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 email@example.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’!!!