What is That? Fantasy- Depicted in an imaginary world full of magic, the possible paranormal, and adventure. Most fantasy comics are very distilled from a Lord of the Rings-esque template -Example: Gunnerkrigg Court (GOOD) Horror- Meant to be scary or terrible. Relies on the build up of dread, terror, horror for effect. Possibly overlaps with other genres like fantasy or sci-fi. Can be funny at some points. Sci-Fi – Enhanced technology, Alternate universe type of plot that may include aliens. Also includes supernatural -Example: Crimson Dark(BAD) Gag per Day – specific type of comedy where each day’s comic builds up to just one gag. - Example: Anime News Nina (BAD) Slice of Life – Characters going through their everyday life but only select parts of their lives are shown.- Example: Questionable Content (GOOD)
What is That Again? Fan Fiction – in homage to a work of any media adored by the creator. Possibly set in the work’s universe and/or using characters from the work. Sprite - includes little iconic characters hijacked from video games or other already known media. Common for those who cannot draw well and love the media characters too much to use a new character. Gaming- Either based off of playing a video game or tabletop RPG, or set up like a game. Think of a game set in the world of Residence Evil or Settlers of Catan. In the most general use of the template, a game might only be referenced. Parody- Makes fun of another work or genre. Either affectionately or in mocking. Historical – Using characters or eras from somewhere in the past. Meta – Thinking about web comics. Possibly parodies the web comic itself or the tropes common to a web comic.
Now for a little “eye candy!” Crimson Dark SciFi (BAD) Gunnerkrigg Court- Fantasy (GOOD) Anime News Nina – Gag per Day (BAD)
Look! More Eye-Candy! Vigil- Horror (But it’s not very scary or good) Pokemon-X Sprite Comic Clever jokes and dialogue in context.
We’ll Make Your Eyes Explode Goodbye Chains- Historical A Wild Western. The dialogue is all nice and Westerny. Also note the rating at the top. We Built This Town- Fanfiction Honestly, this one scares us a little. Someone made a comic about adventures in an Animal Crossing setting. The result is a little ridiculous.
Meta: hello earthling “nina” (unrelated to News Nina) is breaking the fourth wall here. She has poked fun at “a design flaw”. The result? It’s… not that funny. This just makes the art (not our department)more distracting
Parody: Order of the Stick If you know Dungeons & Dragons, you can understand why it is not a good idea to shout out how badly you did on a “Move Silently” check The characters don’t have to be as realistic if it’s for exaggeration purposes. Elan, here, is showing his lack of tact in a game of tact. Characters in this comic are exaggerations of character types. Roy is the lawful good leader, Haley is the money-obsessed “neutral good-ish” rogue, etc.
Gaming: Brawl in the Family This gaming comic is all about the characters in the Super Smash Bros. game. Kirby is usually the focus in this one. Okay, so the art is a little scary, but I dare you not to laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of the situation. Since the art is so casual, it’s okay if the joke is a silly one-off gag. But it’s a clever joke, too. Of course you’re expecting Kirby to ride Yoshi, especially since Kirby talked to Mario and everyone rides Yoshi. Irony is chief.
Similar idea to a template but basically what the actual story is about versus a template being a structure for the
Ex: Penny Arcarde
Ex: the Veil
Ex: Saturday Morning breakfast Cereal
Ex: Roswell, Texas
Ex: Perry Bible Fellowship
The only page that Anyone actually bothers to look at. Perry Bible Fellowship-Alternate/Experimental Penny Arcade- Gaming The Veil- Horror
Another Page You’d Like to Look At Untelivised- Political Satire Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal- Religion/Spirituality Roswell, Texas- Sci-Fi
Our common favorites! Action-adventure Detective/police drama/crime One-panel-gags Romance GLBT
Action Adventure:Sword of the Savage Samurai
Ogres, demons, magic, etc characteristic of the genre
Conveys a strong sense of movement, using the dialogue and sound effect positioning to enhance this
Exciting, both visually and in the action
Detective/Police Drama/Crime “Police Battles Without Living Witnesses” Gritty, Dark atmosphere Excellent illustrations Clever use of panels Strong characters and narrative, which are essential to this kind of genre
A good example of the genre, because it deals with, but also transcends issues of sexuality
Unique concept and execution
Blends comedy and complex issues
One-Panel Gags “Jumpy”
Funny and irreverent
Succeeds because of the unique brand of humor
Must be able to communicate the joke very clearly, because of one panel restriction
RomanceMr. Love in Da Club Bad example of a very, very common genre Not romantic, funny, or entertaining Very hard to read Panels do not flow well, and It generates confusion, instead of interest