Creeeak. That's the sound of my bones as I stretch them out. It's been that long since I've done a new review. With the end of summer coming up, my mind has remained fixedly upon the new school year. Ah, a new year that will consist of listening to people talk about their art as pretentiously as they possibly can. What better way to head it off than by reviewing a comic that takes place in art school? This comic... is Bobwhite.
Bobwhite is written by Magnolia Porter, who recently graduated from RISD, so you get the feeling that a lot of these jokes are based on personal experience. Bobwhite focuses on three girls who attend this art focused school. Marlene, film, Ivy, art, and Cleo, industrial design. The comic starts out in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The jokes start out traditionally enough, ragging on the various art school related pet peeves that most sane people have, and then move on to longer story line based jokes.
I'll admit that for a long time, I didn't really like Bobwhite. I read it because like many webcomics readers, I didn't really have anything better to do. I'd been a fan of Magnolia's previous comic The Good Crook, but Bobwhite never managed to captivate me like TGC did. I tried to pinpoint why, and the closest I could come up with was that originally, I didn't really /like/ the main characters. I thought Ivy was lazy and unmotivated, Marlene was a bully
, and Cleo was a hopeless pushover. I didn't ever really think I'd feel attached to them.
But I didn't give Magnolia Porter enough credit-- after awhile, I started really feeling attached to these characters. They had their annoying quirks, but in the end, they felt like my friends. Sometimes they're kind of dumb, but they're still
lovable. And as soon as Bobwhite stopped focusing so much on the 'lolol art school' jokes, I started laughing a lot more. I can't say how many times I've thought this, for example.
Tl;dr? Bobwhite is good! It's quirky, and funny, the art style is cute.
Bobwhite updates 5 times a week (except when it doesn't). Not to say it's an irregular schedule, when it doesn't, Porter usually takes the time to upload the missed strips.
I give Bobwhite 4 stars for being the comic about college that ISN'T your typical comic about college!
PS: There's a suspicious lack of links in this one because Magnolia is reuploading all her archives. I'll edit it later with more links. :)