Quick Thing-

Hey, I’m still on hiatus (midterms and planning for final projects and graduation, eechh!) but I just wanted to mention, have you guys see this comic called Love Me Nice? It hasn’t even got a dozen comics yet, but it looks really promising and it went on my main list right away. Check it out and see if you agree with me so far, and if not, hey, you won’t waste much time reading the archives!

Love Me Nice!

October 21, 2009. Have You Heard Of, Webcomics. Leave a comment.

Answers!

Well, out of 15 quotes from 15 different webcomics, there were only three that went unfound by you fine people:

1. You mean your plan to drive to the gas station and flash your girly bits at the attendant? Yeah. I have my doubts.

5. Time to pollute the city’s water supply… with killer bees!

8. By the way, careful with that pile of pillows at your feet.

Ready for the answers?

1. The witty Dewey Defeats Tarzan!

5. The spectacular Buttersafe!

8. The insightful Edmund Finney’s Quest to find the Meaning of Life!

Since it’s likely that y’all don’t read those three comics, since nobody got the quotes, you should definitely do yourself a big favor and check them out. I guarantee that you’ll like at least ONE of them. You gotta like those odds.

Also, I might be going on hiatus for a little while. We’ll see what happens. I hope you’re following Homestuck though, the end of Act 2 was amazing- I swear I watched it six times this morning.

Later!

October 12, 2009. H!L!C!, Have You Heard Of, Webcomics. 1 comment.

John Dies at the End

Guys guys I have just been so busy reading my favorite book John Dies at the End by David Wong that I just can’t pull myself away to update. It just came out on Tuesday and I’ve read it three times since. I’m on my fourth read now. Many more are to come.

John Dies at the End is the best book ever. There is no better book that you will ever encounter in any reality, in any dream, in any state of mind, than John Dies at the End. I used to have favorite books and a good range of books I’d rank from 1-10. Now I compressed all those books to 1-3, and John Dies at the End is a 29 n that scale. If you like living, or not living, you will enjoy John Dies at the End. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Let me give you some comparisons:

If this book was an action hero celebrity that accumulated a lot of tough rumors, it would literally erase Chuck Norris and whoever else from existence before they were even born, and not only be the most awesome, but the only.

If cold is bad and hot is great, this book is Hell. Hell on Earth.

On a scale of one to ten, you will have ten nightmares after reading this book. And that’s before you go to sleep.

If this book were a penis, and God had given it a penis of it’s own, it’s penis would be larger than your penis. Women: this applies to your boyfriend, but doubly so.

I will post spoilers to any quotes people couldn’t find in a couple days, if there are any left. You’re close, guys, almost there! Furthermore, I will update again once I’ve finished reading John Dies at the End nine or ten (dozen) more times.

Did I mention how good it was?

October 1, 2009. Have You Heard Of, Literature. 1 comment.

“Movies With Robots!”

I read this comic called Movies With Robots! by Robert Sifuentez because the author linked me to it on a forum! I admit that I had looked at it prior to this and decided not to even read it, but after said linkage, I did for this review. It ended up being a pretty good read.

Here is a link to Movies With Robots!!

That suggests a problem. The product (the comic) is good, but something else is unappealing. It doesn’t take much effort to figure out what it is: the layout. Think of it like a product on the shelf on a store. A camera, for example. You’ve got Brand X cameras, which are shitty and fall apart after 12 pictures, and Brand Y cameras, which are extremely excellent. They cost the same and you have no prior knowledge of the brands, just that the two boxes are next to each other. The Brand X box is flashy and exciting and aesthetically pleasing with tons of positive comments and descriptions of features. The Brand Y box is completely plain without any real pictures or descriptions or extras or anything. Like I said, you have no prior knowledge of the quality of the product, you’re just comparing boxes. Which one do you choose?

Most people will probably be attracted to the exciting looking one. Boring layouts and bare minimums just do not fly on the internet (with the occasional notable exception, which only works for certain reasons). The fact that this is a non-narrative comic also boosts the need for extras. There’s no storyline for readers to get hooked onto, there will not be dramatic character changes or shocking revelations, so there is no suspense or anxiety to check back when it updates. This is why everything else has to be smooth and appealing, to not give the reader any barriers to coming back. Having a graphic title and then smaller buttons, or a sidebar, or something, to get the comic a little further up on the screen, would also be nice.

An explanatory page would also be extremely helpful. Why is Robert doing a photo comic? It’s probably either because he can’t draw or he just likes taking photos better, and the fact that it’s the same photos points to the “can’t draw” line of thought–not that there is anything wrong with this! But his motivation, explained, would be nice to hear. Since, as previously mentioned, none of the characters will likely undergo any development since it’s not that type of comic (nothing wrong with this either!), character bios would also be pretty nice. They’re kind of taboo in narratives because revealing information should be done in-story for them, but for this kind of comic, it is totally super. I’m not sure if we need the twitter and the facebook boxes on every page in the archive- the homepage and the about page is fine for that, but you want the archive pages to load as fast as possible (of course, the ad is acceptable, but that’s expected).

So I have a few problems with the layout and the lack of additional substance beyond the comic, yeah. I think even if it means skipping the comic for a couple days, making the site a nice thing to look at is a good idea. Newspaper cartoonists never have to worry about “webpages” and “layouts” in terms of their careers, they have a limited space and they fill it up with their comic and that’s all they have to do. The internet, however, is not a newspaper, and there are a million more things to concern yourself with that will break your otherwise quality comic if you don’t.

Onto the actual comic.

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August 26, 2009. Have You Heard Of, Reviews, Webcomics. 2 comments.

“The Next Adventure”!

Hey guys! So I found a new webcomic that I really like the other day. Let me tell you all about it. It’s called The Next Adventure and it’s by Francesca Buchko, who incidentally apparently goes to college at a school about an hour away from my hometown, possibly alongside friends of mine who also go there. Cool! But that really has nothing to do with anything, sorry.

I am going to link you to it TWICE:

Once to the friendly page hosted on Comic Fury over here.

And once to the thing on Word/Comicpress over here.

Let me start off by saying I’m really not sure why she has two websites for the comic. The CF one is really nice and cute and besides a couple minor issues (no real front page, could use a better title image that links, better archive, customized buttons- I am being pretty nitpicky here), it is a really cool site to go on. The clear downside is that (as of this writing) it has 18 pages while the WP one is up to date with 54! That is too bad because the CF site is way nicer and cleaner and real and proper and stuff while the WP one is just like “oh yeah hey made some comics” and not very professional at all. I really hope she gets the CF site up to date all at once (or over a couple weeks maybe, like one a day until she’s caught up) and then scraps the WP site because it’s just not very good!

It does have a nice header image though, while that’s what the CF one lacks… hmm…

BUT anyway. The actual webcomic. TNA is really cool! The layout is consistent and extremely publishable, but that doesn’t mean that it gets stale! The framing is very good and creates a moving picture sense in your head, somewhat more like a movie storyboard. (This story could also probably be a pretty interesting movie, for that matter.) Her artistic skill progression from the first to the 54th is clear, but even still, the first pages are still really good. Looking through her blogs and stuff it’s clear she’s a great artist and even in the relatively simplistic style she uses for TNA, I’d say it shows through.

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August 25, 2009. Have You Heard Of, Reviews, Webcomics. Leave a comment.