What Did I Learn?
weekly webcomic reviews by Delos
(this is a repost)
This review is on Station V3 by Tom Truszkowski. First of all, this comic has been going since early May 2003 updating every day with only a few lapses and some guest comics. That by itself is noteworthy and it seems a very difficult thing to accomplish.
Station V3 has a decidedly science fiction feel that you might not see at first. It has a certain quality that’s sort of alien humor while at the same time very every-day happenings. It’s not normal by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s a real sense of place there. I read backward from the current strip and I have a very strong, unmistakable sense of the the Station V3 setting. Who doesn’t like a sci-fi comic with a strong setting?
“A review of Station V3 is a somewhat rare occurrence (there are two others I can think of, from 2005 and 2004), so it’s nice to get an update on how someone else thinks I’m doing! This one has some nice comments on the feel of the comic (I like the part about “strangeness and consistency at the same time”) and the way things switch back and forth between the various characters.”
I don’t know if I can convey how hard it would be to communicate that sense of strangeness and consistency at the same time. But you can see it right away in the first comics, so Tom T definitely has a unique vision that he is sharing with us. The concept is almost defining on its own but parts of it remind me of Mystery Science Theater mixed with Muppets in Space and ALL those other goofball science fiction shows from my childhood.
The concept is tied up and inextricably linked to the manner of how the comic is presented. This is an interesting choice that seems natural until you examine it. It’s presented as this-is-what’s-going-on-over-here and then meanwhile-over-here. Most web comics follow a cast member or two through a storyline and you get the story from their perspective. In Station V3, you get bits from opposing sides, switching back and forth. I realize that there are some comics (mostly manga) that do this, but it seems to be a tiny segment that chooses this presentation. Because it seems difficult to do well, I don’t believe this is something that anyone else could or should try to duplicate without a real vision of purpose, but the example is outstanding and definitely worth emulating.
What did I learn?
Keep at making your comic and stick to it. Find a way to share your unique thoughts and viewpoint. Trust your instincts and push your storytelling. Head over to Station V3 and see what happens next.