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I was once a Evangelical Christian. I did the whole laying on of hands, speaking in tongues and general spouting of hate. Of course I didn't realize that is what I was doing. I thought what I was doing was spreading love. I consider myself blessed that I was able to break free of the bondage of religion and can now express my true self.
A great man once said, "You must be the change that you want to see in the world." I hope to change every day.
I would like to read what the article has to say, because I personally feel that this style suits the writing, and is not an accident or lacking.
Dear Lord, please erase my memory of the last half hour I spent on that site. Honestly... GAH! What exactly qualifies these people as web comic reviewers? All I read was whiny, opinionated bashing. Also, for a site that "specializes at reviewing bad webcomics," the reviewers had a lot more to say about the comic artists and their lifestyles than the comics themselves.
Nonetheless, I couldn't find the article about God Hates Bambi, and I would appreciate a link, if possible. I can't have an opinion of the article until I know exactly what it says.
Well, you're certainly entitled to your critique, but your recommendation smacks of "there is ONE TRUE WAY", and after perusing the BWW, I'm curious as to what you believe a good webcomic is. Perhaps a list (compiled from the forums, natch) should be posted somewhere on the BWW - or even better, a list (with examples) of what makes a good webcomic? And yes, I did read the list of Webcomic Sins; I'm more interested in a list of "do this" instead of "don't do that".
Anyway, back to the critique. So the art is quirky and not photo-realistic, the faces reused, and the anatomy unusual.
The lines are crisp and clear, the shading is respectable, and the coloration is reliable. The economy of expression - being able to show different emotions with minimal visual shift - is quite skillful.
Besides, I'll let you in on a little secret: art isn't everything. Humor, plot, characters, and insight (not necessarily in that order) are more important. As long as I can tell what's going on, the exact style of art is irrelevant; the style is mostly a visual signature to me.
In conclusion, I recognize and respect that the BWW is out to highlight Sturgeon's Law ("90% of everything is crap"), but must point out the TVtropes Corollary: "The difficulty of getting a group of people to agree on _which_ is the non-cruddy 10% exponentially approaches infinity as the size of the group increases."
Welcome to part of my 10%.
Edit: Okay, that took over an hour to compose - when I started, Chikara Neko hadn't posted!
This story isn't focused on art, it's focused on content. Although, everything about the story, the way it's set up and wrote, only really makes sense in webcomic form. So, that's the result. And sure the art isn't first rate, but it's not horrible either. It suits the comic just fine, and different art wouldn't really make it better or worse.
And the website is just like fanfic spork sites or Encyclopedia Dramatica. Meaning it's mostly to have a good laugh by making fun or something while referencing memes, but at least they're being constructive by commenting somewhat politely, so I'll give them that.
Get A Life!
I happen to know this artist and I can assure everyone that he has an excellent knowledge of anatomy! His comic is drawn that way for a reason. Much of what goes into this comic is symbolic and I can make an educated guess that the way the characters are drawn is part of that symbolism.
"Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it every day, but they're unable to do it themselves." Brendan Francis Behan
I just wanted to say "thank you" to everyone that is defending my art. You guys are beyond awesome!
And (as a shameless plug for one of my books) if anyone has doubts about my artistic abilities based on the style of this comic, I invite you to take a look at my art instruction book: The Real World of Pencil Portraits.
Here we have high fallutin' art critic. Amusing that he/she can neither spell nor form a grammatically coherent sentence, apparently.
Michael, don't sweat it. Assholes like this do very little apart from impressing other assholes like themselves. Well, they improve your search engine standing, as well. So, brava, Makarov! You're really just PR for all the "bad" artists you showcase and mock.