World of Webcomics: 'Gutters'

guttersWorld 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.

Everyone has opinions about the various decisions that are made by corporations and companies, and the geeks of the comic book world are no exceptions.  Gutters actually goes a step beyond a lively rant with providing color commentary in response to the decisions, allowing for their point to get across to the masses in a most informative and enjoyable fashion.  Written by Ryan Sohmer and drawn by everyone under the sun, this comic will make comic book fans scream with joy or hiss with frustration.  Gutters updates on a M-W-F schedule at


Art Style

Because there isn’t just one artist throughout the entire run, there’s not continuity or flow between the strips.  This is both good in bad; good in that it allows a variety of different artists to be shown to the Internet masses, and bad because there are some art styles that not everyone will appreciate—in fact, there’s always going to be an art style that someone doesn’t like.  It impossible to appease the masses throughout the entire world.  I think it adds a good variety to the comic, as some styles are much better with a certain subject matter than others—you wouldn’t want someone who is used to drawing happy, pretty Shōgo-style being the person who ends up depicting the end of the world. It would just be too weird.

Writing and Dialogue

Since the comic is a satirical look at mainstream comic books and the culture that exists around them, there is no overarching plot to look at.  Ryan does a good job with the humor—not surprising given that he’s been writing a comedy webcomic for several years at Least I Could Do—though there are times when not everything makes a lot of sense.  It is rather enjoyable for the most part, but without anything keeping it together from strip to strip, it doesn’t really have a binding hold in terms of dialogue and writing abilities.


The comic has a rather specific subject matter catering to comic book geeks and the subculture that has existed around it.  If I had started reading this before I had gotten into mainstream comics, I wouldn’t have understood a lot of what was going on, so this is certainly not something that a casual comic book reader would enjoy; however, if you’re into that all-engrossing culture of comics, from Aquaman to Zsazsa Zaturnnah, then this comic certainly has an appeal, especially if you have random dislikes for some of the decisions that these publishing companies make.  Overall, it is a fun comic to read, and certainly one of my favorites, but it is very specific and wouldn’t be liked by just anyone.




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