Tuesday, June 24, 2008

2008 Zuda Invitational Finalists Announced

The announcement is here but I'll go through the list...
Araknid Kid -- Not really surprised by this one. Josh put a lot into it and it was a fun story that seemed to get a following (enough to get it a new home). It was on my list.

Brave Ulysses -- I was slightly hard on this one in my initial reviews but I see the potential here. I'll be eager to see what the next few pages are like.

Crooked Man -- I know this one had a very strong following. My hat is off for the amount of work that goes into it. I'll definitely be checking it out to see if the next few pages connect with me or not.

Dead in the Now -- Another book I was pretty down upon in my first review. I think it'll be good to see a bit more from it to see if it changes my mind.

Joe Comics -- Looking back, I don't think I did reviews of that month's Zuda comics. I think part of it was that I wasn't really a big fan of any of the books that month. And I think this one is a long shot to get my vote but we'll see what the new pages have to offer.

Re-Evolution -- I had a few nitpicks about this book (a lot of it had to do with the art) but it had potential for me.

Reno -- Didn't really work for me the first time around but we'll see.

The Mundane Overrated Misadventures of Spudman -- This one was on my list and I'm happy to see more mundane misadventures.

Teachers -- This one surprises me a bit but I think it worked for some people and didn't for others. But it's presence here shows the variety in the readers.

Untrue Tales -- Another one that I think shows the variety in the readers of Zuda and webcomics in general.

I am noticing that most of the books I voted for aren't on that list. It's probably because my tastes differ than a majority of Zuda readers (many of the books I end up voting for in the competitions don't win) though I suppose some of them could have been invited but opted not to take part. Who knows? In a way, that's the great thing about webcomics, there's a little bit of something for everyone. And in another way, there's the downside that books I enjoy won't continue unless they get picked up elsewhere or the creators decide to do the book without the financial backing.

So who am I voting for? Well, it's too early to tell. I'll have to wait and see what they bring to the table in their second set of pages. Though I have to admit, the front runners for my vote seem to be Araknid Kid and Spudman at the moment.

1 comment:

Josh said...

Wa-hoo! Thanks again Darrell for the nomination and support. I'm looking forward to seeing how you like the new pages. The first 8 was the intro/prologue, the new 8 will begin the first adventure! It's gonna be a crazy month!