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February 9, 2010 7:10 PM   Subscribe

Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name is a 'sugarcoated horror' webcomic that's wonderfully illustrated and typeset.
posted by flatluigi (19 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wish it loaded faster, but it's pretty great so far.
posted by Caduceus at 7:28 PM on February 9, 2010


I thought it was pretty poorly typeset, actually. It was concentrated too much on the "look what I can do" and less on actually trying to communicate the story.
posted by dead cousin ted at 7:45 PM on February 9, 2010


Yeah, that's very much the case over the first few comics. Definitely improves as it goes on, though.
posted by flatluigi at 7:46 PM on February 9, 2010


I miss Scary-Go-Round, now. This seems like one of those things where the author is extremely enthusiastic to the point of occasionally leaving the reader behind. I'll give it that the pictures held my attention when the story didn't, though.
posted by Nomiconic at 7:57 PM on February 9, 2010


As I continue the story is pretty jagged, making it hard to follow. I like the art enough that it's not a problem, though.
posted by Caduceus at 8:05 PM on February 9, 2010


Boy do we have some jaded motherfuckers in here. I favorited this so hard my mouse broke.
posted by eggplantplacebo at 8:19 PM on February 9, 2010 [3 favorites]


I liked it. It's like young, overly enthusiastic nerdy (and possibly gay) John Constantine with Zombie and wimpy Vampire sidekicks.
posted by MythMaker at 8:39 PM on February 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shame. All I can see is "Let's install WordPress!"
posted by DMan at 8:41 PM on February 9, 2010


I always love new comics. This one seems pretty good!
posted by audacity at 9:14 PM on February 9, 2010


Those are the most expressive speechballoons I have ever seen. Seriously. You could erase all the text and still follow what was happening in the story based on the shapes of the speechballoons alone. I think it's great - the attention to detail really shows, and it seems pretty consistently well-drawn and inventive.
posted by oulipian at 9:20 PM on February 9, 2010


Not really my cup of vodka but I like the illustrations especially the layout style - very dynamic. Nicely done.
posted by Scott H at 9:21 PM on February 9, 2010


Yay! Several of my webcomics died recently, and now I have something to replace them!
posted by Scattercat at 10:48 PM on February 9, 2010


Boy do we have some jaded motherfuckers in here. I favorited this so hard my mouse broke.

Aww, that's cute. maybe you'll be as jaded six years from now. Although maybe you'll point out valid criticism when you see it then. The destinations are limitless! But for now you're on your way to being the "insufferable asshole that likes to point out when other people are being less than nice in metafilter and actually think they are doing something productive." Sorry, though. You'll have to get in line, because there's a big one. :(
posted by dead cousin ted at 1:33 AM on February 10, 2010


I liked it but the first bunch of pages were hard to follow. Seemed kind of flashy just to be flashy. And the "typesetting" bugged the crap out of me.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:01 AM on February 10, 2010


I like it because it's experimental and expressive. The artist tries a lot of different things; some of them succeed and some of them fail. I can't really figure out the story, and a lot of it just seems to be done because "look what I can do" but it's enjoyable nonetheless. I really wish that he would stop complaining about his self-imposed deadlines every issue though.
posted by donkeymon at 3:15 AM on February 10, 2010


Boy do we have some jaded motherfuckers in here.

We have some jaded motherfuckers in here that have read a few comics in their day and therefore have some basis for comparison. The jaded motherfuckers understand that there are some gifted artists out there that nevertheless might benefit from a little constructive criticism here and there. The jaded motherfuckers trust that these artists can take or leave such criticism without dissolving like a Special Snowflake in a strawberry spring.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:50 AM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


donkeymon, I think it's a she, in case that matters. Which it doesn't. She does complain a lot.
posted by snapped at 6:12 AM on February 10, 2010


Thanks for the post! Added to my weekly comic reading list. Love the art style and general storyline, even if the writing is a bit shaky. My main concern is that I've been burned by potentially great online comics fizzing out when the author gets bored/moves on. At least this has been running for over 9 months with pretty constant (if irregular) updates. (Also she really needs to decide if characters curse or not as it's currently jumping between both. Pet peeve of mine.)
posted by slimepuppy at 9:03 AM on February 10, 2010


Although maybe you'll point out valid criticism when you see it then

Valid criticism? Is that what this is?:

I thought it was pretty poorly typeset, actually. It was concentrated too much on the "look what I can do" and less on actually trying to communicate the story

Or is that a knee-jerk, blanket condemnation of the entire comic based solely on the artist's early missteps, ignoring her more recent successes, where, for example, she combines, dialogue, type, and panel design; or when she uses type as a subtle atmospheric effect; or how her expressive lettering lets her pack a bunch of words into a tight space while maintaining readability. Yes, she over-stylizes the type at first, but she reels it in quickly and turns it into a unique feature of the comic.

The jaded motherfuckers understand that there are some gifted artists out there that nevertheless might benefit from a little constructive criticism here and there.

The jaded motherfuckers may want to spend more than a couple of minutes with an artwork before dispensing their benevolent wisdom, and to base their feedback on the artist's most recent work, which demonstrates awareness and absorption of their deeply constructive criticism. The jaded motherfuckers might also avoid making assumptions about anonymous internet people based off of two sentences.
posted by eggplantplacebo at 2:56 PM on February 10, 2010


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