Blank It – A Comic ExperienceSo, there’s this web-comic, right? It’s about nothing… Seriously. There’s a character who has no name, and he’s in a place where nothing exists. Well, nothing exists except him… and this other guy… and this beam of orange light that will melt your flesh off.
I’ve wanted to try my hand at creating a web-comic for a while now, but I’m not sure I’d be dedicated enough to maintain a regular schedule for updates. I’ve also been unable to come up with an idea or a story line or any characters that I actually like.
As soon as I read the first couple strips of Blank It, by creators Lemuel Pew and Aric McKeown, I realized the genius tucked away in it. Why didn’t I think of something so clever? A comic with no setting! It’s brilliant! The story is absolutely as random as you can imagine, but it’s random in a totally entertaining and hilarious way.
You never really know what’s going to happen to these characters. You never know what’s going to appear in this realm of nothing or how long it will stay. You never know if something that went away is going to come back.
The humor in this comic is great. This is high quality stuff right here, folks. The characters, who eventually name themselves Lemmo and Aric, compliment one another perfectly.
It’s hard to say anything about a storyline that isn’t really there in the conventional sense. But this comic, through all its randomness, does have some kind of forward-moving progression that leads you from one comic to the next flawlessly. There’s no looking about you in confusion as you try to understand how you ended up where you are after that last strip. But they achieve this without leaving any clues as to where the characters are going to end up next. This mastery of unpredictable outcomes while still maintaining a sense of pacing and story is what really makes this comic a great success.
Now, as far as the art goes, I think its really crisp and clean. I absolutely love the colors that are used, and maybe it’s the striking contrast with the empty, white backdrop that makes them pop as much as they do. Whatever the case may be, the comic is visually stunning. The characters are drawn with such personality and expression, that you are able to immediately relate to them and empathize with their unusual situations.
There’s an active commenter community on the site that I rarely ever notice on other comic sites. I usually read the strips, back to back to back, without even sparing a moment for the comments. I usually don’t agree with the comments or else I just get bored with the same “Great job!” comments that I’m sure the artists and writers actually love. I’m not saying you should stop praising them! That’s not the message here!
What I love about the comment section on this comic, however, is the community guessing game that seems to be taking place. The comic is so unpredictable that the readers have taken to guessing what will happen next. I enjoyed reading the speculations that were made and then clicking onto the next comic to see how it really played out (and whether or not anyone was right.)
This is a highly entertaining comic, and I recommend everyone hop on over and give it a read-through. Blank It – by Lemuel Pew and Aric McKeown.
And bookmark it! It’s not done yet, and you don’t want to be missing any updates.