World of Webcomics: 'Sabrina Online'

Sabrina OnlineWorld 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.

 

While the comic has been ongoing for several years—since 1996, in some fashion or another—it is very different from the seemingly normal (if there is such a thing) format of webcomics; the archives are rather bare by comparison to shorter comics.  The design and update schedule is such that there’s only a small handful of comics made each month, giving a very small number per year, whereas other webcomics produce some as many as one per day, seven days a week.  So, while the storyline and characters are captivating, don’t expect to be given immediate satisfaction within the year about certain subjects; this comic requires an investment in patience.  Sabrina Online updates every month with (at least) three comics at sabrina-online.com.

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Art Style

The used style is relatively old, reminding me once again of some of the newspaper comic strips I’ve read over the years.  It has certainly improved since it first started, showing that there is, indeed, a learning process as time goes on, but the basic style is essentially the same.  The strips are done almost exclusively in black and white, with colored strips being for very special occasions, and there isn’t much in the way of background artwork, giving more rise to the feel that this would work very well in a newspaper format.  So, if you want spectacular art, you won’t find it here, but the artwork is solid, well done, and shows a lot of hard work—and there are a lot of daily comic strips out there with worse artwork.


Writing and Dialogue


While the format does seem to fit in well with newspaper strips, the subject matter that appears is not what I would truly consider to be well known for most newspapers.  The comic isn’t for a mature audience, but there are certain subjects that appear frequently that one might not want to expose to young children, for fear of not being able to explain appropriately what they mean.  All in all, the writing and conversation tends to skirt around some very touchy matters, not bringing them to light directly, but nudging at them just to let the readers draw their own conclusions.


Appeal


The main problem with this comic is the slow rate of updates, so if you’re looking for a fast return on an initial investment, this certainly isn’t the comic to read.  Since it takes a long time to get through a single storyline, it can be rather overwhelming to have to wait to find out what happens; therefore, if you don’t have the patience to wait things out, then this comic won’t really appeal to you.  However, it does have great storytelling capability, and despite the relative old feel of the website and the comic itself, it doesn’t hide behind such subjects that tend to repeat themselves in newspaper comics, making it a great blend of “the funnies” and new-age Internet comics.

 

 

 

 

Last modified on Friday, 21 June 2013 01:34

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