The artwork has certainly improved since the beginning, showing that, with practice and time, things can get better, and there’s certainly a realistic feel to the portrayal of the characters and the settings, but not everything is appealing. The one thing that really catches my eye in terms of dislike is the way the eyes on the main character are made; to me, they seem just too big, as though she’s permanently wide-eyed even though almost nothing seems to faze her. Additionally, the majority of the strips are done in black and white until very recently when they became colored—an effect or cause of the strip scaling back to once a week, perhaps.
Writing and Dialogue
Much of the writing and story arcs seem to be the same throughout the history of the comic. Miriam appears to constantly have a problem finding the right romantic partner, Sherry is concerned about Miriam (as well as the running of her business) to the point where she focuses on nothing but, and the regular bar-flies are just regularly involved. In a way, it makes me feel as though I’m watching an episode of Cheers with more female characters and newer forms of technological interaction. After coming back from a long period of not reading the comic (5 years), I had expected to see some very drastic changes, but have found that very little has really changed and that the dialogue and interaction is much the same as it was back in 2008. On the plus side, it shows that this form of writing has been constant since the comic’s inception in 2006, but it also shows not much in the way of growth.
As stated above, if you enjoyed watching an episode of Cheers, then you should enjoy reading Out There; it is a very down-to-Earth comic, set in reality with all the quirks and dramatic interactions that one finds in a normal life. It would definitely appeal to those who like seeing themselves reflected in a more comical fashion; just beware that sometimes it may be so close to realism that you’ll think you’re looking in the mirror.