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Encyclopedia > Webcomic genres

The webcomic genres are the types of themes a webcomic can take. They are a version of the set of genres any piece of media can take. Webcomics, also known as online comics and web comics, are comics that are available on the Internet. ...


What a webcomic genre is

A genre is not so much a bias as a tone: if the characters of a webcomic are wandering lost in a cave on a spelunking expedition, a dark comedy might have them come across a skeleton of some lost person, dressed in the same equipment and clothing they are using. In a horror comic, they stand a much better chance of being eaten by some horrible infernal beast that picks them off one by one. This is but one comparison; there are as many variations on genre as there are webcomics. Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A bias is a prejudice in a general or specific sense, usually in the sense for having a preference to one particular point of view or ideological perspective. ... Authors set a tone or mood in literature by conveying an emotion or emotions through words. ...


Strictly speaking, all pieces of fiction have a genre, and webcomics invariably take one on, either by conincidence or design, over the course of a strip's run. However, the depth that genre will take on is directly influenced by the depth of the characters who live and die in the world of any given comic. Dynamic characters produce dynamic examples of their genres.


Types of webcomic genres

Genre Exemplary webcomic Exemplary non-webcomic Summary
Absurdist fiction Achewood FLCL Absurdist fiction allows free rein over all humorous possibilities, the only constraint being the edge of believibility.
Dark comedy Something Positive Dr. Strangelove A humorous tone, cut with misery and angst in varying amounts, the dark comedy does not deny hope, but makes its acquisition difficult.
Sprite comic 8-Bit Theatre Not Applicable This genre refers to the presentation of a comic, rather than the content. A sprite comic uses computer sprites, often taken from video games, for significant portions of the work. Usually, the characters will be rendered as sprites; backgrounds and other objects may or may not be sprites.

Absurdist Fiction, an extreme branch of satire, is a form of fiction or poetry that utilizes absurd characters, situations or subjects to promote thoughtful laughter. ... Achewood is an online comic strip created by Chris Onstad. ... FLCL , sometimes romanized as Fooly Cooly) is a six episode Japanese animation OVA series, the brainchild of director Kazuya Tsurumaki and released by Gainax and Production I.G.. The series focuses on Nandaba Naota, a twelve-year-old boy living in the fictional and initially tranquil Japanese suburb of Mabase. ... The term problem plays is applied to the three plays William Shakespeare wrote between the last of his pure comedies (Twelfth Night) and the first of his pure tragedies (Othello) They are Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida. ... Something Positive or S*P is a webcomic by R. K. Milholland, which debuted on December 19, 2001. ... For the hit 1987 single by Depeche Mode, see the album Music for the Masses Film poster for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 satirical film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ... Sprite comics are webcomics that use computer sprites, often taken from video games, for significant portions of their artwork. ... Three panels from a strip that ran on January 20, 2004 8-Bit Theater is a sprite comic created by Brian Clevinger based on the game Final Fantasy by Square-Enix. ... In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ...

See also

  • Category:Anime and manga webcomics
  • Category:Comedy webcomics
  • Category:Coming-of-age webcomics
  • Category:Drama webcomics
  • Category:Fantasy webcomics
  • Category:Horror webcomics
  • Category:Infinite canvas webcomics
  • Category:LGBT webcomics
  • Category:Political webcomics
  • Category:Science fiction webcomics
  • Category:Sprite webcomics
  • Category:Superhero webcomics
  • Category:Video game webcomics

 
 

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