Comic Name: Allan
Author: Allan Wood
Welcome Fashionable Freaks to another review done by your most hated of reviewers, me, Darren! I know you’re all waiting for me to begin lashing at this comic like there is no tomorrow. Lets get down to the nitty gritty as Allan is my most loathed of comic types. It’s an Autobiography comic! I bet each of you can hear my teethe grinding through the HTML even now. So lets get this shoot out under way.
Allan is an Autobiography comic done by Allan Wood which has been going on since February of 2007. It followed the life and adventures of a young high school Allan back then, (yes folks i read all 800 something comics), but now goes on with Allan in college, working, and living with his girl friend. I must say the beginning of Allan was quite enjoyable, but as time passed the youthful spunk and wondrous adventures of teenage hormones, and strange women turned into a kind of ‘this is what i did today’ strip. I am not saying that Allan doesn’t have an occasional funny strip. I am simply saying his life doesn’t seem to have the same sense of fun and hi·jinks it used to. Whether this is due in part to the boy growing up into a man slowly, (and lord knows that was a fun experience for us all), or because he is holding back parts of his life I could not tell you. What I will say that if Allan were to make a book, I’d probably get the first 2 books and then forget the next series.
That is all I really have to say about the writing as it is an Autobiography comic. Which means it’s pretty self explanatory.
Now onwards to the art. Allan’s art for his comic is super simplistic. So simplistic that it looks like a slight step up from stick figures. The characters are more or less simple shapes put together to make a person. This is surprising as I have looked at some of the artwork which Allan can do and its damn good. I’m not saying the quirky simplistic style is bad, I’m simply saying he can do better… and in some cases has in fact DONE better. Whether he has chosen to keep his simplistic style as an artistic choice, or out of laziness, (and lets face it I’ve done shit art to make a dead line), but I wish there was some way to say to Allan, ‘hey, I know you can do better work. So why don’t you?’ without sounding like an asshole. Let’s face it though, I don’t care if I sound like an asshole.
Now I know I usually sit here and gripe about the why’s to not read a comic, but I’ll be honest. The begining of Allan I rather liked, and though his work has changed drasticly since he has left High School for College and the real world. I would rather people sit and give it a try. It’s not a bad comic. Not by any means. I just feel like the comic is lacking something currently.
Again everyone, I would like to remind you that Fashionably Challenged Comics is not here to create flame wars. We are simply here to express how we feel about comics, give them further exposure, and to give them a little feedback that we feel may be helpful. If you don’t like it we will gladly hear your opinions, and will let you express them fully. After all this is the internet, and we’re not weeping sand-encrusted vagina faces.
This has been yet another Darren review. I think it’s time I had a drink