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Genesis, Exodus, Applegeekus

I was going to mention this yesterday, but all the Diesel Sweeties hoopla kinda shoved it to the back burner. No matter, still worth mentioning that Mohammad Haque and Ananth Panagariya have done a soft reboot on Applegeeks. Rather than retconning the previous strips and starting in a whole new direction, they’ve accelerated the slow evolution of what was once a wacky-hijinks comedy fest into a deeper, richer, more character-oriented work.

In case you hadn’t been reading, comic #300 ended with an earth-shattering kaboom, followed by a week or so of downtime while the new site (version 3.0) was brought up. Monday started out bright and clear with comic #301, and the revelation that six months have passed.

It’s not yet entirely known who survived, who didn’t, and who changed; give it a couple of strips, and we ought to be able to see how the new direction will play out. My guess? Fewer Ramadan hunger dreams and Mac fetishisms, more personal conflict. And if it took a big-ass asplosion from a robot Mac girl destroying a giant mechanical Godzilla to provide the necessary hook to shift to the story to what Haque and Panagariya want to explore, well I’m all for that.

Only part I don’t like? The archive strips don’t show titles anymore. But the transitions are cool. Nice job, lads.

They seem to have removed the navigation buttons… that strikes me as odd. I like being able to say “next” or “previous” instead of having to click on thumbnails.

Or am I missing something?

No. The archive navigation does indeed suck.

The navigation buttons are now built into the comics themselves… you’ll see “next” and “previous” areas in the upper third of the right and left edges of the comic.

[…] Applegeeks started as a somewhat crude gag comic before graduating to a more ambitious continuity strip in recent months. On Monday, creators Haque and Panagariya formalized this transition with what Fleen writer Gary Tyrell describes as a “soft reboot” of the Applegeeks homepage. The current model is unlikely to win over the art-comics faithful, but those looking for a well-done, twice-a-week storyline with techno-otaku overtones will likely enjoy the strip in its current incarnation. If this sounds like you, check it out: The strip starts turning into a continuity roughly around “Issue 143,” which can be found by pulldown menu on this page and a bit of searching (alas, the new site design leaves everything far less linkable, a bug the boys really should fix if they want others sending new readers their way). […]

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