Thursday, December 13, 2007

Annotated Proof: Rhymes With Orange Is Horribly Drawn

Previously, I mentioned how I have an intense, almost irrational, dislike of the comic Rhymes With Orange due to its horrible art.

A commenter (sorry, Conor, throwing you under the bus on this one) pointed me to the November 15th comic as a classic example of its humor, though I'll use it as an example of why I think it sucks:

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"It's not you -- it's a timing thing. I just really need to focus on my cats."

For starters, the joke is kinda "meh." But what gets me is the art. (Not how the people are drawn -- I'm not even going to get into that.)

Look, the action is taking place inside a bistro, right? See #1, where the "BISTRO" lettering in the window is reversed?

So if they're inside the bistro, why do we see the outside corner of the building (#2)? And then why are they on what appears to be a sidewalk?

I don't usually care about nitpicky mistakes like that. But combined with the lukewarm joke and the bad art -- it just bugs me.

There are plenty of comics that have, shall we say, nontraditional drawing styles. That is, they're not great art, but they get the job done. I'm thinking Agnes, for one. Even Dilbert.

And other comics have art conventions just are just weird. Like how people's eyeglasses in Doonesbury are always below their noses, or how the dad's nose in Baby Blues is bigger than his head.

But Rhymes With Orange just bugs me.

4 comments:

Dan said...

The table's floating too, Joe. Either that, or they're holding up with their knees.

Of course, that wouldn't surprise me what with the obviously mentally challenged bistro owner.

Aside from that, the woman in this comic looks like Joe Walsh.

Curious Stranger said...

Not to mention, it's apparently impossible to view their comic with referrers disabled:

http://www.rhymeswithorange.com/faqs.html#14b

Doesn't sound like I'm missing much though

Joelogon said...

Dan: Floating table. Didn't catch that.

Curious Strangler: Hey, forget about the comic -- the world wants to know -- did you do the Naked Quad Run when you were at Tufts?

Ceilisundancer said...

Well, in some ways, the line IS humorous.

The art? Obviously needs an editor, at minimum.

I prefer Agnes.