End Chapter One
. Six months in the telling, less than a week in Webcomic Time
I think QUILTBAG
has gotten off to a strong start. The slower pace, as compared to much (though not all) of Penny and Aggie
, has been good for T Campbell's storytelling, as we get a closer look at what characters are thinking and feeling. More importantly, it's helped prevent the Show, Don't Tell Up to Eleven
pacing that was one of the more common criticisms of the original comic.
The Art Shift
from Jason Waltrip's stint on P&A
has also worked well. It's a return to the goofier, more cartoony style, of Gisèle Lagacé's earlier P&A
work, which had largely been buried, in favour of a more realistic style, once the comic moved into Cerebus Syndrome
. Yet Waltrip has, in the process, found his own style, rather than trying to match Lagacé's. It closely resembles his continuing work on Fans!
, while not identical to it, and the use of flat colour complements his thick, cartoony line art.
As far as criticisms go, Campbell's characterization of Lisa could do with some refinement. Although, with the increased focus on her, she's now experiencing problems and angst of her own, as opposed to being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
for other characters, she seems to bounce abruptly from said angst to her usual Genki Girl
flippancy and back, and as their first week of college comes to a close it's not clear what, if anything, she's actually learned.
More seriously, Campbell needs to do better research
matters in particular, as he himself belatedly admitted following his unintentional use of a transphobic slur in Lisa's dialogue, setting off considerable Internet Backdraft
that led to some hard feelings within the very demographic the comic targets.
All in all, though, QUILTBAG
has already, with its first chapter, come into its own as a compelling, funny and thought-provoking comic, rather than simply Penny and Aggie IN COLLEGE