World of Webcomics: ‘Local Comic Shop’

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.


A webcomic about a comic book store and the people who either work there or frequent it. How could I not look into this? While there are some of the standard jokes and situations one would expect with the massive inclusion of comic book geeks/nerds, there is very little in the way of wacky adventures associated with debates over “who would win in a fight” and steering far away from the stereotypical, misogynistic “women don’t belong in comic shops” situation that I’ve seen so much of. There are some characters, such as Bob, who make a nuisance of themselves, but the other characters deal with it by, well, being who they are. Local Comic Shop updates every Tuesday and Friday at lcscomic.com.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW


Art Style

I’m not going to lie and say that the artwork is the best around, but it also isn’t terrible, and it has remained pretty consistent over the years. The style of the characters is a bit cartoonish but well-proportioned for their sizes and ages. For the backgrounds, there isn’t a lot of excessive detail, but what detail is present is very well done, including intricate, minute specifics on things such as the Matrix of Leadership or Captain America’s shield. The facial expressions, especially the eyes, are also very well done and do a great job of conveying emotions to accompany the words and actions being shown.


Writing and Dialogue


While there are certainly some unusual circumstances that I would attribute to the uniqueness of the characters and the creators, the writing and dialogue between the characters is what I would come to expect from comic book geeks/nerds. I’m quite pleased that the comic book shop runner is a woman who won’t take any guff because she is a woman, although there are times when her ignorance of the subject matter bleeds through, since she isn’t much of a comic book aficionado like her customers; however, the misogynistic examples I have seen in other comics with this situation have largely been avoided, though slightly touched on, and I believe that’s because the creators don’t want to turn it into another rubber-stamp copy of so many others I have seen.


Appeal

If you enjoy comic books, well, you’ll probably like this series, but it mostly appeals to those who actually go into local comic book stores—the “mom and pop”-type of outfits that I grew up with. The interactions between the customers and the staff are what were most appealing about those stores, what really made me keep coming back, and this comic really touches on that. Although it also shows the personal lives of the individuals who work at the store. The dialogue is funny, the plot is interesting, and the artwork is okay, so I believe it would be a good read for most people.

Last modified on Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:17

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