What Did I Learn?
Before we get into the review of Quirk’s Evil Little Webcomic, I need to warn you about it. Despite not having anything truly eeevell in it except maybe this and this, the comic has a perfect name. I also wanted to link to (about) every other comic I read, so you’re going to see a lot of that. Finally, there are lots of cat comics which normally I’m not a big fan of but you’ll get a link to one of those too. if you’re still reading this, you’ve had enough warnings. On to the review.
There are lots of puns and word play– both of which which never cease to amuse me – even when they are groaners. You’ve just been given a bonus warning, so now you can’t blame me if you find them. There are also truisms and life observations and words of wisdom (for potrait photographers, in this case.) I even found a general health infotainment segment.
Quirk’s comics use images which are a decent variety of unaltered, photoshopped, filtered and tweaked pictures of all kinds of things. Most of them you (I) wouldn’t think you could make a comic of. Often, just one panel is used and there is also this technique of taking a single image and breaking it into panels. It seems to add some search for meaning as your mind tries to connect the panels. This isn’t new, of course, but it’s not typically used in gag comics. It’s also used to good effect to focus on the text of the comic. And to bring out how bad squirrels really are. See the evil eye? Now you know the truth.
Sometimes the words and text would not be enough and things are added – see? I didn’t even register that they were there upon first read but somehow, without those red x’s, this comic wouldn’t be quite so creepy.
Also, you’ll notice below each comic where extra comments are offered. In most cases, these could be considered a second punchline. Gags aren’t my forte but it’s like the comic is visually structured as beat-punchline-punchline instead of the typical setup-beat-punchline. The dialog often provides the setups and beats but you get my point, right?
As you may be able to predict by now, I also dig things like cast pages. In this case, I wondered what kind of cast a comic like this could have and I’m glad I looked. However, this was a trick. The blue and pink word balloons are really in cahoots while the cast page implies they are not. Don’t fall for it.
I don’t usually do this, but I’m stopping this sham of a review at halfway through my perusal of the archives. I’ve read all of 2005, 2008 and 2009 along with a smattering of 2006 and 2007. I realize that I need to stop now before I link to any more specific comics… even though that last one has a panel design that exquisitely gives the feel of broken glass, which is a nice touch that compliments the topic nicely.
What Did I Learn?
There is always a new twist that can be made. There are a lot of nay-sayers about photocomics but this one works just fine (unless you hate puns or have some other similarly crazy life philosophy, of course.) Comics may have simple parts – panels, visuals and dialog – but the combinations and degrees in which each of these elements are used is almost infinite (much like music or chess.) While some of these comics are available in books and on shirts, I’d love to see them available on merch like postcards, mugs and placemats too. I think they would appeal to those who don’t think they like comics. And since I’ve been linking will-nilly throughout the archive already, I’ll end with a Quirk’s Evil Little Webcomic link that might make a good romantic-makeup sort of greeting card.