Welcome to Twitter in Focus where media goes to die! Today’s contestant is the creator of one of my favorite cartoons, China, Ill, Brad Neely! His show is awesome. Let’s see what he’s tweeting.
August 27th: “This is what my dreams look like now pic.twitter.com/Iz912OkZvG”
Good, that means more of your cartoon.
September 9th: “If you’re not hating hate, then you’re hating wrong.”
Never been good at that. Had to take remedial hate in high school.
September 11th: “Saving Private Major Tom Ryan.
Good Will Martian
September 14th: “Is eight donuts bad?”
It’s bad grammar.
September 25th: “Thanks again, Kristen. The rest of today is now dog shit in comparison. ”
Aw, cool. Louise on China, Ill.
Oct. 4th: “All Scorpio https://twitter.com/dying_flower/status/650782536096870400 …”
Protected tweets? What’s the point?
October 5th: “All good. Except for having to endure the thought of Kevin Spacey trying to “stride with swagger” though this e-trade commercial.”
It was either that or Horrible Bosses 3.
Okay, let’s rate Brad’s tweets. He’s got a lot of stuff going on. Lots of behind-the-scenes which I like. I give him a 7 for Mustness, an 8 for Insanity and a 9 for Style. That’s an overall score of 8. Follow Brad and watch China, Ill. It’s genius.
Webcomic: Bearded Comics
Format: Two to around five panels a strip
Updates: Three to five times per week
Genre: Comedy, weirdness, puns
Themes: Taking things literally, nonsense, puns
Characters: Guys with beards mostly
Archive: Begins July 13, 2015.
What may be the ultimate hipster comic, Bearded Comics features an iconic group of characters that are littler more than hats, beards, noses and coats. The About section really needs improvement as all is says is “All about potato, bazooka and heavy machinery.” Not sure what the creator is going for there. Part of the problem with putting jokes in the About section is that they never change, so whatever joke you manage to pull off tends to get old really fast. People are generally interested in the artist if they are interested in the work, so it seems a shame the artist expects us to dig beyond this just to find out his name and/or is his deal.
The iconic beard guys are fun precisely because they all look the same. It’s like a strange world of aliens that all look the same. When it is required to distinguish one (like the king character), the creator simply puts on a crown. You can have a lot of fun with these types of characters.
The artwork is competent enough and contains a splash of color here and there. I would like to see the writing improve or a get a little more ambitious. I’m not huge fan of puns. They get tired for me real fast. And I have no idea what “potato beer” is, which is mentioned in the nearly blank FAQ.
The jokes are amusing at times, although I think the creator could do more. Give us some more detail about this strange world and why you created it, would be a start. I think if he’s going to stick with puns, he should really pun it up. Just make it relentless amount of horrible jokes, like the movie Airplane. Either that or maybe make them more, I don’t know, ambitious? Seems with the iconic look of the characters one could do something more.