May 9th, 2016, 5:27 pm

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Sonic and Pals: Part 11

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Maybe a parody of Hamlet COULD have worked...

Zero Kirby May 9th, 2016, 5:40 pm

If, y'know, he actually spent more time making jokes that weren't, "Man, Shakespeare sure writes things weird, you guys!"

Anyway, I'd like to go into further detail about why such dialogues ill fit this comic - for one, the size of the text compared to the size of the panels is a little on the large side. It's perfect for word balloons no more than two or three lines, but when you start getting into four-line territory, it's out of hand.

Comics are a visual medium - a lot of, if not most, the reading should also come from the visual department. I know at some times lengthy expositions are unavoidable - but when said moments of exposition happen, the structure of the comic should fit it.

Bob and George generally had a relative fix around this - most of the large sections of exposition came as part of a series of flashbacks, so they weren't connected to in-panel dialogue boxes. So it was mainly the composition of the flashback panels that was important, as there was simply a large narration box with all the text in it. It wasn't perfect, mind you, and was fairly clunky (especially since he tended to remain in the four-panel formula), but they were generally spaced far enough apart that it wasn't too bad, and usually came at breaks in the story, like between major events.

It's another one of those weaknesses of sprite comics. They're generally stuck with a static panel structure (anything else would look kind of bizarre), and static composition, so when something comes along that needs something a bit more unorthodox - like lengthy exposition - they tend to falter.

Of course, that's all about exposition. This is a parody of Hamlet, which could have saved a lot of time and a lot of typing just by simplifying the dialogue. So it's even more stupid.

Also, near the top, I make a joke about it being the 500-and-somethingth comic. There's only eight more parts of the review after this, so you're gonna get roughly two-thousand worth of comics over the course of a few dozen.

I don't want to be doing this until I'm dead.

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Lord Enigma May 9th, 2016, 7:45 pm

I feel like the lows will just keep getting lower.

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kmarwx May 9th, 2016, 8:38 pm

Not gonna lie when I saw the Hamlet parody my first thought was that one Sonic comic that did a retelling of like, the entire Bible, and the guy's self-insert was Jesus, and it was honestly one of the most depressing things I've ever seen

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Zero Kirby May 9th, 2016, 11:24 pm

@kmarwx: Oh god, please tell me that's a joke. It has to be. Please.

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kmarwx May 10th, 2016, 1:34 am

@Zero Kirby:

http://sonicfuture.smackjeeves.com/comics/604636/jesus-chronicles-a-quick-announcement-a nd-some-revenge/

This arc lasted for 5 years. There is a person out there who had the patience to make Sonic sprite comics of the Bible for 5 years.

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Zero Kirby May 10th, 2016, 5:14 pm

@kmarwx: Oh dang, that's by Lugbzurg. I've reviewed one of his comics before and he used to be one of the more prolific commenters on this very review comic.

Welp.