Hello Hello! It’s time for post number 3, and I’m going to jump right in. This week I’m going to talk about a comic named Ascent.
Ascent is an ongoing web comic about an optimistic sea diver on a mission to return to the surface! The comic is updated every two weeks by creator Kevin Lam.
Okay, so I want to talk about this web comic because of its unique style. First and foremost it has a unusual panel format. Ascent has long/tall panels and then are presented in a scrolling format down the page.
Having tall panels give Lam room to have artwork and text without them getting in the way of each other. Another interesting thing about Lam’s artwork is that his comic is monochromatic, I’m sure the main reason is because of the environment, but I think it works really well.
This is the first panel of the comic. This structure gives Lam room to experiment and create interest within each panel.
Even with a large amount of text there is still plenty of room for artwork, which is fantastic because I often feel that more text means less art, and for this comic that’s not the case!
The monochromatic color scheme unites the comic and makes it very recognizable and distinct from others. The simplicity works on all fronts:
- A simplified color scheme
- A simplified art style
- A simplified use of text (presented in the same place with the same font consistently)
The artistic and stylistic choices that Lam is making are part of what makes this comic really interesting and different. You often see black and white comics, but it’s more unusual to see monochromatic comics using colors other than black or white so it was a wonderful surprise!
You can check out Ascent here and enjoy this little gem!
Ascent is a copyright © of Kevin Lam. No infringement intended.
Next week I’ll be taking a look at some black and white comics!
With that being said…