When I first tangented Kirabug’s website, what attracted me was the links page, with a listing of what comics ran what days. I thought it interesting and innovative. Unfortunately for me, I missed the comic (Get Outta My Head!) entirely!
And that’s a shame. It’s actually rather enjoyable, even though Anne will often let herself be distracted by news articles on AOL and the like. She’ll make fun of these news articles, adding cartoons in the middle of them. Sometimes these articles can be quite funny… but to be honest, I’m more interested in seeing what’s up with Lila, Cole, and the others than on the latest headline gaff that the varied on-line news groups seem destined to bungle.
We’ve not had many long story arcs yet. Anne seems to think she needs to build up the characters backgrounds more before going into these stories. The thing is, office humor and the stupidity of managers seem fairly universal. The comic could have started on this note and people would have been amused by it.
The artwork is still fairly rough in places, and she updates only twice a week, but I sense potential in this comic. If she sticks with it and doesn’t let life drag her down (the cartoonist is working on her Master’s degree) then I think Get Outta My Head will become an interesting and fun comic, with a combination of jokes and short storylines.
What I’d suggest most to Anne is to just let the stories flow. You can’t develop characters and backgrounds without storylines, so if you have the stories… just tell them. It will work out, and the more stories you tell, the more readers will get to know the characters and their backgrounds… and the easier it will get to tell more storylines.
Further, the more often the comic updates and is drawn, the better the drawings will flow. As an example, early CRfH strips were pretty raw. If you compare that to comics drawn today, you can see some similar elements, but you’ll also see that there has been an evolution of style and ability in the art.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing what happens next with the battle of the office managers.