Hitch It / Ditch It: Bridgette’s Belly, A La Mode, Decrypting Rita
Here’s the second installment of this year’s Hitch It / Ditch It critiques.
Hitch It: Although I’d love to see more backgrounds, I think the visual appeal of this comic is pertty good. The linework is confident and strong. And more often than not, the scenes are composed in such a way that I can tell exactly what’s going on. It’s only when figures overlap that Andrew’s choice to keep all of his lines a uniform width/strength fails a little. Varying between heavy lines and lighter lines would help panels like the third panel here.
Ditch It: I’d like to see an About page that tells me what’s going on with this comic. With words like “Tiger thighs” and “Bridgette’s Belly,” I’m assuming it’s some sort of anthro/fetish comic. But I don’t see a lot of sex going on. Also… for what may the first time ever, I think the lettering is way too big! I feel as if the characters are shouting at me. And, in updates like this, the lettering is so big it’s pretty ridiculous looking. I’d like to see it backed down a little.
Finally… do you realize you have a double apostrophe here?
Hitch It: That comic should be presented much larger on the site. I feel as if it’s a little cramped at its current dimensions.
Ditch It: This comic has the improved linework and backgrounds that I was wishing for in Tiger Thighs. It looks great! And, same as Tiger Thighs, I find myself wishing for an About page.
Hitch It: I’m really loving the watercolors. They’re informal and light and charming. And I think your overall watercolor skills have been improving over time. I’m looking forward to seeing you develop and evolve this technique.
Ditch It: I’m having a really difficult time reading the lettering. Sometimes I can still see the guide lines that were used to prepare the lettering. And sometimes (for example, the last panel of this comic) there seems to be a lot of artifacts from the drawing process that remain to obscure the lettering. I think working on improving the lettering would be a good idea — and in so doing, perhaps consider going with a slightly larger overall size/leading.
Hitch It: This is a very strong webcomic. It’s one of those “infinite canvas” comics — scrolling is an intrinsic part of the reading experience. The art is top notch. The color choices are awesome. And the storytelling is downright delightful. But you know what’s really stand-out about this comic? Maragaret come up with a brilliant solution to the major drawback of a sidescrolling comic. As you scroll through the story, you see several different ads along the bottom of the screen that scroll along with the story. So instead of getting one pageview for an entire story that would have earned several adviews if it had been broken down into pages/updates, Margaret has found a clever way to serve multiple ads without generating extra pageviews. That’s innovative as all get-out!
Ditch It: Sheesh. If I gotta nitpick, I’ll say that I don’t see a lot of social media going on here.