Tag Archives: webcomics

The Harold

27 Apr
by Kevin Czap

Kevin Czapiewski Spoilers

Note: This post is a continuation of an apparent series where I talk about story-telling methods and artistic practices that interest me, particularly in how they can be applied to comics.

“People say that life is just one damn thing after another. That is not true. It’s the same damn thing over and over again, and you’ve gotta keep your head loose enough to see it as it comes around again.” – Del Close

In high school I was a theater kid. This meant that my friends and I took theater classes every semester, we showed up on Saturday to build sets, we acted and sometimes sang in the school plays, we wrote and directed one-acts, things like that. It also meant that we did improv occasionally. Some of the most fun we had thoughout our high school careers was during improv practices and competitions (thanks in no small part to seanbaby.com).
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Labrynthine Sudocube Comprehsensile – Andrew Hussie’s Problem Sleuth

6 Apr
by Kevin Czap

Problem Sleuth's office

Problem Sleuth is one of the best and most exciting comics I have ever read. I’m not sure if that means anything to you, but believe me when I say that I am quite serious in my appreciation for it. While I was reading it, I was in an almost constant state of “flipping the fuck out” (that’s a technical term, by the way), and since I’ve been finished with it, I’ll occasionally find myself just mulling over the precise, diamond-like quality of its construction. This might all sound pretty hyperbolic, but I really do mean it – creator(curator?) Andrew Hussie made a masterpiece with this one.
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Break Yo Neck – Wild Styles

16 Feb
by Kevin Czap

Busta Rhymes Woo Hah

I love work where I can just feel the energy coming off of it. There are a lot of different kinds of this mental energy, though. I’ll probably talk about the various forms from time to time here, but today I wanted to talk specifically about funny energy. I’m talking the unrestrained madcap insanity that sets some funny things apart from others.

One of my favorite rappers is a good example of this kind of crazy energy, so we’ll start by talking about Busta Rhymes. At one point, towards the beginning of his career, Busta was one of the most remarkable artists in hip hop culture. His style was relentless, his flow was unbeatable and my first encounters with him were pretty indelible. I’m pretty sure this assessment of his early work is uncontroversial – he was given his rap name by Chuck D, after all. It took him a while to reach his peak intensity, and unfortunately it wasn’t too much longer after that he mellowed out and gave up on his singular delivery all together.
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So Here’s Your Future – Blaise Larmee’s “2001” and The Webcomics Future

2 Feb
by Kevin Czap

So as we were planning on getting this here blog going, Darryl expressed interest in making sure that as many different formats of comics were covered, especially minis and webcomics. L and I agreed wholeheartedly (which is part of the reason we make such good blogging partners I believe). D went on to talk about how he had a lot to say about webcomics in particular, so expect to be educated in that respect soon.

However, I can’t just let him have all the fun. Webcomics are something I’ve thought a great deal about for the better part of a decade. Some of you may know that I even took at a shot at making one of my own. The whole sphere of comics on the web (which some might split some hairs over the distinction from honest-to-Jehova webcomics) is a strange one, and somewhat difficult to talk about. Honestly, it’s as easy to talk about the whole of webcomics in one breath as it is to do the same as printed comics. That is to say, nearly impossible — there is just too much diversity, too many different nooks and crannies to fit under one umbrella. Despite this, it would at least seem to not be the case.

There’s a kind of general conceptual profile of what a webcomic is, and while it can be pretty amorphous, I get the sense that when most people think about webcomics, they’re not thinking about this.

Blaise Larmee 2001
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