Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Bear and Kitten...
Ren and Stimpy. Cow and Chicken. Milk and Cheese. And now Bear and Kitten! Conceived by two people
who don't reveal their names but go by Bear and Kitten in the news section, the
comic has odd humor centered around these two characters. It's very early in it's run, so there are only ten strips up as of this review. Updates are on a Wednesday/Sunday biweekly update schedule.
It's good to see a comic with a unique art style such as this one. You might even say they are slightly surreal. The comic's themselves are set against a stark white background that is the website. I do find it a bit strange though that there is so much unused space on the site. This leaves a large area around the rather small comic, and it feels almost wasteful. The characters themselves are cute, even when bloodily eating a rabbit, or having spiders burst out of a sore. I know, weird right? Subdued colors work here as well, because the comic doesn't have a happy wacky colorful world feel.
The writing however is hard to explain. The jokes don't really come across as jokes to me. That is to say that I don't really find them funny, but I'm not even sure if that's what they are trying to accomplish. Take this particular strip. Is it funny because a bear and cat riding bikes is funny, or is it that kitten has a protective helmet on and gives bear a little hat that won't help at all in an accident? Am I just thinking too much? I don't understand. Most of the jokes are like that, so it makes it hard to say whether the writing is good or not. If I knew what they were going for it would be easier to say. I get a bit of black humor from the writing, but more black than humor. I guess what I'm getting at is if it's supposed to be funny, it should be funny without having to be explained.
When I was finished reading Bear and Kitten I was left with a sense of wanting. I really liked the art for it's sense of uniqueness. I enjoyed the setup of a bear and a cat sharing an apartment and living fairly normal humanlike lives. I did however have issues with the writing, as I didn't understand what the point was. A better sense of where they are going with the comic would make for a much more enjoyable experience. Cute, in a dark and uncomfortable sort of way.
I give this comic...