Weekend Hype: Herman the Manatee
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2009 - 14:13
Herman the Manatee Gets Hit by a Boat is like those Peanuts strips with Charlie Brown, the football and Lucy except they're underwater, Charlie Brown is a manatee, Lucy is a boat and there is no football! Despite the repetition of the same basic joke (how many times can Herman the Manatee hit his head on a boat?) creator Jason Viola does a pretty good job of keeping it funny. The mini is a collection from the ongoing webcomic version of Herman the Manatee. There's also a second mini out called Herman the Manatee Fails Again but for some reason I didn't pick it up (maybe Jason was already out of it when I walked by his table at SPX).
Herman has been online for two years now - Viola updates every Wednesday. It's surprisingly familar to reading Peanuts, the laughs are low-key and mixed with shades of doubt and angst. The last little storyline of Herman following his friend Knuckles the Narwhal to Manartica is a pretty good snapshot of the comic's style.