“GRUNK live in a quite strange world….”

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Story

Grunk by mg78 is a uniquely comical cartoon style comic that isn’t as kid friendly as it may appear at first. In fact, it is filled with cursing and violence that may deter some people who aren’t as open to cute characters acting in ways you wouldn’t expect.

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Aww! They look so friendly!

Mg78 wastes no time jumping straight into the plot. The reader learns how the world works, and who the characters are, as soon as the protagonist does. This is one of the simplest and yet most effective methods of introducing a story with unique concepts. Grunk flows smoothly from one event to the next, allowing the plot to progress without any hiccups that would otherwise leave the reader confused.

Writing

There are some writing errors in Grunk that leave the impression that English is not mg78’s first language. The mistakes are subtle enough, so it isn’t overwhelming to the point that you have no idea what is going on (there is also more show and less tell in this comic), but they are noticeable at times.

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This actually isn’t the most obvious grammar mistake, but it should be “easily” instead of “easy.”

The conversations in general are pretty limited in Grunk, which allows it to tell a story through images rather than words. I think this is a strong point for mg78, and it compliments the plot well. Giving the reader too much information in this comic would actually be really detrimental, as they should only know as much as the protagonist does.

The beginning of the comic also seemed to filter itself when it comes to cursing and vulgarity, but as the story progressed, it seemingly cared less and less and just let go of the carefully placed bubbling and clever play on words. From my understanding, different species have different reactions to the vulgarity, so the protagonist won’t blink an eye while cursing, but the antagonists will filter their words to something sweet and lovely but in a malicious tone. I’m a huge fan of showing character in the way they speak, and mg78 does a fabulous job here.

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Filter that language! 

Art

The artwork in Grunk is greyscale with simplistic character designs. Each character is very unique from the next, offering a lot of personality to the comic. There are some awesome designs that aren’t explained to the reader, and yet you can gather enough from it to have an idea on how it works. Awesome concepts for sure.

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Fish brain. 

The other thing that I enjoy is the backgrounds. These are stupendous. Mg78 put a lot of work into the detailing of the backgrounds, which allows the characters to pop out since they are drawn in a more simplistic style. The details in the backgrounds do not create a displacement of the character from the scene, however, as the style remains the same, just with more detailing than what is found on the characters themselves.

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Character stands out from the background.

Grunk also has a fair amount of movement since the protagonist seems to be launched from one location to the next in multiple occasions. The few times when the comic transitions to a new area without the character being catapulted somewhere new, mg78 has introduced some creative transition and panel techniques to create movement and flow from one scene to the next.

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Ouch!
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Bubbles!

One thing I’d like to see from Grunk is more detailing in close-up shots of the characters. There was one instance where this was demonstrated and it really adds to a scene when one feature is focused upon.

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Conclusion

Overall, I think Grunk by mg78 is a great comic if you can handle a bit of vulgarity. The artwork is amazing and the style fits well with the story. I would like to see a bit more care put into the writing so that those grammar mistakes are caught -just to improve flow in the few conversations that are found in this comic. Otherwise, I think mg78 has done a fantastic job with Grunk, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the protagonist ends up next.


You can read Grunk by m78 on Tapastic.