A review of the webcomic site The Webcomic Factory
Webcomic Factory Review
Want to read something but you have no idea what you want? Then look no further, because you have found it on Webcomic Factory. Whether it's the surreal comedy Post-Apocalyptic Nick or the Family Circus-esque adventures of I Hate My Kids, there honestly is enough material to keep you coming back for more. Here is a brief summary of each of the available comics, from content to overall quality.
First, and I only say first because it is at the top of the page at the time of this review, is the Anti-War Comic. What I like about this comic, other than the fact that it's non-episodic so it's easy to get into without reading the very first one, is that regardless of how you feel about war there is enjoyment to be had. It's about the comic antics of a man trying to make sense of a society that does nothing to damn war, and the reactions of the world around him. Whether it's trying to get out of a conversation with Korean War vet because he just wants to get laid or experiencing the disillusionment of the anti-war protestors around him were only protesting based on political lines, there are some moments that are truly thought provoking. Two and a half stars outta four.
Next, In a Relationship. Another non-episodic comic, this features an average of three panels of different men and women in various stages of their relationships. The major plus of this one is it actually treats the audience like adults. It doesn't shy away from the fact that men think about sex regardless of how old they are. It doesn't pretend that women aren't sexual creatures just because every woman is someone's sister, mother, daughter, et cetera. The only strike it might have against it is the very material itself. After all, there isn't anything there we haven't seen or heard on an episode of Two and a Half Men or some stand up from the early 2000s. But just because something is rehashing old jokes doesn't mean it isn't done well. It is definitely good for a quick, albeit cheap, laugh. Two stars out of four.
Continuing along we come to I Hate my Kids: a non-episodic comic strip done in the style of Baby Blues and Family Circus, only a bit more satirical. It presents a somewhat jaded, frustrated view of what it is like to raise kids. You don't actually need to have children to enjoy this comic. There are little things that are there to make you laugh, and it's done well. The artwork leaves something to be desired, but one doesn't need a great artistic sense to be funny. As much as you would want to rip on this one, there really isn't anything to say about it beyond the obvious. You can pick it up, scroll to any random strip and have yourself a giggle. Three stars outta four.
We're going to skip ahead to Old Tyme Gamer. At the risk of sounding redundant, this is another comic that doesn't follow a specific linear format. Plus side, you can pick any one to read and not be missing anything. At the risk of discrediting my objectivity, I am a gamer. So, there is a spot in my heart for stories and jokes thereof. The only thing that made me not love this comic was a few errors here and there that took me out of it. I just felt as though there wasn't as much love in this as there were in the others. The core of the content is enjoyable, but it feels lazy. Two stars outta four.
The last one we're going to take a look at is Post-Apocalyptic Nick. I enjoy this one more than any other. It is one of the only ones that requires you to start from the beginning, but it is remarkably easy to do so. The artwork is solid, the dialogue is awesome and dammit, I just want to know what's going to happen next. The last panel is always amusing while simultaneously urging me to wait for the next edition. Three and a half stars out of four.
There are about a dozen more things to look at here. To look at each one individually would make this review longer than anyone would want to read. If you would like to view Mr. DiGerolamo's work, I would definitely recommend you do so. It's not like you are doing anything particularly productive on the internet anyway. His writing is witty and intelligent, his artwork is diverse yet simplistic and each comic offers something for any occasion.
Overall, three stars out of four.
Check out The Webcomic Factory at http://www.thewebcomicfactory.com/
Written or Contributed by: Dan Buckley
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