You may remember that recently I tried something new, and put up a poll to decide who I would review next. The winning webcomic was Lunarbaboon, a comic I was not so familiar with before, but one I am glad the community decided I should check out.
The comic is clearly autobiographical, and currently follows a new-ish father who is in his early 30’s. The appeal of this webcomic lies in the authors often poignant and slightly inappropriate observations about life. There are several strips that made me laugh outright, displaying clever wit or snarky pessimism in spades. Other strips illicit-ed a knowing smirk; what you are reading isn’t funny per-say, but deep down you know it to be true, or you empathize with the negative circumstances of the characters, and are filled with a certain kind of mirth reserved for those situations. I don’t have kids just yet, but there were several strips that I identified with through observations of friends and family, or even memories of my own childhood.
The strips are rarely in color, and there isn’t a great deal of panel variation, but as I immersed myself in the archives, I didn’t really care or notice. The enjoyment of this webcomic is not necessarily found aesthetically, though that is not to say that the artwork isn’t any good. It just isn’t the star. However, there are some strips that say a lot, even with barely any dialogue at all, and the artwork certainly made this happen, rather than getting in the way. One of my favorite strips was this one; take a look, and I think you’ll see what I mean. Occasionally, the comic employs animation in a panel or two and it is always a welcome addition, as it isn’t over-the-top or gratuitous.
Interestingly enough, it was difficult to decide what could be improved about something so personal. Sure, the artwork isn’t stunning, but I don’t know that the comic would be ‘better’ if it were. Ok, so some comics aren’t hilarious or broach strange topics; who cares? As a continuum that isn’t really meant to be one, the whole is greater than the sum of each individual part. There aren’t too many webcomics out there that can be described that way. For that reason, and for the others I’ve listed above, Lunarbaboon is absolutely worth a read. Even if you don’t fall in love, given how often the characters are faced with negative situations, your life might look just a little bit brighter by comparison.