Backyard Frontier

Dennis West emailed me to let me know that he’s just launched a weekdaily webcomic called Backyard Frontier, inspired to do so by How to Make Webcomics.

Backyard Frontier panel

It’s the story of a boy and his alien, a premise with lots of promise for humor as the kid teaches the visitor about humans and society. I have a weakness for such things ever since studying popular culture, because the professors loved the “what would a Martian think about this?” comparison to try and get people to step outside their comfort zone and see with new eyes what they’ve taken for granted. I hope Dennis can capture that fresh perspective.

It’s well-cartooned in a clean, welcoming fashion (unsurprising since Dennis is an accomplished graphic designer). Rufus looks like a potato with a crab’s eye stalks, made up of simple shapes — Dennis says he looks like a slug, which is also true.

The strip just started at the beginning of the month, so it’s easy to jump on now. There is also an RSS feed that contains the full strip in an easy-to-find location, a big plus and one of my deciding factors in whether to follow a webcomic.

2 Responses to “Backyard Frontier”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Congrats, Dennis!

    I like what I’ve seen so far. I’m gonna be reading every day, so keep ‘em coming.

  2. Dennis West Says:

    Thank you very much for the mention Johanna! I’ll do my best not to disappoint!





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