Feedback Overlook: Thanks for the welcomes
I just want to say thanks for all the kind “welcome back”s from all the folks who, for some reason, are still following this site despite it going on hiatus for two years. I mentioned it on the comments section of another site, but it’s a really great feeling to have so many folks genuinely happy that I brought The Webcomic Overlook back online. It’s heartening… and a little daunting. I’ve got big anime sweat beads on my head. Fortunately, I have a few billion ideas burning in my brain to keep me occupied in the coming months.
Webtoons! Worth it?
Homestuck! Did it stuck its landing?
The webcomic influences on Undertale, one of the most critically acclaimed video games of recent times!
Where should webcomics go in the ever changing online world?
And Garfield. (Seriously. Scott Kurtz’s recent arc on PvP got me thinking Garfield.)
Before I go on, I’d be not doing my job if I didn’t post a wonderful “welcome back” from Gary Tyrell of FLEEN (the “Elcoertnic Swiss Army Knife”, according to its tagline). Gary’s been blogging about webcomics far longer than I have, and probably didn’t take any breaks. Anyway, he had some comments on my piece, “The State of the State of Webcomics“:
- Elsewhere on the web, Larry El Santo Cruz has been absent from Webcomics Overlook for about forever, but he’s back! An account of the Blerch Run in Seattle on Sunday, an analysis of Webcomics: Still A Thing? yesterday, and a piece on webcomics, webtoons, and phones today. It’s the middle one I want to talk about.El Santo’s a smart guy, and if he’s musing on if webcomics is still a meaningful term, I’m all ears. I got pulled up short, though, when he concluded his comparison of webcomics against its nearest competitors (newspaper strips once, memes now) with this description:Webcomics exist in that nebulous undefined region between passing fad and real art, with aspiring artists edging toward the latter. But… due to the market reality, most webcomics are not the best in either field. Too good to be a meme, not got enough to be art.I get what he’s trying to say, but to say that webcomics are not got [sic] enough to be art is, at best, short-sighted. To pull up merely the most recent examples of webcomics embodying art — and here, I’m defining that as the ability to convey point of view and emotion, not merely the visual component — consider two Achewoods and one Schlock Mercenary of current vintage.
Everything you need to know about Ray, Cornelius, and Téodor is encapsulated in that wordplay; the depth of character is staggering, whether you’ve ever visited Achewood before or not. And I’d challenge you to find a bit of dialogue that expresses the costs of soldiering — a topic that is overlooked far too easily while we engage in prominent displays of support for the troops — more succinctly or with deeper understanding than that discussion between an uplifted polar bear, a four-armed alien, and a sociopathic amorphous blob with a sudden attack of conscience. To paraphrase the immortal Ike Willis, I got yo art hangin’, boy².
Which is me being overly wordy in saying: we settled this a long time ago. Webcomics are comics. Comics are art. The transitive closure is left as an exercise for the reader, as is my instruction that you all bookmark The Webcomics Overlook and pay attention to El Santo.
Thanks, Gary! And while I generally agree, I do hope to debate this topic again with you in the future! Like some weird webcomic version of Demosthenes and Locke.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I got a couple of webcomics I’d like to review, so you can expect seeing some new content here at the Webcomic Overlook soon.