Sunday, July 09, 2006

Oh, they're two different people

Yes, it's another big Sunday--seven silent penultimate panels. Let's see if I can name them all without notes:
Andy Capp by Roger Mahoney and Roger Kettle
Garfield by Paws Inc.
Hagar the Horrible by Chris Browne
Jump Start by Robb Armstrong
Overboard by Chip Dunham
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

I didn't realize it, but last week's Peach Fuzz was the end of the story. The girl finally put the ferret in its place--The End.

So now we have this: Van Von Hunter

I guess we'll be getting a new, chopped-up manga story every six months or so. At least it's something different.

Have I picked on Mallard Fillmore enough, lately? I don't think so. I'm not going to touch the political end--that's not what I'm here for. But look at this:

Young cartoonists, take note. When drawing a comic strip with two different characters, don't make them look exactly the same. All you need to do is give one hair. That's it--just one extra squiggle of the pen, and readers might actually understand what the hell is going on. The thesis in this strip is dubious at best, and it doesn't help that it looks like it's being enacted by the good side and bad side of Gollum.


Anonymous Ferrick said...

At least he didn't differentiate the "cavemen" by making one white and one brown.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't help that he keeps "breaking the line" - if you imagine an eye line from one head to the other, the "camera" should always stay on one side of this line, so the characters are always facing each other.

It also doesn't help that he has the same character talking twice in the first panel, and then the same character talking twice in two successive panels.

God, he's terrible.

11:42 AM  

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