What Did I Learn?
weekly webcomic reviews by Delos
(this is a repost)
Getting to know Gordian Algebra by Austen Andrews is easy. The lead character has no name (easy to remember,) no neck and no memories (no backstory.) He (usually) is joined by a doctor named Singh and an unnamed nurse. There are a few others that appear from time to time, but the unnamed lead really needs their help – most of the time.
There is a recurring injury theme, although the art allows the author to potray it as an abstraction. That’s a good thing, because some of the injuries are what you and I layman, non medical types would call torturously lethal.
It’s okay, though. The injuries are meant to visualize the abstract, emotional pain that we endure as part of daily life. But that’s pretty deep, isn’t it? Don’t worry, it’s not like that all the time.
Gordian Algebra is often intellectually amusing and funny too. Sometimes the joke depends on you getting the deeper part so you can then see the irony or conlficting implications. Another way to describe it might be to say that these are not exactly unexpected jokes, but veering off in total other direction than you might first expect. That’s a pretty respectable and unique endeavor.
It also pokes fun at the medium itself, breaking that pesky fourth wall at will. There’s a span of comics that deal very specifically with this concept and I really appreciated them.
The best part is that Gordian Algebra is a true story, according to the author. You really have to read the about page for the explanation.
What did I learn?
Make sure you know what your recurring themes are. Use abstraction to your benefit. Play up what makes your work unique. Break that fourth wall. Write a true story. Gordian Algebra updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.