Has the Fun Been Sucked Out of Webcomics?
Submitted by bobweiner on May 13, 2006 - 21:56
As a kid I used to daydream about my favorite television heroes. I mean, who, as a kid growing up in the 80's imagined Michael Knight teaming up with the A-Team or the Dukes of Hazzard to go up against the combined forces of evil. Or the G.I. Joe team mixing it up with the Transformers in a cartoon?
The fact that characters could crossover and interact was perhaps the most exciting thing I discovered when I got into 'superhero' comics. It was neat to see Moon Knight teaming up with the Punisher. The popular culture references, in-jokes and continuity were also big draws to me when reading comics. Which explains why I'm a fan of The Family Guy and The Simpsons.
The kind of magic I've referred to is rarely seen in webcomics these days. Sure, there have been a few crossovers and obligatory guest-stars - but given the nature of the medium, I would have thought there would have been much, much more interaction between creators out there.
Truth be told, I really enjoy putting in in-jokes as well as cameos of characters from another webcomic into my 'toon. I enjoy drawing other creator's characters - it gives me a chance to stretch a bit and break out of the routine. Pet Professional is one of my favorites, and you may have seen him in a cameo in a toon I drew earlier this week. I have others, some of which will appear this coming week in The PC Weenies.
So, have webcomic creators rigidly set their boundaries? I sure hope not. Let's see more experimentation - more nods and winks to pique the audience's interest and curiosity - let's reward 'em for reading. Are you ready to inject some good ol' fashion FUN back into webcomics? I am.