Below is a list of comments made by kainee, in date order (newest at the top).|
|Comic: Life on Forbez
|The art is great! I usually prefer color over b/w but in this case, it's an exception to the rule! The b/w details and characters are good and fits the comic really well. I also love the writing. There's a clear sense of direction and the punchline's always funny.
I love the current trio being featured-- that of Par, Bane and Mikey! The humor in this unlikely friendship is great! The respect given to characters that are cute little kids running about and treating them as walking talking people is really nice to see. It also helps to give that added element of surprise when you see a little girl completely beat up 5 big tough bullies. And when the mom is immature enough to have her kid pose as her husband to avoid the embarassment of being seen with her own kid at the mall!
Also, this comic is updated on time-- if not, there's usually an explanation why. Always professional and always the best in my book! Actually one of my first webcomics too!
Keep up the good work!!!
|Comic: Arthur, King of Time and Space
|The art is very good for art done with MS Paint-- extreme kudos for getting it to look as good as it does! I usually don't like Arthurian stuff as I absolutely hate the story of Guinevere and Lancelot and that always gets brought up when people do Arthur. I'm of the type that doesn't like adultery no matter how romanticized it is so that's why I don't enjoy that part of the story. However, you sidestep this quite well and manage to elicit some humor out of it.
Even though the storyline is very fragmented and not really linear-- you seem to have multiple storylines going on actually, I like it. I like the multiple alternate universes and you use that concept in different ways to help out the punchline. Your character design is pretty good too although you are right-- it's a lot harder to tell your characters apart without the use of color. But since characters are always in their set outfits, it's easy to spot them. Confusing situations such as twins are not as confusing anymore because of the way the characters are designed here. PS I like how in some alternate universes, people even have a different gender!
So keep up the good work!
|Comic: twelve dragons
|From what I've read so far, the story really has grabbed me. The art is extremely good and you really have a good sense of how to convey the action. Your story's still in the exposition phase even though you've already had at least 2 chapters, so that might be a weak point. I know it might be setting up an epic but the less exposition, the better. That way, you get to the good stuff faster...
Some other stuff I really like is how the dialogue is done-- like when the dragons speak or do their mind speak thing, the lettering is different. The character designs are also really good-- you can tell the difference between the races fairly easily. Although I think this comic is also treading the line between originality and stereotypes... as the world of Pangea seems to have humans, dwarves, giants and elves... as well as the half-breeds.
The other thing that really slows the pace of the comic down is the plethora of guest comics... I know that they're a huge compliment but in a story-driven comic, having a random guest strip show up that doesn't add to the story is very jarring. It also really breaks up the rhythm that is set up by the earlier storytelling...
Anyway, this has the makings of a good comic... I just need a bit of a push before I can give this comic a wholehearted 5.
|The art is decent and the humor is also good. But there's room for improvement. I think my problem is that this comic has an overarching storyline that also tries for the strip joke but it does an average job at both. I think the more redeeming qualities can be found in the storyline and if more focus was put on that, the comic would pull together more. Also, all too often, things go into a tangent just because what is happening is cute. I love cute and all but sometimes it's superfluous... Just something to watch out for.
All in all, just keep at it and build up some momentum!
|Comic: Something Positive
|The art fits the style of this comic but I really enjoy this comic because of the strong storyline. This is a good example of writing what you know-- I don't know how much of the events chronicled are true to life but you can tell it is at the very least heavily influenced by reality. This influence gives the characters and story a weight to it and also makes it rather believable even with unbelievable situations like a character producing a play with a controversial take on Jesus, etc. I really love a lot of the cast-- everyone is very human. Although the main character Davan seems to be a Mary Sue of sorts, he's an acceptable one because he actually has FLAWS. I also love Davan's friends, Aubrey and Peejee. It's cool to see Asian women characterized in an atypical way. But please.... Asian-- not Oriental-- that's a fricking rug! God!
Ahem... anyway... The only weakness is that although I love the dialogue, sometimes it can be too plentiful. It can get to be too much like talking heads sometimes. If I'm too tired, I might skip this comic because of the insane amount of dialogue you usually have to read. It's also hard to hook people when they see how much reading is done to get the punchline.
But a plus in this comic's favor is that Milholland doesn't annoy me or piss me off. His news post also give me some information that I find useful. I'm happy that he's able to wrok ont eh webcomic full time now.
Keep up the good work!
|Although imitation is the best form of flattery, I wish Fred Gallagher would just get his own ideas. He's like Quentin Tarantino-- the results might look nice but all the ideas are basically ripped off from multiple sources. I'm not very impressed with the writing either. It's notable that Rodney Caston's departure from the comic marked a significant change in the tone of the story and not a good one. Caston's influence at least provided some inanity to offset the humongous amount of angst that Piro and Gallagher himself is capable of generating. Without Caston's special brand of humor, we're just left with a whiny Piro.
The art might have redeemed this comic but Gallagher doesn't update on time. Not very impressive for someone who's supposed to be doing this full-time. And has a supporting team to help him out. I'm sure the fanboys/girls won't like this review. But truthfully, this is my opinion.
I'm sick of seeing online comics drawn in the manga style that strive to be Japanese manga, yet fail.