Mysteries of the Arcana, a Review
Submitted by Scott Story on August 18, 2009 - 22:05
Mysteries of the Arcana:
Johnny Saturn is a member of the Webcomic Planet Collective, a group that includes some very talented cartoonists, writers, and artists. As part of that collective, I take part in something called the â€œplug circleâ€ (yes, I know, a truly unfortunate name). In it, we take turns talking about each otherâ€™s comics, introducing our comics to each otherâ€™s readerships, and the like.
This week, the comic Iâ€™d like to write about is â€œMysteries of the Arcana,â€ or MotA. The story revolves around Theresa, a human girl from our time period about to commit suicide, and Chrys, an elf girl from a mystic setting who wants to rescue her mother. The writing is quite nuanced, and J Gray avoids lengthy exposition by showing us the information we need, not telling us.
The artist, Keith W, has a wonderful eye for color and a strong command of digital coloring. His storytelling and eye-leading compositions are also strong. There are a few rough spots in the penciling early on, but weâ€™re artists, not machines, so I can overlook that. (In truth, I still have WTF moments with my own art.) Keithâ€™s â€œhow toâ€ videos posted on the site are quite informative too, and they really illustrate how sophisticated his technique is.
The site design is sound, if maybe a little too busy. (I am apparently throwing stones from within my glass house on that), and having material parallel to the comic distracts the eye a bit. The site header is quite attractive, but Iâ€™m a little unsure of the necessity of the shout box on the lower left.
MotA is relatively young, but itâ€™s already got a strong following, and I expect it keep growing.
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