One of the questions that comes up around here is, “How do you decide what webcomics to talk about?” Jeff’s mentioned the idea of following links until you hit something interesting, and there’s also the contact form that creators use to let us know what they’re up to. And sometimes, people make an open call for comment. And by god, that’s when Fleen responds.
Up next: The Mulberry Gallows Project. On first glance, it’s pretty primitive, but there might actually be something worth discussing below the surface. The creator, Adam Marien, identifies TMGP as his first attempt at a comic, and it shows. Where it shows isn’t so much the art (there are plenty of established comics out there with visuals that are no better), but the unevenness. Case in point: the seventh strip has a bleak humor that wouldn’t necessarily be out of place in Dinosaur Comics or A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible. A better execution and it could even be brilliant. But just two strips later, you get something that’s totally pedestrian.
For every bit of self-referential surrealism, you have an example of pure, distilled ordinaryness. Or, more optimistically, every bit of ordinary is balanced by well, I’m not sure, but there’s potential there. Marien needs lots of practice. He needs to find some consistency. But with enough of both, someday TMGP could erupt as the mutant love-child of Twisp and Catsby, megaGAMERZ 3133T, Ed The Sock, and ergot.
And I mean that in the best possible way.