Okay here goes:Band Geeks Anonymous
The website itself is very plain and empty with just three buttons at the top for your extra pages (About, Archive, More) and text links for navigation below the comic all on a black background which could be boring for some readers but personally I prefer the less is more approach instead of these webcomic sites that are crammed with voting/donation/affiliates/blog/twitter/facebook/more donation/etc buttons. That said a little extra, on the main page at least, wouldn't hurt,
A nice touch (and one I am definitely stealing) is the commentary at the bottom of each comic, some of them like this one
cracked me up while others helped a non-band geek like myself better get the joke which was very thoughtful.
Artwise it's rather primitive and childlike (like Charlie Brown but actually funny) and remarkably expressive, which is good since most of the characters only exist for one strip it helps flesh them out for their fifteen seconds of fame.
I'm guessing watercolour pencils were used (it suits with the whole childish style) and the lined paper works with it to give the impression that it was done in class while you were supposed to be doing something else. Normally in the webcomic world people would tear strips off you for using lined paper but I really think it worked out, there were a few pages that were messy but since this is something you pretty much dug out of a drawer (or wherever) that's understandable.
And you even managed to squeeze in a little fan-service Arooo!
Writing wise it's a fairly average gag-a-day comic affair but with far more entertaining material than the
latest gaming joke that you'd find on 90% of gag-a-day comics. The jokes are simple but effective, they won't get me roaring but they get a chuckle.
I know I haven't had much negative/constructive criticism here but frankly it would be pointless to critique the past, if this was your current comic I'd have plenty to say about anatomy issues and floating character syndrome, now however that'd be redundant.
All in all it's a nice honest look back at the highschool aged Cuddly.LOUD ERA!
First you need to add that exclamation point to the banner to balance it out...just saying is all.
Once again you've gone for a very bare website, which as I said before is better than an over-cluttered website that looks like someone puked skittles all over the screen, with a small selection of extra pages. It wouldn't hurt to add a few little extras - maybe sign up for a voting/ranking site.
You've managed to include your wit in the FAQ page, I especially like the "description" of what it is all about.
Also your characters page is a nice change from the usual listing of boring facts, the little interview/survey idea is awesome and I honestly wish I'd thought of it myself.
One big drawback though is the navigation buttons, while the placement of the buttons is intuitive on individual pages, the style isn't as intuitive to someone who is new to webcomics, arrows or at least roll-over text would be a major improvement.
Before I get to the comic itself I have to ask if you've restarted recently, the archive starts in Sep '09 but I distinctly remember seeing some of your comic back in April (although I'm ashamed to admit I didn't keep up with it - sorry).
Okay onto the comic itself.
First impressions are "Wow, what an improvement!" Leaps and bounds above BGA, stylistically it reminds me of a few books I used to read when I was about 12 but can't for the life of me remember (I guess the art was better than the stories). There is still the odd anatomical error here and there but overall it's things that a non-artist wouldn't really notice.
As a historical drama/comedy comic you've really captured the feel of a time on the edge of innocence, I am waiting for the inevitable tragedy to occur though.
The story is developing slowly, but steadily which is a good thing considering the sizeable cast you have in play and you seem to ascribe to the rolling-punchline (as I call it) school of storytelling, which some people may have trouble with but I find more enjoyable, it makes me want to read the next page and that kind of anticipation is what we look for in the webcomic world.
Back on the subject of characters, yours have their own distinctive personalities but as it is so far it's a little hard to keep track of who is who (mine has the same problem so I sympathise) since they've all sort of been crammed together without any real individual time with the exceptions of Joseph and Aggie.
Also I figured out that the Army kid was Uly but I had to actually think about it for a moment to put the clues together (it's possible I missed him being named in one of his strips) from the off-hand reference by Eddie (I think?).
All things considered you have the start of a very interesting story here but you might have some trouble finding an audience among the typical web-crowds, however for those out there like myself who are looking for something different and interesting it is definitely worth a look.
Whoever does mine just do Ride the Wind which starts here
- no point torturing yourself with the original Sh!t Happens even if it is still on the same site.