Below is a list of comments made by dr.onion, in date order (newest at the top).|
|Mister Buckley, are you even trying? I used to be indifferent towards your comic and didn't let it bother me, but recently I became aware of just how subpar your shit is. This whole rivalry you and whoever the fuck does penny arcade have is fucking laughable because there's no real competition there.
The fact of the matter is "Gabe" has improved tremendously over time and clearly knows what he's doing, and you do not. Heaven forbid you switch up the perspective occasionally instead of keeping a view from three feet above the characters' heads to the tops of their knees EVERY GOD DAMN TIME. Tell me, do your characters actually have feet? I don't recall ever seeing them.
And tell me, how many millions of dollars have YOU donated to diseased and injured children this year?
Tim Buckley, you are a fucking joke. The fact that people even consider you in league enough with PA to have some form of e-rivalry with them is the greatest punchline of all.
|Comic: Better Days
The comic comes off as a form of masturbation for the author's political/social/religious views. The protagonists are all on the same moral wavelength as the author, and if they mess something up the narrative is forced in a way that will make them look like they did the right thing, or no consequences will arise. Example:
"I slept with my neighbor and now he's getting a divorce from his wife and is moving away and taking my son's best friend away too so now he's pissed at me!" That's alright, once this chapter's over this issues will be ignored until a few chapters later when you and the neighbor are engaged and everything's fine again.
"My girlfriend's a whore and I don't like that!" Just dump her so you can immediatley get a new girlfriend who will instantly disregard all her incestuous feelings for her brother and dump them all on you, even though you guys just boinked a couple times and barely know eachother.
"I had unprotected sex and am afraid I have an STD!" Nope.
It's apparent there are a handful of characters that are always right and nothing too bad will ever befall them, and the rest are utterly undeveloped and treated only as obstacles to the protagonists. We do not get any insight to the lives of these characters.
"What the deal with rapist teacher?" He's a rapist. Chapter end.
"Why's that girl such a whore?" She just is. Chapter end.
"That lesbian just used that chick's brother to try getting to her and subtley mentions a distrust for boys, do we get to learn anything about her past or her opinions?" No. What's more, you will never see her again. Chapter end.
"Tommy's parents are pretty uptight, why is that and what are their views?" Because they're Christians and Chrisitians are bad. Didn't you get the memo? Chapter end.
Artistically: The artwork is painful. Not just because it's flat, but because I know Naylor has a lot of talent that doesn't reach its potential in a this medium. Compared to his colored work or even penciled sketches, you can see the art loses a hell of a lot of personality. There's barely any variation in line quality or thickness, and half the time I don't know where the scene is taking place because of the lack of backgroud.
In conclusion, I admit I share a lot of the same views as the author politically and socially, but I'm also interested in seeing things from the other side and having my opinions challenged. There was a lot of potential here, but at this point I doubt I'll see it come to fruition.
|The artwork's not very consistant, (for some reason the characters grow lips during close-ups) and the humor doesn't really resonate with me, but I'm glad the author's moving further away from anime and seems to be giving the characters more movement instead of making this a "talking head" comic. At the same time, I'd like to see less filtered photographs used as backgrounds and some variety to the proportions of characters.
On a side note, I find the monthly fan-service wallpaper out of character of "Candi", the protagonist who's supposedly very innocent. It may not have much of an effect on the comic, but it still bugs me.