If you’re looking for grand story telling, impressive visuals, and humor that sneaks up on you, look no further than Faraday the Blob. This webcomic has so much to appreciate, I am not even sure where to begin.
To start, the pacing & grand stories are incredible. This webcomic tends to be longer form, usually comprised of at least six panels, if not more. The tempo very frequently slowly builds the anticipation, until BAM! you’re hit with the punchline or resolution, often in an epic final panel that is filled to the brim with special sauce. This happens whether the story being told is funny, or just a clever play on current-ish events.
Artistically, there is a lot to like. Even in “simple” strips, visuals are well constructed; coloring is great, shadows and texture are plentiful, and characters come alive with vivid expressions. But, the artwork truly shines in the longer form strips with epic endings. Creator Alan Ryan knows how to dazzle, and consistently does so in nearly every comic. The detail work is not to be missed; I found myself reading through some strips two and three times just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Writing is distinctive and humorous. The characters have likable personalities that are consistently conveyed. And, as any creator knows, as a true litmus test, this comic lives up the challenge of delivering a satisfying experience, even when there is no dialogue at all.
Two things that left me wanting; first, updates simply haven’t been consistent. As every single creator I’ve talked to has told me, consistency is king, and I was incredibly disappointed that a webcomic this good would regularly fall behind. I wanted to hunt Alan down and shake him until he promised to post on time and every week! Second, the comic makes very liberal use of varied and non-conventional panel layouts, which is normally to be commended. However, there were a few instances where, for whatever reason, the execution just wasn’t optimal. I would find myself scanning to the right, only to realize I had missed a small but important panel tucked away below or to the left of where I should have been reading. This didn’t happen frequently, but it happened enough to warrant mention.
All in all, this webcomic is stunning, and I truly hope that updates continue & that consistency picks up.
You can read Faraday the Blob here: http://www.faradaytheblob.com/
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