It’s been too long since I’ve done a comic review, but to be honest I was on such a hot streak I became a bit overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the great comics I had found. Luckily that won’t be an issue this time around. Today we’re going to discuss a little thing in story telling known as the fourth wall. The concept is simple enough, especially if you think of it in terms of a comic strip. In any given panel imagine the characters are in a box. The box has walls on the top and bottom, two sides, and we imagine it having a back which can vary in distance depending on the artist’s need for space. Imagine then that the fourth wall is the window through which we view the unfolding action. In a sense the panel could be considered a diorama. This is especially easy to imagine when you consider a rear projection television. We are seeing the diorama and as a general rule the characters fail to recognize the existence of the fourth wall. When the wall is broken it shatters the viewers suspension of disbelief and usually allows the dramatic tension to escape. That is why the fourth wall is broken sparingly and strictly for comedic purposes. The Underfold by Brian Russell has taken a much more cavalier approach to breaches of the wall. (more…)
I don’t know how many of you have been keeping up with comic and video game news, but in the past couple of months there have been some exciting things going on at Kickstarter. For those of you not aware of such things, Kickstarter is a neat way to allow creative content developers to connect directly with their fan base in order to pump them for cash, essentially. I’ve seen projects on this site ranging from a kind of hilariously Dr. Seussian babymaking book to books of adorably friendly animal stickers, so whatever your fancy, odds are you’ll find something you like enough to fund. Rich Burlew, creator of Order of the Stick, recently held a very sucessful kickstarter campaign to reprint some the old, out of print OOTS that nettedover a million dollars for his awesome stick figure comic. On the video game side of things, eyes are locked on to Double Fine’s new game creation campaign, and all the shenanigans therein.
I haven’t reviewed a comic for a while! Not sure what’s up with that, but I’ll fix this right up on the double. For quite some time now I’ve been aware of the existence of Corporate Skull, but it has only been recently that I decided to take a look at what this comic has to offer. Written and drawn by Jamie Smart, it turns out that Corporate Skull is all about office shenanigans, the fine art of not giving a shit, and a heaping helping of inappropriate humor. Basically, it turns out I should have been reading it for a lot longer than I have.
So, I’m beginning to notice a trend. I’m quite the zombie fan. I usually don’t care much for horror stories, unless there are zombies. I’ve decided there are several reasons for this. Zombie stories lend themselves to humor much more readily than slashers, monster movies, and the like. You can get away with a few jokes here and there and maintain a serious tone. More importantly, the protagonists take an active role in their own preservation. They’re not just victims of some sadistic creep, feral monster, or terrifying circumstances. They are out there defending themselves, adapting to the situation. Sure, sometimes they still all die in the end, but more often than not they survive and it’s not through dumb luck. (more…)
Mmmmmm, Ok. That was delicious. Now then. Here’s a great new comic for the first full day of summer. Chicken Wings is not about Monday night football with the guys like you might think. It’s actually the TV show Wings staring chickens. Without the relationship melodrama. For those that don’t recall, Wings was a sitcom about a pilot, a mechanic, and their manager and secretary who worked at a small airport in Nantucket. Monk fans may be interested to know that Tony Shalhoub was a frequent the show as the all important cab driver, though my favorite character was the dopey mechanic Lowell portrayed by Thomas Haden Church. I watched it again recently and I seem to remember it being a lot funnier when I was a kid. But then the funniest character was Lloyd and his humor doesn’t really follow my interests any longer. Chicken Wings, on the other hand, is fresh and witty and contains quite a few more jokes that are funnier if you’re a pilot or work at a general aviation airport. There is also a complete lack of blond women in denim overalls. Early 90′s fashion. Yikes. (more…)
I’m new to Reddit. I wasn’t there in the beginning and I don’t know anything about its purported decline. I have no dog in that fight. After a few weeks of fiddling around with the site I have found it surprisingly addicting. Though I suppose I should not be as surprised as I was. After all, I’ve always been a big fan of reading random things on the internet. Originally I checked out the site, which could be described as a collection of rateable headlines for an incredibly wide variety of topics, as a means for gathering information on the webcomic industry.
This plan failed miserably. (more…)
There are certain kinds of comics I need to make sure I find before Enosh. Not the action packed adventure tales or the humorous one liners, no those are all pretty safe. But when it comes to comics that wrap a detailed plot around a very man-versus-nature theme, I need to make sure I read through them first and post about them on Faceplant, before Enosh has a near fatal attack of short-sighted republicanism that leaves him gasping for breath and dumping barrels of oil into the Atlantic ocean while traveling to the baccarat tournament in Chicago.
The Abominable Charles Christopher, written and drawn by Karl Kerschl, is a somewhat poignant look at the effects humanity has had on nature, and more importantly, on a very peaceful, somewhat confusing sasquatch-thing. Or maybe it’s a look at what the animals in the forest are up to when we’re not paying attention. Or maybe it is none of these things and will turn out to be something entirely. Hell if I know.
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Who didn’t love those old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid? Who possibly didn’t love those? Don’t bother to raise your hands or anything, as this is the internet and I actually don’t care. YOU love those kind of books. You know its true. Just relax and roll with it.
There were only two things that I didn’t really like about the genre, though. First, you had to try to puzzle out exactly the way that the book’s author would have thought, or else the main character (you, I guess) would die a grisly fate. Second, I didn’t like the fact that all choices seemed to lean toward a unified goal. In short, you couldn’t just choose the option “eh, screw this. I’mma go get a burger.”
That was before Tauhid Bondia launched Epicsplosion, which features the adventures of Tripp Roguestar, adventurer extraordinaire, his disgusting, annoying Praxillian sidekick Grope, and a limitless number of bad decisions.
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Happy new years from Faceplant! May your year be full of enough movies, video games, comics and books to drive a man insane. What? You want more than that in 2011? Food? Absolutely not! Get back to your computer screen and start searching for something awesome THIS INSTANT. Okay, well, you can read this first. See? Compromise is what 2011 is all about.
I was going to bust in the new year by doing something a little out of the ordinary for me: reviewing a movie. I’m not much of a movie watcher, but I figured a new year means to get into new things, so I plopped down in front of the tube and browsed my Netflicks ques for something worth reviewing. To make a long story short, I ended up turning off GI JOE about 22 percent of the way in, because it was awful. So instead I’m going to review Sam and Fuzzy, a long running comic by creative mastermind Sam Logan, which chronicles the adventures of a sociopathic bear-thingie, and the sad sack, weakling twig of a man who is stuck with him. Which is totally what GI JOE should have been like. (more…)
There are juvenile comics that make crude jokes about occurrences in the bathroom and things that should only occur in the bathroom but are apparently funnier when they occur elsewhere. Then there are juvenile comics whose squeaky clean humor is generally funniest to children under the age of 10.