Author: Jeph Jacques
If you are reading this, you have probably already heard of Questionable Content, as it is one of the most popular comics on the net. This comic is what really kicked off my love of webcomics, and everything that came with it.
The plot mainly revolves around the main character, Marten, a indie guy with not a lot to do. The comic itself acts as a “slice of life”, following him as he goes about his day and interacts with his friends. Save the AnthroPCs (read: robots), the comic sticks to a realistic world without delving into too much fantasy. From his troubled roommate Faye to the owner of the backdrop coffeeshop Dora, to the OCD Hannelore to a million other characters, they manage to work in a lot of people without bearing down on one person. Or, of course, making them meaningless.
The story has something of an overreaching arc, but it is mostly broken up with humorous dailies and side-stories that keep it from getting too dramatic. There are periods where it will drag back into drama, but it is done in a way that allows for the plot to advance without taking too much away from the humor.
The drawing style is mature and simple, and not overly complex. It isn’t going to be featured in the Louvre anytime soon, but it is enough to add to the comic without being overbearing. The characters are well-rendered, and the backgrounds are complex and interesting.
(Again, remember that this is based in the modern day. Back in 2003, Jacques’ art style wasn’t as, shall we say, “evolved”. However, it has drastically improved)
The plot is extraordinarily well done, with a good underlying plot being broken up with funny tidbits and interesting sidestories. It makes you care about what actually happens to the characters. Like I said, the story does sometimes delve into the drama a little heavier than some may want, but it does add to the story overall. It also does not require a lot of background information into the life of an indie man, while they may sometimes go on sprees of music-naming, the line is usually drawn there, and even then it is done for humor. Overall, a very funny and very creative plot.
Jacques has developed a large variety of characters over the years, whether they are major, dynamic characters or simple one-timers. They always turn out good. Truly, there are no truly one-faced characters, as most either go through a change of some sort, or simply are taken out after they fulfill the role that they were meant to play. And, of course, there are the recurring ones such as a trucker-porn novel writer and the parents of the main cast, all of whom have “interesting” lives.
In conclusion, go read QC. Really. Like, right now. It’s fantastic. And keep back for another review!