146 - Unwantisphere

146 – Unwantisphere

I found a comic at the library – I won’t say the title, because this isn’t all complimentary and I assume other comic creators google their books too – which caught my interest. It was Christian manga, which I picked up because I assumed it was going to be something hilarious like Hairy Polarity (and I don’t much care if I offend the Hairy Polarity folks). What I got was, well, it wasn’t GOOD exactly, but surprisingly non-horrible, with a lot more subtlety than I usually see in these things (bearing in mind that I’m a snotty atheist whose exposure to Christian fiction is mostly in the form of Jack Chick and B.C.) The Christian characters aren’t perfect, the non-religious main character actually grows as a person without instantly converting (although it’s a series, and guess what happens in the last couple of books?), and the obligatory visit from the witch-like Secular Humanist Boogeyteacher only takes up one page.
The artwork was pure How To Draw Manga: Characters And Nothing Else, so the people are generic but competent and everything else is voids and filters and flat, geometric houses, but I’m the last person who needs to be complaining about anyone else’s shittily-drawn architecture so let’s move on. I get onto this weird obsessive squirrel hunts over things that aren’t objectively very good (example: Total Drama Island), and I think it’s because there’s something about a promising but deeply flawed work that’s more compelling even than pure out and out quality. Maybe it’s that it demands criticism and improvement, and thus more involvement that something that can only be experienced through passive enjoyment, or maybe it’s that through a work’s flaws, we get more of a feel for the artist as an individual?

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 12:00 am in Comic as part of Chapter 10 - Ivy « volume and tagged with , , , . Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. Comments are closed, but you can trackback from your own site.