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All Due Diligence

Sometimes I plan out what I want to write about in a certain week. For example, in coming weeks, I hope to become a little more critical and maybe a little less Rah! Rah! Comics!, since that’s something I haven’t really done before. I’m thinking also a bit about why I don’t want to do webcomics myself, but how much I think I’m getting inspired by some of them (particularly the ones which use color in such interesting ways; see last week’s column) in the offline work I produce.

Partially I want as ever to parse through why I like what I like, since it seems still to be all over the map. What I’m starting to find tricky is finding new work to check out. Part of my goal here is to search out some of the webcomics which aren’t as well known. Sometimes that comes from folks emailing in (I get the promo emails as well), and though I usually leave the reviews to Gary I thought I’d jump on one in particular this week.

Wes Molebash, who creates a webcomic called You’ll Have That emailed in, first with a promo blurb and then followed it with something that piqued my interest: a print book. Like this isn’t gonna catch my eye: The You’ll Have That one-shot should be in comic stores tomorrow. But in case your comic shop didn’t order it, you can buy it right now ! Once you guys get your hands on the one-shot, please let me know what you think of it! I’d love to have some feedback on the “floppy” issue of the book compared to the trades.

Here’s a little background on the comic; I find his info page weirdly charming. (I like it when webcomics folks have a little information about the genesis of the comic and all that behind-the-scenes stuff). The strip itself is kind of disarming, in that it’s got all the gender stuff I think is kind of interesting, and the geekery, and the weird fusion of the two. Even though the style reminds me of some other strips I’ve read, I’m still enjoying it. It isn’t visually super-unique, but the interaction of the two characters is fairly entertaining even when the strip kind of defaults to the main premise (it’s about a couple).

I don’t have the print version, though it looks interesting. I’m still reading through the archives and the way they’re set up it’s hard to tell how much there is in the archives, material-wise, at a glance. I suspect there’s a lot, and it’s going to be one of those comics I read through in a few sittings rather than all at once. Still, points for diligence: if it wasn’t for all the promo emails, I wouldn’t have clicked the link.

So, keep ’em coming. I could use some reading suggestions.

Yes! I love Wes’s comic. Great stuff! ^_^

Y.H.T. = M.A.Y.?

Well, since you’re asking, I’ve been toiling away in relative obscurity for a while with Brinkerhoff.
Just sayin’.
Also, I, too, enjoy YHT… and commas.


Also, if you like crude humour, try Cardoons. Some of the strips are a bit naff, but the rest are just toilet humour of the most disgusting quality.

Thanks for the kind words, Anne! I hope you stick with the cartoon. It looks like you’re still at the beginning of the archives, and things get lots better as the strip progresses. There’s almost three years of comics to look through, so take your time!

Michael – YHT IS a lot like Mad About You, now that you mention it! But YHT is geekier! ;)

– Wes

Yay Wes!

YHT is a great strip, one of the only I read daily. My wife, who doesn’t read comics, reads the print versions as they come out.

Wes: OK, YHT = MAY + Geek.

Seriously, I like YHT and it’s on my daily trawl. But the similarity to MAY struck me with my first dip into the archive.

Of course, you realize that years from now, as you’re contemplating if Andy and Katie should have a kid, you’ll be thinking to yourself: “But that’s exactly when MAY jumped the shark.”

I don’t plan on introducing any children into the strip until I’ve had one myself. YHT is very personal, so hopefully that’ll prevent me from jumping the shark when Andy and Katie have a kid or two. *fingers crossed*

– Wes


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