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Web Comics in Social Media

Posted by elm-ayo - January 21st, 2020


In my next post, I'll be talking about what this style of comic looks like in today's modern times with some examples of my favorite artists. And if it isn't too long, I may even go into detail about what I chose to do for my first class project. Until then...
-elm


Well, as promised, time to talk more about comics. Although I won't be going too in-depth this time or for many future posts as to not burn myself out before the semester ends.


Today, I wanted to touch on Web Comics. These can come in all sort of different sizes and formats, but the ones that I would like to touch on are ones like this:

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This is a web comic made by one of my favorites, Shen Comix, on Twitter(@shenanigansen).

If you remember my last post, I brought up an example of one of the last famous comic strips that was published frequently before the turn of the 21st century, Calvin & Hobbes. Looking at this one here, it shares a lot of similarities with those classic Sunday newspaper comic strips. It's short, having only 4 panels, there aren't many colors, and the backgrounds are very simple. These qualities put more focus on the character(s) and the subject matter, which are a trademark of those classic comic strips. Take this old comic for example:

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This is a colored excerpt from another 80's comic strip called Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed.

Despite having vastly different art styles and types of humor, the similarities are still there. It's also short in length with a very limited use of colors and simple backgrounds that lead to more emphasis on the characters and subject matter.

Kinda makes me wonder if some of the web comics being made today will be considered as timeless as the ones before the year 2000...


-elm


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