Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review: Gets a job...


Gets a job is a webcomic with an underlying theme. The theme being, yep, you guessed it, various famous figures, past and present, getting odd jobs not exactly suited for them. Can you truly say you haven't wondered what would happen if Satan worked at a Denny's? Well now maybe you can find out. Let the hijinks begin! Aaron Bowersock, the creator, has an update schedule of five days a week, excluding the weekends. Now, let's dig in...

Ah, the art critique. There is only so much you can say about the art in a comic, unless you want to get all technical, or talk about what this color scheme might say about the creators lifestyle, blah blah. I'm just going to keep it simple. Aaron likes it simple, or maybe he just can't draw a lot of detail. Anyway, I like the simplistic way he draws the characters, and the colors are nice and shiny, but the complete lack of backgrounds is a big negative. You see a lot of that in webcomics. Heck, I'm even guilty of that to a degree. But here's an example. They could be in a black hole for all I know. At least have a picture on the wall back there or something. I know it's tough putting out a comic five days a week, so cutting corners here and there is understandable. Just not every single friggin comic. A LEETLE more effort would solve this.

The premise to this comic is pretty good. It's not a roommate comic, or gamer one, so at least it has that going for it. Not to say that's all it has. I'm sure lots of people will check out the archive to see who gets what job. I found quite a few entertaining, if not laugh inducing. But after the first five strips had Dracula getting different jobs, I was thankful to see someone else. But guess what? After about three more, there was Dracula again! Argh! Show me the kid from The Wonder Years working as a porn director or something. Okay, I'm kidding. He's actually doing that crappy Confessions of a Teen Idol show on VH1. Okay, Dracula is gone again. Good thing Aaron knows when to let something die. Wait a sec, 21 comics in and Drac rears his bloodsucking head again! Variety! That's the spice of life! Seriously though, there are plenty of different types of famous people, from the shark from Jaws to The Hulk. Number 28 was really funny, because I was wondering what happened to her. This one is a keeper too. Sometimes clever, sometimes dull, is what you get here.

In closing, Gets a job could've been worse. I liked seeing all of these differing celebs and famous people trying something different, and I can see Aaron mining this idea for a long time without it getting overly stale. Just keep coming up with funny situations to put them in and you've got comedy gold, or most of the time, bronze, with a few silvers mixed in. Keep up the decent work, and start drawing some backgrounds!

I give Gets a job...
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2 comments:

David said...

Thank you for this one. Just what I needed on a sunday morning! I'll have to add Gets a Job to the regular reading list. I'd say something nice to the author, but there's no comment system over there!

Dave
Slightly Off-Topic

aaron said...

Yo! You can follow my twitter and tweet back!

Also- I probably seem like an obsessive nerd for checkin these blogs, but I like to see what people think. Thanks!