What Did I Learn?
weekly webcomic reviews by Delos
(this is a slightly updated repost)
SuperFogeys by Brock Heasley is described this way: “Where do old superfolk go when it’s time to get out of the game? To Valhalla – Home for the Supertired.” I love the concept, especially when you see superheroes and supervillains in the same retirement home and the things that mix will lead to. Even the names of some of the cast are worth relishing in; Captain Spectacular, Mr. Crook, Spy Gal and Doctor Rocket, to name a few. Plus, there’s a pig with a very unique … power. I don’t want to spoil that for you, gentle reader.
This is a novel take on the superhero genre. It’s inspirational in a way – it is very difficult to remain true to supers but do something different. SuperFogeys manages to hit all of the fun things about superheroes and show us a new side, too.
The art has great line work that is full of graceful curves and sharp turns. There’s just the right amount of detail to focus the reader on the story while enjoying the characters. I like the design of all the characters, both visually and personality-wise. I’d much prefer you experience them as you read them for yourself, but they are exactly and delightfully just like you’d want geriatric superheroes to be.
Another thing I like is that the creator has a place where he discusses some of his thoughts that led to certain characters or strips. The first couple of posts in this forum show us a little of how things developed. Later, he even talks about the pig and where that bit came from. Fun stuff.
The myspace pages for the characters are hilarious! Make sure you read them over. This is a fun promo idea that might help create some buzz for the comic.
This happened to be a good time to write a review of SuperFogeys, because Mr. Heasley is having a contest. You can create a character for the comic and the character will then be part of the strip, with their own writeup and myspace page. You also get some of the original art. The contest closes Nov 20th, so HURRY. What a fun promotional idea!
Just a month or so before this was reposted, there was a major change in the cast of Superfogeys. Some fans were as upset as you can imagine – one who had been a very vocal fan even felt he could no longer read the comic. Whether you agree with what happened or not after this lead-in comic, you’ll have to agree that this comic has a powerful effect on readers. It’s something to aspire to.
What did I learn?
Nothing is ever too far gone or overused that a new spin can’t be put on it. You can always create fresh material from the tried and true. Once again, likable and unique characters in a novel setting rule the webcomic world. Don’t be afraid to do something mildly crazy to promote your work and do something daring. SuperFogeys currently updates Tuesdays and Thursdays.