What Did I Learn?

weekly webcomic reviews by Delos

(this is a repost)

Madscott by S.R. Gallatin starts out as black and white line drawings but switches over to color in early 2008. A month later it switches back and for a good reason. Even though it looks good, the artist doesn’t want to rely on color to carry the comic. The line drawings are not especially detailed but that’s not the charm of the strip. I’ll come back to that after I talk about some of the details that support it.

I like the font. It’s a perfect fit for the strip because it gives the impression of scrawled handwriting yet it is very readable. It also gives this off-balance feel to the speech, which makes the characters seem a little wacky. Nothing seems all that odd. I always expect more from the cats, but I don’t know why. It’s intriguing.

He also draws the characters from other comics or movies he likes. This is a bit of homage, a little bit of fun and a little cross promotion. There’s no rhyme or reason and the small story arcs are sometimes interrupted by one of these characters. It’s a little puzzle, too. It’s not always spelled out for you who this character is and they come from a wide variety of media.

There are a lot of references to the artist being a father and this is something I can relate to. He does, also, talk to cats like they can understand him and he dresses like a flying squirrel for fun. I’m a little concerned. Of course, if the artist does work fourteen hour days in tech support and then does his comic – then that explains it all. Except that I am now educated as to how to identify Unicorn feces. You can be too, if you just read about ten strips in from the start. You just never know what the topic will be next.

This is the first webcomic I’ve seen which makes missing updates a part of the entertainment. It’s well handled and flows right along, which not many other webcomics can boast.

All of these things provide a comic which refuses to take itself seriously. It can’t even be pigeon holed into a category. It’s pure creative whim and this is the charm of Madscott. This is getting rarer and rarer today as comics become the focus of ever intensive scrutiny as a business.

What did I learn?

Never be satisfied and keep working to improve your comic. Have fun with it, no matter what. Don’t let it become all business. Madscott is just something to enjoy.


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