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365 Reasons to Love Comics #249

So Webcomic Week, eh? Not as popular as Comic Strip Week, I see. But… but webcomics are diverse, and unrestrained, and free, and everywhere!

Our featured strip of the evening is probably the most surreal autobiographical comic on the web. Don’t think too hard and we should make it out alive. (Archive.)

9/6/07

249. Overcompensating

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Jeffrey Rowland’s Overcompensating is, as the website calls it, “the journal comic with a seething disdain for reality.” True ‘dat, yo!

Overcompensating is a study in contrasts, and other thinks a stuffy old professor would tell you. It’s an autobio comic that is exceptionally unreal. Yes, it stars Jeffrey Rowland, a “cartoonist” who lives and breathes, and his posse of friends and archnemeses that includes a crazy dude named Weedmaster P, a dude named The Poopmonster (a.k.a. the guy who does Diesel Sweeties), an alcoholic cat, a few friendly ladies, his evil British counterpart, The Englishman (a.k.a. the guy who does Scary Go Round), and more. There are cartoonists, machine elves, an an homunculized Warren Ellis being who hangs out with a sparrow and attempts to propogate the Bird Flu. Oh, and Samuel L. Jackson has appeared a few times, because he can. And I haven’t even mentioned Jesus, yet.

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Let’s see, further contrasts… hmm. Well, you’ve surely noted the smooth, charmingly cartoony art. Rowland has really refined his artwork for maximum comics awesomeness, and it’s really nice looking, filled with elegant linework and fun little details and some need photo stuff. An unfamiliar reader, at a glance, would see it, perhaps, as a happy work. The truth of it is, however, that the tone ranges from bizarre insanity to beautiful cynicism to, occasionally, the odd happy strip. The characters are slackers and weirdos and madmen in a world of slackers, weirdos, and madmen. It’s a strange world, and everyone has to live in it. Really, it’s a cool, hip strip. Well, it at least fits my definition of “hip.” And Rowland listens to Rilo Kiley, which makes him a good man in my book.

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Overcompensating was also part of the Snakes on a Plane internet hype-splosion, what with the t-shirts and the muthableeping and the terrars. This would explain Sam Jackson’s appearances. Rowland got to hang out with Sam at the San Diego con and go to the movie’s premiere, and he shows up on the DVD. Awesome. (Snakes on a Plane is a wonderfully bad film. I love it.) You can read some SOAP-related strips here and here. There are several more; look for ‘em!

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The universe’s most surreal bio strip! That’s Overcompensating for you. Also, it makes me laugh. In the end, that’s what really matters, right? The healing power of laughter? And also a mad druggie who travels back in time to screw with Adam and Eve? Yes.

Rowland also does another cool webcomic, Wigu. You can access it from his site.

9 Comments

Meh.

But I subscribed to The Perry Bible Fellowship feed after you featured it earlier this week.

I can’t get enough of The Perry Bible Fellowship. IT’S -TOO – DAMN – FUNNY!!!.

Thank you Bill Reed for introducing the genius that is The Perry Bible Fellowship to me.

This and WIGU are tons of fun. Rowland rocks.

Overcompensating rocks. But why didn’t you pick any of the funny ones to show here? Like yesterday’s strip, for example: http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20070906.html
Or these three from last week:
http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20070831.html
http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20070830.html
http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20070829.html
Or even the very first strip:
http://www.overcompensating.com/posts/20040929.html

I still miss the guy’s old strip, Wigu. That was such a brilliant comic.

Overcompensating is one of my favorites, one of the few I find consistently hilarious. Thanks for highlighting it, when there are so many other webcomics you could have picked.

Thank you for still doing this feature every day, Bill. Count me among those hoping that the gaps in the archive will soon be filled. before you started doing this column I never thought that there were so many reasons to love comics. I love it.

I really hope that you will feature xkcd this week. In my opinion it is by far the most brilliant web comic out there.

It features love, physics, 80s rappers and, of course, velociraptors. What’s not to like?

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