84. Scenic Route, page posted 8/13/14

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Comment ID #285246

Everybody having a good time. :)

Oh, having future problems Paulo?

Keyblade Dragon August 13, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #285273

Paulo is a little bit overwhelmed by a lot of things. Lucy, the situation between Rachel and him, he knows he has some feelings for Daisy but he can’t define if it is attraction or just affection, work, driving lessons, school, his future, and then the question emerging: what am I doing with my life? I think passing through all these hormonal changes and decisions to make are affecting him more than others because he has always been insecure, adolescence is just making these feelings stronger and stronger… I wish him the best. :(

Frozen Yogurt August 13, 2014, 4:04 PM EST.

Comment ID #285285

I know that people are saying a lot of stuff about the new art style, and for a while now I have been conflicted on whether or not I like it. I decided that I don’t mind it. But I just wanted to say what I think whilst reading the opinions on other to gather a conclusion on the reason why people don’t like it.

One side people might not like it because it makes everything look cartoonish, which ironically was the point and it succeeded. The reason people didn’t like this sudden change was because it alienated the audience. I know it sounds strange but it’s a lot easier to relate to, and build connections to, with a cat with human proportions because it still resembles human. By making it look like cartoons and indirectly making them look like chibi, the audience is constantly getting reminded that this is a comic and therefore breaking the illusion of connecting. Daisy was chubby and not as feminine as she would have liked; this carries through with human proportions as self-consciousness that I believe that a lot of people can connect to (big belly, small breasts, short). With her new style, the body is not as defined and even though in their world it can be defined as chubby or thin, we cannot tell the difference. This concept can carry through with the body language, the angles, and capability of the human body. When drawn in human proportions, Daisy would have looked clumsy and uncomfortable going down those rock a couple of pages ago. But that exactly would have been the point, correct? This style can make falling look graceful only to be compensated as clumsy by the face, the only thing the new style did not change. For example, look at this page: http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c71/p31.html. You can have a sense of physical weight when she is getting up. You can see the burden of depression due to the fact that she has to support herself with her arm and that she struggling. How? The position of her arms, the slight angle of her hips, the perception of her legs. All these are subconsciously telling us what is going on because we can relate to the gesture. One last reason for the large dislike on the new style could be the panel layout. If the panel is small, the big heads/small body combo can be made the illusion of the panel being crowded.

For a slice of life comic with drama, this tone of style does not flow well with it. Wait, let me restate that. It goes really well with the innocent and SWEET side of the comic, but not the BITTER that we know is coming and that’s what really concerns me, not the art itself on this page for example. Will I get into the conflict like in previous chapter or will I get distracted? What happens in the bitter section is what will define the true potential.

On the other side of the argument, the art is still pretty damn good. The proportions are handled extremely well for a whole new change, and the line art is beautiful (I personally preferred black but this is still gorgeous). It’s still well paced and the movement is still obvious. Although we relate less to it, you still know when Diasy was in pain, or Paulo’s and David’s recklessness in the tree. NOTHING IS LOST. Not quality, not effort, not anything. The reason why this paragraph is shorter than the previous “why people may not like the new style” is because it is still Taeshi’s work and it is still beautiful, it’s just different. My final verdict is that I don’t really mind it; it can get strange at times but it can easily be over looked and honestly shouldn’t get in the way of the story. Plus, it is still new, so Taeshi is still tiptoeing into the territory and overtime the quality will naturally improve.

TL;DR The art style is lovely but rather odd for the tone of the comic. Wait until the “bitter” part of the comic shows up to pass a verdict. Taeshi is talented and will probably pull it off and the style will improve with time.

Tylord August 13, 2014, 6:58 PM EST.

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