What Did I Learn?
Today’s review is on The Flowfield Unity by Adam York Gregory, who hand draws his comic and despite having no tattoos, 20% of his body is covered in ink at any one time. Seems like someone devoted to creating comics and works nicely as an intro of what you can expect from this comic.
Most gag comics are full of observations about life which are usually funny and sometimes thought provoking. This is perfectly acceptable but sometimes you read one that goes a little deeper in a striking way.
How well does you brain wrap itself around this comic? And I didn’t get this comic until I saw the tags assigned to it – but now it makes perfect sense and I’d tend toward B-C-A, but that’s just me. And I’m very keen on avoiding the micro horrors in this comic – especially that last panel.
Now, those were somewhat morbid but they aren’t all like that. Others have a positive and genteel quality and some just want you to run with the concept.
You can also find some concept analysis and thinking outside the box. This comic often features a scientific concept. This is usually not the sort of thing that is easy to illustrate nor make a joke of. I don’t know of too many other comics that have superheroes of science. But there should be more.
I guess I find myself linking to almost every comic. That’s a good sign. I had to stop cold turkey, otherwise I should just erase all this and give a link to the archives page instead. I will mention that the IQ comic in September 2007 is a must read if you think you’re not nearly smart enough and there are some amusing rhyming comics like you see in the October 8 2007 comic. There is a palindrome and some British-American language puns also come up from time to time in The Flowfield Unity – I always find them amusing.
And, of course, the emergency comic that you can find on October 3rd, 2007. Every comic creator should have an emergency comic (or arc) created for just such a purpose. You could also do reverse fan art and save it for emergencies.
You see my point about the linking, right? I can’t stop pointing to the ones I like and saying “LOOK LOOK LOOK AT THIS.” Honestly, that’s part of the point about enjoying gag strips. The artist captures a moment, sensation or observation that strikes you in a place within yourself that you forgot existed (or never knew.) Those are the kinds of comics you clip from the newspaper and hang on the icebox (a.k.a. fridge.) You never just stick up any old Peanuts comic, you always pick the comic that tells a truth.
Finally, have you ever tried to draw a DeLorean? No? How about a regular car? Okay, but you probably drew it from the front and your perspective was noticeably off when you got done. So, take a minute and imagine trying to draw a car from some off angle like bird’s eye three-quarters view from behind. Does it look like this drawing? And having seen that, you may feel (as I do) that the self-portrait of the artist could have a little more detail. (The metaphorical likeness does seem pretty good, though.)
What Did I Learn?
Who says science and art can’t coexist? Perhaps if one has the right vision, the impossible becomes real. Any good comic has a creator with an inspiring vision and that’s a comic that only that creator can make. The Flowfield Unity is one such comic.