Reading: Rereading Erfworld Book 1on September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am
You can see, if you scroll down a bit, that I have a link to the webcomic Erfworld. There’s a quality inherent to the writing of Erfworld that I have difficulty putting my finger on. It’s compelling, despite my complaints — I had trouble getting used to both artists, and the delay in the updates is incredibly frustrating. I read Darths & Droids and Girl Genius for their consistent updates…
…But I find Erfworld more compelling. Girl Genius feels like a classic adventure story, and it does everything right. But somehow the pacing is … off, for a webcomic. It reads far better in print than it does on the Internet. It just does. The illustrations and page layout, and much of the story’s humor makes more sense in print.
Some webcomics are more a story of the creator, or just as much about the creator as they are about the characters and the story itself. And that works for some comics. You see the triumphs and suffering of the characters in the context of the author’s life, and you have a complete story. It makes sense and it entertains.
Then you have some webcomics that are just written for the Internet pace. You can see things grow and evolve. Webcomics on the Internet are kind of like a radio show that you can see and hear at the same time, that you can rewind and “jump to” scenes like on a DVD menu. And so, here I am rereading the first book of Erfworld, and I’m just as compelled to continue reading as the first time I saw it.
How does it work like that? How does the comic maintain that quality?