While walking through the jungles of the Internet, I was carrying around several thousand words to defend myself from the idiots on YouTube.
I heard several webcomics quietly sneaking up on me from around the corner. I grasped my mental dictionary carefully, and passed my judgment on them like the ninja that I wish I were.
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I have brought these comics here for their sentence, and you are their jury.
First up is "Dinosaur Comics," at www.qwantz.com.
Dinosaur Comics, created by Ryan North, revolves around a philosophical dinosaur and his obsession with stomping on humans.
Its topics vary, as it rarely carries out an actual storyline. It uses the same template each time, changing only the text used.
That makes me happy, because it shows that somebody without any artistic ability can run a successful webcomic. But it also makes me rather upset, because it really shows a lack of commitment and lowers the value of the work that some other artists put into their comics.
As for the art itself, I'm not impressed. The basic layout for the comic is just a picture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex speaking and stomping a village, using one of two other dinosaurs to interact with the Rex. It's a style called clip art, so I'm not surprised, but I believe that this could be done much better.
The content of the comic, I must say, is rather boring. The topics it takes are more philosophical than they need to be for this comic, which would appear to have a humorous theme.
It's almost as if the comic is having a hard time deciding between serious and funny. The dinosaurs don't really help for that.
For all of those reasons, I give "Dinosaur Comics" a 3 out of 10.
Coming off of that negative horse, I find myself looking at another comic, "Just a Bit Off" by Jeff Zugale. The comic, at http://www.jeffzugale.com/justabitoff/, is done as a sort of perspective piece, giving things that happen in the artist's real life a humorous light. This can be from a marriage proposal to getting laid off. It focuses around one character, with a few others to support it.
What makes this comic interesting is that it's clean, keeping it able to be placed in newspapers or magazines. There is a very crisp art style about it, making it eye-pleasing, while also addictive, leaving you wanting more. You can tell that Jeff does a great deal for this comic, and if not, he lets you know.
As for the humor, there is an interesting perspective one can put on it. If you've ever read a Mad Magazine, imagine that type of humor (the almost nauseating, pun type, or predictable), without the nauseating pun-like. It takes Mad Magazine, and makes it funny and likable. Overall, it's not a bad comic. Granted, I've seen better, but I have seen worse. But Jeff has a formula that works, and he's sticking to it. I give this comic a 7 out of 10.
Now, onto xkcd, at xkcd.com, our final comic to review. This is a comic by Randall Monroe about "Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language." It warns its readers that it may offend "children, adults, and liberal arts majors," meaning just about everybody.
There is no plot. To put it simply, it's a stick figure-style comic that is a daily updater. A lot of times, it's not always funny, as it's not always serious. However, it's always entertaining. A warning those who check this comic out, you may be a little confused at some of the math jokes made.
As for the art, the stick figures are clear, always visible to see what they're doing without confusion. As for backgrounds, Randall is great at art, combining just the right amount of detail to not overpower the rest of the stick figures, while making it look realistic. Don't underestimate his abilities, though. He's made a few where he's created worlds on paper.
For a great read that's humorous, philosophical, and completely entertaining, I give xkcd an 8 out of 10. Its weakness is its inability to connect with all of its audience.
Well, I'm done. I've said my piece, done my time, given my goodbyes. Now, I'm off for a month. Enjoy the reviews, check these fine websites out yourselves, and I'll see you next month with reviews on some more interesting things. Until then, I wish you all long days and pleasant nights.
Adam Munio is a senior at Unadilla Valley Central School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.