What Did I Learn?
weekly webcomic reviews by Delos
(this is a repost)
Chateau Wonderful by Andre Richard is updated every Friday. Each episode is basically a two page spread with one panel over top of the other. I found the borderless panels to be a refreshing change from the typical, more structured comic. The linework is interesting and the grey inkwash tones add quite a bit of depth. There are a few comics without the tones but the artist goes back and adds inkwash tones later. There are also a few color pieces that I liked as well.
There is also a sense of French-ness or more properly, maybe it is French-Canadian-ness that surely comes from the creator and creates an interesting contrast against the … place that the main character finds herself. (I don’t want to spoil it.)
Juliet, the main character, leaves Meriville on a journey to Chateau Wonderful. It is there where all her dreams will come true and she meets some other characters that she has always idolized. Where this leads her is yet to be seen, but she has already experienced the heartbreak that real life brings. Now, I’ve avoided spoiling the main thrust of the comic thus far and it’s very nice that the ending is not obvious to me at this point. I once ran across the phrase ‘pregnant with possibility’ and that’s where the situation is. All the best stories take you to that point and then you breathlessly wait to see how things are resolved.
A new thing for me is that this comic is classified as a ‘romance comic’ so the pacing is quite different than other comics. It’s kind of eye opening how much play you can get out of story events, depending on what you focus on.
What did I learn?
I shouldn’t be afraid to retouch and revise my comics if it will strengthen then. Even if my comic is not a romance comic, could it be strengthened by giving the characters a real passion for something? What would it mean to achieve it? What will it cost? Where will the characters be later, after they have tried to reach for their desire? Can I bring the story I am creating to the point where something has to happen and then let it develop naturally from there? Can I pace it out for maximum effect? You might just enjoy Chateau Wonderful.