What Did I Learn?
Today’s review is on a comic created by Scott and Georgia Ball; it is entitled Scooter and Ferret. It was started in 2004 and it was pretty regular except for a stint between August 2007 and January 2010 which had some interruptions for all kinds of understandable reasons.
Ferret is the, uh, ferret and is accompanied by Scooter the dog, Ed the goldfish and Maridee (of Ask Maridee,) along with a few others They all have interesting jobs… Ferret worked for Ed as an artist and IT, Maridee is an office slave and Scooter is a stay-at-home dog. That is, those were the jobs at the start of the comic. Things change and changes were asked, as well.
Asked? According to this update, the comic was being reviewed by a syndicate and changes were … requested. The most glaring change was the switch of the boss (Matt) from a lecherous boss to Maridee’s caring boyfriend – and while I hate to side with a syndicate, it probably works a little better for me in that Maridee has another option besides trying to avoid her boss. I wish there had been something in the archive to show that change so I was prepared for it but it’s probably better to keep going forward storywise.
The overall tone changed, too. Even as the cast likes each other (mostly), it predominantly seemed like bad things were always happening and the characters were often sarcastic to each other. Careful – I’m not saying it was bad – it was always amusing and no one character was picked on more than anyone else.
After the strip resumed, the tone is more balanced. The best parts of how the characters snarkily interact are more funny and I suspect that’s because the basis for the storylines has changed, Where they were once about how things can go from bad to worse, good and bad things happen and the cast has freedom to act and interact. Maybe I should say that the tone became more comfortably subtle for me. And no way am I giving credit to the syndicate for this one. I think that’s a team effort by the creators.
I should also mention the good character designs and expressiveness that they allow. There were a couple of colored comics that I liked very much, as well. You may also want to see the animated Scooter and Ferret on YouTube.
What Did I Learn?
Aside from a talented few, adjusting your comic’s initial setup of characters and storylines is pretty much mandatory if you are going to grow. Scooter and Ferret showed that switching a character’s role in the comic may result in drastic improvements.