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A Month of Webcomics – Max Overacts

All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different web comic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you web comic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! Since obviously I don’t have any suggestions sent in just yet, today I’ll spotlight a strip near and dear to our hearts here at Comics Should Be Good, Caanan Grall’s Eisner-nominated web comic, Max Overacts.

When you look back at the earliest Max Overacts strips, it is amazing just how quickly (and impressively) Caanan Grall established the concept and basic set-up of the strip.

Here are the first three strips…

Heck, just that first strip alone pretty much perfectly captures the personality of our lead character, Max, the rambunctious, precocious (and yes, overacting) young boy whose antics will undoubtedly charm us as long as we keep reading the strip.

Then, in the second strip, we meet Janet, Max’s “leading lady.”

Finally, we’re introduced to Max’s ventriloquist dummy as well as his “unplanned” older sister, Andromeda.

In any event, basically each comic is Max’s over-imaginative self either getting himself into some mischief or amusing himself in an otherwise boring situation.

Here’s a notable example of the first…

and here’s a notable example of the second…

Grall does a particularly good job at world-building, so that we’re not just seeing Max reacting to the world, but also the world reacting to Max. Max’s parents, in particular, are very well-developed.

Also, more recently, Grall has been doing some longer form stories with the strip. He’s actually in the middle of one such storyline at the moment.

There are about 160 or so strips for you to check out on Grall’s site here. The strip is currently on hiatus, but it will return eventually (Caanan is aiming at June 1st to re-start the strip), but either way, 160 or so strips is plenty to keep you occupied, so go get readin’!!!


Tom Fitzpatrick

May 2, 2011 at 6:21 am

Ha ha ha.

Y’know, for some reason, I’m eeriely reminded of Calvin and Hobbes.

In a strangely odd way, Max and the dummy, could be likened to Calvin and Hobbes.

Anyway, I can just see Ellis webcomic FreakAngels being showcased this month.

Aw, thanks Brian!

I’m aiming for a June 1st restart date. :)

The Crazed Spruce

May 2, 2011 at 7:13 am

Aw, man. I’m still getting caught up on my regular webcomics after taking a break when I broke my arm last year, and now you`re showing me more webcomics that I`m gonna have to follow….

Best new webcomic in years. I love it.

Huzzah, June 1st can’t get here soon enough! And I agree with stealthwise, this is the best webcomic I’ve found in the last year, not to mention the best artist I’ve stumbled upon in the last year.

…sorry, I got a little fan drool on the comments.

I’ve been reading Max Overeacts for 3-4 months. Solid, SOLID webcomic.

Hey, Cannan, any plans for a printed version?

@Said – no plans right now. I can’t pay my bills let alone produce the cash for a book.

I hope to get it out one day though. I even have a plan to include a half-dozen to a dozen extra strips scattered throughout showing Andi’s side of some stories, which I’m loosely calling The Andromeda Strain. ;) If you’re gonna make a book, I’ve always thought it’s a good idea to include stuff the website doesn’t have.

Brian Cronin

May 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

If you’re gonna make a book, I’ve always thought it’s a good idea to include stuff the website doesn’t have.

Definitely, and that approach sounds like a good one.

Fantastic stuff.

How ’bout a “Kickstarter” project to get things going in the right direction for a book?

Kickstarter only works if you live in the US.

man, this caanan guy is everywhere!

I started following Max Overreacts a couple months back and yeah, it deserves a spot-light or twelve.

Brilliant work! Easily one of the best webcomics out there; I know it’s in my top 5!

@Daniel – Except Australia! ;)

I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the webcomics that get spotlighted here, myself. This is Comics Should Be GOOD, after all… so I’m expecting GOOD stuff!

I can’t afford ‘real’ comics these days, so I’m slowly getting in to more web comics. I know I know, I MAKE one myself, but hardly READ them! I’m just too dang busy… That’s why lists like these are good for doing the hunting and separating for me.

Yay! Hope to see things I’m – uh – not already reading. I’m happy to see Max Overacts on the first day though!

@Canaan: You get it printed, and I’ll buy it. I believe in the old motto “talk with your wallet”, and I want to!

You have inspired me to give art another chance. I’ve been so involved with graphic design for the last few years, that I’ve left behind my old love. I’m getting a few pages in the can before I begin posting.

Oz the Malefic

May 3, 2011 at 4:16 am

Canaan, you may want to check out ChipIn as an option seeing you can’t use Kickstarter.

Or of course, just get someone you trust in the USA to “control” the Kickstarter.

Thanks for the ChipIn suggestion, Oz. I checked it out and it looks pretty easy. Not sure how it would go tracking people who may “chip in” 30 dollars as a book pre-order, though, so I’ll have a real good think about it when I get back from TCAF, and see how it can be done. Cheers!

@Said – I’m glad I can inspire others to create more comics! That’s awesome. :D

Oz the Malefic

May 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

As the payment is through PayPal, you get all the same info with name and shipping address etc I believe. A band I follow (*ahem* Flap! *ahem* look them up *cough* etc), are doing their new album this way. Pay at least $30 and you get a CD, throw in more if you can.

I think most people are happy to support artists at the grass roots level, and are happy to support ongoing creativity.

I’ve found any time I’m been given the option to pay artists directly, I’ll give more than I need because I know it’s going to them alone, rather than execs etc etc…

That’s what I figured. Well, I’ll gauge public interest for some Max books at TCAF – maybe take emails of people interested in a book or something – and then check it out. I want to do it properly though, off-set full colour printing – which is expensive – but anything worth doing is worth doing right, right?

And yeah… I looked up Flap! Very awesome. I like it! Kind of like Squirrel Nut Zippers though not as steeped in that nostalgic 30s radio sound. Plus, a whole song about Tetris? Yeah, sign me up! ;)

So much great music comes out of Melbourne. You ever heard of Tecoma?

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