It’s weird sometimes, how certain adventure can transform into another. How maybe a trip to a grocery store can turn into you picking up some new clothes, or maybe in a more nostalgic example, how going to school can turn into a field trip. I think the best example of this is life, however, as simply by going through it; you can experience so many things. Fitting then, that today’s treasure sort of relates to our last one, Christopher – The Storyof a New Father. “What might that treasure be?” You may ask. Well it’s none other than:
Style: Comedy, Four-Panel
I suppose I should be clear when I say that these two relate to each other; I mean it in a sense. For all I know the creators of each of these comics aren’t aware of each other, but that doesn’t take away from just how well they fit into a puzzle. Finn is the tale of the titular character and his friends, as they go through the trials of life, and more, the tribulations of being in a relationship. Partnered by a blurb of text that takes up a bit of space below each page, it aims to offer a look into the world of dating, without pouring in a tone of angst. With that noted, let’s go into detail, and see what it is that makes this web-comic today’s treasure.
The story, as stated before, follows the life of Finn and his friends as they go through the trials of their relationships. Since it goes for more comedy than it does drama, there aren’t a lot of angst filled moments, none in recent memory in fact, and the conflicts tend to be brief. When you have many series that paint the difficulties of being in a relationship as huge whirlwinds of misunderstanding, you might expect Finn’s betrayal of that formula to be a bad thing, but in actuality, it is not. Frankly, I can’t give a true analysis of why the author chose to do this, but if I had to guess it’s because each storyline (used loosely here, because of their brevity) tends to serve the purpose of being a conversation starter, as well as a means of entertainment. It is not uncommon to find web-comics where the creator uses the author notes to talk to the readers, but Johnny Nguyen is the first whom I’ve seen using it like a soapbox, and using his comic to say “This is what we’re talking about today.” It’s an interest interpretation of the term “Show don’t Tell.” With instead of telling us the topic of the day with just a title, he shows us it, with what his characters go through.
Speaking of what the characters go through, it seems like a good moment to talk about how they are established and developed. Being a comic about not just one relationship, but multiples, each character has their own personality, making them outwardly good. There is a grand sense of camaraderie when you see the characters hanging out and or talking to each other, and it really gives the idea that when it says it’s a webcomic about relationships and friends, it really means it. Sadly, there are some problems I have with the characters. Problems that harken back to the story, mentioned above. As stated, it doesn’t really go for angst, and conflict is often brief, so outside of those brief moments, we don’t really get to see the characters out of their normal mood. As I initially read through, I was expecting a vaster storyline goes in depth with the character because of how much they're emphasized in the banner, and as I finally caught up, I found myself slightly disappointed. Nevertheless, the characters remain very good, and developed enough that you don’t just use the art to tell them apart. That of course brings up to our next subject…
As we happen upon art, I find myself without much to say. Drawn in a minimalistic manner, often emphasize by the lack of capital letters in the author’s note, Finn boast very simplistic art despite the author’s ability to draw in much more detail. This of course, isn’t a bad thing, as once more, this is a very comical comic and putting detail into the characters would make the atmosphere very out of place. Despite its simplicity however, Finn is no stranger to art evolution, starting with rounder details at first, before settling into a more angular style.
Finally, we come to the atmosphere of Finn, and it comes across as very friendly. Suitable for a series that goes for comedy first, the true contrast from the light tone doesn’t come through till the author’s note.Toning down that friendliest when it needs too, even when you do see disputes between the characters, you aren’t left with a feeling of vitriol or disdain.
Now as usual, be sure to follow the creator Johnny Nguyen on twitter @finncomics, and like it on facebook.com/finncomics to show your support. Till next time, I must roam the digital road again, so be sure to check on my own treasures at The Ward.
Till next we meet…