This is just one of those things that at first you might thing, “What a silly waste of time and computer resources!”, which is true, but don’t be so quick to judge… the site, gnomz.com allows anyone like me who can barely draw a stick figure, to create their one characters and build a comic strip. Now if you think about it, writing a good comic is not easy as you have limited space and dialogue, and really need to tell a story very quickly, and end with a punch.
I cannot claim my first lame attempt is anything to send Doonesbury off the pages, but here is my cats and dogs yapping about “Aren’t They Just Diaries?” (first pane snapped below):
If you look a bit more, what is great about the site is that it taps into your left and right brains for creativity, it has social tools built in to email or embed your comics, ratings, RSS feeds… it is more than just a “waste of time” (though you can sink a lot there).
Uses? It can make a great way to create a visual for a presentation or a newsletter. One could try and do a short story in comic format. Once can do political commentary, satire.
The post "Doing The Comic Thang" was originally pulled from under moldy cheese at the back of the fridge at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2005/06/comic-thang/) on June 1, 2005.