- Posted by Johanna on August 9, 2008 at 12:53 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
I haven’t checked in with Zuda, DC Comics’ webcomics competition, for a while, so I was surprised to see the strength of the submissions this month. There’s a great variety of work from clearly skilled creators, although most of the entries have the same flaw: they’re nothing but setup. Can’t anyone tell a whole story in eight pages these days? I know, they’re trying to drive votes from those who want to see more — but you can still do something satisfying and then expand upon it in depth later.
Anyway, my pick is Furiku Buredu, an absolutely gorgeous reverie about a drug-using samurai.
I’d also like to read more of Shock Effect, by John Lang and Ian Daffern, about a girl dealing with life under alien invasion. It’s a timely subject, with overtones of recent disasters in New Orleans and Iraq, given a fictionalized coating.
I found Tom Kelly’s The Stuffed Animal Sagas distinctive and intriguing. It features a comfortable premise, that of a girl’s teddy protecting her, told in rhyme with a different look, almost illustrated text.
I didn’t read Junk because it’s horror, but I wish net acquaintance and writer Justin Jordan the best.
Current winner is Vic Boone, an exciting, colorful story of a sci-fi private eye. It’s by Shawn Aldridge and Jeff Winstead, and while I liked others more, it clearly is the best of the group from a craft perspective.
Has anyone talked about how many of the leading and winning strips are not single-creator works? That’s unusual for webcomics. Is it a side effect of the company running the competition, or that several of the entrants see this as a way to get more attention for other projects?
An exception to that observation, Matthew Loux (Sidescrollers, Salt Water Taffy) contributes Rhandom Escape, a science fiction adventure. His distinctive style is neat to see, but the strip is heavy on fighting action instead of characterization. If we want to follow the adventures of a space rogue, we should get a good sense of why he’s worth following.
I was surprised to see To the Red Country because I think it’s a bad idea to misspell the name of your own strip on the opening screen. Interesting idea — a post-apocalyptic voyage — and distinctive-yet-simple visuals, but nothing to grab readers.
I started checking out the strips this month because of The Adventures of Rocki Gibraltar. I enjoy the work of the Fraim Brothers, but I can see why this strip is running last at this point. It’s flat black-and-white (without even shading or tones) when most other competitors are colored, making it look old-fashioned, and the story — about a girl with an absent father who wants to be a superhero — is much too familiar.
Anyway, some interesting stuff to check out in this month’s competition.