Monthly Archives: July 2007

Two of the Best Transformers-related webcomics

I recently came across two webcomics (and future “Webcomic Overlook” candidates) that dealt with the strange 180-degree opinion reversal of old school fans regarding the Transformers movie. That is, before the movie was released, there was heavy bashing of Godzilla-like proportions. However, when the movie came out and the good reviews started rolling in, fans embraced the movie unanimously an wholeheartedly.

The first is Shortpacked!.

And while I cannot deny that Dave Willis is one of the best web cartoonists right now, I think this one had a better take on fan reaction: Joe Loves Crappy Movies.
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The Webcomic Overlook #2: Year One

Webcomics tend to fragment themselves into easily recognizable subcategories. There’s the parody strip, for one. And then there’s a subset of the parody strip: the one where the characters are portrayed as wide-eyed children. It’s kinda like Tiny Toons or Muppet Babies…. Well, actually, it’s more like the super-deformed or chibi characters that you see in manga and anime. Matt Moylan, for example, combines super-deformed characters with Transformers to create his webcomic, Lil Formers — which may yet be a subject of a future Webcomic Overlook.

“Lil Formers,” however, is just beginning. Today, we’re going to look at a webcomic that may be either drastically changing format or on its last legs. It a series created by M. Parkinson called Year One.

Year One
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The Webcomic Overlook #1: Nedroid’s Bad Comics Challenge

This is my first post of The Webcomic Overlook, in which I will review various webcomics on the net. It will be something similar to Your Webcomic is Bad and You Should Feel Bad, except I’ll look at both good and bad webcomics, and be at least a little less cruel toward the bad ones (unless they really, really deserve it — like Minimum Security).

Webcomics are not typically tied to a publisher, which, you would think, means that they’re more free to pursue more creative avenues. However, this is often not the case. Look at enough webcomics, and they easily fall into a few distinct categories: manga-style comics, furry-style comics, fantasy comics, and Dilbert-style comics. Some of them are not published in newspapers because their novel concepts are considered too counter-culture for family newspapers. Or some are rather good, but the artists don’t have the right connections or don’t have any luck when it comes to publishing. However, most aren’t in your local paper because … well, because they’re terrible.

This first one doesn’t fit any of those categories. I present Nedroid’s Bad Comics Challenge. Nedroid claims that someone challenged him to create 200 comic strips that are bad. It’s apparent, from the very first panel, that he’s failing spectacularly.

Bad Comics Challenge, Page 1
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