Q&A: what makes a comic a favorite?
Submitted by kjc on November 4, 2003 - 02:50
I was thinking - being the curious and over-analyzing type - what makes a webcomic your favorite?
Look at your favorite webcomic - or your top five or your top ten - and think about which elements put it at the top of your list.
Is it good art? Good storylines? Humor? Memorable characters? In-jokes? A detailed universe that you want to explore? An approach that's fresh and intriguing? An example of a genre for which you have some strange attraction? Consistency in updates (or perhaps a failure to dissapoint)? Quotability? Shock value? Topical issue coverage? The mockery of things you like to mock as well? The exploration of stuff you enjoy (gaming, programming, talking to pets) or hate (working in a cube-farm, paying bills, living with strangers)? Other stuff I haven't thought of here?
For myself, I love story-telling and humor above most all else. I will blindly follow a webcomic that only updates once a month if I'm truly engaged in its story. Humor, mainly as part of a solid characterization, is my second requirement (gag-a-day comics are ok, but there aren't any in my top 10). After that, the art should be passable, although it need not be detailed. Good characterization in general follows. (Why art before characterization? Because if I can't tell the difference between the characters, I won't be able to keep track of their personalities.)