Metapost: April break!

Time for the Webcomic Overlook to take a break again.

A piece of advice to all you unmarried types out there: the needs of the wife outnumber the needs of the blog. So when your significant other is feeling sick, stressed out, and suffering from anxiety attacks, her health comes first. Mr. and Mrs. Santo will be taking some vacation time over spring break to travel and just decompress. Hopefully I’ll be back by late-April/early-May. At that point, though, there’s family members from both sides (my sister, her brother, not to each other) who are hitching the knot between early-to-mid summer. In other words: busy, busy times up ahead. Reviews will probably be sporadic.

So, until I return, thanks to everyone who came by to read my webcomic reviews. WordPress says that I’ve been averaging 1,000+ page views per day over the last two months, and that’s a very big deal to me. Thanks, everyone, for reading and commenting, whether you agreed with my assessments or not… and whether you commented on my site or not. Special thanks for the creators who left kind words and/or rebuttals. I’ve been lucky to have some absolutely well-reasoned input this time around.

I also suggest you check out other review blogs in the meantime. They’re listed over in the right-hand toolbar. Or you could check out Bengo’s list at Psychadelic Treehouse.

Here are two excellent blogs that I haven’t really given much coverage on this site:

  • Webcomic Finds – a fantastic blog written by Ping Teo, who has a keen sense of adventure and an eye for what needs to be improved artwise.
  • Storming The Tower – a newish blog by “Elle Dee” that focuses mainly on webcomics that can best be described as having an “indie” look … but really, the selection is just as varied as what you’d find on this site.

I love both Ping and Elle Dee’s writing styles. These two are direct, knowledgeable, and oftentimes surprising. In one Webcomic Finds review, for example, Ping elaborated as to why Addanac City turned her off almost immediately by the site’s haphazard presentation. Over in Storming the Tower, Elle Dee discovered that Red String challenged her ill-will toward romance comics.

Oh, and Websnark should be back sometime soon.

So, just so you know, here’s my list of webcomics I’d planned on reviewing in the long run. Feel free to check ‘em out yourselves:

Word of warning though: four out of the five above titles have been in my queue since January. Gah. Stupid short-term memory! However, by posting them, I think I’ve written myself a contract to finally get down to writing them. Like they teach you in Dale Carnegie or some such. So there’s that.

Finally, two creators recently solicited a review for their webcomics. Usually I put those in the backburner, but their e-mails were so wonderful that I feel guilty not getting to them. It’s like I said way back before: you write me an enticing e-mail, and I’ll probably acknowledge it sooner rather than later.

I hope they don’t mind me sharing them with you.

The first is from Jose Oliver from Young Lovecraft:

¿Cómo estás? We´ve just started to publish our webcomic in English after its Spanish edition. It´s called Young Lovecraft and it´s about the childhood of the american horror writer H.P.Lovecraft. We play with the creatures of his Myths and tell what if they had been real entities that he met while he was just a kid. Our Lovecraft it´s not exactly like the real one, but we think our work is a nice homage from our love to him and his works.

Our Young Lovecraft has also a couple of friends that colour his life: Siouxie, a cute girl from Detroit, and Glenn, a ghoul that meets him and decides to stay in his house causing all kind of troubles.

To make a quick idea of it, we could say that it´s a cross between Tim Burton’s style and Calvin & Hobbes’ humor + Lovecraft Myths. Does it sound well? Hope it does…

Who can’t get behind that?

And the second is from Mike Gray of Clumsy Love:

I am just stating out and I am trying to get more readers…please let me know what you think!

More about myself, I am a self-employed animator, cartoonist, writer, comedian…you can see some of my work at the following links (including my 2 cartoons that premiered on Nicktoons this year)!

See? I’ve never seen either comic, but I’m champing at the bit to click on those links. Anyway, guys, I’m definitely keeping your stuff at the top of my queue when I get back.

Until next time, dear reader… Keep supporting your local webcomic!

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on March 24, 2009, in metapost, The Webcomic Overlook. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you very much for including us. Hope you like it! :)

  2. Better one month off every year than 3 years at a go, El Santos ;) (Gee I wonder who could have possibly done such a thing)

    By the way, cheers for the shout out!

    Also happy to have discovered Storming the Tower. I can tell I’m going to like reading that blog already. Enjoy April!

  3. Thank you for the mention, El Santos, I am looking forward to hearing what you think of “Clumsy Love” when you get back! And I totally understand “the needs of the wife outnumber the needs of the blog,” my wife and I just celebrated 10 years in December! Have a great vacation! –Mike Gray

  4. I’m the writer/artist of Lagend and I’m thrilled (and a bit scared) to see that you’re planning on reviewing it. I hope you like it too.

  5. My webcomic ADDANAC CITY (www.addanaccity.com) has received an extreme makeover in the past few days to coincide with my recent 200th comic. It should be simpler to navigate and more pleasing to the eye. Check it out if you get the chance to see for yourself.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. I recently reviewed Surfboards and while past reviews have definitely proven that we approach comics differently =), I would have waited on it if I had seen that you were planning to review it soon. Sorry ’bout that.

  7. No prob! I say go for it. :) Incidentally, I’m very close to putting up a new article.

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