Another Comic Fencing review, a spiffy new banner. This time, the fencers and I take on Tracy J. Butler’s Lackadaisy, and frankly people only have nice things to say about it.
Longtime readers might recall that I already reviewed Lackadaisy here. My opinion remains unchanged: Lackadaisy is still one of the best webcomics out there. The new review just happens to be more concise. Plus I get to say that the comic belongs in a museum (which it totally does).
Are furries people with a harmless yet weird hobby or an abomination to all humanity? What are we to think of people who suit up in custom made animal costumes and draw lurid anthropomorphic artwork? Most public perception has been negative. A furry gets killed on CSI, and we laugh. A furry gets virtually killed in SomethingAwful.com’s Second Life Safari, and we laugh harder.
A lot of today’s furry fandom is influenced by comic-style illustrations. Most of the time, these involve sticking an animal’s head onto a sexy male or female human body. I’m sure there’s a BS theory floating around among furrydom that their behavior is a natural outcropping of anthropomorphic traditions in Egyptian or Celtic mythology. More likely, though, the modern furry is influenced by comic books and cartoons. The latest wave seem to take their inspiration from Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons. Even before that, though, there was a huge wave of furry comic books in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Martin Wagner’s Hepcats was a highly acclaimed comic book that had animal-headed characters in mature situations. Reed Waller and Kate Worley’s Omaha the Cat Dancer was a reasonably acclaimed comic book that had cat-headed characters in erotic situations. And… well, there’s a whole slew of furry comic books with porntastic themes. Are furries really surprised why they’re held in such low esteem?
Thus, with so many things going against furries, the readers of “The Webcomic Overlook” — upon viewing the illustrations of today’s featured webcomic — may be struck with the sudden urge to hastily click onto the “Back” or “Home” button, fleeing in fear while nervously mumbling, “That El Santo. He has become one of them.” I have one word for you: DON’T. Because, like certain transforming robots, there’s more to this webcomic than meets the eye.