Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Angst is a Five Letter Word...
Angst is a Five Letter Word is a humor-driven comic created by Joshua Tompke, also known as Evil Chihuahua. Angst is about, well, Joshua Tompke , living out a fantasy life in anime webcomic form. Updates are erratic at best.
The art for this comic improved dramatically from the first to the very latest update, and that in itself impressed me. Excellent use of shading and coloring effects only enhances the anime style, which works really well with the oddball storylines. I would like to see more variety in the "camera angles" used, to make the comic flow a little better. When all of the panels in a comic have the same perspective, it can be a little static and boring. Why not spice it up a little with some over the shoulder, or a shot looking down at the characters, or any of a number of other perspectives? Also, and I know he mentions this in the comic, but a little more use of females could possibly attract more of them to the comic. All in all though drastically improved art from comic 1.
I don't read a lot of anime, and I'm not particularly sure Chihuahua is trying to have an all anime comic here, but from what I've seen and read it mimics it quite well. By that I mean a lot of anime seems to be wacky and not make a lot of sense storywise, and I get that from Angst for the most part. There aren't real meaty stories here, just odd half-stories about potatoes and winged shoulder creatures that don't seem to really go anywhere or have any big payoff. Could all of the filler(which there is tons of) and delays in updates be a factor? I know it can be hard to get storylines going when you don't focus a lot of attention on the comic. I just wish people who did webcomics would keep up their schedules. I know there is life outside of webcomics, but don't tease your fans with a pic that says "sorry about the lack of updates, more coming soon!" or something to that effect. Sorry. Back to the storylines. Ahem. The one big storyline that was supposed to continue had no payoff whatsoever. It was quickly tied up and gotten rid of because, in the authors own words, "Seriously, I was getting pretty sick of all this story." Not too much enthusiasm for his own comic, huh? I will admit though, I at times have gotten tired of doing a story that seems to drag out with no end in sight, so I can understand it, but I wouldn't let the readers know. Anyhoo, I do like the one-shot humor more than the storylines here. They can be quite amusing, especially the rare ones about Josh trying to get a girl. More of those please!
Less filler, a more consistent update schedule, and better written storylines mixed in with the gag comics would get Angst back on the right track. I did like it, but I'm not sure it's my cup of tea. Or saki. Or whatever else you anime types drink. I would say give it a read, especially the second half, as it improves by leaps and bounds as it progresses. Give Angst a chance, and you just might get rid of yours.
I give this comic...