Edgar Allan Poo

What Did I Learn?

weekly webcomic reviews by Delos Woodruff

(this is a repost of an older review, updated slightly.)

This is a comic by Dwight L Macpherson, art by Thomas Boatright and lettered by Thomas Mauer (and hosted by Drunk Duck.)

There are a number of things I enjoyed about this comic. First, the art is top-notch, full of expression and feeling. It’s also very fitting for the material. It’s got strong contrast with subtle textures and colors. The inkwork is very delicate in places but also very bold with smooth transitions.

I enjoy the writing and the dialogue too. It’s not easy to write sharp yet freely flowing and character-natural speech.

Another nice touch are the comments below the comic. They are done in a way that compliments the comic and this nicely accentuates the whole work. It really rounds out the experience of reading the comic, as opposed to being a distraction.

What did I learn?

For comics with a specific tone, a lot can be done to play it up and really make it something powerful. What’s the comic really about? How can I build on it? Like what Disney did – now that we have something good here, how can we make it better? Mr. Macpherson and crew have done just that.

Look over the Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo and see if you don’t agree.


  1. Delos

    That would be a nice tie in with Pooh, wouldn’t it? I recall an interview with the creator who talked about where the name came from. I’ll have to find that again.

  2. The Doctor

    Don’t bother. Here’s the information.

    “Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne…(who) had named his teddy after Winnipeg, a bear which he and his father often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday.”

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