Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal

A Webcomic Review

 

Read it here.
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal: by E. K. Weaver
Genre: Slice of Life/Yaoi (kind of) [I use manga genres]
Pages: 500 [Completed]
Format: Internet Web Comic/Print in 3 Volumes 

Summary (from official website):
In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender... and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he'd be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well... TJ has his own reasons.

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.  

LittleCely Rating:



  
   Loved it! (3 Smileys [max number of loved it]

Funny (1 smiley out of 3)



Saucy (1 smiley out of 3)




So I haven't finished my book for the week, I've had movers at my place for two days now (apartment is empty!) aaaand it's my birthday today, so I decided to write a review about a recently completed webcomic that I love. It finished yesterday and I spent a few hours re-reading the masterpiece that I have been following every Tuesday for the past 2 to 3 years.


My Thoughts:

TJ and Amal started updating way back in 2009 I believe but I didn't discover its awesomeness until a few years after that. It is a comic that is ultimately meant to be read in one sitting but that didn't keep me from waiting patiently for every update each week.

I call it a slice of life genre because that is what it is. There are no fantastical elements or action packed scenes. It is very, less than epic but at the same time a great and engaging read.

The dynamics between the main characters is amazing to watch and while it does have some NSFW pages here and there, those don't overpower or drive the story. Basically what I'm saying is you don't read the comic for the sex although it is a nice bonus. It progresses naturally and it's believable in the same way the characters are. TJ is hilarious and Amal's reactions are always giggle worthy, they compliment each other well and are well rounded three dimensional characters.

The character development is great. While TJ and Amal are the only characters we really get to know you can tell that every other character we come in contact with, even if it's just for a few panels, the author/artist new who they were before putting them on paper. I respect that kind of storytelling.

The drawing style was great as well, it was slightly sketch like but very well done and only included color for a few pages, mainly three nature scenes. I loved how Weaver could dedicate a whole page to four to five panels of just slight posture change. There were subtle changes that she would use to show a change of expression or simple movement of the hand. Small changes that said so much about what the character was feeling or wanted to do. That I think was my favorite part about this webcomic. When subtlelty is used right it's magic. And this comic was full of magic.

Would I recommend this comic? If you are not offended by homosexual love and people and you don't mind the male anatomy (it's only in a few pages really), then YES! I absolutely recommend this comic, not only for the story and the characters but for the art. That is how you tell a story with pictures! When I can I would really like to buy the printed version of the comic as well. It really is a keeper. Thank you E.K. for creating such a wonderful story.



10 comments:

  1. ~*Happy Birthday*~

    Just added the first volume of this series to my TBR list-sounds like a fun and interesting read :)

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    1. Thank you! It really is, I read it all online but am planning to order the set soon. =D

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  2. I smell trouble...right here. Loved the cute cover. Nicely done!

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    1. there is a bit of trouble but it's written well ;0)

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  3. Sounds like a very creative piece. Good luck with your move and Happy Birthday!

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  4. That sounds like a fun story. I'd never even heard the term "webcomic" until today!

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    1. Really? There are hundreds on the interwebs, this one is just one of my favorites.

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  5. Web comics are cool. It's always nice to see them turned into books.

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    1. Isn't it? It's a great way to support the artists.

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