just care about how and what they're presented in. Dismissing them completely as not being significant enough to worry about how people portray them lessens peoples' ability to become attached to them on that level.

Second, from a business standpoint, these guys are a good portion of my bread and butter these days, mostly because of that extra attachment people feel. If there's a ton of fanfics getting them largely wrong, it muddies the waters and dilutes their personalities, making it harder to have as clear an image of what I intend their personalities to be - which as I said, is a large portion of their continuing appeal.

And lastly, just because I am a major major proponent of literacy and literature, too much furry fiction just really makes my brain hurt for how really really poorly written it is. There's plenty of furry stories I personally love, the content or characters involved make the story enjoyable despite being badly written. But the number of furry writers I've read who can both write enjoyable stories that also happen to be >well written< stories is very very small. I don't want to have to tell someone whose writing I do enjoy "for furry porn, they're great, I cum every time I read that one, but as a serious and legitimate author, you're just not that good." :/

So, while yes, I am personally attached to the characters, and there are reasons why I don't want to be entirely dismissive of them as characters ,I just wanted to be clear that it's nothing close to like, regarding them as 'real people' or anything like that. At the end of the day, they're figments of imagination. But they are my figments. So yeah. X3
5 years, 10 months ago
Sorry for the long wait (it's been one whole year already?) but I can see your point quite clearly.
It also makes me wonder about my own creations (working on a 3d game currently in its alpha-phase) and how they're being represented.
I can also see that since your characters are part of your income how damaging 'improper fanart' could be. (or too much of it for that matter)
I think it's a great thing that you treat your characters with that much respect, it shows how that you're a person who cares a lot about his work and I respect that tremendously.

In any case I enjoyed Lou's story and I hope that you guys continue doing the great things you do best. ^_^
7 years, 1 month ago
Oooo a story I might get to read it now :)
6 years, 6 months ago
Damn!! The histories are so good!!!, actually I liked so much since Oh Brother!!, Keep on the good work and surely i will buy a copy of both comics (Oh Brother and Across The Hall [When Released])
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