As a practicing liberal foreigner, I often seek out topical gaming humour with political undercurrents and boobies. Substantial, voluminous, unAmerican boobies. Those boobies should be attached to hot anime chicks, like the ones which are popular with the teen girls who shop at bookstores! They make me feel like Ben Affleck --
Another week and three more short reviews of topical webcomics including In Contempt by Kevin Moore, Xoverboard by August J. Pollak, and Debt On by Scott Morris.
In Contempt by Kevin Moore
There's a lot of smarty-pants webcomics out there happy to tell you what they think about the world. Here's a quick look at three that are not just opinionated, but pretty funny. Obviously, your funny mileage may vary depending on your view of the world and your tolerance for opposing points of view. Read on for reviews of (Th)ink, Big Fat Whale, and The Boiling Point.
The jaded webcomics consumer is well familiar with the idea: a creator takes extant intellectual property, then makes it her own. The high-profile example of digital sampling sticks out from the music world, and Apocalypse Pooh developed a cult following in the late eighties and early nineties. Executions may vary in quality, but our readers are likely familiar with the convention of game-based sprite comics by now, and the dreary ire they've been known to draw.
Audrey, the main character in Benjamin Rivers' Empty Words is a Registered Practicing Nurse in a long-term care facility. She is a new employee, and has just experienced her first on-the-job death, an aspect of the job that she finds difficult to deal with. In fact, she's having trouble dealing with her job period, with what she sees as the warehousing of old people until they die -- so much so that it is starting to affect her relationships with friends and family.
Continuing last week's trend of introducing you to fun new comics, but tying into this month's theme of relationships, here is another trio of newcomers that are fresh out of the webcomic starting gates, and raring to wow you with their interesting premises, plots, or just plain priceless humor.
With a healthy mix of angsty young adults, strawbatos (strawbatos are all about relationships, honest), fruit bats, and young petting zoo emancipators, how could you be steered wrong?
For all the recent growing hubbub about webcomics and their place in the Serious Art World, sometimes it's nice to be able to forget about striving for "award-winning" quality or mindboggling innovation. Rather than study and dissect the Professional Aspirants out there, sometimes you just want to enjoy a nice, simple laugh.
Admit it â€“ it's nice to be able to go read a webcomic that may not be breaking new ground or showcasing Alex Ross-ian art, but that is just FUN, right?
It's that sinful little sugary snack you sneak in your mouth when you think no one is looking at you in the study hall. Not at all on your list of healthy diet brain foods, it's yummy and delicious and exactly what you want, even if not what you think you know you need.
Here is a PREview trio of such FUN new webcomic reads; they may not drastically change your worldview or bring about earthshattering enlightenment, but they may be good for a nice 'n' easy distracting chuckle.
One first glance at Errant Story is not enough. A passing glance, and you'll likely see a fantasy genre comic that is "more of the same": Tolkien-style elves and humans coexisting in a fantasy world where magic supersedes technology, swords are ridiculously big, and guns apparently exist despite a lack of other technological developments.
Newbie comics are both cursed and blessed by their, well... newness. Spinoffs like Scary Go Round and Lizard taken aside, most webcomics are the author's first steps onto a new shore. Some creators will spend years, even decades developing their creative abilities before jumping onto the Web. Others may be borne of the online community, having yet to earn their artistic "sea legs". Whatever the basis of a webcomicker (and, by extension, their webcomic), we're all evolving, and it's usually most evident in the beginning.
Usually, the Comixpedia waits at least a year to review a webcomic. It's only fair, since most creators are still developing their voices in the first 6 months and figuring out what they can do with a pen and ink or Photoshop. If you were to judge some of your current favorite comics solely by their first offering, you might never have kept reading.