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Web Comic: Apple Geeks

August 6, 2008

Again, I find myself at work with a ridiculous amount of free time wherein I can update cOmic eXpress with some relatively good writing. I think it’s decent anyway.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at a comic that I’ve known about for quite awhile but never actually bothered to look at until recently.

Apple Geeks. To be honest I don’t know why I never looked at AG before I’ve known that the art was quality but I didn’t know that the writing was quality as well. Let’s hit it then.

Background: Unlike many comics AG is two-man effort. Mohamma F. Haques (aka Hawk) draws and colors each comic and Ananth Panagariya writes them. Another interesting fact is that Hawk and Ananth are based out of Maryland with both working for companies in the Washington D.C. area. Both have been published in the graphic novels Disposable Parts and City Limits.

The comic itself started in 2003 grown in popularity ever since. It helps that they’ve befriended some of the big names in web comics including Mike Krahulik (Gabe of Penny Arcade), Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), and Tim Buckley (Ctrl-Alt-Del). Occasionally Hawk does colors for various one-shots for Gallagher and he did the colors for the Penny Arcade CCG. I just don’t get the Buckley one…

They also offer a four panel black and white strip that they update Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays called AG-lite. I don’t know how they update AG, I think that it’s every Monday but I don’t know. They have 466 comics since 2003 so maybe.

The Comic: Hawk’s style has changed so many times since the beginning of the comic that it is safe to say there is no definitive style. That doesn’t mean to say that what he has produced isn’t good. In fact, each iteration has its own qualities that make it worth viewing. Plus the occasional filler art that Hawk puts up is completely awesome. His strength is not really in his actual lines but in his coloring. Hawk’s coloring is far and away the best in web comics currently.

The writing changes style quite a bit as well. The difference though is that Ananth changes the story from its regular joking one-shots or general overarcing continuity to these epic adventures ever once in awhile. These epic adventures involve explosions, massive fights, ridiculous plots lines involving ninjas and evil corporations, globe-trotting adventures, and fake deaths. It’s over the top but Ananth handles it well and makes the ride enjoyable.

The one shots are well written as well and the jokes tend to revolve around Macs and whether or not they’re better than PCs or video games, occasionally. One of the more recent epic adventures involved batman jokes. So it runs the gamut and is not primarily focused on gaming or gaming culture like many web comics. It’s refreshing.

My recommendation: Check it out. The art alone is worth the look and Ananth’s writing will definitely draw you in. The jokes are well written and the epic adventures are a lot of fun to read. Four out of five on this one mostly because of the art.

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