A young street urchin named Oops, living in the medieval city of Castlebury, stealing what he can to get by in a dangerous and very lonely life. But when he steps in to save a small rat from death something inside him awakens; a powerful magic that is able to revive the creature, granting him size and even a voice; but such a feat comes at the cost of Oops’ ability to speak. With only an ancient watch lid serving as a hint to his past, Oops and his new friend (named Plague) set out to learn the truth behind Oops’ life and new abilities, but magic is heavily banned, and the feared King Hectric Tepper won’t show mercy just for him being a child…
Oops Comic Adventure is one of the most innocent comics I have read in a while. This comic is oriented to children, but I would say any person could read it and be pleased with the story (kind of like Pixar). If you want to get the full effect of this comic, I’d recommend reading it in standard page format if you can.
Oops Comic is written by a unique combination of artist and writer, husband and wife, Jeramy Hobz and Cyndi Foster. Being able to create a comic with your life partner has a huge advantage when it comes to symmetry between writing and art. There is already chemistry between the creators, and their compatibility shows in their comic.
As for the story itself, it has clearly been thought out well ahead of time, with fabulous characters and designs.
The one thing that I would like to see more of is Plague’s personality. I find that the giant rat focuses too much on comedic relief at times, almost to the point where I get annoyed at the character. This feeling was especially true at the beginning when he was first introduced. Abrasive introductions can really deter readers from characters and it is hard to get that first impression out of your mind.
That being said, I don’t hate Plague. I just need more depth from him at times. But I’m not sure that’s the point. He was created from certain parts of Oops, which I’m guessing included his personality. So what Plague is, is what Oops is not (anymore). By creating Plague, Jeramy and Cyndi have split one character into two. The concept is very unique, and I am looking forward to seeing how they play with it and explain it more in future chapters.
As for the script, or the writing, what I like to see in a comic is flow from panel to panel, page to page. Oops Comic definitely nails this.
In fact, what makes the writing so well-done is how the art compliments it. For example, the introduction is done with a narration. Simple enough, but they make it so much better by adding the flipping watch lid to it. The flow has gone from decent, to incredible with one simple trick to connect the panels and pages.
The writing is also very simple. This is key for Oops Comic because its audience is young. The benefit of this for older readers is that it makes for a really easy and quick read. So yes, there are a lot of chapters, but you can get through them fairly quickly. Also the story is fun, so that helps.
One issue I have is that there are a few grammar and spelling errors throughout the comic. They are very scattered and I think I only spotted three or four. They don’t interfere with flow or understanding of the story, so I nearly missed them. Especially if you are a fast reader, you might not even notice. Nonetheless, they are still there and should be addressed.
Now onto art. My overall impression was that Oops Comic Adventure has a very classic comic feel. It follows along with a very simple character design and uses big bold lineart to make the characters pop.
I love this style, there is no confusion about what you see. A nice change in this style was the way the characters are almost a different art style compared to the backgrounds. In certain scenes, the backgrounds had great detail while the characters remained simplistic. Normally I might say this causes for an awkward combination, but it works here because the linework remains in the same style even though there is more detail in the backgrounds.
The simplicity of the character designs can also be seen as a con, however. In some scenes, specifically character close-ups, it would be nice to see more details in their faces and postures. The backgrounds are non-existent in these close-up scenes, so it would be cool to see a transfer of art style from the backgrounds into the foregrounds for these particular moments.
Jeramy and Cyndi also take full advantage of the paneling and space available to them. They jump their characters out of panels, and they spread scenes across horizontally, diagonally, and vertically. Having free range of panels allows for a unique flow from one scene to the next. Add angles into the mix and you’ve got quite the manipulation of space.
Moving on to the issue of Oops being mute, it can be difficult to convey what he is trying to say. A lot of the times the information readers need can be grasped from what Plague or other characters are saying. However, there are moments when Oops must take the spotlight to explain something, and it is always spectacularly well-done. Exaggeration in both the face and the body is key in this aspect, and it is used perfectly to get the message across.
One thing I’d say that could be improved on is the graphics in some of the pages, specifically older pages. Some of the writing and scenes feel grainy –luckily this isn’t the most difficult thing to fix.
As may be well-known about me now, I like to see people grow with web comics. I like seeing how artists have progressed from step one to where they are now. Oops Comic shows Jeramy and Cyndi’s growth from when they first began very clearly. It is a wonderful thing to see how people fit into their comics and create something so entirely unique to their own style.
As kind of a side note, I personally believe this comic should be in colour. It practically screams “Colour me!” and I really want to take some markers and pencil crayons to it and go wild. It looks like a colouring book and my inner child –who am I kidding as an adult I still love the idea of colouring books.
All-in-all, I would highly recommend this comic to anyone looking for a good family-friendly read. The comic is long, but because of its target audience, it remains a quick read. I would recommend reading this comic in standard format if you can (aka use a large screened device) to get the full effect. In fact, the best way to read it would probably be in book form.
There is most likely a fair amount of this comic yet to go, so make sure you are okay with long-time-frame-works-in-progress before reading it.
There is also a patreon for Oops Comic, so make sure you give that a look and consider supporting it!
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