Happy New year guys! Here's a not-so-review of the indies I bought in the last 3 cons.
Anyway, contains spoilers...
Carlo Jose San Juan, MD – The Land of the Guardians
The comic is CJSJ's first fantasy take-off for Callous Comics.
The story's okay. My nitpick for this is that I wish there was more action, or more focus on the task at hand. The first half of the comic dwelled a little too long establishing the world, that Rianne shouldn't be there, and also convincing her to do something. It would have been awesome if the Black Queen fought a little longer, fought that army with the other guardians. I also felt the story should have double the number of strips to be able to pull-off the story line.
I'd like to dare Doc to make an issue outside the comic strip format for his special fantasy storylines as the strip format might have limited CJSJ's storytelling skills. I appreciate the colored pages, but it would be nice to see him experiment a little. The shots, and visual pacing are pretty good, which is why I'd like to see him work with Callous outside the usual format.
Pick Me Up! #2
Still funny! Deviated from the one joke per page this time. Medyo naloka ako sa jejespeak. Hopefully more pages next time…? :3
The Adventures of Kapitan Tog
I like the electric fan joke a lot …
(wala na akong masabi storytelling skill niya, yun na yun)
FUM/Rui-Chan -- Enguard #1
The premise is okay. However, I was a little put off by the pin-up type poses used for the comic. It looked a bit awkward sometimes, and she's still looking at the "camera" every time. More dynamic poses next time I hope? (Never be afraid to hide the face, or show some other body part if the scene demands it...
FUM/Dr. Race – Nueve #1
The first chapter is okay. Reed is a pretty scary boxer. Some of the panels are a little hard to follow (reading flow), since some of them are too close together (page 10), so I wasn't sure if I was reading the story right. Also, I didn't like articles being inserted in the middle of comic pages, since it disrupts my reading, so hopefully they avoid that next time.
FUM/Freya Dy – Silver Star #1
I liked this story the most. It has a nice concept. Nice shots and art. Some of the pages had faded print though. Overall it's a good title.
FUM/MNX Onisan – Jill-Saw Puzzle #1
Interesting concept. I like it that the layout is also interesting. I'm not a fan of the font used in the first part of the monologue, but that's just me nitpicking… ^_^;
FUM/Sky – Love Behind the Glasses #1
It's a nice Shoujo story. Unfortunately, the comic suffered from bad printing (my copy has stripes over it). The layout was also too tight, which goes against the usual Shoujo style pacing. Slow down a little bit and let your readers get immersed…
FUM had a few technical problems with the printing (like unwanted bleeds, and see thru printing). They would also need to separate comic previews from the existing comics, or label it as an ad for an up and coming title, and make a unique look or put a "marker" for the articles to avoid confusion.... ^_^;
MONA of the Babes #1
The comic is quite trippy and almost random… in a good way.
Many pop culture references too. Yes I enjoyed it. :3
The title, as usual, had really nice art. I wish the printing was consistent (sine some were stark black and some were pale). I liked the action scenes. My critique would be… The readers are still left in the dark about what's going on. All I know is, there are these "children" (who have powers) who are around wreaking havoc because of discontent. The world itself isn't explained yet. I know the author is keeping the mystery of the story, but it still left me confused after the 2nd issue. Hopefully, I'll be enlightened next time…
Love Riot #2
For FHATE issue 2, this is the story I enjoyed the most. It's really funny! XD It's a love story, with 2 protagonists who started on the wrong foot. I really enjoyed it
The story is okay. However, the author needs to thicken the lines of the panels more since his art style is pretty detailed (it gets confusing at times). Also, in the copy I got, one of the leaves was flipped over. Be careful assembling next time…
Love is a stapler #2
It's a nice read, and the grays are also nice. My critique would be…Masyadong siksik yung panels. Looks a little too chunky at times. It would be nice if there was more space in the panels to allow the readers to empathize with all the drama going on… Shoujo pacing would be good for the story. ^_^
I like the character designs. The story…I think I need to check out the first issue again (it would be good to have a short synopsis of the past issue for this one, since release in between issues take a bit long for a complicated fantasy story). Also, I think one of the pages had a misprint (only half printed). Be a little careful about the layouts and overlapping images, as it gets a little confusing sometimes.
Greywing #1 (?)
The concept is interesting. But it needs a chapter cover. ^_^; Also, I am left wondering about the rules of the world, so I was a little surprised when he suddenly used a magical item (which also took a few pages to establish). I know, storytelling-wise, the author tried to keep it as a surprise, but it didn't work for me. It kinda confused me, since the "rules" weren't established in the beginning, and I'm not sure what the story was really about. One of the pages was also doubled, so I don't know if I missed something. ^_^;
FHATE also needs chapter breakers, since each story runs for at least 10 pages each. We do need visual cues for the next story... ^.^
Okay that was a lot. But still still not halfway through the stash… @_@
Since I have to go back to work on CP4, I'm not sure when the next batch would be, so please be patient. ^_^;
Jeff Francisco -- Kanto Inc. 1-5 (go)
-- vol. 1
-- CFH, one shots
Rawr -- Vol. 3
-- Vol. 2 (go)
EK -- Vol. 1 (go)
Alejandro Sison -- Vol. 1 (go)
Danry - D-koi (go)
Micah - D-koi (go)
Michiko Tagalog - D-koi (go)
Pocholo Roman Saez -- D-koi (go)
Vol 1. (340) -- compiled 1-8, note me or e-mail for orders
Vol. 2 (390)-- compiled 9-16
Vol. 3 (410) -- compiled 17-24
Vol. 4 (2013)
Comic Odyssey (Robinson's Galleria)
-- Vol. 1 and 2
Books Wagon Experiments (see link --> rockersworld.com/?p=295
--has back issues 1-9
....AND Comic related conventions... ^_^v
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