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As of today, this blog has been around for … 5 years?!?!?

Science fiction writer Eric Temple Bell once wrote, “Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.” He also wrote, “Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.” Clearly if he had the ability to draw stick figures, he would’ve been Randall Munroe to xkcd by about a hundred years.

But enough about that! The Webcomic Overlook is truly the fool today, for at this time, on July 25, 2007, was the first time I pressed “Publish” on my WordPress button and sent forth the first post that would become The Webcomic Overlook. That would be … let me pull out the calculator here … carry the 1 … divide by pi …

5 YEARS

The world of webcomics during that time has not really changed all that much. There are certainly more, but the basics are still the same. I think the art has definitely gotten better, now that folks more proficient in the illustrative arts have discovered the ease of online publishing. A general air of irreverence still rules the day, though, and the most successful webcomics still follow the template of the very first webcomic I every reviewed, Anthony “Nedroid” Clark’s 100 Bad Webcomics.

It’s been a long time, and yet I don’t think I’m anywhere close to stopping. I just love to write… and writing reviews, in particular. And I’m glad you all are still reading.

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on July 25, 2012, in webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. And I’ll be stayin’ to keep readin’! Congrats, El Santo! 😀 By the way, here’s a question I’m sure you’re THRILLED to get, as I’m sure it’s not the first time you’ve heard it, but do you read or plan on reading/reviewing Homestuck? Cuz yeah, I’m one of those people who freaking loves it, and I’m interested to see your take on it, and whether you like it or not.

    • I’ve read the first 3 chapters of Homestuck. It’s one of those comics that I’ve had on my list of reviews for the last 2 years or so. 🙂 I really should get around to reviewing it, as I think it’s probably one of the most unorthodox “webcomics” I’ve seen out there.

  2. Congrats on 5 years! Here’s to many more!

    Also, that Sesame Street clip takes me back. I loved watching those pinball bits when I was a kid.

  3. Happy Anniversary! 🙂 I’m a newcomer to your site… I really enjoy your quality reviews and I hope you stick around a while longer!

  4. I’d say the world of webcomics has changed a little bit, at least. We’re seeing traditional comic creators getting involved in making original content such as FreakAngels and Sin Titulo or destinations like Keenspot getting regular print series from Image like Skullkickers and Avengelyne on their site or companies like Dark Horse doing more or less the opposite and getting a variety of webcomics into print; Axe Cop, Battlepug, Bucko, Dr. McNinja, etc. Namco-Bandai’s ShiftyLook is a thing that exists now. I don’t think this would have been the case 5 years ago.

    And I think it can argued that there’s only so many ways you can make a webcomic going outside of the basics without making it something else entirely. Things like Luther, Hobo Lobo of Hamelin and the work of Zac Gorman work well outside of the typically static format while still being comics on a recognizable level. One wrong ‘step,’ and they’d be little more than those Marvel Knights Animations. I think some things are better left as is.

    Happy five years, El Santo, and here’s to many more to come!

    • Thanks! And that’s a great observation about how webcomics have changed. It’s definitely less of the free-wheeling Wild West of the Internet feel and more formalized. (Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily.)

  5. Congrats on your fifth anniversary. In internet time that’s something like twenty-five years, right?

    It’s funny, but webcomics being what they are…well…they’ve changed plenty in the past decade, then again they haven’t. I mean, obviously a comic is a comic is a comic and that fundamental quality has kept this branch of the medium somewhat static. Then again, simple advancements in technology have altered and/or improved the means of delivery and presentation since the late nineties (when the internet was still in its adolescence). Certainly, their inclusion in the Eisner awards categories and the transition of a number of industry heavyweights (Mark Waid, etc.) have lent webcomics more legitimacy than, say, ten years ago when it was pretty much Penny Arcade acting as sole ambassador. Personally, though, I think it’s the recent explosion in crowd-sourced publishing that’s really pushing webcomics towards a status more or less equal with that of its mainstream, printed brethren. I think Fran Drescher (by way of Spinal Tap) said it best: “Money talks, and bullshit walks.” And really nothing announces that a scene has finally arrived as an ability to generate cash.

  6. This is probably the most trusted source of webcomic reviews for me. One of my goals is to make it on here someday, whether good or bad. I was relieved when this post wasn’t an announcement of quitting.

    As for reviews in the pipeline, is Goblins (by Tarol Hunt) anywhere on the docket?

  7. Late to the comment though I be, I just wanted to congratulate you on 5 productive years, and express to you my appreciation for your blog. This is the only site I’ve found that’s really dedicated to reviewing and examining webcomics as a developing art form (even if they’ve existed for 20+ years, I still call that very young for an art form). I’ve found a number of interesting strips because of The Webcomic Overlook, and if I discover a webcomic on my own I’ll often drop by here to see if you’ve said anything about it yet. Keep up the good work. I do my own webcomic reviews now and then, and try to give them as much thought and detail as you give your reviews. No one ever seems to comment on my webcomic reviews, but I still think it’s important that we pay some critical attention to such a promising medium of storytelling.

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