World of Webcomics: 'Girls with Slingshots'

Girls with SlingshotsWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Over the years I have randomly come across webcomics that I normally wouldn’t have found, and Girls with Slingshots is one of those random finds.  At first it took a little bit of time to get into the story, but I quickly discovered that I really enjoyed the characters and the situations that they end up in—even though some of them are a little farfetched for a “slice-of-life” comic such as this (but, then again, I’ve read Real Life, so that’s not hard to imagine).  Danielle Corsetto does an excellent job of putting together a very emotional and funny comic that really captures my attention, and I look forward to reading the adventures of Hazel and her close friends; this comic has easily become one of my all-time favorites (and there aren’t that many that have).  Girls with Slingshots updates every weekday at girlswithslingshots.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

The artwork is really fantastic, an added bonus to the storyline that really keeps me coming back for more.  Corsetto doesn’t spend an exhorbitant amount of time focusing on the small details, but doesn’t ignore the importance of background art, either—she just focuses mostly on the interaction between the characters and thus the art is centered around what they’re doing specifically at that point in time.  While she may not give a lot of small details, she does a great job using shadowing effects in the comic, showing where a character is in relation to a light source; it isn’t an easy skill to have, and not a lot of cartoonists—amateur or professional—utilize it in such an economical, yet stylish, fashion.  There’s a reason why my Facebook “cover” and my desktop background are both wallpapers that Corsetto’s made, and once you read the comic, you’ll agree.


Writing and Dialogue



Corsetto does an excellent job of telling the story in a way that really draws my attention, as well as making it amusing to read.  The dialogue is very much what I would expect friends to engage upon—in fact, I’m pretty sure that my wife, fiancée, and I have had conversations that mirror several things that the characters of Hazel and Jamie have said—and it feels so real that I can almost believe these situations to be real.  One great aspect that I truly appreciate is that Corsetto researches her storylines, even going so far as to ask her readers for information so to ensure that the plot is as close to reality as possible, an aspect that I greatly appreciate as it shows she’s trying to keep things current and appealing to her audience.  All in all, the writing is well thought out and well done, great skills to have when telling a story.


Appeal

I rather like “slice-of-life” comics that base themselves in reality more so than some wild, crazy aspect that just happens to be a part of their lives, and aside from a very select few characters who fill that description, Girls with Slingshots really speaks to me.  There are real problems, with real solutions—albeit sometimes hilarious problems and solutions—that make it feel as though I am living in that town, with those people.  Anyone could enjoy reading the comic, so long as they enjoy comedy with the occasional dramatic situation; it is an essential part of a balanced webcomic meal.

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:57

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