25.Jun.2009 Get your scroll on.
I’ve been meaning to do a big post about my favorite webcomics and my highest recommendations in that arena for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it yet (Sorry!). Still, after seeing today’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner, I had to say something about how much I love his comic strip.
Last night, I was hanging with Steve Sunu and he briefly described SMBC in a way I think will be a nice tease for first-timers: Steve said SMBC was like a modern day Far Side that is always hilarious or wildly inappropriate and usually both (or something like that, we talked about a lot of stuff and I wasn’t taking notes on quotes).
Either way, please check out today’s SMBC strip.
What I really love about this is the format. It definitely demonstrates some mastery of the comedic potential of webcomics because it’s all about the scroll. Teased with a provocative image of men floating in space above a tube, the reader has to scroll down the length of the tube (on their browser) to discover the punchline of the strip—and the anticipation is incredible. Whether or not you go for the punchline itself seems almost second to the fact that the format of the strip draws you in completely—way more than four panels displayed horizontally ever could.
Man, it’s just…so…good!