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Has it really been six weeks since last time? [Aug. 5th, 2007|07:25 pm]
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Must have been as I've got a bit of a backlog of web comic comments to think up. Plus a few that somehow got missed out the last couple of times. Only quick comments, unfortunately... I don't really have much in the way of brainpower left at the moment (too much work and all that).

Cat Legend has been a difficult comic to comment on... Despite having finally ploughed through its huge archive, I'm still not sure whether I even like it that much. Like the proverbial curate's egg, it's not perfect, but parts of it are excellent. Whether I'm prepared to plough through the chaotic story and uneven artistic style to get to the good parts is something I still haven't figured out.

I read the archive of Earthbound a good couple of months ago and it's now rather hazy in my memory. The main characters are demons, of the Western variety, and so far the story has just about managed to balance having unsympathetic characters as its protagonists without making them inappropriately cute-'n'-cuddly.

Girl Genius has just released another couple of hundred pages, which took quite a bit of getting through... the story's remained good, though, and there's a classic sequence beginning here which involves lots and lots of coffee. Plus mad science. Quite fun. Incidentally, meganbmoore, if you haven't had a look at this comic yet, you might find it moderately enjoyable.

I finally finished the Pointless archive. What I said before, still goes, and I must have been getting used to the art as it ended up not nearly as hard to live with. Definitely a story worth keeping an eye on.

Red Gate Society is another monster-hunter comic, with the monster-hunters in this case being monsters themselves, with their ringleader being a five-tailed kitsune from Japan (that's probably redundant, really...). This is another story still in its formative stages, with the total output so far being an introductory story and a couple of flashbacks. The characters and story are interesting enough, but the dialogue and artwork still being fairly average. As a few other comics I read started off with fairly basic artwork and improved over time ("Unshelved" and "Questionable Content" being two that spring readily to mind) I'm not giving up on the story... at least, not yet.

[User Picture]From: southerndave
2007-08-16 11:00 am (UTC)

Re: Critiques?

Hi again

It's not so much a time thing as a brain thing at the moment... I've just been off with a virus (head virus, not computer virus) for the last couple of days so am not firing on all cylinders just yet.

As for comics I'm particularly enjoying at the moment... specifically action/adventure story types... three I'm definitely enjoying are Digger, Wandering Ones and Paradigm Shift. Of these three, the last is probably the best example of a balance between character and violence in the story. In "Digger" (which currently has a filler comic on its main page, and the previous couple of hundred pages are subscription-only; but the first half of the story is available) most of the violence is implied or recounted second-hand; it also has a sole point-of-view character, and whose thoughts are also told to the reader. "Wandering Ones" is quite a different style entirely... imagine Stan Lee possessed by the ghost of Rudyard Kipling, and being edited by Chris Claremont possessed by the ghost of Robert Heinlein and... well, that's generally about the point where people start looking at me strangely but that's how I visualise influences. I love that comic but it's very old-fashioned. Your comic is a somewhat different story and a very different artistic style from these so I don't think I'm really being much help though.

I'm not really much good at explaining why it is I actually like things... I've written quick notes about "Digger" here, "Paradigm Shift" here and "The Wandering Ones" here.

I'm currently on a slow connection (it can take up to half an hour to load a page) so I'll have to wait a few days before actually going over your archive again. But I can say now that there's nothing I'd consider "garbage"... if there was I probably wouldn't have kept on reading it. (I'll never make a "proper" reviewer... if I don't like something I'll drop it and go and read something else). I'm also not saying I dislike your comic at all... just that there is room for improvement (as there is with fairly much everything in life) and then trying to explain where I think the improvement could go. Compare with another comic, Questionable Content - it's nothing like what you're aiming for, but it starts off fairly rough, here (it isn't even more than occasionally funny until a hundred or so pages in) and just keeps on improving steadily.

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