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World of Webcomics: ‘Max Overacts’

World 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.

I’m not sure if, or when, I’ll ever have children, and I know from my own childhood how creative and overactive a child can be, but that’s nothing compared to the antics of this young kid.  Full of imagination, a desire to entertain, and in love with the idea of acting, Max is a child who quite often lets his overdramatic tendencies define who he is and the people in his life.  If anyone has ever watched Dennis the Menace, you’ll find that this boy is way more of a disturbance to everyday life for his teacher, his family, and his next-door neighbor.  Max Overacts updates every Monday at


Art Style

The art is wonderful and beautifully done, very majestic and colorful. In the 3+ years that the comic has been around, the style has remained relatively the same, with an extraordinary attention to detail in both characters and background. Because of the great detail shown in the comic, it is easy to see why it only updates once a week; it must take an extensive amount of time to create such a visual display without it being overwhelming, and I can only imagine that Caanan wants to make it as visually appealing for his own sake.

Writing and Dialogue

There’s not much of an overreaching plot for the comic, no real interconnecting storylines that flow from one arc to another aside from the most basic of shared information (age, name environment, etc.). There are some aspects that are revisited, such as Max’s acting, his interest in fellow classmate Janet, and the desire to learn from his neighbor about how to truly become an actor of renown; however, while there is little in the way of interconnectivity, the dialogue is more than just amusing. The title says it all, Max really does overact, and while the character seems to do it in such an extreme fashion, it is very believable to see a child making these declarations and proclamations. Often, my partners and I have said that if and when we have children, we’ll be in trouble if they act like Max (and given who we are as people, we’re sure to have Max clones running around). It is both refreshing and terrifying to see a child who isn’t me act nutso in the most entertaining way possible, even if he’s not flesh and blood, but I have no way of believing that a real child could act this way. I’ve seen it, I’ve done it, and I know I will once again.


Anyone who enjoys humor and the antics of kids will certainly enjoy this comic and will be thankful they don’t have a child who acts this way (or, if they do, will realize they’re not the only ones). I personally can’t think of a reason why someone wouldn’t enjoy this comic; it is silly, it is ridiculous, and it is all kinds of cute. If you don’t walk away laughing from a strip, then there’s something wrong, and chances are it is with you. So, go on and give it a try. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:24

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