Monday, May 17, 2010
There are exceptions, of course -- KC Green's Gunshow, Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant. And now it looks like I'll have to add Max Overacts, by Celadore creator Canaan Grall, to the list.
Grall formatted Max Overacts for Zuda, and each page reads like a traditional Sunday comic. And Max Overacts has a definite newspaper feel. Robot 6 described it as having "a touch of Calvin and Hobbes," but it never feels like Grall is trying to ape Bill Watterson. The titular Max is, like Calvin, a hyperactive, highly imaginative child who's not fully understood by the adults (or other children, for that matter) in his life. But he's a different breed of hyperactive kiddo. Max is an innate thespian, someone who finds the drama in every situation and milks it for everything it's worth. Missionaries at the door? Max pretends to be his father and scolds them for interrupting his busy day. Boring homework assignment? It's made more interesting (if less accurate) with the help of his dummy Curio. Ignored by a cute girl? He'll turn lunch in the cafeteria into a romantic encounter. And you don't want to make him the banker in Monopoly. This isn't a comic that depends on punchlines; each panel is stuffed with wonderful fun.
Really, Max is the kind of kid I wish I had been -- someone who makes life a lot more interesting. At least we get to spend a little time with him through the online funny pages.
Max Overacts [Occasional Comics via Robot 6]