My last webcomic review of 2012 is a fantastic one: Lackadaisy by Tracy J. Butler. Fantastic in the sense that it’s extremely well done, but also fantastic because it is about anthro cats involved in bootlegging in 1920s St. Louis.
The first word I use to describe this comic is “flawless”. As I was browsing through the archives to get images for this post, I was just floored by how perfect everything is: the comic layouts (clean but interesting), environments (atmospheric), action scenes (dynamic), the character design (unique and diverse), character expression (those faces!), balance of characters in the plot (roughly equal), the plot itself (exciting!), and those little design touches that take it to the next level.
The second word I use is “charming”, because there are many, many funny moments and the cute characters are so damn cute.
As a history major, I’m also impressed by Butler’s use of historical references, which she even has a page for. I’m pretty familiar with 1920s fashion and she nails it.
This is pretty much the webcomic I would make if I made webcomics: atmospheric, immersive, fun, funny, populated with well-drawn and memorable characters, informed by history and historical art.
On her Making a Comic page, Butler reveals the secrets of her craft:
Before I end the post, I highly recommend that you visit the Characters page, where you will be promptly blown away by all the amazing Art Deco (mostly) references!
As always, the excerpts:
Lackadaisy is so far beyond the bee’s knees I can’t stand it! Get on over to St. Louis today! Right now!
P.S. Did you know: Anna Moleva, the face of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite, made an Ivy Pepper costume?! The dress is too short, but it’s pretty cool that someone in Russia likes Lackadaisy so much.