Fair is Fair
At the end of his 200th episode of Atop the Fourth Wall, Linkara said one thing that stuck with me in regards to the old phrase “Everyone’s a Critic.” Basically, even though it’s used to dismiss criticism, it’s quite true, everyone has their own opinion. It’s why I keep the comments open on my sites, because I like to hear the opinions of everyone because that’s how I improve.
I would be the ultimate hypocrite if I told people my work was un-reviewable. I review comics here, I comment on specific areas of them, I criticise and I praise others. However, many other review sites tend to stay away from my stuff because their archives are too large. That’s a shame, but I can understand, they have their own lives and there are only so many hours in the day.
So, I’ve decided to write up this column as one part self-promotion and the other part as a way for anyone who felt I was too harsh on something to get their vengeance. I want you guys to review my new comic, St Nathan’s.
The comic only recently started so there are six pages, easy enough to get through and it updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Also, it’s in the horror genre with some foul language but aside from that, it’s not that NSFW.
A couple of points I should make before I explain the premise. First, I am quite aware of the facial and body inconsistencies. It’s one of my biggest failings as an artist and I am trying to work on it, but I’ve been trying for years so it’ll take a while before I finally perfect it. Second are the personality inconsistencies. You may notice some characters are frightened and then start acting calm and joking around. Yes, that does seem odd, doesn’t it?
Okay, enough explaining, here’s the idea behind it. Inspired by the game Harvester (Very NSFW), our hero Kevin wakes up to discover he is now friends with a cryptic slime monster who gives vague warnings. He goes downstairs to discover his neglectful, selfish mother has been transformed into a Stepford Wife and his lazy, alcoholic father is clean and hard working. However, if Kevin or his sister, Cassie, step a toe out of line, they are threatened with bodily harm.
At school, they start to discover that there are many who have been affected, but at first they cannot discern a pattern to who has been affected and who hasn’t. As the series goes on, Kevin and Cassie start to piece together just what is going on and how to stop it. However, those who have been affected do not want things to change back and are willing to stop our heroes at any cost.
The comic is being published through Thunder Frog Studios, who are friends of Harrison Wood, the artist on my other comic, Gemini Storm. You can also see a preview of that comic on the site if you want.
But I hope that you like St Nathans and if not, that you can give me some constructive feedback on what works and what doesn’t. But just to warn you, the first chapter is finished and the second chapter is half-done so it may take a while for your points to show up.