Wasted Talent

Wasted Talent

Angela Melick

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Yet another slice of life comic, this one in the shoes of a mechanical engineer named Jam.

I am not an engineer myself, so while reading this comic I did occasionally feel like some of the humor was going over my head, but as a whole it is rather good. The stories, which would probably be incredibly dull in most circumstances, are presented in a way that makes them interesting enough to enjoy, a la Sketchfevor! and the like. This is really the most important trait for a comic to have; the creator must be able to make the mundane interesting. Even when the “mundane” revolves around the efficiency of industrial fans. Plus, they’re written in a way that is mostly accessible to the common person (such as myself) so don’t let my first note scare you off.

I also enjoyed the art style. It has that specific kind of style that is between the high- and low-trends, a quality sketchform if you will. Yet another example of a comic that values form and function over detailed drawings, a style choice that I would support every day of the week. There’s no real point to making something with loads of detail if your overall style is utterly lacking.

WT doesn’t have any long-lasting problems, but it does occasionally slip into the mindset that screwing with the language internet-style is a good replacement for humor. It doesn’t work for LOLcats (if you have half a brain) and it doesn’t work here. Also, there’s the everpresent problem with slice-of-life comics that are done in an autobiographical sense in that you may feel disconnected from the story enough to not care… it depends on your mindset.

Personally, I enjoyed Wasted Talent in a “mild chuckle” kind of way, as in it’s mildly funny with especially good bits spaced throughout, but it rarely makes you guffaw. Perhaps I lack the background to truly appreciate it, I’m not sure. Still, it’s good for good times.

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