Interestingly enough, the second winner of the vote for review poll is another young father chronicling his new parenting journey through a webcomic. Not unlike Lunarbaboon, Christopher Comic mixes in observational humor, hilarious parenting scenarios, and random tomfoolery for an interesting mix of both humor and ‘feel good’ moments.
Now, with a comic like this, it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into. There isn’t really a story, per-say, other than the continuum of the artists life. Also, some strips will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and others you will be fairly ambivalent about. In that way, it is a fairly good representation of someones life. This particular webcomic is no different. That’s not to say that it isn’t interesting, but it might not be your cup of tea. For me, I am always fascinated by these types of comics, because they often offer an unexpectedly honest peak into someones small universe. The greatest compliment I can give Christopher is that I feel like I know him, even though we have never met.
My favorite strip has to be this one. No dialogue, lots of action, and a funny observation that I suspect many new parents can relate to. This strip demonstrates the artists ability to connect with the audience and immediately illicit a reaction, especially in a situation tinged with both humor and real fear. Stylistically, characters are expressive, often in exaggerated, almost anime like ways. Strips range from epic ‘personification,’ with semi- elaborate backgrounds and scenery, to the more mundane, that are simple and clean.
There are a few areas of improvement, that I probably only noticed because I look at so many webcomics with regularity. To start, panel variations and ‘breaking the fourth wall’ are pretty rare. There’s clearly a comfort level with the standard three panel strip setup, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a little extra variation might be nice. Also, many of the strips follow the very traditional beat, beat, punchline formula. Again – this isn’t a huge issue, but it does make things a little predictable. Maybe I noticed because I read so many strips in succession, but, there it is.
This comic is definitely worth a look, even if you aren’t a new parent (I’m not). The humorous situations depicted in many strips are more numerous than any of the others, so if the ‘feel good’ strips aren’t really your thing, there’s still plenty to keep you entertained. On a final note, I think Chris deserves special recognition for his powerful, yet tragic, portrayal of his childhood issues, which he worked through with a series of strips that can be found here. I suspect it took a great deal of courage to create that series, and I commend Chris on being able to get past those issues and develop a wonderful little family in spite of a traumatic upbringing.
You can read Christopher Comic here: http://www.christophercomic.com
You can follow Chris on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/christopheeerrr
And you can Like Christopher Comic on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christopher-A-Daily-Journal-Webcomic-about-Fatherhood/168402823173488