World of Webcomics: 'The Devil’s Panties'

The Devils PantiesWorld 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.


The Devil’s Panties certainly has an unusual name for itself, but it really is a family-friendly comic; the name itself is more of a joke, which the creator/artist—Jennie Breeden—explains both on the website and in the comic itself more than once. The comic is based on her real-life experiences in her day-to-day goings-on, although there are some very visual differences that make it rather enjoyable. The comic updates on a Monday through Friday schedule with extra, non-story related art on the weekends, at thedevilspanties.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

The style is very different than almost anything else I have seen on the Internet; it is very much a natural style that feels as though it was drawn in a hurry, but it has a realism to it that I have a hard time finding with some of the work done through computer animation programs. Also, while a lot of comics have shown a visible progression of artwork improving (or in some cases, not keeping up to the original standards), this comic has been able to keep the same level of quality throughout its run. I can certainly see the comic—and Breeden—going far with this particular style.


Writing and Dialogue

Because it is based on real-life experiences, the writing itself closely mirrors what has been going on in Breeden’s life—although there are certainly some situations that make me wonder if her life is really that crazy, but then I remember my own experiences and find it completely believable. While there are very few “storylines” written out, there have been a few points in which some truly significant events have taken place to reflect her own life and those of her friends. What truly makes this comic worth reading for me is the way her self-made character talks and interacts with others; I find myself seeing so much of how I or my partners are reflected in the comic that it has quickly risen to be one of my favorite daily reads.


Appeal

Anyone who considers themselves to be geeky and nerdy would certainly love the interactions of this woman’s life (well, except for the bad parts). Not only is the comic itself hilarious to read and gives an insight into the mind of an interesting person (and you wouldn’t believe what goes on in there), but Breeden herself is a very friendly and funny person to talk to. So, if you want a comic that doesn’t required three years of archives to read in order to find out what is going on, or if you just want something that will make you laugh with some of the most unusual aspects possible, then I highly suggest giving this comic a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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