This month* I’m reviewing Minimum Security, the often-depressing, often-funny daily webcomic about environmentalism. Its author, Stephanie McMillan, explores the problems of environmental ruin, corporate power, violence, and avenues of resistance (and the lack there-of).
It’s probably the most relevant-to-today, theory-applying comic I’ve read. (I’ve been reading since June 2009.) However, in its presentation of environmental ruin, corporate power, and our limited paths of resistance, the comic does get depressing. It’s not something I read to feel good, generally – yet, the fact that someone is exploring these issues in comic form and manages to do so in such a down-to-earth, smart way – that is a very good thing.
Artwise, McMillan’s style is simple, but distinctive, and she uses a limited palette of solid colors. The characters started out looking like children, then abruptly became adults with the start of her “At War: Long Form Narrative”. In between, she added color.
The cast of characters is diverse in gender, skin color, sexual orientation, and species (there are talking animals). It will probably come as no surprise that Bunnista is my favorite character. He is a bunny with a penchant for weapons, after all.
Here are some of my favorite strips:
*I was planning to review the silent comic eekeemoo by William Morris-Julien, but to my dismay, the webcomic page is non-existent – so you can no longer even read the incomplete comic. I really liked it before it was discontinued. However, you can visit these pages to see his other work: Home Page (click on the face at the bottom) and Flickr.