I’m not going to lie, I read a lot of webcomics. I love to read good ones that challenge me as a reader, that tug me in many directions emotionally and that engage me in an intelligent dialogue with the story. I love to read terrible webcomics as well, to pull apart their essential construction to see the mistakes come to light, as only through those can an artist strive to be better at their own craft.
With this critical and methodological approach to the entertainment I already consume, it’s a natural next step to begin writing these thoughts down into a comprehensive critique. I want to make an initial distinction, however, that I’m not a critic, I’m an artist. I’m not here to tell you what is worth reading, I want to articulate my impression of the comic so that you can glean if it fits into something you would possibly like to read. This is not a value judgement, nor a imposition of taste, simply a critique like you would find at any art school worth it’s weight.
Each review will try to touch on three areas of interest: art critique, writing critique and overall impressions. A rating will be given to imply the balance of elements that are working well in any given comic versus those elements that are detracting. Of course, this is all merely my opinion, so I warn any uppity people who become unintelligibly attached to their favourite popular culture product to chill, I ain’t saying nothing against you. I’m sure you’re a very nice person and we could totally get a drink and chat sometime if you’re up for it.
I will be posting my first critique next week, with more to follow when I’m inspired. If you have a comic that you read (or make) that you’d like to suggest for a review, I’d be happy to check it out. Just leave the name and URL of said comic in the comments.