The second wave of Zuda comics is up. We didn’t see any PR on this wave, so we cut and pasted to bring YOU the facts! Here’s the lineup:
Adventures of Maxy J. Millionaire by Paul Maybury
Araknid Kid by Josh Alves
Avaste Ye by Kevin Cygan & Daniel H. Irving
Development Hell by Carlos Ruiz
Frankie by Manny Trembley
Ponbiki Z by Alberto Rios aka Ponbiki
Pray For Death by Nicholas Doan
The Crooked Man by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Sara Bechko
The Mundane Overrated Misadventures of Spudman by Rory McConville
Word of Power by Marc Sylvanus
All in all it’s quite a varied list of genres. Of these, we were immediately struck by Maxy J. Millionaire, a charming Sendakian riff by the very talented Maybury. The Crooked Man also made us take note — a lively, evocative historical yarn set during (we think) China’s Boxer Rebellion in the Chinatown of 1906 San Francisco. Think Terry and the Pirates!
However, we are very sad to report that this second wave has brought to the forefront true annoyance on our part.
Why was this whole line planned so that at the size the comics are normally posted, the type is so hard to read?
Is it just us? We just got new glasses, but we can see everything else fine. In an average day, we click on plenty of webcomics. Webcomics you can read without going into some fancy schmancy, slow loading Flash interface. Like this, this, this, and this? For example. Look, we can click on this truly awful defiantly amateurish quirky Zuda LOSER posted at LJ and read it easier than a Zuda comic!
It is annoying. It takes away the pleasure we have of reading these comics. And, contrary to the ideas of many many people put there…you CAN have pleasure reading comics online! Yet, the idea that we can’t just click on a logo and immediately read the comic that pops up on our 17″ wide Apple display, just seems WRONG.
OTOH, this fellow LOVES the interface. So…what do we know?
That said, there is already much commentary for the strips on line, so hopefully they are finding an audience. An audience that doesn’t mind clicking many times.
This batch of creators is almost all unknown — Maybury was part of Acti-i-vate for a while and Trembley drew SAM NOIR, but some of the others don’t have any Google results that are worth passing on. (We found the LJ of one of the contestant’s wife, but that hardly seems fair to link to.) However, if you want to know more, here you are: