Posting about my second presentation on webcomics:

First one is Hyperbole and a Half which fuses biography and personal blog. Allie (the author) accompanies anecdotal stories about her life (past and present) with rudimentary illustrations, which results in surprisingly relatable, comical and at times touching stories. Although it is hard to categorize it as “fine art” because it is truly literature at its core, her works have had a large popularity throughout the internet and is worth mentioning.
Her Blog:

Two of her very Widespread images

Next webcomic is Axe Cop, which has a pretty heavy reliance on its concept. The idea of Axe Cop is illustration by a 29 year old (Ethan Nicolle) and narrated by his 5 year old brother (Malachai Nicolle). Although Axe Cop hardly exists within a realm of “art” as a webcomic which is inherently conceptual it offers its own outlook on the genre.

Next is Dinosaur Comics which is a webcomic with an extensive history: originally started February 1st 2003, Ryan North the writer decided to work with the same image and to repurpose it for each comic. Totaling roughly 20 a month for the last 9 years and without using a different image for any, this webcomic has a sort of perseverance to it which is rare. It has a sort of conceptual merit behind it through its hard work and dedication.

1st Comic

The last is Garfield Minus Garfield a webcomic dedicated to the repurposing of garfield comics to reveal a more existential crisis through the removal of the character garfield. Similarly to conceptual art, this series takes an initial source and through their editing give it a greater purpose than it initially possessed. The end result are very “real” almost, as their mission statement: “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.” These comics end up very human and identifiable and they change the relationship we the viewer have with Jon Arbuckle, who in a sense becomes us.