Sunday, September 20, 2015

Webcomic Feedback: Our World

Some creators have been kind enough to send me samples of their work this summer- so it's time to share feedback!   First up, it's Our World by Kuurion and Captain Video.

After reading the first comic, I like the cast- excellent variety with the characters, it creates some great interpersonal dynamics.  Jill is the most relatable, struggling to cope with the onslaught that is Alex.  Although I think one of my favorite pairings is Alex alongside Art- their personalities seem delightfully incompatible, I love how flustered he gets.

The comic seems to be a classic slice-of-life setup- but I like the hint at the beginning that there's more to the situation, especially with that strange cuneiform tattoo...  And it culminates at the end of the first issue with a mysterious outburst of power.  The supernatural mystery element adds a fascinating layer to the mix.

And the slice-of-life portion seems to be working well too- there's the underlying problem of how Jill is going to deal with her suddenly-worse roommate situation, and the banter throughout works nicely.  Plenty of quirky additions like the Death Couch keep things amusing.

Two things stand out to me as working especially well in the art:

One is the cinematography.  By this I mean perspective, backgrounds, panel compositions, camera angles- there's a really solid variety.  Close-ups, mid shots, establishing shots- different perspectives- and good perspective drawing adds a nice tangible heft to the backgrounds.  

The other really strong aspect of the art is the expressiveness- they do a great job acting with these characters.  I never have to wonder what somebody is feeling- there's an excellent range of emoting, and it's not confined to facial expressions.  They bring in body language to great effect, and the result is that the emotions translate clearly from character to reader.  

All in all, it was a good read- thank you again to Kuurion sharing it with me.  8 )

Feel free to give the comic a read yourself if you like, it's online for free:

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