It turns out that I was super busy last week. My football team, the Seattle Seahawks had won the Super Bowl, something which was directly tied to a number of ancillary events. Super Bowl parties everywhere, freezing my toes off at the victory parade, etc.
And now there’s the Olympics, which I can zone out in front of for hours on end while an unknown athlete (to me, anyway) places gold in a sport I don’t follow. It’s hypnotizing. I’m usually not very patient, but I can mainline twelve or so speed-skating competitions in a row.
Between that, though, I’ve been reading an old webcomic. Namely, Problem Sleuth (reviewed here). It’s probably because I’ve been reviewing Homestuck lately, and I was curious to see if it held up. The last time I’d read it was in … 2010?!?!? (Good Lord, where did the time go?)
Despite being less polished (especially the inventory system, which I can see being more animated in the Homestuck era), I found myself enjoying it a lot. The story actually breezed by a lot more now that I knew when, exactly, the story would ramp up from adventure game parody to a world populated by parallel-dimension characters.
I also found myself increasingly amused by how much of Problem Sleuth paralleled Homestuck. (For example, I’d forgotten about the plugged-in windows that were portals to a world of imagination. And that the afterlife took place on very Homestuck-y lotus flowers.)
This was also the first time I’ve read a comic that I’d already finished. Perhaps it was that magical Olympic influence: the constant drum of something repetitive and familiar made me very receptive about rereading a webcomic I’d finished some time ago.
So here’s a question for y’all: have you ever felt the need to reread a webcomic you’d already finished? Perhaps to either see if it was as good as you remembered… or to gain a new perspective on the comic?