Number12's webcomic picks - Live! - Someone left a game at our house last weekend
Sep. 14th, 2007
09:08 pm - Someone left a game at our house last weekend
It is Munkin Cuthulu. Let me know who you are and I can bring it tomorrow. Or just walk up and claim it's yours.
Thank goodness the school year has begun, it means that Alma Mater is back. This is an absolutely brilliant comic about a crew of 6th or maybe by this point 7th grade classmates at a private all-girls school, based on the author's own experiences. The subject of the comic is... girls, and school. Nothing else dramatic (yet), nothing supernatural, no boys, just personal relationships born of forced proximity sometimes evolving into friendships, otherwise just homework and class projects. The result is riveting; it's hard to believe that anybody can write a comic without some sort of narrative crutch these days. Sometimes there are larger arcs, sometimes standalone comics that are usually pretty humorous (like today's). The art takes some getting used to; the artist has chosen to overlay her accomplished and expressive line work with out of focus coloring, I guess to imply a more childish world. The result looks like it's disintegrating, but it sure is unique. The characters make it all worthwhile. The writing has absolutely no reliance on stereotypes (visual clues for stereotypes are generally betrayed as a character is explored), and the girls have a variety of real-world problems to overcome, the biggest being to grow up.