Weekend Hype: Herman the Manatee

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.


Xaviar Xerexes

Wandering webcomic ronin. Created Comixpedia (2002-2005) and ComixTalk (2006-2012; 2016-?). Made a lot of unfinished comics and novels.