Saturday, November 19, 2005

Something new and better

I do believe I've abandoned Livejournal altogether for my webcomic-talking purposes, though you can still go back and view my previous entries. I'm thinking of copying and pasting them into blog posts, but I don't know. We'll see.

Anyway, to start things off right, here's a comic that caught my attention on OnlineComics.net: Sawlogs, by Rick Smith.

Here's the premise of the strip, as it appeared on it's OC.net entry:

"Sawlogs is a comic journal of my dream life. I have been keeping a dream journal off and on for the last fifteen years - here are some of the dreams in comic format."

I myself kept a dream journal up until... 8th grade, I believe, and let me tell you, that thing contained some weird stuff. Reading Sawlogs brings back a lot of memories. Each comic contains the feel of a dream, in that "things aren't making sense but just keep moving" sense that dreams seem to always have. A perfect example of what I mean, and most likely one of my favorite entries, is "Turning on a Buried Light Switch."

Probably one of the most interesting things about Sawlogs is how the top right corner of each comic contains a "Dream fact," which more often than not provides insight into the innerworkings of the comic it's attached to.

But, the comic does have it's drawbacks, most of which lie in the way in which it presents itself. Number one, it's not so much of a comic with an archive, but someone's blog page, with each post containing a hosted image, which just happens to be the comic. That, and the links to the full-sized comics don't always work, so it detracts from the frustrating experience that is going through the "archives" in the first place.

Although I do like it, I don't really get the sense that Sawlogs is a webcomic. Like I said previously, it just feels like someone's blog page, hosting their comics. Without a navigational system, with "forward" and "back" buttons and whatnot, to peruse the archive, it's hard to really get a feel for it. And without that, Sawlogs feels like nothing more than a flight of fancy, a comic without commitment.

He does have a book available through Caf├ępress, but I've never taken a Caf├ępress store seriously. And besides, the book only contains the newspost (text) entries. No comics. Where's the fun in that?

I'd suggest Keenspace or Drunk Duck (the latter being a last resort, anyway), but the comics wouldn't be the same without their accompanying newsposts. Otherwise, a website structured like Bigger Than Cheeses, with each strip entry maintaining it's respective newspost, would be the best sort of organizational system. But, seeing as to how he's hosting his comic on a blog, it seems likely he doesn't know PHP, let alone HTML coding in general.

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